Val Thorens

Ski Resort in France

Introduction

Val Thorens is a ski resort in Savoie, France. Val Thorens is the highest Alpine Skiing resort in Europe, with the town itself at 2300m above sea level. This also makes it one of the most snow assured in Europe, with the ski season extending to early May. The resort forms part of the 3 vallées linked ski area which, with over 600 km of piste, is the largest linked ski area in the world.

Sitting pretty at the head of the Belleville Valley, at 2300m Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and its lifts ascend to over 3000m in many places. For skiers and boarders this means there is often good skiing here even in a poor season, and good snow benefits everyone, whether they are beginners learning how to turn, intermediates appreciating crisp firm pistes, or experts seeking out well preserved powder stashes.

The sheer extent of the skiing is also breathtaking. The Belleville valley alone contains three connected ski-resorts (Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville), 8 peaks above 3000m, over 70 ski lifts and over 300km of pistes. Rather illogically, it also contains more than one valley, because it includes the slopes between Val Thorens and Orelle which make up the mysterious "Fourth Valley".

But that is just the start of the skiiing available. Two lifts away from the centre of Val Thorens is the Col de la Chambre, from where you can ski all the way down to Meribel, 1400m below, although you will probably want to stop because you're passing by some of that valley's best skiing. And it only takes two more lifts to reach Courchevel.

Generally Val Thorens is also a pleasant place to stay. It’s not exactly pretty but it is compact, largely traffic-free and has some nice bars, restaurants and stylish modern buildings. It’s also surprisingly sunny: its slopes might be mostly North-facing but the village itself faces South. And for skiers it’s very convenient. Almost all the accommodation is ski-in/ski-out.

The only problems are in poor weather; there are no trees to offer any relief from flat light, and a North-facing ridge above Val Thorens is not a fun place to be in a blizzard. When a storm blows in, many of the lifts are just too high and too exposed and therefore have to close. But you would be very unlucky if this happens frequently during your stay. A more common experience is to step out of a lift at around 3000m, and gaze across the mountain tops, taking in one of the most beautiful views in the Alps.

Val Thorens info card

Resort Altitude2300m
Highest Lift3230m
Total Piste600km
Longest Run12km
Directions of SlopesN, E, S/E, N/W
Uphill Capacity260000
Total Lifts183
Gondolas/Cable cars40
Chairlifts69
Drag Lifts74
Snow Parks6


Skiing in Val Thorens

The range of slopes in Val Thorens skiing area is amongst the best in the world, with the testing mogul fields of the Cime de Caron and La Masse, further down the valley, and endless off piste opportunities on the Chaviere or Peclet glaciers for advanced adventurers. 

The virtually inexhaustible range of red and blue pistes provides the intermediate skier with endless opportunities during their Val Thorens skiing holiday. The long sweeping blues such as Genepi, and the more challenging reds, including the long descent down to the Maurienne valley, added to the vast terrain of the rest of the Trois Vallees, more than satisfies even the most mileage-hungry of skiers during their ski holiday. 

Val Thorens has many runs back to resort, which is where the wide open gentle blue slopes favoured by the novice skiers and boarders are found.

Val Thorens Beginner Skiing

Beginners in Val Thorens can get cold and disorientated in bad weather; Les Menuires offers them a cheap ski pass.

Val Thorens offers mixed fortunes for beginners; in good conditions it is perfect, with nursery slopes situated right next to the resort and a pleasantly progressive network of blues expanding out from the resort centre. However, in poor weather beginners can get very cold, disorientated and frustrated by the lack of visibility.

Les Menuires and St Martin
There is a dedicated beginners area just above the Croisette area, but the problems arise when you're ready to progress onto blues: the local blues tend to have poorer snow and lots of traffic. There is, however, a good-value beginners ski pass which includes six half-day lessons and gives access to 16 ski lifts.

Val Thorens Intermediate Skiing

Val Thorens has some of the best reds in the Three Valleys; Les Menuires offer excellent motorway skiing.

Pretty much all of the mountain in Val Thorens is accessible to stronger intermediates, who have no reason to fear the steeper slopes of Cime de Caron. Following that to the base of the Caron bubble gives you access to the Boismint chair and several of the best reds in the Three Valleys. This is an excellent choice when you're heading down the valley towards Les Menuires. 

