Val Thorens

GPS Co-ordinates:

Longitude: 6.57041000
Latitude: 45.29811000

Address: 73440 Val Thorens 2400

Type of aire: Aire municipale

webcam http://livecam.valthorens.com

 

Update Mar 2014

We arrived late, but the site is manned 24 hours, so no problems. Gated entry. Water and black water and electric are operated with a Jeton(token) which are available from the office. Put the token in and open the door to the cabinet, empty your loo and fill containers with fresh mountain water. The system only operates for around 15 mins, so make it a family affair, running back to the motorhome to fill up. The fresh water nozzle is a petrol pump type so normal hoses do not fit.

Make sure you have plenty of gas, we used 3 and a bit 15 kgs bottles but did have the heating on 24 hrs a day. We didn't use the electric, but again is only for 15 mins a day.

The roads where well maintained and cleared of snow, but you will need snow chains (get a good pair and ones which are easy to put on).

The piste is only about 100 yards away so easy to get to, a couple of days we even skied back to the van.

There are good restaurants and ski shops in the village.

Thanks to Paul Wilkes for the update.

 

Update 2012/13

I spent quite a lot of time at Val T towards the end of the 11/12 season and the one previous. As far as I could see there is one large central aire situated near the top of the Cairn Bubble. It was 25 Euros per night and got very busy late season due to Val T's snow-sure popularity.

There is a free car park about a mile or so below resort level. Traveling up from Les Menuieres it is on the right side of the road as you start to get towards Val T and stretches over towards the big rainbow shaped bridge that gives access to the bottom of the Cairn and Caron 'Double Bubble' lift station. This is a bleak place to stay when the weather is bad (it's what we do though isn't it!) but has great access to the lifts.

The barrier comes down at 7pm and re-opens at 7am. If you arrive late you can just park up at the entrance until morning (well we did!). There were ten or so campers here last season. There is no 'Flot Bleu' or facilities but we carried our Cassette/containers over to the lift station toilets which are open until about 5pm daily.

If you want to stay in Val T after a days skiing the only way back is by walking/hitching down the road or down the main access piste through Val T towards the rainbow shaped bridge.

Thanks to Paul Million for the 2012/13 update.

 

Val Thorens has three dedicated parking areas for MH's - these can all be booked on-line at www.valthoparc.com and cost around €20 per night or around €110 for a week. We decided on this option as we have visited Val Thorens before (staying in an apartment) and wanted the security of knowing we had somewhere definite to stay when we arrived.

The parking areas are listed as P2, P3 and Parking Municipal. P2 is the highest, and almost on the 'Plein Sud' run back into town - approximately 5 minutes walk and then 2 minutes ski to the first lift. We had booked in there initially. There is a 'flot bleu' type dispenser for water / toilet emptying and hook up charge. Use of this is by a token, which are freely given out at the parking office onsite (which is staffed 24 hours). By walking up through the car park you can either catch a free shuttle bus into Val Thorens itself (drops you off at the bus station next to the sports centre), or you can walk there in about ten minutes.

There is the usual abundance of shops, bars, supermarkets, ski shops / hire shops etc. throughout Val Thorens.

Unfortunately, after a couple of days the flot bleu had an 'out of order' sign placed on it as the water hose was broken (a petrol pump style trigger handle had snapped off). We weighed up our options but decided buying enough bottled water was hard work and expensive so moved down the hill slightly (approximately 1 kilometre in driving terms) to P3.

Once we'd got settled and sorted this actually seemed preferable. It was a slightly longer walk to the piste (about ten minutes, out of the carpark, across the road and then through the area where the Piste Basher garage is). However the Flot Bleu was much more substantial, had a proper tap that you could attach your hose to and there was also much more room (only one other MH sighted whilst we were there).

Again, the reception is open 24 hours and in the main the staff were really helpful and again free and easy with the tokens.

Val Thorens is the highest resort in the French Alps and is part of the Three Valleys, including Courchevel and Meribel. The skiing is the best I have encountered in 20 years of visiting most resorts in France and many in Austria. Lift passes are around €200 for a week to cover the entire Three Valleys area and can also be booked on line at www.valthorens.com

Please note Val Thorens is very high and will be very cold.

Report by Andrew Walters.