Are you wondering what to do or what to see in Val Thorens?
As a seasonal worker, I give you my tips to discover Val Thorens, the highest peak of the world’s largest ski area in winter. Let me explain everything to you about the three times Wold’s Best Ski Resort in four years and French’s best one for the fourth consecutive year. Cosmopolitan, urban, convivial, festive, traditional… are all atmospheres offered by the resort. Sportspeople, thrill-seekers, amateurs, alone, with family or friends, welcome to Savoie at 2,300 meters above sea level.
Val Thorens is one of the world’s largest ski resort. It is located at the centre of three areas: Orelle, the Vallée des Belleville and Les Trois Vallées. It is more than 1,000 kilometers of track are yours to discover. The area is unique in the world and gives you the opportunity to ski but also to practice off-piste and snowboarding. Dear snowboarders, Val Thorens has one of the largest snowpark in Europe.
Where to park your car?
Each season, more than 400,000 visitors from around the world meet in the heights of Les Trois Vallées. The proximity between the dwellings and ski runs is the strength of Val Thorens. Needless to take your car, the resort is at the foot of the slopes! Anyway, it is prohibited to park inside the ski resort. Paid parking are available consequently I would advise you to book 7 days in advance at least.
[themify_icon icon=”fa-angle-double-right” icon_color=”#2a5272″]Little tips: You can find free parking at Menuires to let your car and then take a free shuttle to reach Val Thorens.
I would recommend that you rent your ski equipment in SKISET Goitschel Sport shops for their pleasant service and attractive pricing. To be more speed and effective, book your equipment online here.
Snowshoe hikes are a good way to enjoy the area and discover the highlands of Savoie. Nothing complicated, go to a ski store to get your equipment. With your snowshoes and your poles, go to tourism office to find out all the information you need to find an adapted trail. There are several distances and levels of difficulty. Or, you can go for a hike guided by the skiing school Evolution II. They also offer so many other activities such as dog sled rides, parachute jumps or ice diving. I personally enjoy the trail between the two lakes which is a 1h30 return walk. When you will reach the top, you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the resort.
What to do after skiing?
In the late afternoon, enjoy the sunny terrace of the Folie Douce until the closing of the slopes. It is an exciting spot with live concerts and an amazing view. Non-skiers will be able to reach the partying safely thanks to a chairlift.
You will have a breathtaking view from the terrace of La pause or at La Paillote and the well-known Face West Café on the snow front.
The altitude can cause sleep disorders so go out! The resort is bustling with its several restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and dance floors (the Summit or the famous Malaysia). Choose your favourite after skiing!
If you cannot go skiing…
Val Thorens has the French’s largest toboggan run, 6 kilometres long. We reach it by the Funitel de Péclet, at 3,000 metres altitude. The departure starts from the foot of the Péclet Glacier. Banked turns and various slopes are combined for 45 minutes of pleasure accessible to all!
Here are the sledge and helmet rental tariffs:
- 15€ for a run
- 23€ for two runs
- Free for children from 5 to 10 under 1m25 if accompanied by an adult.
My suggestions for a one-day program:
- start from the first opening of the skiing slopes at 8:45am
- then, drink a hot chocolate at Les Aiguilles de Péclet
- and eat at the Chalet de la Marine, correct price with an incredible view
- above all, skiing, skiing and skiing again
- before going to the Folie Douce at 4pm finishing the day by dancing
- back to your chalet, put on your evening wear and go to the Perchoir a typical savoy bar
- dine at La Paillote to enjoy a delicious Savoyard fondue
- finally, drink around a wood fire at the Tango
- and end your evening on the Summit dancefloor.
Do it again the next day 😉
See the Val Thorens official website for additional information.
Ready to spend your next winter holidays in the highlands of Val Thorens?
– Mathilde –