An independent guide to Val Thorens
The toboggan in Val Thorens is the longest in Europe, or at least the longest in France, at 6km and about 45 minutes of descent. You go up in the Funitel Péclet, and start the descent on the piste. Soon, you join the dedicated toboggan piste, which features banked turns, and straights. It's open during the day, and in the evenings from Monday to Friday. Read about the Val Thorens toboggan here.
Le Toboggan, Val Thorens, by T. Loubère (OT Val Thorens)
Val Thorens has the longest toboggan run in Europe*, or at least in France. Collect your toboggan from the Chalet du Toboggan, descend for 100m or so, then take the Funitel Péclet up to an altitude of around 3000m (about 9 minutes' ride). The first part of the descent shares the piste, but very soon you're onto the toboggan run proper: it's the width of one piste-basher, and has banked walls for most of the distance.
There's 6km (3.7 miles) of exhilarating tobogganing, from 3000m, down to 2300m, and it takes around 45 minutes. (Occasionally, there's a race, and the best times are around 10 minutes).
You can see the route of the toboggan run on the Val Thorens piste map.
Read this account of Val Thorens's toboggan run in The Telegraph.
* There's a toboggan run of 15km above Grindelwald, called the Big Pintenfritz, but it requires a 2 1/2 h walk to get to the top.
Here's a short video of the toboggan run, produced by Val Thorens tourist office:
And there's a video of the 'Luge Cup', the race open to everyone, 2008 edition:
There's also a free tobogganing area for small children (over 2 years) on the place de Caron; and a 250m toboggan run called Piste des Etoiles (photo above) for 6 to 10 year olds next to the Castor & Pollux magic carpets (you can go back up on the magic carpets, which run during the day, and are free).
All the prices and practical information are on pages 10 to 12 of the lift company's price booklet.
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