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Destination guide

A thriving ski resort in the heart of the French Alps

It's hard to believe that just over half a century ago, Val Thorens was nothing more than summer pasture land. Today, it's one of the most thriving ski resorts in the French Alps, with some of the most varied and challenging runs on the continent. With almost consistently good snow falling from November to April, it's no surprise that the Val Thorens holiday lets get booked up well in advance. At the end of the day, there's nothing better than stomping down through the snowy streets to dive into one of the cosy bars for an apres-ski or two.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Val-Thorens

Are you looking for attractions to see in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Val-Thorens a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Val Thorens Ski Resort (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Trois Vallees Ski Resort (5.2 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Meribel Ski Resort (7.1 mi / 11.5 km)
  • Val Thorens Sports Centre (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Bouquetin Gondola (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Cairn Gondola (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
Outdoor activities

Hit the pistes near your Val Thorens holiday rental

It doesn't matter whether you're a skier or a snowboarder, the 600 kilometres of piste that winds around Les Trois Vallees make it one of the largest winter activity areas in the world. Just a short walk from your Val Thorens holiday rental are the cable cars that will whisk you up to the 3,200-metre-high peaks of Pointe du Bouchet and Cime de Caron. There are few things more pleasing than stepping off at a mountain summit below deep-blue skies, against a backdrop of craggy snow-capped mountains and with a fresh layer of powdery snow glistening on the run ahead.

Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Val-Thorens

Val-Thorens is well known for its skiing. If you're interested in winter sports, you might consider visiting in January, December, May or November, when snowfall averages 1.27 inches and temperatures average -1°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Val-Thorens

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Val-Thorens is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Col du Telegraphe (9.3 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Vanoise National Park (12.6 mi / 20.3 km)
  • Col de la Madeleine (13.6 mi / 21.9 km)
  • Susa Valley (22.5 mi / 36.3 km)
How to get around

Getting to Val Thorens is a breeze

There are lots of ways to get to your Val Thorens holiday rental, though most people opt for one of the coaches that transfer guests to and from Geneva and Lyon airports. If you're flying in at an unusual hour, private minivans are available for hire. Alternatively, if you've got deep pockets, you can head to Val Thorens in style and comfort on board a private helicopter transfer. The town is small, so you won't have any trouble getting around on foot, while a variety of chairlifts and gondolas will transport you up to the snowy runs.

Food & drink 

Indulge in classic French cuisine

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat near your Val Thorens holiday let. Whether you're just interested in a cheesy tartiflette at one of the wooden chalet cafes along the runs or you fancy a 3-course dinner at a white table-clothed fine-dining restaurant, you never have to feel guilty about indulging when you're packing so much exercise into your holiday. Then there's the nightlife, where you can taste some of France's best vintages in the little wine bars or go all out at one of the clubs, where DJs spin their tunes until the wee hours.

Essential info

Essential information for your trip to Val Thorens

The main ski season sits between early December and the end of April, offering a larger than usual window for winter sports. Val Thorens holiday rentals are open during the summer months for hikers and mountain bikers. Most nationalities around the world, particularly in Europe, are not required to have a visa to enter France. Remember to stock up on euros, the country's national currency. It's always wise to know a few French words before you arrive – even just knowing "s'il vous plait" and "merci" goes a long way when you're ordering food or grabbing a drink in a bar.

How many holiday rentals are available around Val Thorens?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 5,304 holiday lettings around Val Thorens. From 464 chalets to 4,333 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Val Thorens?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Val Thorens. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • 3 Vallees 2 Ski Lift: 9,362 holiday homes
  • Val Thorens Sports Centre: 8,871 holiday homes
  • 3 Vallees 1 Ski Lift: 8,702 holiday homes
  • Plein Sud Ski Lift: 7,849 holiday homes
  • Castor et Pollux Ski Lift: 8,703 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Val Thorens! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Val Thorens?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Val Thorens with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Bourg-Saint-Maurice: 7,008 holiday lettings
  • La Plagne-Tarentaise: 7,162 holiday lettings
  • Champagny-en-Vanoise: 7,430 holiday lettings
  • Les Allues: 6,173 holiday lettings
  • Tignes: 5,698 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Val Thorens?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Val Thorens. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • 3 Vallees 2 Ski Lift: 9,362 holiday rentals
  • Val Thorens Sports Centre: 8,871 holiday rentals
  • 3 Vallees 1 Ski Lift: 8,702 holiday rentals
  • Plein Sud Ski Lift: 7,849 holiday rentals
  • Castor et Pollux Ski Lift: 8,703 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Val Thorens listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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