British ski instructor Val Thorens

View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

Val Thorens

Val Thorens, with Mont Blanc behind

Val Thorens is one of Europe's best ski resorts. Founded in 1971, when the first two draglifts opened, it's the highest resort in Europe. It often has some of the best snow in the Alps. 

The ski area caters to all levels of skiers, with an extensive beginners' area, and kilometres of varied pistes for intermediates and experts. If you ever want to go further afield, you can ski the other valleys that make up the 3 Valleys ski area - Méribel and Courchevel. A number of charming off piste itineraries are accessible from Val Thorens's lifts.

Signpost on the Cime de Caron, Val Thorens

The lifts are fast and modern, as the resort regularly invests in upgrading and renewing them. In summer 2018, two new pistes are being created, plus a zip wire back to resort - see what's new in Val Thorens for winter 2018-19.

Cime de Caron arrival station

For more information about Val Thorens, have a look at ValThorensGuide, my website which covers all aspects of the resort. You can find sections on the resort, the ski area, accommodation, restaurants and bars. There's a list of all the events planned for the winter season. In the news section, read reports on the events, and other news from the resort. You can also consult the weather page, to understand the weather system that affect Val Thorens in winter, and for a link to a forecast. There are also regular snow reports, with photos and videos. Check out the webcams too.

Private lesson, on top of the Cime de Caron

ESF in Val Thorens

ESF kids group, Val Thorens

The ESF is the largest ski school in Val Thorens, with around 200 ski instructors during the busiest times of the season. They offer group lessons and private lessons for adults and children, and in skiing and snowboarding.  

Read more about the ESF in Val Thorens.

Private lessons in Val Thorens

Private lessons in Val Thorens

I recommend private lessons as a great way to learn a lot in a short time. Amongst the advantages are personal attention to your skiing, choose your own focus, and go at your own pace. Read more about private lessons in Val Thorens.

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