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Val Thorens Sports Centre has sports facilities, including a gym, table tennis tables, and tennis, squash and badminton courts.
There's an aqua-club, with two pools, jacuzzis, saunas, and Turkish baths. Children are catered for as well, with a fun park, which has trampolines and bouncy castles. Finally, there's a 'well-being' club, where there are sun beds, and massages and facial treatments are available.
Read about the Sports Centre in Val Thorens here.
Val Thorens Sports Centre is in the Caron shopping gallery - just up the stairs and escalator from the place des Arolles/bus station, and next door to la Piscine pizzeria and Eurospar supermarket. The Sports Centre has a brochure, with photos, times, and prices.
The sports facilities are:
|Sport||Price (per court, unless otherwise stated)||Time|
|Basketball||€5 per person||1h|
|Table tennis||€5 per person, bat included||1h|
|Tournaments||€5 per person|
|Gym||€11 per session, or €40 for 5 days|
|Gym & Aqua-club||€21 per session, or €72 for 5 days|
The aqua-club has:
There's also an outdoor terrace, in case it should be warm enough to go outside (or for those who like rolling in the snow part way through a sauna).
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
|Time||Adult||Child (6-15yrs)||Child (3-5yrs)|
|5 day pass||€49||€27||€15|
|5 day family pass (2 ad + 2 ch 3-15yrs)||€108|
The children's fun park has:
Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
|1 session (U12s)||€10|
|5 days (U12s)||€30|
|5 days funpark & aqua-club (U12s)||€41|
|5 days funpark & swimming pool (3-5 years)||€36|
The price of the trampolines for over 12s is €10 per session or €30 for a 5 day pass, and €41 for 5 days trampoline plus aqua-club.
New in 2017-18 is the Délir Park, which is an adventure area in four areas - Crazy Challenge, Ninja Contest, Trampolining, and Iron Cross. It can be used with small groups of up to 5 friends, and there are Wipe Out-style games, an obstacle course with gym equipment, trampolines with a foam pit landing area, and weight lifting and running.
This video shows the Délir'Park in action:
€14 per hour; €2.50 for anti-slide socks.
10 years and over, and minimum height 1m40.
The well-being club has:
|Relaxing massage 25 min||€43|
|Sports massage 45 min||€75|
|Relaxing massage 1h10||€108|
|Facial care 45 min||€75|
|Presso-esthetic 25 min||€28|
What is presso-esthetique? It's aim is to 'drain' tired or heavy legs. Your legs are wrapped in an inflatable 'blanket', which applies sequential pressure, by inflation of different parts of the blanket, to different parts of your legs - ankles, then calves, thighs, and up towards your waist. It seeks to evacuate toxins from your blood.
There are also various fitness classes, including step aerobics, Tai chi, body sculpting, strength training, and aqua gym. Ask at reception for the programme.
You can do a 15 minute session of Fitvibe, too, which is supervised by a coach. It's a machine with a vibration plate, that's supposed to make training much more efficient.
|Aqua gym class||€8|
The Sports Centre will be open from 18th November 2017 to 8th May 2018, in the coming ski season.
The opening times are:
The summer season is from early July until the end of August. The opening times in the summer are 0900-2100 every day.
(In addition to the facilites mentioned above, there are 9 outdoor tennis courts in the summer).
You can call the Sports Centre on 00 33 479 00 00 76.
Every Saturday, the Sports Centre offers a left luggage service from 8am to 8pm. €2.50 per item, and €4.50 to take a shower.
We hope you enjoy all the facilities in Val Thorens Sports Centre.
The Post Office, La Poste, is in the Maison de Val Thorens. The opening times during the winter season are:
The Post Office has a cashpoint.
Along with plans to develop and expand Val Thorens, the renovation of the Sports Centre is on the resort's to-do list.
The current Sports Centre dates from 1983, and is due an upgrade. The main problem is that the Sports Centre is used summer and winter, and it would be awkward to close it altogether for the works. Therefore, the renovation may be carried out in two phases, so that some of it can stay open.
As part of the scheme, access from place des Arolles would be improved - with an entrance at the level of the bus station, rather than just replacing the temperamental escalator which works on a part-time basis. The space on the roof where there are tennis courts would form part of snow-covered place Caron in the winter, instead of being fenced off.
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