Val Thorens

Val Thorens stands out among other villages in Les Trois Vallées region with its state of the art ski apparatus, including a snow-groomer with electric transmission. It is the highest of all the resorts in Les Trois Vallées region and the highest in Europe, set at a whopping 3,230m high. This means that ski pistes are directly linked to most doorsteps and that snow is guaranteed from November to May.

The resort houses a world-class snowpark that includes jumps and obstacles. In the early season, Val Thorens tends to attract a younger set of tourists, mostly students, but then makes way for families and groups of older adults. It offers cheaper prices and modern apartment blocks.

In the village, it is possible to see families and – thanks to the premium nature of the area  – a famous face or two. However, the resort has managed to continue to attract a younger crowd due to its incredible skiing runs and world-class snowparks. Luxury hotels stand alongside gastronomic restaurants and premium cocktail bars, filled with international Moncler-clad visitors.

The experts say

When the weather is bad in Val Thorens, there is no skiing to be had. It is generally advised not to go out, and locals do the same. Instead, maybe focus your attention on the restaurants and bars, or grab the opportunity for a relaxed spa or cinema afternoon.

The luxury property market in Val Thorens

​Given the purpose-built nature of Val Thorens, there is no more land to develop accommodation. This has increased the Val Thorens property market value significantly. Hotels and premium flats have attracted an increasingly wealthy clientele, but the skiing and snowboarding attracts a younger crowd, so accommodation for both can be found in the village.

Foreign purchasers are quite common, and trustworthy letting management agencies have been put in place in the resort to keep things up and running and provide peace of mind for second home buyers looking to utilise property in Val Thorens for sale.

  • Val Thorens offers summer skiing, with the Glacier Le Péclet at 3,000m in altitude.
  • A church was built in 1991 because locals were arguing that without a church it could not be considered a proper village.
  • Often named the world’s best resort by the World Ski Awards.
  • 1971 saw the first apartment block being built in the resort.

How to Get There

By Train

By rail it is best to go to Moutiers. Many actually prefer travelling to this region of the alps by rail. It takes longer, but if you opt for a direct service from London or Paris then it can be quite a relaxing experience (families going as one often do it this way). Moutiers is around 40 mins from Val Thorens.

By Air

Val Thorens is the further resort up this particular valley (of the 3 Valleys) and therefore the transfers from the nearest airports (Geneva, 2hrs 40 minutes and Chambery, 1hr 35 minutes) are the longer than that of Les Menuires.

Three insiders tips for Val Thorens

GET - a taste of local flavours at Chez Pépé Nicolas. It is a restaurant that can only be reached on snowshoes, snowmobiles or off piste, but chef Jean-Alain Passard prepares simple dishes with local ingredients that make the restaurant a must-visit destination in Val Thorens.
DO - explore the Orelle Valley, where locals go to escape the crowds.
SEE - the breathtaking view from the 3,500m-high Glacier de Péclet.

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