On the main western flanks, the high runs are typically slightly steeper and generally blessed with excellent snow. The red Col is a particularly fine run, if a little short. The lower ones tend to be slightly flatter and are excellent cruisers and confidence-builders. The Peclet glacier offers a nice array of mainly reds and the corresponding blues on the Méribel side of the valley are very characterful, particularly Pluviomètre and Mont de la Chambre, which is an alternate route down to Les Menuires.

Les Menuires and St Martin
This sector has some excellent motorway skiing. Pramint and particularly the longer Jerusalem (which, if you carry on down Biolley to St Martin gives you over 1000m of vertical) are marvellous reds on the wings of the resort. 3 Marches is a great run to take at speed and Allamands has a nice mix of humps and switchbacks. Most of the reds from the Becca chair and the Mont de la Chambre are suitable for relatively confident intermediates and the Masse is worth visiting for the views from the top alone.

Early intermediates are better off in the St Martin area as the blues above Les Menuires can get very crowded with through traffic. Grand Lac is a pleasant blue under the new Granges chair.

Val Thorens Advanced & Expert Skiing

Both Val Thorens and Les Menuires offers some steep blacks and excellent off-piste.

Expert skiing in Val Thorens 

While most of the piste skiing in Val Thorens is not as steep as elsewhere, there are a few notable exceptions. Combe de Caron is a long and winding black with a precariously steep start and Combe Rosael is definitely the most challenging route into the Maurienne valley and was, until recently, an itinerary. Similarly the black under Cascades was previously off-piste and is an excellent bumps run.

On a clear day, however, it is the off-piste which is the real draw. Most of the mountain is skiable terrain so there is plenty to do between the pistes, though you have to watch out for rocks. The north-facing slopes along the main flank are all easily accessible. For longer runs, the old itinerary from the top of Cime de Caron that drops down 1300m to Lac du Lou is beautiful and challenging in equal measure. Alternatively drop-down 2000m of vertical through the Gébroulaz Glacier from the top of the Col chair down into Méribel.

In the Maurienne valley the new Bouchet chair has alleviated the need to walk from the top of the Col chair to access the Glacier du Bouchet. This, one of the most glorious stretches of off-piste in the Alps, is now easily accessible from the top of the Sommet des Pistes down the 930 metres of vertical that was briefly the black Pierre Lory, before the steep start claimed too many casualties.

Expert skiing in Les Menuires and St Martin

All of the upper runs on the Masse are of a good pitch though only two are officially marked black, of which the Masse itself has a good steep shoulder at the start. In good conditions, Dame Blanche is also a fine run and Rocher Noir can develop good bumps. Across the valley, Leo Lacroix is steep, narrow and bumpy and the shorter runs of Pylones and Étélé can be challenging.

However, it is the off-piste which is the real draw here. The mountainside is largely unpisted from above St Martin all the way across to the outskirts of Les Menuires and there are many different routes that drop down to the villages that dot the road between the two. The area underneath and skier's right of the St Martin 2 chair is particularly good for progressing off-piste skiers.

The Masse is also a haven for off-piste, with great runs coming down under the Masse 2 bubble and the Lac Noir chair. Best of all, though, is the serene itinerary overlooking Val Thorens, which drops off the back down onto the Vallon du Lou and winds back around the mountain on the Boulevard Cumin.

Val Thorens Snowboarding

Les Menuires has a snow park that is excellent for learning as the jumps are marked in difficulty.

Val Thorens has a snow park complete with half-pipe and a network of jumps and rails as well as a separate boardercross over in the Maurienne Valley. In Les Menuires there is a snow park that is excellent for learning as the jumps are marked in difficulty like the pistes and there are 8 slides and rails, 4 big airs, 2 table tops and a quarter pipe. There is also another half-pipe near Reberty.


Snow conditions in Val Thorens

There are many artificial snow making facilities across Val Thorens pistes to contribute to natural snowfall for guaranteed skiing throughout the season. As the highest ski resort in France it is one of the most snow-sure with snow from the end of November through until May. 

