An independent guide to Val Thorens
In this section, find out about Val Thorens events. The season begins on Saturday 21st November 2015 with the Ski Force Winter Tour, and the following weekend, there's the Rock On Snowboard Tour. In early December, there's the Trophée Andros on the ice racing circuit, and later that month, the World Cup Skicross. At Christmas and New Year, there are torchlit descents and fireworks, in January the SFR Freestyle Tour takes place, and in February the Tournoi des 6 Stations rugby tournament returns. Festi Valtho is in March, and in April, there's the 3 Valleys Enduro Rally. The season comes to a close with Apotheose Days and Dutch Week. Read about events in Val Thorens here.
12.30-4pm Monoski forever. An hour of monoskiing tuition, with Zenith ski shop and Ski Cool. At Zenith ski shop, free. Continues on Sunday
11am Children's workshop for children 3 to 6 years old, making craft objects. Lasts about 45 minutes, book at the tourist office
Apotheose Days. Afternoon activities and entertainment, including pony rides. Continues on Sunday
May sales at the shops of the resort
Apotheose Days and monoski forever, see Saturday above
7 to 8.30am Touring skiing in the early morning, with the Office de la Montagne. Book in the Maison de Val Thorens the evening before. Free
11am to 3pm Fight Ski Club Skicross race. Book at the Club des Sports. Free
6pm Card games evening. Book at the tourist office, free
8.30pm Cine Concert Jazz à Vienne. Pianist Vettraino accompanies the film 'Duel'. Church, free
These are the special events in Val Thorens for the 2015/16 winter season.
Val Thorens opens for the 2015/16 ski season.
A chance to test the new models of ski from many brands, including Atomic, Black Crows, Blizzard, Dynastar, Head, K2, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott, and Volkl. The tent village/test centre is at Rond Point des Pistes, but register on the terrace of the restaurant le Rendez-Vous.
Free mulled wine in the test village from 4 to 5.30pm. DJs from the collective What's Up will host an open-air concert in place Caron from 9pm to 1am on Saturday, with music and mapping video.
Free tests of the latest snowboards for the 2015-16 season, from twenty-five brands, including Burton, K2, Nidecker, Oakley, Rossignol, Drake, and Roxy. There'll be a kids' snowgarden, a temporary snowpark, and rock concerts in the evening.
The same weekend, the Freegun Snowscoot Tour takes place, with tests of snowbikes from the eight main manufacturers, and snowscoot clubs and associations present.
The first stage of the car and motocross ice circuit competition is in Val Thorens. There are races with petrol cars, electric cars, and motocross bikes. €18 per day for entry to the middle of the circuit, or €30 for the weekend; free viewing from outside the circuit. The Trophée Andros continues in other French ski resorts, including Alpe d' Huez. This video shows the action at last year's Trophée Andros (including Sébastien Loeb's appearance in one of the races):
The best ski cross competitors in the world will be in Val Thorens for this World Cup event, including Val Thorens's own Olympic champion Jean-Fred Chapuis. In fact there are two World Cups. Training on Tuesday and Wednesday, qualifications on Thursday, semi-finals and finals of the first World Cup on Friday, and semi-finals and finals of the second on Saturday. Free for spectators. This video shows last year's World Cup:
Ski and Boarderweek week brings mainly German snowboarders and skiers to Val Thorens. There are ski and snowboard contests, including on the airbag and on the boardercross course. They set up an Easy Fun Park on the Voie Lactée, with free coaching by experts. There's also entertainment, including live concerts, a Bungee Ejection, and a freestyle ski show. A bracelet allowing access to all the events costs €26.50 from the tourist office.
Training and qualification on Wednesday and Thursday, finals of European Cup on Friday, French Cup on Saturday.
Father Christmas will be staying in a cabin in Val Thorens this year, so there's an opportunity to meet him at the Lapland-themed village. A Christmas Eve show at the Rond Point des Pistes, including the traditional torchlit descent by the instructors of the ESF, and fireworks.
There'll be a torchlit descent by the instructors of the ESF, entertainment for children, a DJ on place Caron, and fireworks at midnight. This is what it was like a couple of years ago:
This is a competition for quad vehicles, held on the Alain Prost Ice Circuit. To be confirmed.
Slopestyle competition in the snowpark, with some of the best freestyle skiers. This video shows some of the action from January 2014:
An introduction to touring skiing, with a walk up to the Chalet de la Marine using touring skis and skins, for mulled wine and onion soup. 20th & 27th Jan, 10th, 17th & 24th Feb, 2nd & 9th March, and 6th & 20th April 2016.
On Valentine's Day in Val Thorens there'll be free mulled wine (with ginger), and roses for the ladies.
Six teams, representing six different ski resorts, play short games of Sevens Rugby on snow. There are usually some ex-internationals taking part, including Marc Lievremont. Recommended. See the video from 2015 (when it was properly cold):
A chance to test the latest skis and snowboards from Rossignol (ID required to borrow kit). There'll also be entertainment and games.
Loud dance music at the Chalets du Thorens (electro, house, techno, trance, and low). There'll be a big air bag on site, and fireworks at the end on Thursday evening.
A series of 'specials' set up around the Three Valleys under the name 3 Vallées Enduro. Enter as a team of three, and go and try the Big Air Bag, giant slalom, freeride course, ski cross, and more. There were about 1,500 participants last year. Prizes for everyone.
Ski event in support of associations in Vietnam, with 3-day ski breaks, plus a fun competition, and profits going to charity.
A series of events and entertainment, to celebrate the closing days of the season. All activities are free for children up to and including 8 years old.
The traditional Dutch week in the spring in Val Thorens, to celebrate Koningsdag (the King's birthday - actually the 27th April).
Squeeze the last drops out of the ski season. The lifts close at the end of today!
Make the most of all the Val Thorens events!
While Val Thorens hasn't hosted any World Cup slalom or giant slalom races on its stadium for a number of years, it has instead invested in a world-class skiercross course.
That decision has paid dividends, with a World Cup skicross event now a fixture every December. It helps that current Olympic champion Jean-Frédéric Chapuis is a native of Val Thorens. The skiercross course is now named after him.
There's a market in place Péclet, every Tuesday and Thursday of the winter season (and in the summer season), where you can buy honey, cheese, craft items, clothes, and more. Read more about Val Thorens market...
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