Val Thorens - The highest ski resort in Europe
Val Thorens is a compact, purpose built resort and, at 2300m, the highest ski resort in Europe. Situated at the top of the Three Valleys its high altitude makes it snow sure and easy access to the rest of the region means that you have a huge terrain on your doorstep! The Three Valleys consists of Méribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens, as well as lots of little villages and hamlets.
The complete ski area of the Three Valleys is the largest in the world and is well linked by lifts and runs, allowing you to explore to your heart's content. The ski area in Val Thorens alone is extensive and varied; from the gentle nursery slopes of St Martin to the more challenging runs of Cime de Caron, there is something to suit everyone. The region is surrounded by no less than 6 glaciers, which provide summer skiing from the beginning of July to the end of August. To read more about the skiing and boarding in Val Thorens and the rest of the Three Valleys please see our Insider's Guide for suggested itineraries, our favourite runs and a few ideas of where to go for lunch on the mountain!
The highest après ski in Europe is also one of the liveliest! Live bands, DJs and karaoke nights are all popular and there are plenty of places to grab a beer and something to refuel the system after a day on the slopes. Val Thorens has a plethora of French, Irish, English and Dutch bars to choose from, Le Saloon and the Frog and Roastbeef being two of the most lively venues. If partying in Les Menuires you should head to the Croisette for bars and nightlife, whereas St Martin has the Dahlia and the Pourquoi-Pas to name but two.
|Altitude of resort:||1800 metres|
|Top elevation:||3230 metres|
|Largest vertical drop:||1430 metres|
|Total length of slopes:||170 kilometres|
|Longest run:||12 kilometres|
|Number of lifts:||34|