85% of the 3 Valleys ski area is above 1800m with 10 of the 25 summits above 2500m. 2007 snow cannons help guarantee snow coverage.


Family skiing in Val Thorens

There are lots for families to do on and off the slopes in Val Thorens. The huge 3 Valleys ski area caters extremely well for all ski and snowboard abilities, so there is plenty of slopes to keep the whole family happy. The village is built for quick access on to the slopes so you know that the morning rush on to the slopes and to ski school will be easy.


Apres-ski, restaurants and other activities in Val Thorens

Val Thorens offers lively and varied apres-ski, the popular bars and restaurants close to the centre along with 3 late night clubs. The best bars for apres are Folie Douce, The Frog and Roast Beef and Saloon Bar, with Malaysia club for late night partying.

There is a good sports centre which has a swimming pool and squash courts. Evening skidoo rides are popular and highly recommended. For a more relaxing evening, check out the cinema, which has many films in English.

Other activities include:

  • Big Airbag
  • Ice-Diving
  • Ice-Driving
  • Mountain biking on snow
  • Ski Touring
  • Paragliding
  • Paramotor
  • Snowmobile
  • The Tyrolienne
  • Tobogganing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Helicopter Trails
  • Segway
  • Sled Dogs
  • Snowshoeing

Transportation - Get In


By plane

Val Thorens is located remotely in the Mountains and does not have an local airport. In ski season there are some airports with seasonal flights: Aéroport de Chambéry-Savoie (CMF ) [www] (about 122 km) and Grenoble Isère Airport (GNB [www] (about 195 km). There is a small airport with mostly private flights in Courchevel which is also part of the skiing area of Les Trois Vallées.


By train

There is no train station in Val Thorens. The nearest train station is about 35 km away in Moutiers, where during the ski season direct high-speed trains (Eurostar, TGV and Thalys) connect directly to Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the rest of France. From the Moutiers station there are bus connections to Val Thorens.


By bus

Many visitors arrive by chartered busses.


By car

The only way to get to Val Thorens is by road. The journey from Moutiers takes an hour (or more if in a bus or stuck behind one). Parking in Val Thorens is only possible in (paid) parking and police is checking for parking violations.


Other

It is possible to ski in from Les Menuires, Meribel and Orelle. The pistes from these places are mostly graded as blue or red. The high level lifts required often close in poor weather.

Transportation - Get Around

Cars are officially banned in the resort. Dropping off luggage is allowed, but vehicles must then be parked in one of the Valthoparc car parks. Police will fine or even tow away illegally parked vehicles.

Accommodation & Hotels


Property Location: With a stay at Hôtel Pashmina in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (Val-Thorens), you'll be minutes from Bowling de Val Thorens and SOGEVAB. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Val Thorens Sports Centre and Funitel de Peclet Gondola.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 52 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a nightclub and a health club. This Art Deco hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle.

Dining Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Meet other guests and eat at a complimentary reception. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Limited parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Modern Hotel
    • Nice building
    • Beautiful architecture
    • Friendly service
  • HOTEL PASHMINA LE REFUGE SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 93. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Grand palace hotel in an atmosphere of Nordic living - styled around the majesty of natural wood and stone - Altapura flaunts a style of contrasts in a dynamic- festive- convivial and cosmopolitan ambiance - The 88 rooms and suites open their doors into a universe of distinctive Nordic influence conceived with the comfort of skiers in mind - True havens of innovative modern comfort - they have been designed and developed to meet the needs of skiers putting modern technology to the forefront - 1000 square meters is dedicated to muscular relaxation - physical preparation and recuperation - There are seven treatment cabins where the Pure Altitude health and beauty treatments - exclusive to Altapura - have been developed in total synergy with the needs of the clientele - In order to relax in parallel with the Pure Altitude treatments plunge into the crisp mineral world of the indoor-outdoor swimming pool opposite la Cime Caron - The hotel offers 3 restaurants - Les Enfants Terribles - a mountain version of a chic brasserie - Le Deux Mille Trois - in an ambiance of conviviality and show cooking savour the traditional lunchtime menu with a speed menu for skiers in a hurry - La Laiterie - the ideal location to savour hot and cold dishes of cheeses from mountains - Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and the culminating point of the largest ski domain in the world - Les 3 Vallees - With 99 percent of its ski area above 2000 meters the ski domain boasts endless powder snow and perfectly groomed ski slopes in turn giving breathtaking views of the French - Swiss and Italian Alps - All the very latest equipment is available for hire or to buy as well as apres-ski and sportswear from all the top brands and professional advice to help you choose the most suitable equipment right at the foot of the hotel - The ultimate in snow sports is the ski-in - ski-out service available at the ski-shop as well as direct access to the ski lockers with dryers. OPEN DEC-APRIL.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Professional service
    • Nice building
    • Spacious rooms
  • ALTAPURA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and wellness & sports facilities.


