The top of Les 3 Vallées

Val Thorens
Altitude resort : 2300
Opening dates : From November 24th 2012 until May 12th 2013
www.valthorens.com
Val Thorens United, "Multi-coloured snow"
The resort that combines the best of skiing with the best of atmospheres

Highest resort in Europe

Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe (2300 metres). At the top of the 3 Vallées, it opens out onto the world's largest ski area, with 600 kilometres of equipped slopes, 320 signposted runs, and some 174 ski lifts.

There are clear benefits of being at such a high altitude: Val Thorens is quite righly renowned for the incomparable quality of its snow, which is guaranteed from November to May. Its site, boasting remarkable sunshine and snow cover, is surrounded by 6 glaciers and 6 equiped mountain peaks at altitude of more than 3000 metres. Enjoy unique panomramic views over more than 1000 peaks in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps from La Cime Caron (3200 metres); a vast, diverse, naturally international vision.

Doorstep skiing label

Between powder snow fields and perfectly groomed slopes, the huge Val Thorens ski area offers every kind of snowwports to every kind of person, with something for every taste, ability level and even mood (relaxed, sporty, musical, festive...): Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, snowshoeing and best of all, the longest toboggan run in france: 6 kilometres for 45 minutes of pure descent!

Val Thorens promises ease for fans of "mind-blowing skiing", a laid-back approach for beginners, and enjoyment for everyone, whatever your skiing ability level. Easy access to the slopes from hotels and residences makes Val Thorens qualified for the "doorstep skiing" label.

A diverse range of lifestyles

Val Thorens' pioneer spirit is evidenced by its ski lifts, which, like the resort, are at the peak of innovation. Comfortable, modern equipment guarantees fast, completely safe journeys. Waiting time is kept to a minimum, even at peak times and during difficult weather conditions. Safety and speed make all the difference for ski lovers.

A diverse range of lifestyles, accomodation and leisure activities complements the wide choice of skiing.
Val Thorens offers a wide range of accomodation: ranging from 5 star hotels to charming 2 star hotels, from the most affordable, to top of the range, luxury appartments in 5 star residences.
For over a decade, the resort has developed a wealth of chalets and residences offering the latest equipement in terms of comfort, as well as hotel services, ideal for families, couples, or groups of friends.

Laid-back, lively, and vibrant

Val Thorens is home to another vast area, that of its entertainement and leisure activities. The best and most varied cosmopolitan, multicultural, and welcoming atmospheres are provided by experts in extending guests a warm welcome. Laid-back, lively, and vibrant, discover everything you'd expect from a town with all the atmosphere of a village: sports center, shopping, 40 bars and 60 restaurants, the largest nightclub in the Alps, as well as live concerts every week.
Ice-driving, toboganing and snow mountain biking complete this melting pot of activities for visitors from all over the world.

Stay at Val Thorens

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My 3 Vallées experience "My love affair with Val Thorens" by Bruno CHEVALLET

Events Val Thorens

  • Ski Force Winter Tour
    A chance to test the new models of more than 18 top ski manufacturers for free and benefit from professional advice. (Apo, Atomic, Black Crows, Blizzard, Dynastar, Elan, Ficher, Head, K2, Kastle, Line, Movement, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott, Völkl, White Doctor)
  • Andros Trophy
    Which motor sports passionate never dreamed of meeting rally, endurance and Formula 1 pilots ? Every year, the Trophée Andros offers an incomparable show of cars races on ice and the possibility to meet some well-known pilots such as Alain Prost, Olivier Panis... but also some TV stars.
  • Ski and Boarderweek
    It's a European ride festival, where all nationalities are here to enjoy skiing in the "Val Tho atmosphere" with really good snow conditions, and intercultural spirit.

    You can try various sensational sports such as (bungy ejection, free fall simulator), and other ski and slide activities (easy fun park, On Thursday contest many prizes to win, big air bag ).

    A international group ' Iries Revoltes' concert will take place at the restaurant "Maison Blanche" from 4PM at 6.30 on Wednesday.

    You can buy the Boarderweek Bracelet at the Tourist office at the rate of 25 € for all week access to the activities.

    http://www.ski-boarderweek.de/

    SKI & BOARDERWEEK PROGRAM 2013

    Sensational sports :

    Bungy Ejection
    Date : Sunday 15th december to Friday 20th December
    Time : 4PM to 8PM
    Location : In front of Malaysia
    Sign up : on site with boarderweek bracelet

    The bungy ejection is a sensational activity, with a strong acceleration and a sense of height. At the highest point also comes a feeling of weightlessness, followed by a brief sensation of falling at the first descent.


