Winter must-sees in Val Thorens
Published on September 19, 2022
Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe, the center is located at 2300 meters. It is also the highest point of the 3 Valleys domain, the largest domain in the world with no less than 600 km of slopes.
In 2022, the resort celebrates its 50th anniversary. Born in 1972, its history is the story of a challenge and a human adventure. It is the meeting between a unique situation and the pioneers who dared to invest in it. It was in Val Thorens that the groupe Montagnettes was born in 1992 with the apartments in chalets Montagnettes Lombarde.
In Val Thorens, you will find a real spirit. Live unique experiences, enjoy the best of skiing, dare the thrills, let yourself be carried away by the different atmospheres, marvel your taste buds in the numerous restaurants. In short, you will be thrilled with the Val Thorens lifestyle. Sporty, relaxed, festive and friendly, you will make this lifestyle your own during your entire vacation.
The best spots for skiing in Val Thorens
It is difficult to choose the best spots since Val Thorens is a must-see in itself. It has a unique location as the village is dominated by six glaciers. This allows you to ski in the sun all day long. 99% of the area is located at an altitude of over 2000 meters and offers the guarantee of quality snow from late November to early May! It is a paradise for skiers, snowboarders and all those who want to enjoy the pleasures of skiing.
The height of the domain allows you to enjoy absolutely breathtaking views. The spot not to be missed is the Cime Caron. Located at 3200 meters, the Michelin guide considers this summit as the most beautiful view of the Alps. Indeed, you can enjoy a 360 degrees panorama and you can admire more than 1000 summits of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps! From there, you can then reach the Maurienne via the resort of Orelle.
As part of the 3 Valleys ski area, there are several slopes that allow you to reach the other resorts. If you want to go on an adventure, go to the Col de la Chambre. You can slide towards Courchevel and Méribel or towards Les Menuires. Val Thorens is also and above all a ski resort adapted to all ski levels.
Activities to do with friends or family
You have understood that in Val Thorens snow and ice are queens. Immerse yourself in the waters of a frozen lake surrounded by mountains. And yes, diving and even snorkeling under ice are a reality in Val Thorens. Once you have put on a neoprene suit, you can discover the icy depths. An activity that will give you strong and original sensations whether you are a beginner diver or not.
For those who are not so keen, head for the Alain Prost circuit. At the wheel of a go-kart, an Andros Trophy competition vehicle or a rear-wheel drive car, discover driving on ice. A way to better understand snowy and icy roads while living an unforgettable experience.
For young and old, we recommend the Cosmojet. It is a toboggan run of more than 6 kilometers, the longest toboggan run in France! Accessible from the age of 5 and via the funitel of Péclet, the activity can be done during the day or in the early evening in after-ski.
The best restaurants in Val Thorens
There are several establishments not to be missed in Val Thorens. But THE restaurant of reference is Chez Pépé Nicolas. Located between Les Menuires and Val Thorens, the restaurant serves Savoyard specialties with local products from the mountain pastures in a chalet with a terrace offering a breathtaking view of the ski slopes.
If you are craving for Asian cuisine during or after a day of skiing, head for Il Gusto. Located in the 4 star residenceOxalys, the Japanese chef offers you a multitude of dishes as well as Savoyard specialties and pizzas. The south-facing terrace allows you to enjoy good food while basking in the sun.
Meat and lobster lovers are not forgotten. Push the doors of the Beef & Lobster of Hameau of Kashmir. In an exceptional setting, enjoy quality products and a bistronomic cuisine. Beef Tataki, lobster or burger, you choose the dish that will enchant your taste buds.