Visit Val Thorens (Rhone-Alpes, France)
Val Thorens is a ski resort located in the French Alps, in the 'Three valleys' ski region (with Meribel and Courchevel) towards the west of the Vanoise National Parc. Together they form one of the largest ski regions in Europe.
Exploring Val Thorens
The resort is purpose built, developed largely during the 1970's, and is also at high altitude - 2300 metres. Val Thorens promotes itself as being 'the highest ski resort in Europe', with skiing taking place at up to 3200 metres altitude.
As a result the ski season is longer here than in many, lower altitude, resorts and typically lasts from November until the middle of May. The high altitude also means the resort has easy access to some of the very finest scenery in the Alps.
The altitude and the surrounding slopes mean there are ample and varied ski opportunities for those of all levels and capabilities, a choice increased even further when the other resorts of the Three Valleys are taken into account. Numerous off-piste opportunities are also accessed from Val Thorens.
In common with some other ski resorts, Val Thorens is reinventing itself as an attractive destination by focussing on chalet style and buildings in the local architecture instead of the earlier 1970's architecture that didn't stand the test of time very well.
The town has lots of shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants, many accessed directly on your skis! Val Thorens is also largely pedestrianised - great for enjoyment and the environment, but you will need to pay for the 24 hour parking. as you would expect of a major resort facilities for après-ski and nighttime entertainment are also extensive.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Val Thorens, Savoie, Rhone-Alpes || GPS: latitude 45.2981, longitude 6.58
Map of Val Thorens & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Val Thorens, France
- Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - recommended detour (18km)
- Aiguilles d'Arves - site of natural beauty (27km)
- Col de la Croix-de-Fer - site of natural beauty (30km)
- Jardin alpin du Lautaret - remarkable garden (34km)
- La Grave - most beautiful village (35km)
- Vallee de la Claree - grand site of france (37km)
- Bonneval - most beautiful village (37km)
- Col de l'Iseran - site of natural beauty (38km)
- La Meije - site of natural beauty (39km)
The French version of this page is at Val Thorens (Francais)