Les Ancolies is located in the centre of Val Thorens Ski Resort, with direct access to the ski slopes. It offers a free shuttle to the village and has a sauna, hammam and a bar.


Property Location: Located in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (Val-Thorens), Chalet des Neiges - Résidence Koh-I Nor is minutes from Bowling de Val Thorens and SOGEVAB. This 5-star residence is within close proximity of Val Thorens Sports Centre and Funitel de Peclet Gondola. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 35 guestrooms, featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and stovetops.

Rooms: have private balconies. Flat-screen televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and separate sitting areas.

Amenities: Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this residence, which also features 2 indoor swimming pools. Additional amenities at this residence include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage.

Dining: Satisfy your appetite at one of the residence's 3 restaurants. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. This residence has 2 meeting rooms available for events. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.


Hotel Koh-I Nor is conveniently located in the popular Val Thorens area. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience. To be found at the hotel are 24-hour room service, facilities for disabled guests, Wi-Fi in public areas, valet parking, car park. Television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, heating can be found in selected guestrooms. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, fitness center, indoor pool, spa, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. Hotel Koh-I Nor combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville unforgettable.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • TV needs to be updated
    • Good shuttle service
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • HOTEL KOH-I NOR VAL THORENS SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 88, this hotel is one of the top 7% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and Vibe.

Located in Val Thorens, Hotel 3 Vallees is a perfect starting point from which to explore Saint-Martin-de-Belleville. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, family room, restaurant, bar are just some of the facilities on offer. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature television LCD/plasma screen, carpeting, locker, mirror, towels. Access to the hotel's sauna will further enhance your satisfying stay. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, Hotel 3 Vallees will make you feel instantly at home.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Parking is rare
    • Great menu
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • HOTEL DES 3 VALLÉES SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 87, this hotel is one of the top 18% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and location.


Located at an altitude of 2300m at the foot of the ski runs and at the heart of the Three Valleys domain, the Mercure Val Thorens hotel offers modern and comfortable rooms. After a day of work or of skiing, relax in the Spa area or on the solarium equipped terrace. The establishment can also provide you with equipment rental, skiing lessons and ski lift passes. Relax in a warm ambience, by the fireside and enjoy a meal or a drink in the restaurant of our hotel.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good ski storage
    • Nice building
    • Awesome terrace
    • Friendly service
  • FAHRENHEIT SEVEN VAL THORENS SUMMARY
    • With a very good TrustScore of 84, this hotel is one of the best 8% in the city. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and amenities.


Hotel Le Val Thorens is located on the ski slopes at the heart of the 3 Vallees ski resort. Guests will have free access to the heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room and the hotel has 2 restaurants. Decorated in a contemporary style with wooden furniture, the guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV, free WI-Fi access and a balcony with mountain views. The en suite bathrooms include a hairdryer. A buffet breakfast is prepared every morning at this hotel and packed lunches are available upon request. In the evening, you can enjoy a drink in the piano bar.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Winter sports facilities are close
    • Beds need improvement
    • Rooms need regular maintenance
    • Friendly service
  • LE VAL THORENS SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 81. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and pool.


Property Location: With a stay at Résidence Montana Plein Sud in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (Val-Thorens), you'll be minutes from Musaraigne and Funitel de Peclet Gondola. This 5-star residence is within close proximity of Val Thorens Sports Centre and SOGEVAB. Rooms Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 37 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring private pools and LCD televisions.

