Lift System in Val Thorens
Lift Areas & Details

About the Lift System in Val Thorens

Regularly updated lift system with excellent access to the pistes & three valleys

Throughout the winter season the Three Valleys operate an impressive lift system consisting of 180 ski lifts that transport 260,000 skiers hourly! 

Val Thorens and the Three Valleys are constantly investing in their lift system to ensure that it remains the best ski area in the world. They spent over 50 million € on the Three Valleys lift system in 2012, making various improvements and updating the lifts.

Val Thorens itself has 30 lifts marked on the piste map using straight black lines which are a combination of button tow/drag, chair, télécabine and téléphérique. They have the corresponding abbreviations:

TK - téléski (drag)
TS - télésiège (chair)
TC - télécabine (gondola)
TPH - téléphérique (cable car)

For télécabine think bubble car and for téléphérique think cable car. Anything prefixed/suffixed with “Express” means a modern fast chair lift.

In the winter you'll also find that the pistes around the lifts will be perfectly groomed each morning. The Three Valley's has 80 piste bashers that operate daily throughout the winter season from 5:00pm all the way through to 7:00am. With 78 out of 318 pistes in the three valleys situated in Val Thorens the lift system gives you access to these perfectly groomed pistes. 

Find out about Val Thorens ski pass options, ski pass prices and enjoy the lifts open throughout the winter season, including Christmas and New years day.

A selection of the lifts are also open throughout the summer when the mountains offer spectacular views and are a great place for spotting some Alpine wildlife. The Moutiere chairlift gives mountain bikers and pesdestrians access to the hiking and mountain biking trails. The Telepherique Cime Caron, Telecabine Cairn, Telecabine Caron and Teleseige Moutiere are all open to pedestrians in the summer, whether you want to take off and paraglide, hike and explore the scenery or race down on your mountain bike the lift system gives you acess to all these activities in the summer. Find out about summer pass options and about the summer prices

Lift Access & Restrictions in Val Thorens

Details of what access is permitted on the different lift types

3 Valley Lift Access & Restrictions
  Cable Cars Gondolas Chair Lifts Drag Lifts
Wheelchair access* a a a a
Paragliders** a a a r
Pedestrians*** a a a r
Dogs**** a a r r
Babies***** a a a r

*Please see the list of Handiski Authorised Ski Lifts in the Trois Vallées for full details. Please note: If not accompanied by a handiski instructor, the person in the wheelchair will require someone to assist them in accessing the lifts. This person will be able to claim a discount on their lift pass price.

**Take off points for private paragliders are at Bouc Blanc and Col de la Loze. Tandem paragliders who are flying with an instructor can take off at Col de la Loze, Vizelle and Saulire. All private paragliders and instructors must carry a valid license and adhere to the flight rules regarding the ski areas and the close proximity of the Altiport. Please read Courchevel for Paragliding to find out more.

***Please go to Courchevel Lift Pass Options - Winter to find out which lifts in the Trois Vallée can be accessed with your pedestrian lift pass.

**** Dogs are generally not allowed on lifts during the winter.  This rule is relaxed during the summer, providing dogs are kept on a lead.

*****It is not recommended to expose babies or young children to sudden changes in altitude or temperature. If lift staff consider your child too young to travel on certain lifts they have the right to deny access. Please read our Tips for Families & Kids section for advice.



Piste Maps & Lift Maps for Val Thorens

Piste Maps for Winter & Trail Maps for Summer for all 3 valleys

Here are some handy piste maps to get you out and about on the snowy slopes of Val Thorens and the Three Valleys. Save a copy to your smartphone or pick up a paper piste map from the lift-stations, hotel receptions and the like...

Lift Maps for the 3 Valleys
Winter Summer
 3 Valley Piste Map 3 Valleys Mountain Bike Trail Map (Specifically Meribel trails)
Courchevel Piste Map 3 Valleys Mountain Bike & Hiking Trails Map
Meribel Piste Map  
Val Thorens Piste Map Val Thorens Summer Walking Map
Val Thorens Piste Map Interactive Méribel Valley Summer Walking Map
3 Valley Cross Country Ski Guide  
 Meribel Winter Walking Map  
Val Thorens Winter Walking  Map  



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