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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:
Val Thorens opened today, a week early. with great snow conditions and some sunshine:24th August 2016
As usual, €20 million is being invested in the Val Thorens ski area over the summer, so that the lifts remain fast and modern. There'll be a new Boismint chairlift, and a Stade chair to replace the Roc and Stade draglifts. There are other changes too. Read what's new in Val Thorens for 2016-17.
Public Sénat produced a film about Val Thorens in February 2016. Following some Val Thorens 'locals' (as far as that's possible, given that the resort was only founded in 1971), it deals with the pioneers of the resort, and the people who came to Val Thorens to make a living and stayed.
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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.
15th June 2016
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.
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' 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.
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