Val Thorens

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Nestled in the Saint-Martin-de-Belleville commune in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region of France, the Val Thorens is the highest altitude ski area in Europe. Val Thorens itself is set at an altitude of 2300m, making your stay here one of the unique places to stay in France. Head right to the ski lift as soon you step out of your accommodation in the beautiful Val Thorens.

 

How To Get There

To reach the Val Thorens, you can either use a shuttle service, a car rental service, or hire a taxi. 

The nearest airport to Val Thorens is at Chambéry, but only a limited number of flights land here. The airports at Lyon and Geneva are better for international tourists, and you can find direct transportation to Val Thorens from the airport. 

 

If you want to reach Val Thorens using a train service, you'll have to stop at Moûtiers first. Train lines like TGV, Eurostar, and regional lines connect Moûtiers to larger towns. Moutîers is located 23 miles (38 km) away from Val Thorens.

You can either take a car or use the snow train to reach Val Thorens from Moûtiers. The snow train will take you to the ski resort within an hour.

Helicopter is also an option.

History And Culture

Before the 1960s, Val Thorens was better known as summer pastureland. During that decade, the idea to turn Val Thorens into a thriving ski resort was just beginning to take ground. At the same time, Les Menuires was already being developed. Around 1964, a road was built that extended from Les Menuires to Val Thorens, opening the doors of the newly opened ski resort to the public.

Val Thorens was always designed to have the highest altitude ski area in all of Europe. The splendid view of the Péclet glacier from the Cime de Caron makes this place a serious contender for the title of the most beautiful place in France. 

As the Val Thorens was being developed, the minds behind the project were told that their dream of building the highest altitude ski resort in Europe wouldn't be feasible. Today, Val Thorens boasts the highest altitude ski resort in Europe and single-handedly draws the largest crowd of international tourists each year. This makes it a skiing resort you must see in France. 

 

Information

The skiing season at the Val Thorens begins in November and continues till May. Visit between December and March to truly enjoy skiing in the highest altitude ski resort in Europe.

 

Getting Around

A free shuttle bus can take you around Val Thorens, while the ski lifts will take you to all the peaks and ski runs you want to go to. Parking isn't available inside Val Thorens, and walking is a popular way to get around the Val Thorens.

 

Stay

A unique way to stay in France, you'll always be higher than 2000m of altitude at the Val Thorens. Choose from the available hotels, gîtes, chalets, and rented accommodation to find a place that suits your needs perfectly.

Activities To Try

Aside from skiing, you can also try these activities at one of the best places to see in France: 

- Skating at the rink

- Sports and wellness center

- Paragliding

- Ice diving

- Snowmobiling

- Tobogganing

- Dog sledding

- Ice driving

- Sledge trailing

Eat And Drink

The beautiful sights in Val Thorens, which are an absolute must-see in France, can even be enjoyed as you take a bite out of a delicious meal from the slopes. Over sixty restaurants give you nearly every option under the Sun when it comes to choosing what you want to eat.

Enjoy local French flavors, or the familiar taste of a burger, and everything else in between, from an altitude of above 2000m.

Val Thorens was always designed to have the highest altitude ski area in all of Europe. The splendid view of the Péclet glacier from the Cime de Caron makes this place a serious contender for the title of the most beautiful place in France. 

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