Luxury Chalets Val Thorens
Val Thorens in the Tarentaise Valley - located at an altitude of 2300m - is the highest ski town in Europe. It is located in the commune of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in the Savoie département. The resort forms part of the Les Trois Vallées ski area which, with over 600 km of piste, is one of the largest linked ski areas in the world. The Trois Vallées ski domain is connected by a common ski pass.
Val Thorens is now one of the most successful resorts in the Alps. Given the high altitude of Val Thorens and the Glacier de Péclet the often large volume of snow means that the resort is usually open from mid-November until early May. The highest ski-able peaks are Pointe du Bouchet (3220m) and Cime de Caron (3200m), with its cable car of the same name, one of the biggest in the world with a capacity of 150+1 passengers.
Many of the slopes in Val Thorens face north and north-west, providing for good snow conditions. This means that the slopes are not as sunny, so the resort tends to attract a crowd more interested in skiing than "terracing". However, the resort itself faces south, and many people enjoy sitting outside in the sunshine when they have finished skiing.
Val Thorens has a total of 68 marked runs, and several terrain parks. The main snow park sees top level freestyle competitions every winter as it hosts a stage of the national SFR Slopestyle Tour, and the ski cross arena is frequently visited by the FIS Skier X World Cup. Jean-Fred Chapuis, who won the Skier X event at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, hails from Val Thorens and the ski cross track is named after him.
Val Thorens is the most visited international ski resort in France: more than 70% of its visitors are foreigners. While one will find people from all over the world in Val Thorens, British, Scandinavian, Belgian, Dutch and German tourists make up the majority.
(Photo © Les3vallées Tourisme)
VAL THORENS RESORT INFO
Altitude: 2300m | Highest Lift: 3230m | Piste: 600km | Green: 48 | Blue: 135 | Red: 119 | Black: 33 | Lifts: 183 | Longest Run: 4,6km | Cross Country: 118km | Snow Parks: 11
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