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Val Thorens

France | Región: Northern Alps

Val-Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and the highest peak of the Three Valley Region, the biggest ski area in the world, with more than 600 kms of slopes. Located in the middle of a big, natural cirque made by six glaciers, Val-Thorens offers tons of different routes to slide down under the sun.

Val Thorens ski resort

It’s a part of the huge ski area of Les 3 Vallées, with the Caron peak (3200 mts). Visitors will find in Orelle the authenticity of the Alps without the need to climb big mountain passes, only 800 mts above sea level.

Between fields of powder and perfectly groomed slopes, the immense ski area of Val Thorens offers everyone all types of skiing, according to their desires, their level and even their mood (relaxed, sporty, musical, festive…): alpine skiing, ski touring, snowboarding, telemark, snowshoeing and above all the longest toboggan run in France, 6km for 45 minutes of pure descent! The resort forms part of the immense 3 Vallées ski area, with the summit of the Cime Caron at an altitude of over 3200 metres.


Known for the quality of its snow cover and its modern ski lifts, the resort is a true winter sports paradise. With over 99% of the ski area above 2000 metres, it offers exceptional snow and skiing conditions. Because of the proximity of the resort, you can ski out and ski in to the slopes. Also, it is one of the resorts that takes part on the Tournament of the 6 Resorts. It is not surprising that the resort won the best prizes at the World ski Awards!

With its fresh snow and perfectly groomed slopes, you are bound to find what you are looking for, whether you are a beginner or an expert. Val Thorens guarantees fun for everyone.

The highest mega-tyrolean traverse in the world

From Orelle to Val Thorens, suspended from a steel rope, well installed in a fabric cocoon that will take you over the 100 km/h mark, you will experience the emotion of a great bird of prey soaring above infinite spaces.

Ski resort Val Thorens – Orelle

An ideal playground for mountain enthusiasts, the area allows you to admire exceptional landscapes such as the grandiose and mythical Péclet glacier or “the most beautiful view of the Alps”, which, according to the Michelin Green Guide, is located at the summit of the Cime Caron. An extraordinary 360º panorama of over 1000 French, Swiss and Italian Alpine peaks. Discover the different options for the 3 sectors accessible from the resort: Val Thorens – Orelle (150 km of runs), the Vallée de Belleville (300 km of runs) and Les Trois Vallées (600 km of runs).

In addition, Val Thorens offers a wide variety of accommodation: hotels ranging from 5 star to 2 star charming, flats from the most affordable to the most upmarket with 5 star residences. For the past ten years, a plethora of chalets and residences have been offering the latest facilities in the Val Thorens ski resort in terms of comfort, ideal hotel services for families, couples or groups of friends.

Entertainment and Leisure at Orelle

At the Val Thorens ski resort, the other vast domain is that of entertainment and leisure. The best and most varied cosmopolitan, multicultural and always warm atmospheres are offered to you by people who know how to receive.

Relaxed, lively and colourful, you will find everything you would find in the city in a village atmosphere: sports centre, shopping, 40 bars and 60 restaurants, the largest discotheque in the Alps, live concerts every week.

Ice driving, sledging or mountain biking on snow complete this melting pot of activities and visitors from all over the world. In Valthorend Orelle you will find the authenticity of the mountain soul, in the heart of a small village of 400 inhabitants at the foot of the most beautiful Alpine peaks, with its stone and wooden houses, covered with lauze roofs. Orelle offers you a warm and unique welcome in the heart of the Maurienne valley.

Improvement of the Orelle gondola with the removal of the stairs to the platform replaced by an easier and more pleasant ramp and the installation of a lift for people with reduced mobility. Whatever your choice, Orelle offers a wide range of all-inclusive holidays. Whether you are with family, friends or a couple, Orelle offers a range of options for your mountain holidays.

Orelle, a great ski destination made to measure!

Once a week, Orelle offers you the privilege of opening the ski area with the ski patrol.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the backstage area you will learn from our professionals. And to start the day off right you will have the most beautiful panoramic breakfast of your holiday. Orelle is a gateway to the largest ski area in the world.

The 3 Valleys area is very accessible: 50% of the area is covered by green and blue slopes and for the more expert skiers it is a huge playground! The 3 Valleys is also a great place to get together to ski and celebrate with family and friends.

