Val Thorens is part of the famous French ski area of the Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallées). Located in the Tarentaise Valley in Savoie, the resort makes up one third of one of the largest ski resorts in the world.
While skiing and snowboarding are two of the most popular activities for people that visit Val Thorens in the winter, there is a lot more to do and see there than just the pistes. To help you get an idea of what else you can do besides skiing, here is a list of the top 6 things to do in Val Thorens.
Go Skiing or Snowboarding
As mentioned above, Val Thorens is part of one of the biggest ski areas in the world. As such, it offers no shortage of great terrain and pistes for all ski and snowboarding levels. You can spend a day in just Val Thorens, or ski over to Meribel and Courchevel, the other two valleys in the Three Valleys ski area. The longer you have in the French Alps, the more you can explore all three of the valleys.
Explore the Two Other Valleys
You don’t just have to ski in Courchevel and Meribel; you can also explore the other things they have to offer. From sledding to apres ski, shopping to dining, the other two valleys offer a wealth of activities you can take advantage of while you’re in the area.
Do Some Adrenaline Sports
One of the more unique things to do in Val Thorens is driving on ice. If the weather permits and the ice is thick enough, you can sign up to drive cars on ice and learn how to navigate slippery terrain. It’s adventure travel at its best, and a great activity to participate in while you’re in the Alps.
Another great adrenaline sport in Val Thorens is zip lining. There is a great one in the resort that allows you to soar over the Alps at high altitude (don’t forget your camera!).
Have a Spa Day
Val Thorens has no shortage of leisure activities, from shopping to spa-going. If you’re interested in the latter, there are a number of hotels with great spas in Val Thorens. From five-star hotel spas with all the amenities to basic spas with intimate facilities, there’s something for every preference and budget.
Eat at the Best Restaurants in Val Thorens
Val Thorens has a lot of great cuisine on offer in a number of award-winning restaurants. Whether you’re looking for traditional alpine fondue or hearty French food, there’s something for everyone. Val Thorens also boasts of having the highest restaurant in France. The Caron Freeride Cafe sits at an altitude of 3,200 meters and has spectacular views over the Alps.
Explore Val Thorens’ Apres Ski Scene
Like many places in the French Alps, Val Thorens takes its apres ski scene as seriously as its ski scene. The 360 dance party is a great place to dance on the mountain, and has a lively atmosphere in the afternoons. Likewise, the famous La Folie Douce offers great music and live entertainment in what is one of the most celebrated apres ski parties in the Alps.