    Sky fall « free fall simulator »
    Date : Sunday 15th December to Friday 20th December Please note: On Friday (4.30pm to 7.30 pm) the free fall will be without video projection, for technical reason Location: Church parking Sign up: At the tourist office desk on Saturday from 2pm, until 6pm, with your Boarderweek bracelet. You need to sign up the day before you want to do the activity, you can also sign up or on site the very same day, depending on the availabilities.

    Experience genuine first flight experiencing extremes sensations in the highest resort in Europe.
    The participants will be trained to perform a flight in total serenity during this activity.

    11AM to 2PM: coaching to try rotations with the free fall simulator
    16h30 à 19h30 : Sky Fall with 3D projection in total immersion in a virtual world. The participant can choose his virtual background among :
    Val Thorens mountains background, 3D background ( like in video games), Space background, Wingsuit sensations

    Ski and slide :

    Easy fun park

    Date : Sunday 15th december to Friday 20th December
    Time : 9.30 AM until 4PM
    Location : Near at voie lactée slope, near at Castor and pollux

    A test area with several modules of the snowpark to learn freestyle (rails, kickers of several sizes). An instructor will be available on site to give you some recommendations and help you to improve your runs. Frestyle contest on Thursday morning from10am to 1pm, with different prizes, Give it a try!


    Big Air Bag
    Date : Sunday 15th december to Friday 20th December
    Time : 9.30 AM until 4PM
    Location : Caron

    The Big Air Bag is used in many sports, but in Val Thorens all the snow riding options are also invited. It will be supervised by ski instructors, the participant will learn to jump and fall safely with the help and advices from specialists.


    Ski Test Area
    Date : Sunday 15 december to Friday 20 December
    Time : 9.30 AM until 4PM
    Location : Caron, near at animation chalet
    Many ski brands existing on the German market will be here. Ski and snowboard loans are possible on presentation of the Ski & Boarderweek bracelets and an ID.


    Concert:
    IRIE REVOLTES
    At the beginning and after Iries Revoltes: DJ set
    Time: 4 PM to 6.30PM
    Location: Maison Blanche (Galoubet)

    Irie Revoltés is a German group of nine musicians. Their music has influences of Reggae, Ragga, Ska, Dancehall and touches of hip-hop. The word irie means happy, happy Jamaican Creole. Their texts are written in French and German.


    SKI AND BOARDERWEEK PROGRAM :

    Snowbase at Galoubet (open to everybody with bracelets S&B) Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday (open air concert in same time 4PM to 6:30PM)

    Snowbase at la Folie Douce (open to everybody with bracelets S&B) Thursday and Friday de 2PM at 5PM (we waiting confirmation)

    SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER

    SkiCross World Cup
    1/2 Final et Final

    Ski Test Area
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron near the animation chalet

    Easy fun park
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Freestyle Coaching : 10.00 AM to 1PM
    Location : Near the voie lactée slope, near at Castor and Pollux

    Big Air Bag
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron

    Bungy Ejection
    Time : 4PM to 8PM
    Location : In front of Malaysia

    Sky Fall
    11AM to 2PM: free fall simulator
    4.30 PM to 7.30PM : free fall simulator (without video projection)
    Location: Church parking

    MONDAY 16 DECEMBER

    Ski Test Area
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron near the animation chalet

    Easy fun park
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Freestyle Coaching : 10.00 AM to 1PM
    Location : Near the voie lactée slope, near at Castor and Pollux

    Big Air Bag
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron

    Bungy Ejection
    Time : 4PM to 8PM
    Location : In front of Malaysia

    Sky Fall
    11AM to 2PM: free fall simulator
    4.30 PM to 7.30PM : free fall simulator (without video projection)
    Location: Church parking

    TUESDAY 17 DECEMBER

    Ski Test Area
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron near the animation chalet

    Easy fun park
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Freestyle Coaching : 10.00 AM to 1PM
    Location : Near the voie lactée slope, near at Castor and Pollux

    Big Air Bag
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron

    Bungy Ejection
    Time : 4PM to 8PM
    Location : In front of Malaysia

    Sky Fall
    11AM to 2PM: free fall simulator
    4.30 PM to 7.30PM : free fall simulator (without video projection)
    Location: Church parking

    WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER

    Ski Test Area
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron near the animation chalet

    Easy fun park
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Freestyle Coaching : 10.00 AM to 1PM
    Location : Near the voie lactée slope, near at Castor and Pollux

    Big Air Bag
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron

    Bungy Ejection
    Time : 4PM to 8PM
    Location : In front of Malaysia

    Sky Fall
    11AM to 2PM: free fall simulator
    4.30 PM to 7.30PM : free fall simulator (without video projection)
    Location: Church parking

    THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER

    Ski Test Area
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron near the animation chalet

    Easy fun park
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Freestyle Contest : 10.00 AM to 1PM
    Location : Near the voie lactée slope, near at Castor and Pollux

    Big Air Bag
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron

    Bungy Ejection
    Time : 4PM to 8PM
    Location : In front of Malaysia

    Sky Fall
    11AM to 2PM: free fall simulator
    4.30 PM to 7.30PM : free fall simulator (without video projection)
    Location: Church parking

    FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER

    Ski Test Area
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location: Caron near the animation chalet

    Easy fun park
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Freestyle Coaching : 10.00 AM to 1PM
    Location : Near the voie lactée slope, near at Castor and Pollux

    Big Air Bag
    Time : 9.30 AM to 4PM
    Location : Caron

    Bungy Ejection
    Time : 4PM to 8PM
    Location : In front of Malaysia

    Sky Fall
    11AM to 2PM: free fall simulator
    4.30 PM to 7.30PM : free fall simulator (without video projection)
    Location: Church parking

  • Magical christmas

    Once upon a time, Christmas in Val Thorens...

    A magical Christmas at an altitude of 2300 metres !

    From 20th to 26th December, the enchanted world of Christmas will come to life near Father Christmas' cabin, in Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe,.
    With your senses woken up and your eyes wide open, let yourself be enchanted by the magic of Christmas and enjoy a fairytale moment during your holiday with your family or friends.

    On the programme, a flurry of snowflakes, the elf fanfare, a meeting with Father Christmas, a sparkling show on the bottom of the piste, a children's torchlight descent and other surprises and adventures to enjoy or discover ...


  • The Bourgui
    Choice of two runs : 
     * 127 km and 3250 m of difference in heights
     * 70 km and 1750 m of difference in heights

  • Look-alike Festival

    This exceptional festival proposes at 2300 m the best look-a-like of the moment. The physical and vocal resemblance is disturbing. 


    Free for everybody


  • Petanque week
    Contact :

    Office de tourisme Val Thorens
    Tel : +33 (0)4 79 00 08 08
    valtho@valthorens.com

  • Val Tho Trophy
    From beginners to more experienced, Val Thorens brings together for a weekend all the lovers of mountain hiking.

    The Val Tho trophy is to either push your self on the first day or have a relaxed walk the next day. Or why not attend both?

    Saturday the 9th: the vertical Val Tho - memorial of Jean Béranger


    "The definition of the vertical kilometer is simple : 1000 meters of slopes on a short distance to be completed against the clock". Yves Jeannotat, a sports journalist and a specialist in athletics.

    The starting point is at the foot of the Cime Caron where in a group you will start the climb of 4.3km and finish at the summit at 3200 meters in altitude ; which makes the Vertical Val Tho, the highest vertical kilometer in Europe.

    When up the top, breathe and look around you, profit from a 360° view over more than 1000 French, Italian and Suisse summits.

    The vertical Val Tho is great training for the 15 days of the ultra trail on the Mont banc.



    Notice to challengers


    Julien Chorier set the bar high for the first edition by getting to the finish line in 46 min and 11 seconds. For the second edition, Pierre Chauvet did it in an amazing 45 min and 13 sec. The average time is 1h10, nothing is stopping you from trying to rally up the summit as quickly as possible!

    New for 2014 : This year come disguised ! The prize for the best costume will be given at the awards. What's to be won?! A holiday for the 2015 Val Tho Trophy.

    Race information :


    Everyone gathers up at 10h30am at Place Caron for the departure.
    Get to the start line at 11am at the foot of Cime Caron

    The race : 4.3km / average slope : 23.2% / average time : 1h10

    Water supplies on the way up and at the finish line there will also be a pasta party.

    Go down with the ski lifts


    The award ceremony is at the summit of Cime Caron (or at the sports center if the weather is bad).

    After all that effort a bit of comfort! An entrance Aqua-Spa if offered to all the participants (- 50% for the companions)

    Inscription :

    7€ for the Vertical Val Tho - 12€ for the Vertical Val Tho + the calmer walk

    Personalized gifts offered to the 100 first inscribed

    Online : http://boutique.sogevab.com/fr/valthorens-centresportifspa/105-valthotrophy-verticalvaltho.html

    On the spot : The day before or the morning of the race from 9am, Maison de Val Thorens.

    Practical information :

    Sticks accepted (apart from at the beginning)
    Competitor's bags are transported on arrival
    Showers at the sports center
    For the followers, it will be possible to get to the summit by lift.

