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Less than 4 months to wait until the French ski season kicks off in Val Thorens; Take a quick look at what's fresh for Winter17/18.

The first to open in Les3Vallees and in France, Val Thorens (VT) will open on 18th November

25th & 26th November - Grand Premiere party weekend

Free ski testing of new season ski and snowboard models and equipment

Pros on hand at each of these:

  • Mini snowpark 
  • Big air bag
  • Snow scooter trampolining (we'll be tuning in to this one...)
  • Ski touring zoneCarving practice
  • Happy Hour, games and entertainment in base area

2nd & 3rd December - Andros Trophy

The best car and motorbike drivers come together on the Alain Prost ice circuit for stage one of the competition.

VT ski cross

Ski Cross VT


VT will open the Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross World Cup circuits - just two months before the Pyeongchang Olympic Games kick off on 9th February.

12th - 13th December Snowboardcross World Cup  

After 16 years out of the hosting loop, France will this year hold a stage.

7th - 9th February - Opening of the FIS Cross Alps Tour

FOR THE REST OF US - on the slopes:

A new gondola in Moraine
A €14m-investment replaces the Moraine chair with a 10-man gondola.

PLUS there'll be a new blue run open (the fourth) in the Plein Sud sector.

Josselin Jeanblanc Les Explorateurs


Hotel Pashmina's restaurant Les Explorateurs has been awarded a Michelin star thanks to chef Josselin Jeanblanc.

If a more low key dinner is for you, new Italian bistro Il Gusto has just opened at the bottom of the slopes facing Cimes Caron. 


The Lac du Lou mountain refuge is new this season for a place to sleep in the mountain wild.

Between Val Thorens and Les Menuires, it is found in the Belleville Valley.

Reached by heading off-piste from the ski area for some the refuge lodge can also be reached by snowshoe.

There's a frozen lake close by for some ice diving.

Then there's also the 5* Montana Lodge residence in town for a chic, relaxed, Val Thorens-style luxury stay, opening just after the season's start on 16th December.
Refuge du Lac du Lou

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