Val Thorens Ski School

Our Val Thorens Ski School is nestled in the Three Valleys and is known as one of the most snowsure resorts in Europe at 2300m. Our team of instructors love helping you progress and develop your skills on the mountain. They always prioritize having fun, and when they aren’t on the slopes, you’ll find them engineering their own skis,  motocross riding or learning new languages. Our team in Val Thorens has grown since the early days. But what hasn’t changed is our drive to ensure all our clients have a seamless experience.

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Val Thorens at a Glance

Ski Resort Guide

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Night Skiing


Ski Pass Area

3 Valleys

Resort Altitude


Nearest International Airport

Geneva, Chambery or Lyon

Green Runs


Blue Runs


Red Runs


Black Runs


Val Thorens Piste Map

Ski School Meeting Point

Where you’ll meet your instructor

Group Lessons: The New Generation Val Thorens Ski School meeting point is outside the Restaurant Jasper, at the top of the Musarainge magic carpet.

Private Lessons: We can meet you anywhere. Just let us know beforehand so we can organise our team.

Choose Your Lesson Type

Custom Experiences

Tailored for each client
Adaptive Ski Lessons

Adaptive ski lessons are enabling more people to participate in snowsports with the greatest possible level of independence.

Bespoke business packages
Corporate Lessons

Whether it’s making lunch reservations using our extensive local knowledge, or taking your group heliskiing. So why not let us organise your corporate booking this year?

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Val Thorens FAQ’s


If you’re arriving by air then you’ll probably fly into either Chambéry, Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva. The following transfer companies offer airport transfers, either private or sometimes shared:

3 Valley Transfers

Snowbound Transfers to Val Thorens

Cool Runnings



Snow White Transfers

Ski Lifts


There are buses from the airport but you will need to change at Moutiers If you are travelling as part of a large group it may be cheaper to share a taxi transfer. Check Bensbus or Altibus for more details.

The train is the cheapest option but again this will involve several changes and the trains are somewhat infrequent.


The Channel Tunnel & ferries both become options for self-drivers. It’s about a 10hr drive once in France to reach Val Thorens. The benefits of driving are the ability to travel at your own pace & with as much luggage as you like! You’ll also have the option of an extra day skiing during a week’s holiday. Factor in the road tolls which can be quite pricey on the motorways.


Eurostar offers overnight trains direct from London St Pancras to Moutiers (37km or about 50mins by car from Val Thorens, at the foot of the mountain). If you don’t mind overnight travel, and can sleep on trains (or are willing to forego sleep) then this can be one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to reach the Alps. Plus, there are no extra charges for ski carriage! You just need to be able to carry all your gear!


If you are looking to travel on a showstring & have time for a longer journey there are some excellent value coach transfers from the UK to Val Thorens. Try Ski Bus UK and Snow Express for luxury coach trips from London to Moutiers

For those with a coach stopping in Moutiers, you can book one of the regular public bus shuttles up to Val Thorens resort here.

Here’s a list of some of our favourite tour operators in Val Thorens:

Alpenglow Ski
A specialist chalet agent with a wide range of catered chalets to suit all budgets.

Kaluma Travel
Luxury, tailor made holidays with excellent standard of service, gourmet food friendly and professional staff

My Chalet Finder
A website specialising in self catering chalets and apartments across the world’s top ski resorts.

Simply Your Holidays
Agent who will search for good quality, affordable holidays for you, your family and your friends.

Ski deals and cheap holidays with the biggest tour operators in Val Thorens.

There is a free resort shuttle running between 8am & 20pm with three different circuits. The most popular circuits ‘Circuit de la Boucle’ and ‘Circuit du Soleil’ provide around 3 services an hour.

Alternatively, there are several local taxi options (a full list is available through the Val Thorens tourist office).  Try Allo 73 Taxi +33 (0)6 59 81 04 25.

Street parking is forbidden except for short periods at the weekend to allow for easier loading & unloading of luggage.  We would recommend booking your parking space with VALTHOPARC before arrival.  The office is open 24 hours a day so arrival at night will not be a problem.

There are 5 parking areas, with free day parking at P4 (before you get to the entrance to the resort).  From P4 there is a pedestrian friendly lift ‘Cairn’ from the lift station across the bridge from the car park to connect you to Val Thorens resort itself.

These can be accessed on the Val Thorens website.

If you’re looking for more information about resort including where to eat, what’s on during your stay and general hints and tips then try one of the following websites:

A helpful site with regular event listings of what’s going on in resort, snow reports and more.

An independent guide to Val Thorens.

Val Thorens Tourist Website
The official site for Val Thorens.

Food Shopping

  • La Cime Gourmande in Galerie Péclet is a great bakery offering delicious breakfast & lunchtime take away food.
  • Sucré-Salé bakery in Résidence Le Montana Valbel is a firm favourite with the New Generation instructors.
  • Coopérative Laitière in Place de l’Eglise sells locally produced speciality Savoyard cheeses including Beaufort.
  • Supérette Sherpa Les Balcons in Quartier Des Balcons Chalet 1 is a mini market with freshly baked pastries available from 7.30am.
  • Supérette 8 À Huit in Résidence Pierre & Vacances Les Temples Du Soleil on Rue Du Soleil opens daily from 7.30am selling fresh bread & newspapers along with the usual mini market products.
  • Sherpa Supermarche (Galerie Péclet), Supermarché Spar Caron (Galerie Caron), Supermarket Du Chamois (next to Chamois d’Or on Rue du Soleil) & Carrefour Montagne Caron (Rue Caron) are all well stocked mini markets in Val Thorens.

