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What's new in Val Thorens for 2018-19. On the snow, there are to be two new pistes, and four new itineraries for touring skiing - similar to the Camille itinerary which was new in 2017-18. In the resort, developments include the opening of a new 5-star résidence, the Chalet Cocoon, in the Balcons area of town. Read what's new in Val Thorens for 2018-19 here.
Val Thorens tourist office has produced a video, in which Director Gregory Guzzo and Press Officer Bérengère Teillard talk about the new developments for winter 2018-19:
Top of the Cime de Caron, Val Thorens
There's to be a new blue run (called Cime) down from the Cime de Caron.
On one hand, this will enable intermediate skiers and snowboarders to go up to the best viewpoint in Val Thorens and make their own way down rather than taking the cable car. On the other hand, arguably it is no bad thing to have one sector just for experts; and on sunny days, the queue for the Caron is long enough already.
A new black run is to be created in the Boismint sector. It will be called Armoise (meaning mugwort, an aromatic plant of the genus Artemisia, which grows at this location).
Touring skiers, Val Thorens
There are to be four new itineraries for touring skiing, along the lines of La Camille, opened towards the end of last season.
The itineraries are tracks for walking up with touring skis; you then pick your own off piste route down. The idea is that although there is no groomed piste, the area is made safe from avalanches.
The tourist office is promoting these itineraries within its My Serenity programme - ways of combatting stress and improving mental health, led by specialist Dr Rodet.
Encounters with wildlife...good for mental health
Ski Cool has early morning touring skiing on its programme in the coming winter - walk up with an instructor before daybreak, have breakfast at the top, and ski down.
Chalet Cocooon Val Thorens (impression), by OT Val Thorens
There's a new résidence in the Balcons area of resort, the 5-star Chalet Cocoon. It will have 10 apartments for up to twelve people each. There are already established Chalets Cocoon in the village of Saint-Marcel, further down the Belleville valley.
Koh-i-Nor private chalets, by OT Val Thorens
The Koh-i-Nor (hotel and apartments) is opening three private chalets, again for up to twelve people each.
La Tyrolienne zip wire, Orelle
There's to be a zip wire back to resort from the top of the Moutière chairlift. It'll be similar to the Tyrolienne zip wire in Orelle, but it's a double - it takes two people at the same time. The new zip wire is 1600m long, and 65m above the ground.
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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