Rooms: have private balconies. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms have jetted bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.

Amenities: Relax and unwind with massages, body treatments, and facials. Skiers will be in heaven, but there are recreational options available for non-skiers as well, which include an indoor pool. This residence also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

Ski Area

Most of the skiing in Val Thorens starts from above 3000m and is largely intermediate, though there is plenty of interesting off-piste between the marked trails.


Val Thorens

The resort of Val Thorens is built on the west-facing slopes on the east side of the valley and the skiing stretches across the western flanks, with plenty of north-facing slopes, meaning good snow conditions are virtually guaranteed here. Above the resort there are some good reds from the top of the Peclet glacier (3101m) which is well served by the 25-man gondola and behind the resort are the more gentle blues coming down from the Col de la Chambre (2803m), which is also the linking point to the Méribel Valley. The greater proportion of the skiing is accessed from the collection of chairs and bubbles below the resort base which service the broad flank between the Pointe de Thorens and Cime de Caron (3200m). Underneath Pointe de Thorens the Col chair rises to 3133m, giving access onto the Chaviere Glacier. Across the flank most of the skiing starts from above 3000m and is largely intermediate, though there is plenty of interesting off-piste between the marked trails.


Cime de Caron and the Fourth Valley

Until recently Cime de Caron was the highest point in the three valleys. Although there can still be queues at the bottom of the cable car, it is still a legendary summit with good runs on and off-piste heading back down towards Val Thorens and also over the back into the Maurienne valley, the "Fourth Valley". From the top, the panoramic view takes in a thousand summits in France, Switzerland and Italy. The most deserted skiing in the resort area is on the excellent reds in the Boismint sector. The "Fourth Valley" is also accessible from Breche de Rosael (3000m) at the top of the Funitel Grand Fond and two new chairs in the valley have opened up another intriguing peak, the Pointe du Bouchet, whose Sommet des Pistes is now the highest lift-accessed point in the Three Valleys at 3230m.


Les Menuires and St Martin

Most of the skiing takes place on the large open west-facing flank stretching from the Tougnete peak (2434m) above St Martin (1400m) to Mont de la Chambre (2850m) above the main accommodation centres of Les Menuires (1850m). Both these pistes also give access to the Méribel Valley and there are two other summits, Mont de la Challe (2573m) and Roc des 3 Marches (2704m) which also back onto Méribel. The skiing is quietest above St Martin where there are several excellent reds and blues and large swathes of lift-accessed off-piste. From the top of 3 Marches run three excellent runs, particularly the rolling Allamands which leads you back into the heart of Les Menuires.

The runs are more congested above the resort itself but higher up there is a nice variety of different challenges though the quality of snow tends to be rather poorer lower down the mountain because of its west-facing aspect and the volume of traffic. Stay up high on the Becca chair or any of the runs coming down from Mont de la Chambre. The most testing skiing is across the valley on Pointe de la Masse (2804m). Here, the snow tends to be better on the high lifts and there are great runs and off-piste accessible from both Masse 2 and Lac Noir. Most of the skiing is above the tree line so suffers a similar flat light problem to Val Thorens.

Ski Pass


Lift passes

6 daysAdult (Duo)Child (5-12)
Local lift pass (low)£173£146
Local lift pass (high)£194£162
Belleville Valley£230£193
Three Valleys (low)£241£182
Three Valleys (high)£251£202

Reduced prices for seniors over 65 years.
6 days
Family pass (low)Family pass (high)
Local 2 Adults 2 Children£581£645
Local 2 Adults 3 Children£726£807
Area 2 Adults 2 Children£726£807
Area 2 Adults 3 Children£908£1009

Duo Pass: A discounted pass usually available when booking any 2 of the same pass however we are pleased to pass this discount onto all our customers. This discount will be automatically included at time of booking.
*5-17 incl. for family passes - all members of the family should have the same surname or provide proof they live together as a family.
Lift pass coverage: Local lift pass includes the Val Thorens valley. Belleville lift pass covers the Val Thorens and Les Menuires valleys. Area lift pass includes the entire 3 Valley ski area.