Sustainable development of the Val Thorens ski resort

Various resorts, including Val Thorens, have signed a letter in which they commit to managing and developing their winter facilities in a sustainable manner,


In particular, the letter sets out the principles of the policy for developing and organising stations in a sustainable manner, citing transport, energy, water, agriculture, nature and environmental protection, among others.

For the past 10 years, the signatory mountain resorts have had to focus on implementing commitments that refer to the territory, habitat, landscape, water, energy, waste and transport, all in the field of skiing and mountaineering.
For example, they will take various measures such as limiting the number of lift towers, ensuring maximum integration of the slopes into the surrounding environment, and promoting balanced management of water and energy resources.

These engagement plans may still evolve to take account of the legislative order and new regulations.

Unforgettable experiences in Val Thorens

One of the experiences you can’t miss is ice karting. Play on the ice by driving a go-kart for a 20 minute session. The ski resort of Val Thorens offers a circuit to compete with your friends or simply enjoy the feeling of driving close to the snow. If you like adrenaline, this activity is for you. Very easy and accessible to all thanks to its quick handling, it is the perfect leisure vehicle!

Karting sobre hielo estación esquí Val Thorens
Karting on ice Val Thorens © Booking

Val thorens mountain resort in summer

If you have strong feelings, you can ride the mini roller coaster at the station. You can hurtle down the 1,000 metre track at high speed. An activity for the daring! You can also organise sessions at the shooting range. Test your accuracy with archery! You don’t need great strength to shoot a bow, but you do need to be able to concentrate and control yourself, to aim and hit…

One of the activities offered is buggy trips. They will allow you to discover the mountain in a different way by doing one of the daily circuits adapted to the whole family. Buggy excursions for 2, 3, 4 or 6 people with qualified guides so that you can enjoy the activity in complete safety and peace.

Buggys Val Thorens
Buggys © Val Thorens

In the valley of the Val Thorens resort, there are fantastic rivers where you can do white water activities without any previous experience such as rafting. You will discover the famous rapids of the world canoeing championships.

Rafting estación esquí Val Thorens
Rafting © Val Thorens

In addition to all the activities already mentioned, you can enjoy many others such as paintballing, mountain biking, hiking, or even multi-adventure parks full of activities to do.

Hotels in Val Thorens

Hotel Alberta ***

The 3-star Hotel Alberta offers rooms in Val Thorens, a few minutes’ walk from the Val Thorens ski slopes.

The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom and include a terrace or balcony for great views.

In addition, the hotel serves a continental breakfast each morning to help you face the day with energy. If you want to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the snow in the most comfortable way possible, this is your hotel.

Hotel Alberta
Hotel Alberta © Hotel Alberta

Hotel Le Sherpa ***

The 3-star Sherpa Hotel is located a few metres from the ski slopes of Val Thorens.

This traditional mountain hotel features a bar and ski storage. Rooms at the Sherpa combine contemporary décor with a chalet style and are fully equipped.

Some rooms also offer a view of the mountains. A buffet breakfast is also available each morning. There is also an à la carte restaurant serving regional dishes and wines. In good weather, the hotel has a terrace to enjoy the view.

Hotel Le Sherpa
Hotel Le Sherpa © Le Sherpa

Hotel Le Val Chavière ***

Hotel Le Val Chavière is located in the centre of the ski resort of Val Thorens. It offers a traditional restaurant, a bar and a large terrace where you can enjoy the beautiful weather.

Rooms also feature a balcony with a view of the mountains. A buffet breakfast is served. There is also a 5-course closed menu every day and one fondue evening per week.

In addition, the hotel offers ski pass sales, ski storage and a safe. This area is the starting point for many hiking trails, ideal for those who do not want to ski.

Hotel Le Val Chavière
Hotel Le Val Chavière © Facebook

Skiing in Val Thorens : the resort’s main strengths

✅ Access to one of the largest ski areas in the world “Los 3 Valles”.

✅ Very modern lifts that allow you to cross huge slopes in a few minutes.

✅ One of the best black runs in the Alps, the Caron run.

✅ A multitude of family-friendly activities 365 days a year. You have to try the “Bee Flying” zip line, it goes down 1800 meters of altitude!

✅ A wide variety of accommodation close to the ski slopes. Also, you will find some from which you can ski from the same gate.

✅ Beginner slopes accessible from the lower part of the resort.

✅ Ski and snowboard schools with experienced instructors, for the most beginners.