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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 replacing the old Moraine chair with a new telecabine, at a cost of €14 million. The Lac du Lou gets a new refuge, open summer and winter. In resort, the 5-star Montana Lodge is added to the Village Montana. This and more in what's new in Val Thorens for 2017-18.
19th July 2017
There are plans to develop and expand the resort of Val Thorens, and to renovate the Sports Centre and Galerie Caron. There's also a new idea for the Cime de Caron. Read about the proposed development and expansion of Val Thorens.
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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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