Lift pass and equipment bundles

6 daysAdult
Lift pass + Standard skis£259
Lift pass + Snowboard£269
Area pass + Intermediate skis£320
Area pass + Superior snowboard£332
Lift pass + Ski carriage£225
Area pass + Ski carriage£267

Please note: lift pass bundles do not include boots.

Ski lifts

Val Thorens has 31 lifts, which include magic carpets, draglifts, chairlifts, gondolas, funitels and a cable car. There are 4 funitels; the Bouquetin, Péclet, Grand Fond and Thorens. The funitel concept was developed in Val Thorens, by the lift company, SETAM. It is a gondola that hangs from twin cables, and its key feature is its wind resistance. The Péclet Funitel was built in 1990 and was the first in Europe. In the summer of 2011, the latest funitel, the Funitel de Thorens, was built at a cost of €6.5 million.

Activities & Things to do ( Winter )


ICE DIVING : COOL ADVENTURE

Embark on a wild adventure, just a short distance from the resort; a timeless journey beneath the frozen Lac du Lou.

After putting on a waterproof drysuit and diving equipment (compressed neoprene drysuit, waterproof gloves, diving mask), it’s time for 20 minutes of glacial exploration.

This may not qualify as an extreme sporting activity, but it certainly isn’t without its thrills; the adrenalin mounts as soon as you leave the outside world and slide beneath the surface of the ice. Feel the water around you, see how the light plays and the stream of bubbles marking the rhythm of your own breathing - discover a new world!

Access the lake on snow shoes or cross country skis (40 minutes), followed by a 30-minute ice diving session supervised by our professional diving instructors (includes equipment briefing), then it’s back to the resort on snowshoes or skis.

Open to anyone aged 16 and over, even if you have never been diving before.

Walk to the lake and ice dive session : €180.


ICE DRIVING

Between ‘glisse’ and speed…Do you enjoy a good adrenalin rush? Discover the highest ice-racing track in Europe. The Val Thorens Drivers’ School wants to initiate you to a number of new sensations.

Steering, counter-steering, braking….all the techniques are tried under the watchful eye of a trained professional .

The Ice Driving Val Thorens welcomes you on the « Alain Prost’s » ice-racing track of VT:
-    Altitude : 2200 m
-    Length : 760 m
-    Width : 10 to 12 m


ICE KARTING

The Ice Driving Val Thorens driving school gives you the opportunity to try ice karting.

A 300-m long by 5-m wide ice run is specially set up for karting at the Alain Prost driving circuit centre.

It’s fun to do with friends or family, and great for trying out the sensations of sliding around on the ice for the first time.
Get there using the free shuttles from the P3 car park.

Ice karting sessions can be booked throughout the week.


PARAGLIDING

The mountains viewed from the sky. Once you’ve have crossed the slopes, take to the heights and discover the mountains from another angle… from the air !

Beneath your, the Belleville Valley, facing the Mont Blanc is revealed. You will be led by state-qualified instructors.

Departure from 3000m altitude for a descent of 650m. Powerful sensations and unforgettable memories! Are you ready to fly?


PARAMOTOR

Experience Val Thorens and the Belleville Valley from a birds-eye view, flying on a tandem paramotor!

A paramotor is a motorized paraglider that enables a pilot and passenger to climb in altitude and stay airborn for as long as they want. Enjoy an unforgettable aerial view as you soar above the valley at a comfortable speed of 35km/hr.

Your pilot, Timothy Green, will tailor the flight to your sense of adventure ,whether it be a smooth panoramic flight over the valley and resort of Val Thorens or an exhilerating acrobatic flight.

Weather permitting, you can even fly over some of the summits and glaciers in the area to witness an amazing panoramic view of the Massifs de la Maurienne, the Tarentaise, the Vanoise all the way to the Mont Blanc and the Ecrins mountain ranges.

Price €120 (for 20-30 min flight)  //  GoPro Video Souvenir (4gb SD Memory card provided): €50


SNOWMOBILE

And what about discovering the snow-covered landscapes by night ? Ride your snowmobile, alone or with a passenger and follow your guide on a tour.

As you cross the unspoilt spaces, lit up solely by the light of the moon, nature reveals itself before your eyes, incessantly surprising you.