Clothing Shops

  • There’s a street market on Place Péclet every Tuesday and Thursday, in the winter season selling local cheeses and meats, honey and wine as well as a selection of winter suitable clothing.
  • Hibiscus clothing boutique for women in Galerie de Péclet has a good selection of clothing.
  • DC Store in the Galerie Caron offers a selection of urban street wear from the American brand.
  • Millet Expert Shop in Galerie Caron in the centre of the resort stocks a good range of technical equipment.
  • The North Face Store in Galerie Caron sells a range of ski clothing & accessories.
  • Superdry in Place de Péclet sells a selection of the collection from the contemporary urban wear brand.

Val Thorens Tourist Office is located in the Maison de Val Thorens building on Place de Caron with friendly international staff.

La Poste post office is located in the Maison de Val Thorens building (closed on Sundays)

Aurel Coiffure hairdressers is located in Galerie Péclet.

Garage Gapihan is a petrol station & mini market just after the entrance to the resort past the Club Med building.

Cabinet Dentaire dentist in Les Eterlous building opposite Le Fitz Roy Hotel.

Centre Médico-Sportif on Place Caron is considered to be the main medical centre in Val Thorens & they deal with most injuries & illnesses, referring only the more serious to the hospital in Moutiers. The centre is open from 9am-18pm daily with a doctor on call outside these hours.   Phone +33 (0)4 79 00 00 37.

Centre Medical on Rue du Soleil provides general medical consultations.  The opening hours are 9am-noon and 15pm-18pm.  Phone +33 (0)4 79 00 74 39.

Optic 2300 opticians on Rue de Caron or Extrême Vision opticians in Galerie Caron can assist with most optical needs.

Gendarmerie police station is located on Place des Arolles next to the central bus station.

Pharmacie Des 3 Vallées in Galerie Péclet is a large pharmacy shop selling toiletries.

Tabac Presse Caron in Galerie Caron & Tabac Souvenirs in Galerie Péclet are two popular newsagencies.

There are 6 banks in Val Thorens; Banque De Savoie in
Galerie Péclet, La Banque Postale in Maison de Val Thorens, Crédit Agricole des Savoie
on Rue Caron, Euronet – Distributeur Automatique De Billets
in Le Cheval Blanc building near the Montana complex on Rue Du Soleil, Cic Lyonnaise De Banque
in Place De l’Eglise, Banque Populaire Des Alpes
in Eskival.

Dry cleaners Blanchisserie Des Cimes & Loc’linge on Rue de Gébroulaz provide a laundry service.

Laverie Automatique in Maison de Val Thorens & Lav Thorens in Residence L’Arcelle are the two self service launderettes in Val Thorens.

Ostéopathe D.O Pillot Amélie
(Place de la Fontaine) & Cabinet D’ostéopathie (Eterlous
building) both provide osteopathic treatments.

Cabinet de Kinésithérapie
(Rue du Soleil), Kinésithérapeute
(Le Grand Cairn Appartement A23) & Cabinet D’ostéopathie et de Kinésithérapie
(Centre Médical on Place Caron) all offer physiotherapy treatment.

Highest cinema in Europe, Le Lac Blanc Cinema on Grande Rue, Two showings per day, one at 5.30 pm and the other at 9 pm. On bad weather days, an extra show is added at 2.30 pm.

Bowling De Val Thorens (near tourist office, Place de L’Arche), with 8 lanes & bumpers available for children.  There is also a games room with billiard, pool and snooker tables as well as video games, table football and air hockey.

Sledging on the 6km long run (longest in France) which is accessible from the Funitel Peclet and starts at the bottom of the Glacier de Peclet. The run is open everyday from 10:00 to 15:00 and on every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

Centre Sportif De Val Thorens in Galerie Caron has the following indoor facilities for children; swimming pools, bouncy castles, trampolines, soft play ball pits, tennis, football, volley ball, squash courts, ping-pong tables, badminton courts, basket ball courts

There are plenty of trails to keep keen walkers entertained, a detailed trail map is available for free at the Tourist Office.  The team can also recommend trails further down the Belleville Valley (accessible using the valley shuttle bus service).

Guided snowmobile tours at 17.30pm every evening with Val Tho Motoneige.

Classic & Jazz music concerts take place in the church every Tuesday at 18.30pm (free entry).

If you’re looking for childcare service in La Tania we recommend the following companies:

Alpine Childcare
Links families with local nannies and babysitters working in ski resorts around the Alps.

A baby-sitters list is available from the tourist office. If you’re looking for equipment rentals, Bébés Et Kids Locationin l’Eskival provide a number of options.

Le Club des Piou Piou is a non-ski nursery that accepts children from 18 months to 5 years old. The Club is run by ESF & the centre is approved by the DDASS and the Departmental for Youth and Sport. Toilet facilities, play areas and a restaurant are available on site for children.

Beginners will not need a lift pass for day 1 as there is a free beginner area at the foot of the pistes. Your instructor will tell you when you need to buy a lift pass.

All other groups will need a Val Thorens – Orelle valley lift pass for your lessons. There is such vast range of terrain on our doorstep in Val Thorens, so we normally don’t go into the Three Valleys in our groups although higher level skiers might want to explore outside of lessons. Day upgrades can be bought for this purpose.

Need help with your booking?
Give us a call, we’re here for you.

UK office: +44 1462 674 000
Lines open: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:00 UK


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