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World Cup ski cross, Val Thorens

Val Thorens ski cross or boardercross

This section is dedicated to the Val Thorens ski cross or boardercross.

The ski cross is a brilliant course, which has hosted World Cup ski cross events for the last few years, and now seems to be a fixture on the World Cup calendar. When it's not hosting an event, it's open to anyone. Read about the Val Thorens ski cross here.


Val Thorens boardercross

This fantastic run starts by the top of the Deux Lacs chair. It has rolling bumps on the top section, then a couple of jumps (which can be side-stepped); then banked corners on the steeper, lower section. 

Ski cross and boardercross are now Olympic World Cup events. Val Thorens's ski cross run is used for top-class races, including at French Cup and European Cup level. The first World Cup ski cross was held in December 2012 (see this report by Graham Bell in the Telegraph), and there was another World Cup ski cross in December 2013. Val Thorens now seems to be a fixture on the World Cup calendar, with a ski cross event in December each year. The lastest event was postponed to January 2015.

This video shows the World Cup on 9th January 2015:

This video shows the World Cup ski cross from December 2013:

Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, a local skier representing the Val Thorens ski club, won the Olympic gold medal in ski cross in February 2014. The ski cross in Val Thorens is now named 'Stade de Ski Cross Jean-Frédéric Chapuis' in his honour. 

Val Thorens ski cross World Cup, January 2015

When the course is not being used for training or competitions, it is open to anyone to ski or board it. This skier's eye view video gives you an idea of what it's like:

We hope you have a great time on the Val Thorens ski cross or boardercross.