Luxury Ski Chalet Holidays in Val Thorens

Europe’s highest resort has gone from strength to strength and is now not only one of the most snowsure choices in the Alps but also a full-service resort with five star lodging and Michelin-starred eateries.

Discover our Collection of the Finest Luxury Chalets in Val Thorens

Europe’s highest resort has gone from strength to strength and is now not only one of the most snowsure choices in the Alps but also a full-service resort with five star lodging and Michelin-starred eateries.

Ski terrain

600 Km (linked with Courchevel, Meribel, La Tania, St Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires)

Resort Altitude

2,300 M

Ski Altitude

1,300 M – 3,230 M 

Highest Lift

Bouchet chairlift 3,230 M

Runs

Green 51,  Blue 131,  Red 107,  Black 30

Nearest Airport

Chambery 2 hrs 

Lyon 3 hrs

Geneva 3 hrs

WHO IS VAL THORENS BEST FOR

Val Thorens is ideal for a diverse range of visitors, including families, couples, and groups of friends. It emphasises that both beginners and experienced skiers will find suitable slopes, with various activities and amenities available to ensure an enjoyable stay for everyone.

When to visit VAL THORENS

From late November to early May.

Beginners

Thanks to its altitude there are well-designed, snow sure beginner ski areas with their own lifts right next to the resort.

For kids

Val Thorens has childcare cover from 3 months old, with ski school in a special children’s village area available from three years old.  Nanny services can also be arranged.

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CHALET CULLINAN, VAL THORENS, FRANCE

SLEEPS 12 • SAUNA • HOT TUB • GAMES ROOM
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VAL THORENS RESORT GUIDE

Luxury ski holidays in The 3 valleys
ABOUT LES ARCS
SKI INFO
BEGINNERS & KIDS

Val Thorens has come a long way since it was created on a blank canvas back in the early 1970s.  Built at 2,300m above sea level, it remains the highest major ski resort in Europe.  Some thought the altitude was too high for the resort to success, but fast forward 40+ years and in this era of climate change, Val Thorens’ snowsure reputation is a big part of its huge success.  Being part of the world’s biggest ski area, linked by lifts and pistes to famous resorts like Courchevel and Meribel, doesn’t hurt either.

Val Thorens was built at the end of a 20 year building-boom of ‘purpose built’ ski resorts in the French Alps. The result of that timing was that the ski area took the best aspects learned over the previous 20 years, but avoided some of the errors others had made before it.  So on the one-hand, the ski-in, ski-out convenience that are such a feature of French skiing was of course designed in, but the ugly concrete building on the 1960s was ruled out, instead most building in the resort is relatively small scale and attractive.  The biggest problem these days is coping with the resorts success and popularity. It is now a full-service resort with a range of accommodation, spas and dining options up the five star hotels and lux chalets with Michelin-starred restaurants here now too.

Val Thorens’ location at the top of the 3 Valleys puts it in an enviable location in world skiing, with some of the best and most reliable snow you’ll find anywhere (so much so snow cover is guaranteed for much of the season). 99% of the ski slopes in Val Thoren’s local area are above above 2,000m in altitude. Other than glacier resort Tignes it is the first to open in France each autumn soon after mid-November and is then the last to close towards mid-May the following spring after its six-month long ski season.

Although Val Thorens remains very much a skiers’ resort its popularity has led to expansion in other areas. There’s a much bigger choice of shops, bars and restaurants than was previously the case,  sports centres, swimming pools and spas haver also spring up.  But the resort remains reasonably compact and has a youthful feeling to it still, underlined by a real focus on digital connectivity – a major strength for those who like to keep up to date with their social media profiles wherever they are.

Val Thorens’ ski slopes, which extend to 150km, almost surround the village giving you a choice of which direction to head in each morning.  There are seamless connections on to the wider 3 Valleys with another 450km of skiing too if you wish, using fast, modern lifts. 

