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We bring you all the latest Val Thorens news. Before the season, we report on any developments affecting Val Thorens, including new lifts, travel, and new hotels.

During the winter season, we'll bring you reports, photos, and videos, so you can see what's going on in resort.

Read all the news from Val Thorens here.


(For news from last winter season, 2014-15, see our archived page Val Thorens news 2014-15. See also 3 Valleys news).

Val Thorens news 2015-16

Here you can find reports on the events in Val Thorens, and all the Val Thorens news throughout the season 2014-15. See our snow report for the latest conditions.

Val Thorens news: Tour de France 2016 in the Alps

15th June 2016

Albertville

The closest this year's Tour de France gets to Val Thorens is when Stage 19 starts from Albertville on Friday 22nd July 2016. But there has been a stage finish in Val Thorens - in 1994, when the winner was Nelson Rodriguez of Colombia. See a highlights of video of the 1994 stage to Val Thorens, and read about the Tour de France 2016 in the Alps.

Val Thorens news: Val Thorens Funslope opens

23rd January 2016

The Funslope in Val Thorens, new this winter, opened for the first time today. It's an easy Skicross, suitable for children and anyone else. Here's a video showing some of the first skiers on the piste:

Val Thorens news: Adrien Théaux wins in Santa Caterina

1st January 2016

Adrien Théaux

Val Thorens' World Cup skier Adrien Théaux won the downhill in Santa Caterina, Italy, on Tuesday 29th December 2015, finishing just over a second ahead of second-placed Hannes Reichelt of Austria, with Frenchman David Poisson in third.

According to L'Equipe, Théaux said that he put his heart and soul into the race, and dared to ski the difficult lines. 'I tried to stay fluid, to absorb the changes in the slope, which you can't see because the piste is in shadow. I was amazed when I saw how far ahead I was at the finish. I even asked if the timing was correct.'

Eurosport has the video of Adrien's descent.

Val Thorens news: World Cup Skicross race

11th December 2015

Skicross World Cup, Val Thorens, 11th December 2015

Val Thorens hosted the first of two World Cup Skicross races today. The second will take place tomorrow.

Although Val Thorens local Jean-Fred Chapuis qualified fastest, he was unable to make it further than the quarter final. (He made amends in the second World Cup on Saturday 12th December 2015). Canadian Chris Delbosco won the men's event, ahead of Filip Flisar and Brady Leman. Swede Anna Holmlund was the best in the ladies race. See some of the action in this video:

Val Thorens news: resort opening postponed

17th November 2015

Les Dalles & Aiguille de Péclet, Val Thorens

Val Thorens will open a week later than planned, on Saturday 28th November 2015, instead of Saturday 21st November.

Although snow fell from September onwards, and there's 50cm at the top of the ski area, recent anticyclonic conditions and warm temperatures mean that there is simply not enough snow lower down. 

Added to that, heavy snow and high winds are expected from Friday night, which would make travel difficult for those arriving; and the piste service needs four days to get the ski area safe and ready after the snow comes.

Accommodation and ski passes bought for the weekend of the 21st can be used on the 28th instead, or refunded.

Val Thorens news: nationalities of visitors to Val Thorens last winter

21st September 2015

Statistics from the tourist office show where visitors to Val Thorens came from, last winter season:

France is up from 37% the previous winter, the Netherlands unchanged, and the UK down 1% from 14%.

The average age of visitors was 36. The statistics also show that Val Thorens now has 25,466 tourist beds.

Val Thorens news: Christmas & New Year in Val Thorens with Inghams

8th September 2015

Be Our Guest Inghams Christmas & New Year chalet holidays

There are discounts on Inghams chalet holidays in Val Thorens at Christmas & New Year if you book by midnight on 30th September 2015. The promotion is being run under the hastag #BeOurGuest. Read more about Christmas & New Year in Val Thorens with Inghams...

Val Thorens news: ski train times and prices for 2015-16

6th September 2015

Eurostar trains at St Pancras station

Eurostar's direct ski trains from London St Pancras via Ashford to Moutiers run from 19th December 2015 to 2nd April 2016 (last return train on 9th April 2016). The services - a night train leaving on Friday evenings, and a day train on Saturdays - are open for bookings. The prices start from £149 adult return, which is the same as last winter. Read more about ski train times and prices for 2015-16...

