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Val Thorens Ski Lift Opening Times

Val Thorens has the most modern ski lift network in Europe, possibly the world! A big statement but when one of the companies that designs ski lifts is based in Val Thorens it’s hardly surprising!

It seems like every year Val Thorens introduces new lifts or replaces older ones, with a large range of Chair lifts, Funitels and Cable Cars you are spoilt for choice!

The Val Thorens Ski Lift Opening Times


Val Thorens is located right at the top of the valley and therefore can get some bad weather from time to time. When the snow comes in it is hard to even see if a lift is running, even if you are standing near it!
Val Thorens have installed digital boards around the resort showing which lifts are open and closed, we recommend keeping an eye on those and you can always ask the lift staff, they are very helpful.

The lifts normally open from around 8:30 until 17:30. This changes through-out the season. Early in the season they are open for a shorter amount of time as the Sun goes behind the mountain and gets too dark to ski. The second half of the season they are open fully. This can change also season on season so worth checking once in resort.

Not all of the lifts open and close at the same time, the nearer the lift is to the resort normally opens first. This also is the case when closing, the further away the lift is from the resort the earlier it closes. This is to help the pisters make sure everyone if off the mountain before they leave the mountain.

On a safety note, we don’t recommend staying on the piste after the pisters have swept the area, just head to one of the big apres-ski bars like the Folie Douce or the 360 bar as you will be able to stay up in the mountains that little bit longer.

If you are thinking of heading out to Val Thorens and haven’t booked your Ski Holiday yet, try our powerful Ski Holiday search facility. Additionally, don’t forget to book any ski rental equipment, if you order online before you leave you get a huge discount, see for yourself on the Ski & Snowboard Rental page.



Val Thorens Lift Opening Dates for 2019/2010

Val Thorens has one of the longest ski seasons in Europe due to its height – 2300m in resort reaching to 3200m at the top peak.

For the 2019/2020 ski season Val Thorens will open for business on the 23rd November 2019 to 3rd May 2020. The other ski resorts in the 3 valleys will open on different dates, here is the complete list:


  • Courchevel’s ski season dates are: 7th December 2019 to 26th April 2020 
  • Meribel and Mottaret’s ski season dates are: 7th December 2019 to 26th April 2020 
  • Les Menuires ski season dates are: 7th December 2019 to 26th April 2020 
  • Val Thorens ski season dates are: 23rd November 2019 to 3rd May 2020