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Val Thorens news 2012-13

We bring you all the latest Val Thorens news

We'll bring you reports, photos, and videos, so you can see what's going on in resort. You'll also be able to get an idea of the snow conditions, in advance to a trip to Val Thorens. 

Read all the news from Val Thorens, and the Val Thorens snow reports, here.

(For reports, photos, and videos from last winter season, 2011-12, see our archived page Val Thorens news 2011-12).

Val Thorens news 2012-13

Here you can find reports on the events in Val Thorens, and all the Val Thorens news throughout the season 2012-13. See our snow report for the latest conditions.

Val Thorens news: Apotheose Days

1st May 2013

Waterslide at Apotheose Days in Val Thorens

Apotheose Days got under way in Val Thorens today (see our events page for the programme). The daytime activities include a water slide on the slalom stadium (pictured above). See some of the waterslide action in this video:

Val Thorens news: Dutch week

29th April 2013

Val Thorens news, Dutch week in Val Thorens - view of the 360 bar

The Dutch are in Val Thorens in force, for Dutch week, which happens on the occasion of the Queen's birthday (Koninginnedag). There's daily apres-ski at the 360 bar, Le Monde, and the Galoubet; and an extensive programme of events begins on Tuesday 30th April - under the name Apotheose Days.

Val Thorens news: Closing party at the Folie Douce

28th April 2013

Folie Douce Val Thorens closing party 2013

Sunday 28th April was the last day of the winter season 2012/13 for the Folie Douce in Val Thorens. Snowflakes fell as the musicians and DJs played, with jumps onto a big airbag adding to the spectacle.

See our video of the Folie Douce 2012/13:

Val Thorens news: Eurotest in Les Menuires

23rd April 2013

Val Thorens news, 23rd April 2013 - contestant in les Menuires Eurotest

There was a Eurotest on the Stade in Les Menuires this morning. See the openers' runs on this video:

Val Thorens news: Marmottes

22nd April 2013

The marmottes have been out for about ten days now, encouraged by the warm weather last week. They're looking a little forlorn for the moment, as winter returned at the weekend, and there's not a lot for them to eat.

Val Thorens news - marmotte on 22nd April 2013

Val Thorens news: Slopestyle, French championships

13th April 2013

The French championships, Slopestyle competition, took place in the snowpark in Val Thorens today. The conditions were excellent, with good snow, sunshine, and little wind, which resulted in spectacular performances. See some of the action in this video:

Val Thorens news: Easter week

6th April 2013 Val Thorens news - chocolate easter egg

Easter week saw good snow conditions, and a competition organised by the tourist office to guess the weight of the chocolate egg (pictured).

In the coming week, the Paola Cup FIS races (Belgian ski championships) take place on the stadium in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens news 6/4/13 - Cime de Caron cable car

Val Thorens news: Queen of the Park

3rd March 2013

On Sunday 3rd March, Val Thorens organised an initiation and coaching session in the snowpark, for girls only. Here's a video report:

Val Thorens news: Six ski resorts rugby tournament in Val Thorens

27th February 2013

Val Thorens news - tournoi des 6 stations - six ski resorts rugby tournament

Val Thorens hosted a stage of the 'Tournoi des Six Stations', or Six Ski Resorts rugby tournament.

There are teams representing Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Valmorel, La Plagne, St Gervais, and La Clusaz. Some well-known ex-internationals are taking part, including the Lievremont brothers, the Ntamack brothers, and Christophe Dominici. Antoine Deneriaz, the Oympic downhill champion, is also participating. 

In each resort, there are rugby Sevens matches, plus a slalom race - except that in Val Thorens, the skiing was replaced with a toboggan run. 

With snow falling, the teams played some fairly good quality rugby. See this short video:

The results in Val Thorens were:

Les Menuires 50-6 Valmorel

La Plagne 19 -22 St Gervais

Val Thorens 7 -22 La Clusaz

Val Thorens news: Women's World Cup downhill in Meribel

23rd February 2013

Val Thorens news - women's World Cup downhill, 23rd Feb 2013

Méribel hosted a World Cup event today - a women's World Cup downhill on the Roc de Fer. Conditions were excellent, with a firm piste, and sunshine during the race.

It was a triumph for people with two surnames. The race was won by Spaniard Carolina Ruiz-Castillo. Second was Maria Hofl-Riesch of Germany, and third Marie Marchand-Arvier.

Here's a short video of the action:

Val Thorens news: Segways on place CaronVal Thorens news - segways, February 2013, place Caron

6th February 2013

Val Thorens news, segways in place Caron

There were segways in place Caron on Wednesday 6th February, available for anyone to try, for free. Cold temperatures and bad weather meant that the organisers were not exactly overwhelmed with eager segway-farers, but it provided a novel experience for a hardy few.