There are three main directions to choose from. Firstly, down towards Les Menuires and on to St Martin de Belleville; second over to the Meribel Valley (and if you wish from there further on to the Courchevel Valley); or thirdly over towards the lift down to Orelle and the Maurienne Valley (the unofficial “fourth valley of the Three Valleys”).

A wide slope runs down the edge of Val Thorens with various lifts radiating off to take you in which every direction you wish to go. 

Intermediates have the widest choice of terrain with dozens of great fast blues and more challenging reds to choose from. Experts have fewer groomed blacks to shout about here but can easily access some of the world-famous delights of the 3 Valley such as the infamous Saulire couloirs.  There is some good off piste closer to home that guides will be happy to take you too however.  Freestylers have a great 70,000m2 snowpark to enjoy at Val Thorens which draws skiers and boarders from other resorts in the 3 Valleys. 

The one thing you won’t find at Val Thorens though, is tree skiing, unless you head down – most of the skiing here is on wide open mountainside above the treeline.

Getting around is fast and easy, thanks in part to the fast network of mostly gondolas, funitels (giant gondolas) and high speed chairlifts so you can reach the most distant parts of the Courchevel Valley within about 90 minutes if you’re not distracted by the many attractions along the way.  

There’s a great set up for beginners in Val Thorens with gentle terrain by the Rond Point des Pistes at the edge of the resort.  Beginner friendly lifts are located here too and once the basics of technique are mastered nearby runs like the recently created Deux Combes green are perfect to progress on to.

Val Thorens is also well set up for children with in-resort public childcare offered from three months old and ski school, from, three years old.  Again there are good facilities on the snowfront at the edge of the slopes for young children.  In addition some chalets off childcare and it’s also possible to use a nanny agency to book in-resort care.

The main public children’s fun and learning area is the Snow Village which features a creche, mini ‘Piou Piou’ club with indoor play room and snow garden complete with its own easy to use lifts. The sports centre also features a great indoor children’s play area with trampolines and much more.

INSIDER ADVICE ON VAL THORENS

We recommend our Val Thorens favourites
APRES SKI & NIGHTLIFE
MOUNTAIN RESTAURANTS
IN RESORT RESTAURANTS
SKI SCHOOLS

Despite being modern and purpose-built, Val Thorens is one of the livelier resorts for après ski in the French Alps, with several of the venues noting that they are, for example, “the highest Irish pub in Europe” (that’s The Shamrock).

When the lifts close the on-mountain Folie Douce by the Plein Sud and Pionniers lifts is usually buzzing with its signature cabaret acts and table dancing, but there are plenty of lively bars dpwn is resort too including The Frog and Roast Beef which has a very popular happy house and live music, the Red Fox for karaoke and the Sherlock.

There are plenty of quieter options if you’re looking for less full-on nightlife including the Rhum Box Cafe and O’Connells while Driv’Inn is run by Val Thorens local, Gérard Faggio and is themes on F1 motor racing with F1 simulators where you can even do some simulated ice driving.

Most bars stay open to 2am and there are a couple of nightspots as well including Malaysia, open to 4am with a two-hour happy hour from 10.30pm to half-past-midnight which has hosted some of the world’s best DJs including Rudimental, AfroJack and Calvin Harris.

Chalet de la Marine (+33 4 79 00 11 90; www.chaletmarine.com/en) located on the Piste Les Dalles and accessed via the Cascades chairlift is one of the best restaurants in the 3 Valleys, great food, table service and arguably the best terrace in the resort when the weather’s good.

Chez Pepe Nicolas (+33 6 09 45 28 35; chezpepenicolas.com) located off the Piste de La Chasse down to Les Menuires is in a simply beautiful location away from the crowds with a lovely terrace to enjoy the great food and the view from.

Les Chalets du Val Thorens (+33(0) 4 79 00 02 80; leschaletsduthorens.com) is a one stop shop with table-service and self-service restaurants and even a snack bar serving paninis or Belgian waffles on its extensive terrace as well as ‘Wokski’ serving up healthy asian food. 

