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The latest Val Thorens news - before the season, developments in the resort, such as new lifts, pistes, and hotels, and during the winter season, reports, photos, and videos, so you can see what's going on. Read the Val Thorens news here.
15th August 2018
There's to be a new blue piste from the Cime de Caron, and a black in the Boismint sector. Chalet Cocoon opens its doors, and there's a new airborne route back to resort. Read about what's new in Val Thorens in winter 2018-19.
2nd January 2018
Special measures are in place as a storm approaches Val Thorens this evening. There's a storm warning in place for tonight and the 3rd and 4th January. Westerly winds above 100kmh are expected, and heavy snow (perhaps as much as 2m40 in 48 hours).
The road between Les Menuires and Val Thorens will be closed tonight. The Val Thorens ski area will be reduced on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th January, and the links to the 3 Valleys and Orelle will be closed.
From 10pm tonight, no vehicles will be allowed out of public or private car parks. The free bus service will be suspended from tomorrow morning.
The advice is to avoid walking around resort from 10pm tonight. If you do go out, avoid going out alone, avoid walking near rooves where snow could fall, and avoid walking at the back of buildings.
8th December 2017
A World Cup Skicross race took place in Val Thorens yesterday - a day early, brought forward because of the weather forecast.
In the women's final, Sandra Naeslund of Sweden won, in front of Heidi Zacher (Germany) and Kelsey Serwa (Canada). In the men's event, Chris Delbosco (Canada) was first, Arnaud Bovolenta (France) second, and Terence Tchiknavonan (France) third. Jean-Fred Chapuis of Val Thorens was knocked out in the quarter-finals, and was ranked ninth.
21st November 2017
Val Thorens won best ski resort in the world 2017 at the World Ski Awards. The win is the Belleville Valley resort's fourth in five years.
In another triumph for Val Thorens, Fahrenheit 7 claimed the World's Best New Ski Hotel prize.
4th August 2017
Val Thorens is investing €14 million in replacing the old Moraine chairlift with a new telecabine. Off the piste, a new Lac du Lou refuge opens, and in resort, the 5-star Montana Lodge is added to the Village Montana.
19th July 2017
There are plans to develop Val Thorens, with a new area of hotels and apartments. Also, the Sports Centre is to be completely renovated, and there's a project (in early stage of planning only) to make changes to the Cime de Caron.
Read about plans for the development & expansion of Val Thorens.
Val Thorens hosted two World Cup Skicross events, for men and women, on 9th & 10th December 2016. Local hero Jean-Fred Chapuis won Friday's men's event, with Marielle Thompson of Canada winning the women's race.
On Saturday, Chapuis crashed out in one of the early rounds. Alex Fiva (Switzerland) won the men's final, and Anna Holmlund (Sweden) was the fastest of the women. See the results here. This video shows some of the action from Saturday:
With plenty of snow, Val Thorens decided to open a week early. There was some sunshine today for the first skiers and boarders on the piste this season:24th August 2016
As every year, there are exciting improvements and innovations in Val Thorens for the new ski season. For winter 2016-17, there'll be a new, fast 6-seater Boismint chairlift, and the Roc and Stade draglifts will be replaced by a Stade chairlift. There are more developments too. Read what's new in Val Thorens for 2016-17.
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