    Rules : Vertical Val Tho



    Sunday 10th of August: Val Tho Trophy - Calm walk

    Open to everyone, The Val Tho Trophy is an easy and fun walk to be done with your family or friends ! It is a moment of sharing, conviviality and meetings, which you will live through many activities and surprises throughout your walk.

    As soon as you get out of the cable car by passing by the Lac du Lou and until you return to the center of the station, your 5 senses will be challenged.

    Don't forget your hiking shoes, warm clothes and protection against the rain...

    New for 2014 :

    The Val Tho Kidz, a treasure hunt reserved for children. Find the clues scattered all around the trail and try to find the code which will help you find the treasure of Val Thorens.

    Information :

    Free departure from the Place Caron between 7am and 9am
    Trail : 9.8km including 2.4km of lifts
    Refreshments on the trail, a Pasta Party between 1pm and 2,30pm when you get back to the station.

    Course accessible for everyone, Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old.

    Inscription :

    Adult (+12 years) : 9€
    Children (6 -11 years) : 7€
    Children under 6 years : free

    A personalized gift for the first 500 inscribed.

    Online : http://boutique.sogevab.com/fr/valthorens-centresportifspa/97-valthotrophy.html

    On the spot : The day before or the morning of the race from 6am, Maison de Val Thorens

    Rules : Val Tho Trophy

  • Val Tho Crazy Night
    Let's celebrate all together the new year! A colorful programme is waiting for you to end the year in style!

    Come at Val Thorens to enjoy an unforgettable moment with your family or with friends.

    Many activities are planned for you: Live concert, torchlight descent, ski and snow freestyle show, entertainment for children... and a firework at midnight !

    Happy new year 2015!

  • Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup

    FIS discipline since 2003, the Skicross is a ski competition in which a group of skiers (usually four) start simultaneously atop an inclined course with jumps and woops, then race to reach the finish line first.

    Its recent accession to the Olympic status, promise a bright future for this spectacular and media-related discipline. A lot of Alpine skiers are now going for Ski Cross to find, beyond a technical ski, a direct confrontation in a Freestyle culture. 

    Come admire the Ski Cross French and International elite is going to compete on the chalet Boardercross

    Teaser : http://youtu.be/CUpqeQuG2zg

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  • Les 3 Vallées Enduro
    A unique discovery of the 3 Vallées under the form of "specials" (slalom, schuss, derby's...), and each one can compete in the "category" corresponding to his ski level, pros, amateurs or families...

    http://www.les3vallees.com/enduro/

  • Dutch Week
    The Dutch are coming to Val Thorens every winter at the occasion of the Dutch week, to celebrate their Queen anniversary (Koninginnedag). It's a popular celebration where ski and animations follow one another. The orange colour is in favour this week !
  • Rock On Snowboard Tour
    This year, don't miss the Rock On Snowboard Tour at Val Thorens !

    Free tests with more than 30 snowboards'brands : BURTON - DUPRAZ - OAKLEY - DC - BOREALIS - K2 - RIDE - LIB TECH - GNU - ROXY - NITRO - NIDECKER - YES - JONES - SLASH - NOW - DRAKE - ROME SDS - CAPITA - UNION - FLOW - APO - ARBOR - FLUX - BATALEON - LOBSTER - SWITCHBACK - IMPERIVM - XSORIES - GO PRO - FURLAN - DRIFT INNOVATION - ICE WATCH EYEWEAR

    The Rock On Snowboard Tour it's also a snowpark, contests, kids zone, free lessons and live concerts! (All free)

    Save the date!

  • All in rythm week
    A week dedicated to the music.
  • Abracadabra week
    A week dedicated to the magic.
  • Circus addict week
    A week dedicated to the art of circus with different workshops.
  • Air and wind week
    A week dedicated to the air and the wind.
  • Sports addict week
    A week dedicated to sports with different workshops.
  • World Snow Day
    World Snow Day : the international day of snow activities, allows beginners and experienced to discover and enjoy the pleasures of the mountains and skiing in a festive spirit.

    With the "World Snow Day", the french stations are organized to develop activities that can be practiced in the mountains in winter. Beginners will benefit in some initiations free or discounted stations while specialists may participate in various races, tests ski equipment, and can try to practice different types of skiing (alpine, nordic and freestyle , snowboarding, biathlon, luge, snowshoeing and other activities).

    Open to all skiers and snowboarders.



  • Public dance
    The traditional dance of August 15th at the Joseph Fontanet Forum will be entertained by Bruno and Valerie!
  • Last day of skiing!
    Enjoy the last day of the 2014-2015 ski season in Val Thorens!

    The ski lifts of Val Thorens closes Sunday, May 10, 2015 (2pm).

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