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.
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.
There are 3 main types of 'Val Thorens Ski Area' passes to choose from:
- 3 Valleys Pass - Full Area Pass, more expensive but more comprehensive, covering the whole linked resorts of Courchevel & Meribel with around 600km of pistes
- Belleville Valley Pass - Local Area Pass, incorporates around 300km of pistes, including Les Menuires
- Val Thorens / Orelle Pass - Smaller Local Ski Resort area, with 150 kilometres of pistes
Full area skipass
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 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 Area Overview in Val Thorens
Local area skipass
The decision whether to buy a ValThorens or Three Valley lift pass really depends on your skiing level and how much you want to ski. Here are a few pointers to help you choose: If you're just looking to ski around the head of the valley, the look to buy Val Thorens local area passes. For those that want to explore further, but no perhaps the whole of the 3 Valleys, try the Vallee de Belleville pass which includes Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville at the bottom of the valley.
Also see: Ski Area Overview 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, whereas 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
The Family Lift Pass offers up to 20 percent savings when 2 parents and 2, 3 or 4 children book their passes together (single parent families should contact the Ski Pass Offices for further details). A family pass is for 4 people or more (2 parents & 2-7 children), children aged 5-18yrs. Each extra child pays the child rate. All members of the family must have ski passes for the same dates and same ski area. You can buy a family pass for either the Val Thorens area or all Three Valleys. A lot of ski schools also offer children’s lessons with slightly cheaper lift passes included in the price.
Special discounts available to groups of 20+ please contact one of the Ski Pass Offices for details.
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
Under 5's & over 75's go free. ID is required for proof of age. There is free access to 1 drag-lift and 4 magic carpets ride for beginners.
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 usually accompanied buy a reduced ski area.
6 day pedestrian passes are available for Val Thorens / Orelle area. Pedestrian pass 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. Pass can only be purchased from one of the Ski Pass Offices.
Also see: Maps of Val Thorens
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
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 & annual passes
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.
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). Furthermore every Saturday get 10€ off the daily 3 Valleys rate.
The Alpine Legends superpass allows you to ski in the 3 Valleys, Espace Killy & the Paradiski resorts with just one pass. You can only buy 6, 7 or 8 days passes but for the price of 340, 390 or 400 euros respectively you get to try out a huge ski area, with 1300 pistes, 5 glaciers and 391 ski lifts.