Skiing in Val Thorens

Country: France

In a nutshell: Snow-sure and epic skiing in Europe’s highest ski resort

We like:

  • As the highest ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens is one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in the world
  • Amazing skiing for all abilities in the 3 Valleys – the world’s biggest ski area
  • Lots of ski-in / ski-out accommodation in the well-designed resort
  • Some wonderful high-end hotels and restaurants to match
  • A lively apres-ski scene

We don’t like:

  • Being a purpose-built resort from the 70s, Val Thorens isn’t the prettiest of ski villages
  • The high altitude location means there are no trees, and it can get bleak when the weather closes in


  • Resort altitude: 2,300m
  • Highest lift: 3,230m
  • Lowest piste: 1,100m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva and Lyon – 2h 20m
  • Number of lifts:
    • Val Thorens: 29
    • 3 Valleys: 180
  • Number of runs:
    • Val Thorens:
      • Green: 11
      • Blue: 29
      • Red: 29
      • Black: 9
    • 3 Valleys
      • Green: 48
      • Blue: 135
      • Red: 119
      • Black: 33


  • Apres ski
  • Family friendly
  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for advanced
  • Great for snowboarders
  • Great for foodies


With a village altitude of 2,300m and skiing up to over 3,200m, Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe and offers some of the best snow-sure skiing on the planet. Throw in a great range of ski-in / ski-out accommodation, some fabulous restaurants and a great apres-ski scene, and you have a truly world-class ski resort.

The skiing in Val Thorens is fantastic; as part of the 3 Valleys ski area there is 600km of piste to explore so mile-hungry advanced and intermediate skiers will get the most out of it, but it is also a wonderful ski resort for beginners. Snowboarders will love the lack of drag lifts, huge snow park and endless off-piste.

The Val Thorens ski village is purpose built and designed with convenience in mind. The resort centre is mainly pedestrianised which makes it a great place for families and provides an abundance of ski-in / ski-out accommodation. Val Thorens has been attracting an increasingly well-heeled clientele over the recent years, and as a result there are some fantastic restaurants. There is still a great range of budget-friendly hotels and apartments in the resort too.