Val Thorens


The highest ski resort in Europe with a vibrant local scene - there's something for everyone, on and off the slopes. Surrounded by six glaciers, Val Thorens is a serious contender for guaranteed snow and excellent skiing conditions through out the winter season. Full of luxury ski in, ski out chalets, hotels and atmospheric après; it is a popular choice for a luxury skiing holiday in the French Alps.


With its first apartment block built in 1971, Val Thorens has since developed into a serious contender for the best high-altitude skiing in Europe. Yes, its purpose built, so it doesn't offer the quaint aesthetics afforded by other French villages in the region; however, when the streets become slopes it certainly makes for a convenient and adventurous stay. Who doesn't love doorstep skiing? Accommodation here suits all price points, meaning everything from pizzerias, snack bars to fine-dining restaurants are all at your fingertips. You can't miss the popular après scene in Val Thorens, with wild slope-side parties daily at La Folie Douce and the 360 Bar.


Set in an enormous ski bowl, Val Thorens has runs fanning out in all directions. With 600km and 166 ski lifts making up this incredible circuit, there is terrain to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Les Trois Vallees has a fast and efficiently interconnected system allowing you to utilise your day to the fullest. There are plenty of sweeping, gentle pistes for beginners, and a vast array of challenging reds or blacks for the intermediate to advanced skier. For snowboarders or freestyle skiers, head to the terrain park by the 2 Lac lift for cracking half-pipe action. The Val Thorens local area claims 140km of the entire Les Trois Vallees circuit, and it's a complete haven for those with confidence in their abilities.<br><br>There is an excellent choice of ski schools in Val Thorens for every discipline, teaching in several languages. Whether children's group classes or private tuition, the key is to find an instructor that works for you. We'll introduce you to our top ski school partners so that you're in good hands.


The main ways of getting to resort are by private minibus transfer, self-drive, train to Moutiers or helicopter. By road, you can reach Val Thorens in 1.5 hrs from Chambery, 2.5 hrs from Grenoble or Lyon and just under 3 hrs from Geneva. Our Hip Hideouts concierge are on hand to reserve transfer services for you, ensuring travel is smooth and hassle free.


High altitude activities - we've got you covered. Val Thorens is home to the highest zip line in Europe at 3230m, reaching speeds of over 100km/h. Want to keep your feet closer to ground? Try mountain biking the Peclet Glacier, ice driving, snowmobiling or snowshoeing. Within the resort there is a well-equipped sports centre with gym, swim, spa facilities, and various sport courts. Or something you may not have even considered - ice diving, experiencing the frosty-blue world beneath a frozen lake.