Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, based at 2,300m at the top of the Three Valleys. The altitude means that the Val Thorens ski season is blessed with almost guaranteed snow throughout the entire season. The resort is compact and purpose built, yet serious investment has meant that the resort fits in well with its glorious position.
The skiing in Val Thorens is excellent. With fantastic access to all the 600km of piste encompassed by the Three Valleys ski domain, there is enough skiing in Val Thorens to keep you challenged, entertained and excited throughout the entire season, should you decide to take Val Thorens accommodation for the whole winter! Taking a private Val Thorens ski chalet gives you the unrestricted freedom to really get into the hills, finding you ideal route through the mountains. Val Thorens is actually located in a bowl above the tree line, which means that you can ski from, and back to, the front door of your Val Thorens apartment or chalet, and with endless off-piste potential, it is little wonder that so many people flock to chalets in Val Thorens to ski and snowboard. There are many excellent Val Thorens guides (English speaking) to guide you through the backcountry.
If you need a day away from the slopes, or the weather draws in, there are still a great range of things to do from a Val Thorens chalet. The health and spa centres are a real treat for the soothing of weary limbs, but if you cannot get enough adrenaline, the ice driving circuit is sure to thrill! There are also many miles of snowshoe trials, magnificent opportunities to go paragliding and even a swimming pool to enjoy.
When the snow finally melts in Val Thorens, and the lush green meadows blossom into a carpet of colour below the bright blue sky, the appeal of Val Thorens accommodation is just as strong as it is during the winter. Holidays to Val Thorens in the summer months are magnificently peaceful and slow, although the chance of adventure is just as real. There are many, many miles of walking and hiking trails, as well as some fearsome mountain biking tracks, climbing routes and canyons to conquer from a Val Thorens apartment or private ski chalet. Guides to Val Thorens’ walking, mountain biking and climbing routes are readily available from the Val Thorens Tourist Office.
Right in the centre of the Three Valleys is the chic ski resort of Courchevel. The resort is a leading winter sports centre, offering visitors a huge range of snow sports from cross country skiing to tobogganing, snowboard cross to ice climbing, and what is more, the hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars are easily accessible from a private ski chalet or accommodation in Val Thorens.
Winters are cold in Val Thorens, and due to its altitude, it is one of very few snow sure resorts in Europe. The summer however, is wonderfully warm. The snow caps usually survive the summer, but daily temperatures can be expected to reach the mid-20’s (?C) on most days in July and August.
Geneva Airport (GVA) in Switzerland is actually the closest airport to a private ski chalet in Val Thorens, France. Located 135km away, and served by a great range of airlines, this is probably the best way to reach Val Thorens accommodation, although it will require either a long bus journey or drive. The Eurostar provides some excellent services into the Alps, the closest station being Moutiers Salins Station.