“Val Thorens lays claim to being the highest ski village in western Europe and is the highest of the four principal resorts of the giant Trois Valles. With its 189 lifts and 600km of prepared pistes, the Trois Valles is the largest truly linked ski area in the world. In fact, the Trois Valles is no longer confined to three valleys but stretches over the back of Val Thorens into the Maurienne Valley and the Pointe de Bouchet ski area. It can be also accessed from Orelle, a two-hour drive from Turin."
Beginner Intermediate Advanced Lifts 189 Kms 600 Top 3300m
Be careful - Be Very careful. Don't go to Val Thorens when there is more snow than there is at the Antarctic. They may sell you a full 3 Valleys pass and not open the links all week. Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe and boasts the highest pub, 'The Frog and Roastbeef'. If you drive there, it's worth skiing on Saturday - the changeover day, when it's much quieter and you may find that the links to Méribel and Courchevel are open. You can then attack the full 600 kilometres of the 3 valleys
Based in Courchevel, we ski Val Thorens for the second time and on our third trip as the Gorillas. From Courchevel 1850, it's possible to get to Val Thorens in two or three lifts but from 1650 where we were based, it takes three more lifts.
We based ourselves in Brides-les-Bains for our third trip to 'Les 3 Vallées' and although you can reach Val Thorens within three lifts, you tend to not bother as you want to ski after having spent 20 minutes on the first bubble all the way from Brides.
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