Val Thorens is the western valley of the Three Valleys ski area and is the highest resort in Europe. These 2 facts tell you a lot about the resort – it is part of the largest linked ski area in the world giving you 372 miles (600 km) of pisted runs and with a resort level of 7545 feet (2,300 m) and slopes at 10597 feet (3,230 m), you will find excellent snow conditions and the nearest thing to a guarantee of snow cover that you can be offered.
As the resort and all the skiing is above the tree line, it can feel somewhat bleak, and it used to be said that the resort lacked character but that has changed dramatically in recent years. Val Thorens is now a vibrant resort with more ski-in/out accommodation than most places in the Alps and it has a range of properties from 5 Star hotels with Michelin-star restaurants to more basic self-catered apartments.
The center of the resort is Place de Caron where you will find a collection of shops, restaurants, and the leisure center. The village is then essentially divided in two by a fairly gentle slope that runs the length of the resort and is served by a drag lift. The upper part of the village centers around Place de Peclet and the Plein Soleil area and the lower part of the resort centers around Rue de Soleil
There is a free resort shuttle bus running from 8 am-8 pm daily and there are X5 services per day (not Saturday) running between Val Thorens, Les Menuires, and St Martin de Belleville.