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Val Thorens Ski Resort

  • Nearest town: Moutiers
  • Resort Altitude (metres): 2300m
  • Ski Season: December to April
  • Mountain Range: French Alps in the Three Valleys area.
  • Number of Lifts: 29
  • Highest Lift (metres): 3200m
  • Lowest Lift (metres): 1850m
  • Number of Slopes: 67
  • Snowboarding: Yes, a park complete with a halfpipe.
  • Cross Country (km): 5km

Val Thorens Ski Information

General information

There are no cars or other traffic in the village and it's designed so you can ski directly to your accommodation. On those day that you want to wear shoes instead of skis, the well marked hiking trails are spectacular with scenic views all the way. The sports centre is first class and boasts the best equipment and facilities. There is also a spa (Institut des Neiges) which offers all sorts of treatments in a luxurious and relaxing environment. You will enjoy shopping in the village as there is a wide range including several quaint little unique gift shops. The village church hosts a weekly concert of mainly classical or jazz (This is no place for the rap fan) The village tourist office will arrange a guided tour of the nearby villages on request.

  • Languages: French
  • Temperatures: 5.1c
  • Driving: Right hand side
  • Emergency contact numbers: All Emergencies 112
  • Population: 760
  • Religion: 90% Catholic
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Apres-ski

Val Thorens enjoys cuisine from all over the world, with more than 70 restaurants on the mountain and in the village. Most traditional restaurants offer Savoyard specialities, including tartiflette, fondue and raclette. There is something for most tastes and pockets and supermarkets if you prefer to do it yourself. Bars in the village are also world trips and apart from typically French there are Irish and Dutch pubs. Children will love the 3 video game centres and the cinema shows all the latest circuit films. If you have energy left over after all that, there are 3 discos to dance the night away and the morning in.

Overview

Val Thorens is the highest European ski resort and is a traditional style, purpose built French village. The altitude almost ensures snow cover all the season, and the glacier comes in handy for skiing in the summer. The Three Valleys area is well connected and ski area is huge, but even if you just ski at Val Thorens, there are slopes for every level of ability. The Snowpark is popular with boarders and there are some non ski sports to participate in like telemark, skidoos, snow shoeing and cross country. The village has a sports centre and gym. The walking trails are spectacular and a great choice of restaurants for after your hard days skiing. The life after dark is fairly laid back, but there are one or two lively bars and dance clubs.

Val Thorens Attractions

Top Attractions

Baroque Churches - Located near Val Thorens on the Chemin Baroque. Guided group tours to all three Baroque churches leave Val Thorens and follow the Baroque Route, stopping at each of the churches. These tours are excellent and should not be missed.

Skiing - Val Thorens is all about skiing and all things related to snow. There are many outdoor activities available here, including skiing; snowboarding; hiking; and dog sledding, plus many more. This is another excellent ski location in France and caters for everything level of experience.

Mountain Guides - This is one of the most beautuful areas in Europe, with 6 glaciers it opens on endless fields of powder snow in breathtaking surroundings. The Guides Office offers excellent daily tours from beginners to advanced levels. You can discover the glaciers of the Vanoise, one of the most amazing sites in the world.

Le KINABALU Located in the Galerie Péclet (top of the resort): they serve some excellent CURRY and spicy Thaï soup, but you must try their swiss cheese fondue (much better than the local "fondue 3 fromages" found everywhere. Great food, very international, and the owners are fluent in English (that's a change)
submitted by Mark, 04/07/07

La Chaumiere Great little restaurant for lunch with plat du jour at only 12 euros. Mention Meribel Unplugged magazine and you will also get a free aperetif here.Speak to Gabriel the manager.In centre of town opposite the giant Galubet.You can ski to it too. Small terrace plus ..wonderful interior.
submitted by Rob smart meribel unplugged, 23/01/07

Val Thorens Activities

Le Montana - Located at the bottom of the resort. This mini-club is open to children from 3 months old. They offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for children of all ages. They also have qualified ski instructors to teach your children how to ski, the courses are available to children of all ages and levels of ability.

Val Thorens Parks & Gardens

Snowpark - Located near the centre of the resort. This snowpark is a great place to do some snowboarding, or just to kick back and relax while watching some of the freestylers in action. There are many things to do at the park apart from snowboarding, u can have a drink or bite to eat as well.

Val Thorens Restaurants and Bars

Val Thorens Restaurants

Le Scapin - Located in the centre of town. This is one of the best French restaurants in town and is very popular with both the locals and tourists. They serve an excellent range of local dishes and also have a good selection of French wines. This is a good place to sample some of the local cuisine.

Le Glacier - This is another one of the excellent French restaurants found near the centre of town. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, and it is very popular with the locals and tourists alike. they serve an excellent range of local dishes and the prices are reasonable.

El Gringo - Located near the centre of town. This lively Mexican cafe is very popular with both the locals and tourists. They serve a range of excellent Mexican food, such as: chili con carne; fajitas; enchiladas; chips and salsa; and margaritas. The food is great and the prices are reasonable.

Val Thorens Bars & Clubs

Rhum Box - Located in the centre of town. This small bar has a warm and friendly atmosphere, and is popular with both the locals and tourists. They serve a range of drinks, their speciality is flavoured rums. This is a great place to hang out and meet some of the locals, while having a couple of drinks.

Frog and Roastbeef - This is the highest pub in Europe and is one of the most popular with the tourists. It is a great place to go if you're looking for an English pub in the french Alps. This is a great place to go if you're looking to have a few drinks, meet some people and have lots of fun.

Beach Mountain - Located in the centre of town. This is the best dance nightclub in town and is very popular with the locals and tourists alike. The prices are a little above average, but this is the place to go if you want to dance and party the night away.

Val Thorens children's activities

Le Montana - Located at the bottom of the resort. This mini-club is open to children from 3 months old. They offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for children of all ages. They also have qualified ski instructors to teach your children how to ski, the courses are available to children of all ages and levels of ability.

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