THE TYROLIENNE

A glide over 1300 m… 1 minute 45 seconds of pure pleasure in breathtaking surroundings, from the 3 Valleys peak at 3230 m, at the top of the Bouchet chairlift in the Orelle resort, over to the Val Thorens crest, at 3000 m, at the top of the Thorens Funitel.

From Orelle to Val-Thorens, suspended from a steel cable, comfortably installed in a cocoon of fabric which will take you over the 100 km/h barrier, you can experience what it feels like to be a great bird of prey, soaring over infinite spaces.

Access is reserved to skiers by the Bouchet chairlift, in the Orelle resort.
The glide costs 50 €, and tickets are purchased on-site.

Length: 1300 m
Altitude on departure: 3230 m
Altitude on arrival: 3000 m
Maximum height above the ground: 250 m
Speed: from 65 to 105 km/h
Age: from 8 to 88
Weight: Minimum 40 kg / maximum 120 kg


THE LONGEST TOBOGGAN RUN IN EUROPE! LE TOBOGGAN

Get ready for an incredible experience on a marked-out run in the heart of a magnificent natural valley.
All the thrills of a toboggan run for everyone from 5 years old.
After an 8 minutes ascent using the Péclet Funitel, you arrive at the departure set at the foot of the magnificent Péclet glacier, at an altitude of 3,000 m.

Then it’s off for 45 minutes of excitement and sliding entertainment!

The itinerary is great fun, linking raised bends and varied slopes giving tobogganists intense pleasure.
Nothing to fear, just let yourself go and enjoy, right at the heart of an exceptional site.

Price for a run, with a sledge and helmet: 15,00 € for a descent


FLIGHT IN A HELICOPTER

Fly over the most prestigious summits of the Alps in a machine piloted by an expert.
10 minutes of pure pleasure over the largest ski area in the world: the "Three Valleys".
From a ride to a sports flight, enjoy an exciting experience in a unique setting!

Price: €119/person.
The day and time of your flight will be determined depending on demand and the weather. No special equipment required; do not forget to take your camera with you in the helicopter.

Activities & Things to do ( Summer )


PONY RIDE

Pony ride from Pépé Nicolas Farm

15€ for 30 min

contact :

Chez Pépé Nicolas

Phone : +33 6 09 45 28 35


DONKEY RIDE

Activity in Les Menuires,

With its large ears and long muzzle, a donkey is an exceptional rambler whose gentleness makes him an ideal companion for young and old alike. With your child, discover the donkey’s walking rhythm during an outing in the resort.
At La Croisette, every day from 10AM to 12PM and from 1.30PM to 5PM.

Pratical information

Prices : Short ride: 5 €  -  Half hour: 20 €  -  1 hour: 30 €  -  Half day : 50 € -  Day : 75 €

Hikings:
- Evening outings, tartiflette in a restaurant or barbecue with torchlight.
- Hiking to the Lac du Lou
- Evening to the Lac du Lou with a guided and a donkey.

Contact :

Reynald Daraï
Tel : 06 63 17 89 38


HORSE RIDE

Activity in Les Menuires,

Horse Ride with Charline

For all riders, from beginners to experts.

-From 8 years old

- From Monday to Friday

Prices :  -  1 hour: 30 €  -  Half day + drinks : 70 € -  Day + pic nic : 95 €

Contact :

Charline Bermond
Tel : +33 6 15 66 93 00


FISHING

Over ten high altitude lakes and numerous rivers make la Vallée des Belleville a great place to fish. Fishing permits can be bought in Saint Martin (Le Bibelot), in Les Menuires (Alpesport) and in Val Thorens (Zénith Ski Shop)

The “plan d’eau” is an ideal place to introduce the young to the joys of fishing. No need to wait for hours, the lake is topped up with river trout every week. Fishing only during the day and for holders of the day’s fishing permit.

Fishing lessons with Jean-Christophe. Phone: +33 (0)6 31 32 52 30

Situated at the start of the famous Lac du Lou walk, around the old village of Les Bruyères, the lake area is an amazing biotope of 15 hectares, preserved in their natural state thanks to the Savoy natural patrimony Conservatory. An educational path through the peat bog allows one to discover the richness and the stakes of the preservation of this natural site.