The cosy, rustic Au Mazot (1 Rue de Caron, Residence Arcelle; +33 4 79 08 63 95; au-mazot.com/) tops the table as most popular restaurant in Val Thorens. Savoyard specialities including fondue, raclette and grilled meats.

Alpen Art (Place Caron, +33 4 79 07 45 64, alpenart.fr) is a little different to the ski resort norm with an art house vibe and jazz playing. It’s scaled the charts of popularity in Val Thorens though, in good part due to the accommodating owner and great food.

L’Auberge des Balcons (Rue des Balcons, chalet 1; +33 4 79 00 91 91; les-balcons.co.uk) is a favourite with seasonaires and holiday visitors alike – friendly, great atmosphere, good food, lots of it.

Ski Cool (+33 479 00 04 92; ski-cool.com) is one of the longest established schools in the resort, operating since 1981.  All levels taught including children from age three.

Teaching adults and children, beginners to off piste pro, able-bodied and disabled skiers for more than 25 years, Oxygene (+33 479 22 67 51; oxygene-ski.com) are leading players in Val Thorens.

Free School Attitude (+33 6 63 49 89 76; facebook.com/PaulMultiglisse) teaches all levels but specialises in private lessons of 90 minutes to 7 hours with race training, heli- skiing and off-piste tuition all available.

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Discuss your requirements with a chalet expert to receive your bespoke quote & personalised concierge before departure
+44 (0) 208 133 1130

Why Choose Us For Your Bespoke Chalet Holiday in Val Thorens?

As a respected and trusted agency with over 16 years of experience, you are in good hands. We have travelled the Alps to put together our comprehensive portfolio and know all of our chalets and owners personally. 

What’s more, we will always offer an honest, unbiased opinion to help you secure the chalet that’s right for you, at the best price. With free pre-arrival concierge thrown in. 

Plus if you can’t find what you’re looking for on our site, simply get in touch. We have access to a whole host of stunning chalets and family-friendly properties not yet featured on our site. 

Why us

Specialists in organising luxury ski holidays for families, celebrations & large groups

Exceptional Chalets

 

All of our chalets have been hand-picked with exceptional service and experience in mind. Our comprehensive portfolio offers you access to all of the finest luxury ski chalets in Europe’s leading ski resorts.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS

 

Our ski specialist offer friendly impartial advice and have unrivalled resort and chalet knowledge. They have also visited the properties so we have first hand experience of what will be the best fit for you and your group. 

24HR CONCIERGE

 

Our pre-arrival concierge team work around the clock to ensure you have everything organised to perfection. From expert advice on the liveliest après-ski stops to husky sledging, heli-skiing or a private jet, no request is too difficult.

PRICE GUARANTEE

 

Our prices are never undercut. We are competitive in the market and do the research to secure the best deal on your behalf. So you can rest assured you will never find the chalet at a better rate elsewhere.

OUR 5* CLIENT REVIEWS

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Thanks to Anna and her team, we have just returned from yet ANOTHER wonderful holiday in Austria. The Chalet Edit has become our go to point of contact for our ski holidays in Europe. Their select properties are beautifully appointed and maintained to a very high standard. Anna made sure that every detail was in order for us prior to arrival so that we could maximize our leisure time whilst on holiday. She is a consummate professional. I cannot recommend the Chalet Edit’s services enough and will be booking next year’s holiday soon!

Mrs N G - 4 Feb 2023Previous Client 5* Review on Trustpilot

What a great holiday… Anna and her team were fantastic from start to finish. So many chalet options and incredible support throughout. Thank you!!
Highly recommend, and we’ll be back.

MR G M - 23 March 2022Previous Client 5* Review on Trustpilot

Thanks to the team at The Chalet Edit, we have just returned from a fantastic skiing holiday in Morzine. We wanted a catered chalet for 19/20 guests and they found us the perfect place! The booking process was really smooth and they looked after all the transfer details and arranged ski passes and ski hire. The team were really helpful and always on hand to assist with queries. We would definitely recommend The Chalet Edit.

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