Val Thorens lays claim to the title of Europes highest ski area at a height of 2300m. It is home to some varied and exciting skiing and, with its high altitude, it is one of the most snowsure resorts in Europe. The resort is part of the famous Three Valleys ski area which is the largest ski area in the world, although much of the best skiing is actually located in the Val Thorens valley. The resort has a reputation for exciting nightlife with a friendly and cosmopolitan atmosphere. With good skiing and great après ski, Val Thorens is well worth a visit.
Val Thorens has a total of 140km of piste served by 32 fast lifts pretty much all of which is located above 2000m. Due to its height, the snow cover tends to be the best in Europe although it does mean on bad weather days there are no trees to hide in. The skiing is largely all on north facing slopes which tend to keep their condition well although not so great for a piste side sunbathing. There is a good distribution of pistes for all abilities with a particularly large amount of excellent reds making it an ideal intermediate/advanced resort. For expert skiers there is a huge amount of accessible off piste with a wide variety of terrain.
Val Thorens is in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area and is about as ski in ski out as a resort can get, the village actually has a piste and carpet lift running down its centre. The resort is purpose built so lacks the charm of some other resorts although it has been tastefully developed with largely medium rise buildings and a continual investment in redevelopment. The resort is well known for the quality of its nightlife and superb atmosphere.
The Val Thorens UCPA centre is a truly ski in ski out location built bang in the middle of the pistes. It is 15 minutes walk from town which can be a little treacherous when icy. UCPA are providing a transfer service until 11pm to move people in and out of the centre, after this it is advisable to jump into a taxi. The centre has an attractive and unusual circular design and the usual array of UCPA facilities including a wonderfully atmospheric ‘ampitheatre’ style bar with a large open fire place in the centre.