About Ski Pass Options in Val Thorens
There are a number of different ski passes available in Val Thorens. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Val Thorens ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
|Which Ski Pass to buy in Val Thorens|
|Adult Pass||An adult pass is for people aged 13-64 years|
|Child Pass||A child pass is for children aged 5-12 years (under 5's are free)|
|Family Pass||Family groups must comprise of at least 2 adults and from two to seven children. Everyone pays the child's rate.|
|DUO Pass||Passes for 2 people for 6, 7 or 8 days for the same ski area bought at the same time|
|TRIBU Pass||Passes for 3+ people for 6, 7 or 8 days for the same ski area bought at the same time|
|3 Valleys Pass||Full area pass, including Meribel & Val Thorens|
|Val Thorens Pass||Local area pass, suited to beginners and intermediates|
You can buy your pass online but before you buy anything we recommend you check the weather forecasts on arrival, or speak to your accommodation provider who should be able to advise you of the best options - before you spend money on the wrong kind of pass for you or if the weather will be inclement.
3 Valleys ski-passes (Full area)
The 3 Valleys is the largest linked ski area in the world and anyone of intermediate ability and above usually takes advantage of the full area 3 Valleys Pass. It offers unlimited access to 180 lifts, 600kms of piste and 8 resorts: Meribel/Mottaret, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires/St Martin, Orelle and Brides Les Bains.
Also see: Ski Areas in Val Thorens
Val Thorens Valley ski-passes (Local area)
There are two local area passes to choose from:
The Val Thorens local area pass which covers 150km of piste offers plenty for the beginner skiers and those intermediate skiers who are content to explore the top end of the valley.
Vallee de Belleville
For those that want to explore further, but not perhaps the whole of the 3 Valleys area, then the Vallee de Belleville pass covers the entire valley from Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville at the bottom of the valley to the Val Thorens local area at the top of the valley.
Also see: Ski Areas in Val Thorens
Special discounts available to groups of 20+ please contact one of the Ski Pass Offices for details.
Family Ski Passes
Both the local area Val Thorens pass and the full area 3 Valleys Pass offer a specific family discount. Family Ski Pass packs are available, where everyone pays the child's price. There needs to be a minimum of 2 parents + 2 children (5-17 yrs) plus you can add any extra children (up to a maximum of 7) at the same price per person (single parent families should contact the Ski Pass Offices for further details).
To benefit from the discount at least 4 ski passes must be bought at the same time for the same duration (6 days or more) and ski area. Proof of age will be required and each member of the family will have their own hands free pass. Ages on the first day of skiing are taken into account.
Beginners can move up from using the free drag lift and magic carpets, to a pass that is available for morning, afternoon and 1 day durations - prices are 50% less than standard passes. Three beginners sectors are available using the beginner pass:
Castor & Pollux, 2 twin covered 240m long moving carpets - free access, Cairn gondola - access with a beginners ski pass
Musaraigne and Campagnols, two 200m long moving carpets, in series, right at the heart of La Grenouillère - free access, Roc drag lift - free access, 2 Lacs - access with a beginners ski pass
Caron cable car - access with a beginners ski pass
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Val Thorens
In Val Thorens and Les Menuires there are two different snowparks which you have access to with either a local area or a 3 Valleys pass. The 3 Valleys pass also includes the family park in Courchevel, plus 2 more snowparks in Meribel - the moon park and DC Area 43.
Also see: Snowparks in Val Thorens
Eary and late season
If you visit Val Thorens in the first 2 or the very last week of the season, you will benefit from reduced rates on your lift pass. However, depending on snowfall, this is potentially accompanied by a reduced ski area.
Under 5's and over 75's can use the lifts for free, whether on foot or on skis in the 3 valleys. Proof of age will be required at the point of sale and a photo is also required - these can be taken at the ticket office in resort. Although the pass is technically free you'll need to pay 3 euros for a hands free card to access the lifts.
There is free access to 1 drag-lift and 4 magic carpets for beginners.
All the cross country ski itineraries in Val Thorens are free to use. If you like exploring, the whole of the 3 valleys is at your fingertips.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Val Thorens
Season passes are available for the three key ski areas of the 3 Valleys, Val Thorens-Orelle or the Belleville valley. Different rates are available for individuals, couples, groups of three and families.
6 day pedestrian passes are available for Val Thorens-Orelle area. Pedestrian passes are available for the 3 Valleys lift area at a cost, although under 5's and over 75's go free. Take a look at all of the pedestrian (pietons) lifts available in the 3 Valleys. Passes can only be purchased from one of the Ski Pass Offices.
Also see: Maps of Val Thorens
3 Vallées Liberté
If you are a regular skier in Val Thorens and the 3 Valleys then the 3 Vallées Liberté card may be of interest to you. Anyone that skis at least 8 (non-consecutive) days a season can benefit from the total freedom to ski whenever they want without having to pass by the ticket office each time. Payment is debited directly from your bank account after you have enjoyed your day on the slopes and you can check your account on-line anytime. The more you ski, the greater the reductions you can accumulate (10% - 15%) and on your 9th ski day is free (then every 6 days).