It is relatively easy to get from Meribel to Val Thorens. This is especially true if you wish to do it on skis or a snowboard. We have compiled a number of routes which you may find useful. It is useful to also be looking at a piste map while reading the routes. You may also find our skiing guide to Meribel useful when reading these to orientate yourself.
Starting La Chaudanne, take Toungette 1 gondola and get off at the top (do not get onto Toungette 2). Get onto the Perdrix run (where you will pass the Black Mission toboggan run) and head into the top end of Meribel Mottaret. Carry on the run until you enter the centre of Mottaret where you then take the Plattieres gondola to the top.
At the top take the short unnamed blue run that links to the Cote Brune lift down to the right and take the lift. From here you will be able to see Mont Vallon where the longest run of the valley is located. At the top of the Cote Brune chair lift you’re at the Col de La Chambre which connects both the Meribel and Belleville valley. You will have the Glacier du Borgne behind you.
At Col de La Chambre take the Pluviometre, which is a great run first thing in the morning once freshly groomed. This wide rolling blue run takes you past the Ice driving track and into Val Thorens.
Starting in La Chaudanne click into your skis / board and lets go. First take the Legends chair and at the top ski across on Grive to the bottom of the Tougnette 2 chair.
Take the Tougnette 2 chair and once at the top take the Gros Tougne run across to the bottom of the Granges chair. The restaurant Le grand Lac next to the bottom station of the chair is a great spot to stop for a morning coffee or well priced lunch.
After taking the Granges chair follow the Alouette run down to the Cote Brune Chair. Alouette is a great quiet piste as it is located through a little gap in the mountains. After taking Cote Brune chair follow either Chardons or Goitschel which will lead you down past the Folie Douce and into the top of Val Thorens.
This route to Val Thorens takes a path with some great steep runs along the way. Starting in La Chaundanne, take the Legends left followed by Toungette 2. Follow Dahu and take the Roc De Tougne lift.
At the top here are two great steep runs, I recommend taking Lagopede to where it joins Martre round to the Chatelet chair. At the top take the blue run down to the bottom of the Cote Brune chair.
Take the Cote Brune and at the top there is a black and red. Follow the red Chardons down into the top of Val Thorens.
Starting in La Chaudanne, head up Legends chair. At the top take the Grive run across to Tougnette 2 bottom station and get on. At the top get onto Dahu onto Martre round to the Chatelet chair and get on. This chairlift will take you over the Area 43 snow park so keep an eye out for the professionals practising their amazing tricks.
At the top of Chatelet follow the Blue run round to the Cote Brune chair. At the top take the Pluviometre run. Follow the run into the bottom of Val Thorens. From there take Cairn down to the Moutiere chair and get on.
At the top of the Moutier chair you can see/access the longest zip wire in the Three valleys (Traversee des 2 lacs). You however will be turning right and following Plateau to the bottom station of Grand Fond gondola. Get on.
At the top you will find yourself at the summit of the Col De Rosael. Following the Blue run through the mountain gap. Near the top station of the Rosael Chair join the Gentianes run and you will find yourself in Orelle.
Unfortunately unlike accessing other valleys like Courchevel, Val Thorens is not accessible by exclusively by lift. This means unless you are up for some serious hiking its not really a simple pedestrian route.
It is possible to get a taxi to Val Thorens. You can request a Meribel to Val Thorens taxi straight from the front door of the chalet (ask a member of the DM team). The approximate cost is €250 one way.
Travel between these two resorts is not supported via a direct bus route. It is possible to use public buses get to Val Thorens but it will take 3 hours. You will have to get a bus to Moutiers and then another bus to Val Thorens. You will find more information about buses around the 3 Valleys here.
Last Updated: 28 Sept 2020