Val Thorens news: Ben's Bus has new routes for 2015-16

3rd September 2015

Ben's Bus low cost transfers

UK transfer company Ben's Bus has new routes for the coming winter season, 2015-16. They will be operating transfers from Lyon and Chambéry airports for the first time, to ski resorts including St Martin, Les Menuires, and Val Thorens. These complement the existing programme of transfers from Grenoble and Geneva airports. Read more about Ben's Bus has new routes for 2015-16...

Val Thorens news: what's new in Val Thorens for 2015-16

30th August 2015

Fun Slope, Val Thorens

The main innovation in Val Thorens for 2015-16, on the piste, is the creation of an easy skiercross type course, with rolling bumps, banked corners, and a tunnel - ideal for kids and lower level skiers and boarders. It's to be called Fun Slope. There's also a new red run, piste de la Chasse, and touring skiing in the early morning and late afternoon is to be accommodated. A new 5 star hotel, the Pashmina, opens. Read what's new in Val Thorens for 2015-16...

Val Thorens news 2014-15

Read the Val Thorens news from last winter (2014-15).

Val Thorens news: traffic information for the Belleville Valley

27th February 2015

There was a rockfall around 4.30pm today, Friday 27th February, affecting the road in the Belleville Valley, the D117, about 9km above Moutiers at Fontaine le Puits. A diversion has been put in place this evening, with traffic diverted onto the old road via St Laurent de la Cote - but that road is not passable for buses or HGVs. On Saturday 28th February, the diversion route will be open only to traffic leaving the valley in the morning (downhill), then from 2pm only to traffic arriving (uphill).

Update Saturday 28th Feb: the D117 reopened around 5.30pm today, but apparently not yet for tour operators' buses.

Val Thorens news: tournoi des 6 stations in Val Thorens

21st February 2015

It was the Tournoi des 6 Stations in Val Thorens yesterday evening, with ex-internationals taking part in rugby matches on snow. The results of yesterday's matches were La Clusaz 17 - 14 Valmorel, St Gervais 21 - 19 Les Menuires, and Val Thorens 26 - 7 Morillon. See a little of the action on this video:

Val Thorens news: Adrien Théaux wins World Championships Super G bronze

7th February 2015

Val Thorens' Adrien Théaux won bronze in the Super G at the World Championships in Beaver Creek on Thursday 5th February. Le Monde reports that the event was won by Hannes Reichelt of Austria, with Dustin Cook of Canada second.

Val Thorens news: fatal avalanche

7th February 2015

A snowboarder was killed after she set off an avalanche in the Boismint sector of Val Thorens earlier this week. The Dauphiné reports that the 30 year old season worker didn't report for work on the morning of Wednesday 4th February 2015, and her employer alerted the ski patrol. 

Records from the electronic ski pass system showed that the last lift she took was Boismint, on the morning of Tuesday 3rd February. The ski patrollers identified two avalanches, and they found the victim in one of them, 20m wide by 200m long, under 80cm of snow. According to France 3, her snowboard boot was sticking out of the snow. She had a transceiver, but turned off in her pocket, and was skiing alone.

Val Thorens news: second World Cup Skicross in Val Thorens

10th January 2015

There was a second Skicross World Cup in Val Thorens today. Chapuis could only manage fifth, winning the 'small final'. Marc Bischofsberger of Switzerland was the winner of the men's competition, and Marielle Thompson of Canada was the winner again in the women's event.

Val Thorens news: Val Thorens's Jean-Fred Chapuis second in World Cup Skicross

9th January 2015

World Cup Skicross, Val Thorens

The World Cup Skicross, postponed from December 2014, was held today in Val Thorens. Marielle Thompson of Canada won the women's event, while Andreas Schauer of Germany took victory in the men's competition. Home favourite Jean-Fred Chapuis was second. Read about the World Cup Skicross in Val Thorens...

Val Thorens news: 2014 the warmest year on record in France

10th December 2014

Le Monde reports today that 2014 is almost certain to be the hottest year ever in France, since records began in 1900. After the first 11 months of the year, the average temperature is 1.2C above normal (the average of the last 30 years). The months which were much warmer than normal were January, February, October, and November (11.3C as opposed to the normal 8.5C).