Val Thorens news: Bordeaux wine tasting

4th February 2013Val Thorens news - Bordeaux wine tasting

Bordeaux neige is in resort today, Monday 4th, and tomorrow, Tuesday 5th February. Wine experts and viticulteurs are in Val Thorens to present Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superior wines to the skiing and snowboarding public. 

Val Thorens news - blackboard promoting free wine tasting

Val Thorens news: SFR Tour 2013

12th January 2013

From 9th-11th January, the Val Thorens stage of the SFR Freestyle skiing tour took place. There were wild cards available for the X Games Europe. The winner of the men's Slopestyle was French skier Antoine Adelisse. This is the tourist office's video of the event:

The women's event was won by Coline Ballet-Baz of France, but second was a 10-year-old Estonian girl called Kelly Sildaru, who features in this video:

Val Thorens news: Russian choir in Val Thorens, for Orthodox Christmas

7th January 2013

It's Orthodox Christmas this week, with quite a lot of Russian skiers in Val Thorens. To mark the occasion, there was a Russian choir on the place Caron on Monday 7th January, followed by fireworks. Here's a short video:

Val Thorens news: New Year's Eve celebrations

31st December 2012

Val Thorens put on entertainment on New Year's Eve. Read more about New Year's Eve in Val Thorens...

Val Thorens news: busy changeover day between Christmas and New Year

29th December 2012

Val Thorens news, Christmas/New Year changeover

It was a busy changeover day, with Christmas skiers leaving, and plenty of people arriving to spend New Year in Val Thorens. Fortunately, the weather was kind, so that the roads were clear of snow, and the visibility good.

Val Thorens travel news, road sign

Val Thorens news: World Cup Skicross event

19th December 2012

After bad weather on the 17th and 18th December, the qualifications and finals had to be squeezed into one day - 19th December 2012. 

In the men's competition, the winner was Armin Niederer of Switzerland, with Brady Leman of Canada second, and Joe Swensson of the USA third. Fanny Smith of Switzerland won the women's competition, with Marte Gjefsen of Norway second, and Andrea Libacher of Austria third.

Here's our video of some training and qualification runs:

Val Thorens news: Trophée Andros, Val Thorens

8th & 9th December 2012

The Trophée Andros, Val Thorens stage, took place on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 2012, on the ice racing circuit. There's car racing, electric car racing, and motocross. Read more about the Trophée Andros...

Val Thorens news: heavy snowfalls and high avalanche risk

8th December 2012

After the heavy snowfalls at the end of this week, the avalanche risk on the morning of Saturday 8th December 2012 was at 5 out of 5. The lift company still managed to open a few chairlifts. Check out these photos of snowed-in cars around resort.

Val Thorens news: road closures on Friday 7th December 2012

6th December 2012

The road up to Val Thorens (D117) is scheduled to close on Friday 7th December 2012 at the following times and places:

This is to make it safe from avalanches.

Val Thorens news: Rock On Snowboard Tour

1st & 2nd December 2012

The Rock On Snowboard Tour 2012 was in Val Thorens for the weekend of 1st & 2nd December, before heading off to Isola 2000, then Avoriaz. Read about the Rock On Snowboard Tour in Val Thorens...

Val Thorens news: O' Connells opening night

30th November 2012

O' Connells Irish pub opened its doors on Friday 30th November, for another season of Guinness-drinking.

Val Thorens news, opening night of O' Connells Irish pub

Meanwhile, the Folie Douce was getting ready to open at the weekend (1st/2nd December).

Val Thorens news, opening Folie Douce, milk churns on the terrace

Val Thorens news: FIS slalom races in Val Thorens

28th & 29th November 2012

The snow arrived just in time so that the men's FIS slalom races could go ahead on Val Thorens's slalom stadium, on 28th & 29th November 2012. Read more about the Val Thorens slalom races in November 2012...

Val Thorens news: Ski Force Winter Tour in Val Thorens

24th November 2012

To coincide with the Val Thorens opening weekend, Ski Force Winter Tour is here - where the main ski manufacturers set up their tents, and offer free tests of the latest ski models. Read more about the Ski Force Winter Tour in Val Thorens...

Val Thorens news: Ski area opens two days early

23rd November 2012

Val Thorens opened on Thursday 22nd November 2012, rather than the planned opening date of Saturday 24th November. There were just two lifts running on Thursday, but some good skiing to be done - see our report and photos of the opening day. One of the lifts was the revamped Funitel Peclet, with its new cabins.

Ski racing news: British skier shines in first World Cup slalom

16th November 2012

British slalom and giant slalom specialist Dave Ryding had a fantastic result in the World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland, on 11th November 2012. He finished 26th, scoring five World Cup points. Read more about Dave Ryding's result in Levi...

Val Thorens news: London ski show 2012

5th November 2012

We report from the 2012 Ski and Snowboard show at Earl's Court. See photos of the ski slope, and some very fetching husky dogs. Find about skis and gadgets being promoted at the show. Read our report on the London ski show...

