European Ski Resorts A-Z


Val Thorens, France

Resort height:





  (1260-3230m - 3 Valleys)



  (600km - 3 Valleys)


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Snow quality (upper)



Snow quality (lower)



Resort level snow



Powder potential


Few resorts can rival Val Thorens for its reliably good snow cover.


Not only is it the highest ski resort in Europe, but its slopes also reach 3200m and include two small glaciers. Add to that plenty of shady north-facing terrain and comprehensive snow-making facilities and it is easy to see why it is one of the safest bets in the Alps.

Where to ski in bad weather:

Val Thorens has no trees, and mostly high and exposed slopes, so is very bleak in bad weather.


If you can get there, the nearest significant shelter is in the woods above Méribel, especially on the Altiport side. Note that there is a lot of high tree-less terrain en route, however.

Where to head in poor snow conditions:

If snow conditions are below par, the Glacier de Péclet and the Pointe de Thorens sectors are often the best bet - unless high winds have scoured the surface.

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