An independent guide to Val Thorens
The Val Thorens slalom stadium (Stade de Slalom Yannick Richard) is classified black. It is used for race training (slalom, giant slalom, and Super G), and for competitions, including FIS races, and the local weekly chamois (slalom) and flèche (giant slalom) races. It's possible to book it for a private race for your group - contact Val Thorens Club des Sports.
If the slalom stadium is closed for training or competition, a sign at the bottom of the piste will indicate this; otherwise, it's open to anyone to ski the piste. If someone has set a course, the etiquette is to ask whether you may ski it or not.
The chamois and flèche races are usually held on Thursday and Friday respectively. During the French school holidays, there are also chamois and flèche races on Tuesday and Wednesday.
If you're keen on doing lots of racing, you can book a competition course with the ESF, which will largely take place on the Stade, and includes participation in some of the slalom and giant slalom races.
Find out more about local Val Thorens ski races.
Val Thorens Stade de Slalom was upgraded in the summer of 2010, when a second arm of the stadium was created - the red Trolles piste, which runs parallel to the main Stade, and is used for Super G.
Since the works, the Stade is back up to standard for World Cup slaloms and giant slaloms. It hasn't hosted a World Cup race since November 1988, when Pirmin Zurbriggen won a mens' giant slalom, but the Club des Sports hopes to hold another in the future. For the moment, the Stade regularly hosts FIS and European Cup races, and is used by the French national Alpine ski team for training, especially early and late season.
More recently, the various start huts were painted as a tribute to Val Thorens's ski champions, including Skicross racer Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, Snowboard Cross racer Chloe Trespeuch, and World Cup downhill and Super G racers Adrien Théaux (who races for France) and Marvin van Heek (who is from Val Thorens, but races for the Netherlands because his father is Dutch).
In summer 2016, a new Stade chairlift was installed, replacing the old Roc and Stade draglifts. A Val Thorens Ski Club draglift was installed, to give access to the lower half of the Stade, exclusively for the use of the Ski Club during training and competition.
The stadium is named after Yannick Richard. He was a skier who came through the Val Thorens Ski Club, who won several junior national titles, and who was a member of the French national junior team, skiing Super G. He tragically died in a snowmobile accident in Canada.
The latest ski pass prices, for Val Thorens, Belleville Valley, and the 3 Valleys, plus a link to book ski passes online.
Our suggestion for quality ski and snowboard hire at fair prices - Zenith ski shop, in the centre of resort.
All the ski shops in Val Thorens, with a location map.
A guide to all the ski schools in Val Thorens, including the ESF, Prosneige, Ski Cool, Evolution 2, and Free School Attitude.
The mountain restaurants of Val Thorens - the best places for a coffee or hot chocolate, and the most attractive lunch options.
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