European Snowboard Resort Guide
Your Independent Guide to the Snowboard Resorts of France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and Andorra

VAL THORENS, FRANCE

TRANSFER TIME (approx): Chambery 2 hours 45 mins

                                       Geneva 3 hours 30 mins

                                       Grenoble 3 hours 30 mins

 

LIFT PASS (2010/11): Adult £226 (3 Valleys area)

                                        £179 (local)

                                Child £171 (3 Valleys area)

                                        £121 (local)

 

PISTE FACTS: Longest Run: 5km

                     Total: 140km (Val Thorens), 600km (Three Valleys)



 

This is the highest resort in the French Alps, and is part of the extensive Three Valleys area. That means three things: loads of snow, over 600 km of varied piste, and long hours of sunshine - what more could you possibly ask for?!

 

Well...if its off piste - this is excellent. You can find waist deep powder from early December onwards if you are in luck. If its freestyle facilities - there is a halfpipe and a number of terrain parks, catering for all abilities.

 

The area lift pass gives access to Meribel/Mottaret and Couchevel so there is plenty to explore and something for everyone, from complete beginner to budding pro's doing a season.

 

Apres Ski

 

As this is a purpose built resort, it is really convenient. Accomodation is mainly located in a compact area on the mountainside overlooking the centre. There is a great apres ski scene with many activities such as a cinema, ski-dooing, toboggan run, bowling alley and glacier excursions. In terms of nightlife, this is one of the liveliest French resorts. Be sure to stop at La Folie Douce on the Pein Sud slope in the late afternoon. Its a pub, restaurant and outside club with a brilliant atmosphere. In town, there is a good choice of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.