If your taking a ski trip to Val Thorens for your ski holiday you've made the best choice due to its great quality snow that's guaranteed from the end of November until mid-may, thanks to its altitude. Plus, whatever the location of your chalet or apartment, after having rented your skis in one of our Skiset stores, you could easily acces the vast domain of the 3 Vallées with skis in hand and no time wasting. The ski domain offers a vertical drop of 1430m (from 1800m to 3230m). Whether you are a novice or an expert, snowboarder or skier, the slopes and the snowpark with its half-pipe and boardercross facilities will certainly satisfy all your desires.When it come to the après-ski, you are sure to be guaranteed a fantastic time at Val Thorens: sports and cultural activities, or even evening events such as the Val Tho Skidoo, the “Ecole du Ski Français” party, the “Dîner des Cîmes”… These events will help you clear your mind and discover new sensations.
Skiing area Val Thorens
Slopes : 8 25 27 8
Children activities & Ski schools
ESF de Val Thorens - Ski School
From:3 years old
Opening hours:Everyday from 9:15am to 11:45am and from 1:45pm to 4:15pm
Tryst place:Ski school / Front de neige
Price for group lessons (children):from 54 € / day - 35 € ½ day
Garderie Les Ouistitis - Nursery
From:3 months old
Opening hours:Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 6:30pm
Prices:from 3,5€ / hour
Discounts all season
up to50% discount
depending on shop
5% additional discount *
with 4 or more hired packs
10% additional discount *
with 10 or more hired packs
* Discounts only applicable in participating shops.
Could wings help kids learn to ski?
There are many theories about the best way to learn to ski. Most of us are probably familiar with the old chips-and-pizza method of teaching kids how to position their skis. Chips to go faster, pizza to slow down and stop.
But one ski school in France has decided to try something new: attaching wings to kids and then guiding them down the piste.
While a pair of fairy wings or dragon wings attached to a young skier's back might sound cute and a good way to get their imaginations going, the wings being used in the Three Valleys are not of the fancy dress variety. They're more like miniature parachutes that have been turned into capes.
Parents might not see the benefits of this option at first - after all, it sounds a little bit like the younger skiers might just go airborne during a lesson. In actuality, however, it seems that the wings can be really useful in overcoming many of the difficulties that kids have when learning to ski.
According to Ski Cool in Val Thorens, the wings can significantly help youngsters find their sense of balance, and they also instil confidence. Called Wingjump, this style of skiing is particularly useful for those who are trying to improve their parallel turns and the added feeling of lift that the Wingjump wings provide helps to encourage kids to keep their weight forward. This makes turns easier and allows for a bit of speed to be built up at the same time.
What's more, young skiers find it a lot of fun - and reasonably so! Who wouldn't enjoy having a pair of wings attached to their arms while swishing down a mountain?
Wingjump is part of the standard six-day child group lessons offered by Ski Cool. Classes run from Sunday to Friday for kids in First Star to Gold Level.
Alternatively, if you don't want to commit to a whole week of ski lessons, private sessions are also available.
Try a new high-altitude snow sport
There's no doubt that skiing and snowboarding are the most popular activities for anyone heading out on a snowsports getaway. But just because you love swishing down the mountain doesn't mean skiing and snowboarding are the only things you can do during your trip to the Alps. In fact, many people like to take a few hours, or a whole day, to try something new during their winter holiday.
If you're really looking to get the adrenaline flowing, there are several alternative snow sports you might want to consider, which will get you moving faster and higher than ever before. Here are some options to consider:
For many years now, kiteboarding has been growing in popularity at the seaside. Using large kites, surfers harness the power of the wind, enabling them to move above the water and enjoy some enormous jumps.
Now, the kites are being brought to high altitudes, and the results are amazing. There are designated snow-kite pistes across France, Italy and Switzerland where you can learn the sport and put your newfound skills to the test, flying, spinning and twisting through the air as a snow kite pulls you up and down the mountain.
This sport might look like normal Alpine skiing at first, but you'll have special bindings that only attach the front of the boot. This allows more flexibility and freedom - especially in the turns. The technique isn't easy to learn, but once you've mastered it, you'll enjoy a more natural and unrestricted feel to your skiing.
Also known as parapenting, this is one of the world's fastest-growing air sports and is particularly popular in the Three Valleys area, which includes resorts like Val Thorens and Courchevel.
To get started with paragliding, you'll probably begin with a few trips flying in tandem with a qualified instructor. Once you get the hang of the activity, you can also go solo.
You begin by running downhill, gaining speed until the parachute lifts you into the air. Then, you can sit back and enjoy the view, while catching wind currents to carry you upwards and allowing you to glide for longer.
You can also try ski-paragliding, which allows you to pick up even more speed. Chamonix is a popular location for paragliding, with the best conditions in May and June.
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Ski Hire at Val Thorens
For your rental at Val Thorens, Skiset takes care of everything.
Reservation is quick and easy. We pass your order on to the shop in
Val Thorens resort who will prepare your order in advance. Whether you
want to order skis or a snowboard, we offer both adult and child packs.
Skiset is made up of 800 rental shops in 400 resorts in Europe and the
USA, so there's bound to be one near to your accommodation at
State of the art equipment and personalized service Val Thorens
At Skiset you will be welcomed by professionals who are passionate
about the mountains. Renowned skiers or instructors of Val Thorens resort, our advisors are best able to advise you according to your
preferences, your level and also the snow conditions in Val Thorens resort. Located in the most convenient areas of Val Thorens resort, our
shops are dedicated to the enjoyment of skiing. Depending on the range
of equipment you choose to hire, you may also change your skis or try a
snowboard during your stay at Val Thorens
An accompaniment to all events and to the preparation of skiers,
that's the Skiset mindset.
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For almost 20 years Skiset have been equipping skiers, thanks to its
teams of professionals in European and North American ski resorts.
Hiring ski equipment
is quick and easy in Val Thorens resort
Choose your closest Skiset shop in Val Thorens by using our resort map
and then select the dates of your stay. Then choose your material from
the array of state of the art skis and snowboards on offer, let us know
your address and then pay.