Le Monde notes that, according to Météo France, the ten hottest years have all come in the last 25 years.

Val Thorens news: Sebastien Loeb's guest appearance at the Trophée Andros

8th December 2014

Sebastien Loeb at Trophée Andros, Val Thorens

It was the Trophée Andros' Val Thorens leg at the weekend, 6th & 7th December 2014. Sebastien Loeb made a guest appearance, but his lack of experience on an ice circuit told, and he had a disappointing weekend. Dayraut and Lagorce won the two Elite finals, and Tambay won both electric car finals. Read more about Loeb at the Trophée Andros in Val Thorens...

Val Thorens news: opening weekend 2014-15

24th November 2014

Opening weekend 2014-15 in Val Thorens

The opening weekend in Val Thorens saw 15 pistes open, with around 15,000 people enjoying some early season skiing. The Ski Force Winter Tour was in town, for free ski tests. Read about the opening weekend of the 2014-15 season in Val Thorens...

Val Thorens news: robotic avalanche rescue being developed

30th October 2014

Academics from universities including Bologna (Italy) and Twente (Netherlands) are developing robots to help Alpine rescuers in avalanche situations.

The project's acronym is SHERPA, which comes from Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments. (The acronym seems contrived, and when reading the phrase that it is made from, there were times when I wondered whether I would live long enough to get to the end of it).

The idea is to develop robots which will help the human rescuers find avalanche victims, and allow them to stay safe. There is a ground rover, which is a carrying vehicle and docking station for the flying robots (unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs). The ground rover is the 'intelligent donkey'. The UAVs can fly over difficult terrain to provide a view from above, capture data, and hover over hot targets. The smaller UAVs are 'trained wasps', and the larger ones are 'patrolling hawks'.

The robots are being developed in conjunction with the Italian Association of Alpine Rescuers.

This video shows a transceiver search using one of the UAVs:

Val Thorens news: tour operators' ski hosting appeal rejected

13th September 2014

Snowboarders in Val Thorens

Ski hosting by UK tour operators in France remains illegal, according to the decision of a French court in Chambéry on appeal. The Telegraph reported on 4th September 2014 that the court upheld an earlier judgment, that the free ski guiding service provided by reps is unlawful, as they do not have the proper qualifications. 

The case involves Le Ski, who are supported by Crystal, Inghams, and Mark Warner. There is a possibility of an appeal to the supreme court in Paris.

Val Thorens news: new hotels and new activities for next winter

11th August 2014

Lac du Lou, Val Thorens

Other than the changes to the ski area in Val Thorens, there are a few other new things for the forthcoming winter. The Club Med Sensations 384-bedroom hotel is to open, as is the 4-star Hotel Kashmir (presumably on the same site as the Hameau du Kashmir apartments). The Hotel 3 Valleys is to be upgraded from 3 stars to four.

The skicross course is to be named after Val Thorens' Olympic skicross champion, Jean-Fred Chapuis.

Finally, there'll be an 'Office de la Montagne', offering various activities, including dives under the ice of the Lac du Lou, organised by the new ski school in resort, EV2.

Val Thorens news: 2014-15 ski pass prices

11th August 2014

The ski pass prices for the new season are available. As usual, SETAM, the lift company, has initially produced a one-page leaflet, and the full price booklet with all the notes will follow.

The price increases on 2013-14 are less than 3%, as opposed to rises of around 7% the previous year.

Val Thorens news: Eurostar ski train bookings open 31st July 2014

30th July 2014

Clock at St Pancras station

Eurostar ski train bookings open tomorrow, 31st July 2014, for the 2014/15 winter season. 

The first outbound train runs on Friday 19th December 2014, and the last return train is on Saturday 11th April 2015. The prices start from £149 for a standard adult return, and £229 for a standard premier adult return - the same base prices as last winter. See full details of trains to Val Thorens and the French Alps...

Val Thorens news: what's new in the Val Thorens ski area for 2014-15

10th July 2014

Pionniers chairlift, Val Thorens

The Val Thorens lift company, SETAM, is replacing two chairlifts in summer 2014 - Portette, and Plan de l' Eau. It's also possible that the Pont de la Chasse project will go ahead, linking the Pluviometre piste to Plan de l' Eau. Read what's new in the Val Thorens ski area for 2014-15...