Three Valleys news: new Plattieres gondola

23rd October 2012

The Plattieres gondola out of Méribel Mottaret, which takes skiers back towards Les Menuires and Val Thorens, will have its first and second sections replaced in time for the 2012/13 season. Read more on the Plattieres gondola in Three Valleys news...

Val Thorens news: Promo video for the Ski Force Winter Tour event in Val Thorens

15th October 2012

Val Thorens tourist office has produced a short video to promote the Ski Force Winter Tour on the opening weekend in Val Thorens, 24th/25th November 2012. It's a weekend when sixteen big brands are in resort, to offer free tests of their latest kit.

Spielberg's place in the rankings of the world's top movie-makers won't not be under threat as a result of this film, but it may just whet your appetite for the coming ski season.

Val Thorens news: September report and photos from resort

30th September 2012

We have a few photos of Val Thorens in late September 2012. There was just a little snow on the peaks, until a snowfall down to resort level on the night of 26th September. We also bring news of the latest construction in Val Thorens. Read our September 2012 Val Thorens report...

Val Thorens news: Full-length version of Val Thorens United film released

18th September 2012

The full-length version (2min36) of the tourist office's video, Val Thorens United, has been released. It's part of the resort's 'brand positioning' strategy. See the Val Thorens United film...

Val Thorens news: Setam announces Val Thorens ski pass prices 2012-13

4th August 2012

The Val Thorens ski lift company, Setam, has announced the ski pass prices for 2012-13.

The season runs from 24th November 2012 to 12th May 2013. There are reduced prices at the start and end of the season, and the full price applies from 22nd December 2012 to 19th April 2013.

Prices have increased across the board. In Val Thorens, the full adult prices have gone up as follows:

The price of a 6 day adult Three Valley pass has gone up from €241 to €260, an increase of 7.8%.

There is some good news. There appears to be a new discount when three or more adults buy passes together - referred to as 'tribu 3 personnes et plus' on the price list, literally, a tribe of three people or more.

See the full Val Thorens ski pass price information 2012-13...

Val Thorens news: Eurostar to open direct ski train bookings

27th July 2012

Bookings for Eurostar's direct ski train for the 2012-13 ski season will open on Tuesday 31st July 2012. Trains leave St Pancras on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, travelling direct to Moutiers. They run between 21st December 2012 and 13th April 2013. Read more about travelling by train to Val Thorens...

Val Thorens news: Val Thorens to host World Cup Skicross 18-19th December 2012

22nd July 2012

It was announced last month that Val Thorens will host a World Cup Skicross event on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December 2012. This is a result of the hard work in creating the skicross course, then successfully hosting two European Cup events in winter 2011-12. No more details are currently available, but we'll bring you more news when we have it.

Val Thorens news: Crystal Ski Industry Report 2012 released

10th July 2012

The Crystal Ski Industry Report 2012 was released today, and showed a 1.8% decline on the previous year in the UK ski market. However, there are grounds for optimism. Read more...

Val Thorens news: Val Thorens United, the new brand

2nd July 2012

Val Thorens tourist office has launched its new brand, Val Thorens United, and promotional video, after a consultation lasting two years. Read more...

Val Thorens news: visitor numbers for last winter 2011-12 up 2.4%

2nd July 2012

Val Thorens had a successful winter 2011-12, with a progression of 2.4% compared with 2010-11. The figures are for the number of visitor nights in the ski season. 2010-11 was itself a good winter, up 7% on 2009-10.

The local authority gives a breakdown of the resort's performance each month, in its Belleville Info newletter. There was a poor start to the season, with a lack of snow, and cancelled events, in November 2011. Too much snow in December meant that the road to Val Thorens was closed on several occasions, causing disruption. However, January and February were excellent, and March satisfactory. Finally, Easter was difficult, in spite of excellent snow conditions, and the numbers attending Dutch week were slightly lower than the year before.

Val Thorens news: voting in the Belleville Valley in the recent Presidential elections

2nd July 2012

The local authority, the commune de St Martin de Belleville, has published the number of votes cast locally for each candidate in the recent French Presidential elections. In the first round (where there are many candidates), President Nicolas Sarkozy (of the right-of-centre UMP) gained the most votes, 844, compared with 276 for his Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, and 206 for extreme right National Front candidate, Marine Le Pen. In the second round, a head-to-head between Sarkozy and Hollande, the incumbent Sarkozy garnered 1206 votes, against 508 for his Socialist rival. 

In Val Thorens specifically, the figures were 197 for Sarkozy, against 50 for Hollande, in the first round, and 278 to 111 for Sarkozy in the second round.

Overall, of course, Francois Hollande was the winner of the election, becoming President after the vote in May 2012.

Val Thorens news: breathalyzer kits compulsory for drivers in France

1st July 2012

On 1st July 2012, a new law, requiring drivers to carry a breathalyzer, came into force. The police will only enforce the law, and levy fines, from 1st November 2012. Anyone driving to Val Thorens in the coming winter needs to be equipped with a breathalyzer. Read more...