HIKING

The pedestrian paths of Saint Martin, Les Menuires and Val Thorens offer a selection of 50 marked pedestrian paths, presenting a total of 300 km.

Maps and a guidebook are available at the Tourist Offices, in some shops and at the Guides’ Office.


MINIATURE GOLF

Activity in Les Menuires

18-holes mini-golf is open from 10am to 12pm and from 2.30pm to 7pm.
Between 3.30pm to 6pm : N° 18 once = 1 gift offered. Information on site.

Menuires : 1 round adult : 4 € // 1 round child : 3,70 €

St-Martin-De-Belleville : 1 round for 4 €, 2 € with the Multi Activity card.


MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE

In Les Menuires and Val Thorens, everyone can participate in an exciting activity: the aerial adventure parks. Bridges, monkey bridges, rope ladders, stirrups... a total of over ten fun and exciting workshops make up the circuits.

Safely attached, thanks to their harnesses, the adventurers will finish the circuit in beauty when they “fly” over the Plan de L’Eau or the Lac des Grenouilles on a Tyrolienne !

Les Menuires children’s circuit: 17 €
Val Thorens teenagers and adults’ circuit :20 €
2  tyrolienne from 7 €


MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE

Saint Martin – Les Menuires – Val Thorens is a French Cycling Federation, area with a wide range of 21 MTB itineraries covering a total of 120 km. Near the resorts and villages, on the river bank, mountain slopes or along ridges, the trails weave their way throughout the Vallée des Belleville and its crests.


SPEEDMOUNTAIN

The feelings of the winter in full summer, it is on the track of Lugeland of the Menuires.
Each one will be able to descend with fun on the 1000 meters of tracks.For youngsters from 7 to 77 years old !

Open everyday from 10am to 7pm.

Start near Bruyères gondola
Phone : +33 4 79 00 94 42

1 run : 7 € and 6,3 € with Multiloisirs card
5 runs : 30 € and 27 € with Multiloisirs card
10 runs : 45 € and 40€ with Multiloisirs card
20 runs : 80€ and 72€ with Multiloisirs card

Restaurants & Nightlife

Val Thorens proudly boasts the highest après-ski in Europe and has a good selection of lively bars. The gastronomical gamut runs from pizza and pasta to award-winning haute cuisine.


Val Thorens Apres-Ski Bars

Val Thorens proudly boasts the highest après-ski in Europe and has a good selection of lively bars. The Frog and Roastbeef has live bands and happy hour after skiing and the nearby Viking pub is a local favourite. Le Tango and the Ski Rock Cafe are also popular. The Red Fox specialises in afternoon karaoke and live music draws the late crowd to Malaysia.

There are lots of bars in the Croisette area of Les Menuires and a nightclub called New Pop. In Bruyeres the Taverne is a nice bar and there is also another club called Leeberty. Brewskis is the epicentre of all things après ski in St Martin.


Val Thorens Restaurants

Le Blanchot is a good local restaurant in Val Thorens with a bumper wine cellar, specialising in local Savoie wines. For a more gastronomic treat try l'Oxalys restaurant where the chef has just won a distinguished award for "Young Chef of the Year".  The Fitz Roy Hotel and Bergarie restaurants are both higly recommended too. Try the Le Funitel and Le Scapin for pizza and pasta. El Gringo, a lively restaurant and bar, serves mexican food.


Val Thorens Mountain Restaurants

Val Thorens's mountain restaurants provide lots of self-service options in the valley, but also some absolute gems with roaring open fires or lovely sun terraces.

In Val Thorens the Chalet des 2 Lacs has a roaring open fire and cooks a mean Tartiflette. Along the Boulevard Cumin on the way to Les Menuires is the beautifully positioned, small and traditional Chalet les Sonnailes and La Ferme, at the top of the Doron chair, is good value and has a lovely sun terrace with great views back up the valley towards Val Thorens. In St Martin Le Montagnard is a very small converted old barn serving beautifully presented modern French food. Alternatively, try Brewskis for traditional English pub grub and home-made pies.

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