Ski Val Thorens for Europe's highest destination. High altitude skiing and snowboarding in France with a superb snow record as well as access to the fabulous Trois Vallées ski area. Open from November to May.
The highest resort in Europe, ski Val Thorens and get guaranteed snow throughout the season. Part of the Trois Valleés area, you can connect by cable cars to the resorts of Courchevel to enjoy 54 groomed slopes with over 170kms of piste. The nearest airports are Geneva or Lyon (St Exupery), both around 2.5 hours away - but it's worth it for the sheer choice of pistes on offer.
On the slopes
Ski Val Thorens and you get year round snow on the Glacier de Péclet. There is plenty of terrain for everyone, but with a large proportion dedicated to beginners or low intermediates, this is a fantastic place to learn and enhance those skiing and snowboarding techniques. Advanced skiers and snowboarders should look to the endless off piste powder fields in Lac Du Lou or the hidden valley, but hire a local guide to get the most out of this.
So we think this resort is best for Intermediates and off-piste terain, but there are good challenges for all skiing ability - you may just need to use the lift system a bit to find them.
If you ski Val Thorens you are also in the ski region of Les 3 Vallees.
Off the slopes
Purpose-built and traffic-free Val Thorens has plenty of accommodation offering ski-to-your-door accessibility. From luxury hotels to private residences, you'll find over 23,000 beds available. The après ski is lively, with a great variety of cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs to suit all tastes and budgets, or you can try the local cinema. Away from the slopes there are other choices to keep you busy including swimming, tennis, a sports centre, or why not try the six kilometre long toboggan piste!