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Val Thorens voted best ski resort
Monday November 18, 2013 - Email this article to a friend

The French resort took the top prize in the inaugural World Ski Awards that were held in Kitzbuhel at the weekend. It follows a win at another recent awards ceremony in London.

After winning the award for the 'Most Improved European Resort' at the Snow World Awards in London on 1st November 2013, Val Thorens has now been voted France's best ski resort and world's best ski resort.

See here for the PlanetSKI report on the London award.

Votes at the World Ski Awards were made by professionals working within the ski and travel industry, and by the public.

A total of 188 ski resorts from 20 different countries were competing.  

Launched in 2012, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field. World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as "the Oscars of the travel industry".

"We are very honoured to receive these awards rewarding the work done by the entire resort to take Val Thorens to the top in terms of welcoming and comfort of our clients. We are very grateful to be recognised as the world's best resort and best improved European resort and will make sure to do everything to keep meeting our clients expectations" said Grégory Guzz, director of Val Thorens Tourist office.

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PlanetSKI will be in Val Thorens this weekend as the resort opens for the 2013/14 season and we will have a special report on the changes that have taken place at the high altitude French resort in recent years and what makes it an award-winner.

See here for an updated news story on the changes that have taken place in Val Thorens and why it is winning awards.

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At the ceremony Kitzbühel won the 'Best resort in Austria' category in the awards which were supported by Kitzbühel ski resort and the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel lift company and the A-ROSA hotel in Kitzbühel.

A special award for Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2013 was won by Dr Josef Burger, CEO, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel.

In other awards, Åre was announced best resort in Sweden, Bansko the best resort in Bulgaria, Sochi Olympic venue Krasnaya Polyana the best in Russia, Deer Valley, Utah, the best in the USA, Garmisch the best in Germany and Niseko the best in Japan. 

"Hundreds of thousands of  travel professionals and skiers across the globe have voted for their favourite resorts, chalets and hotels. Tonight's winners can take enormous pride - they have been voted the finest in class," said the Managing Director of the World Ski Awards, Sion Rapson on the night.

Here at PlanetSKI we are having a totally unscientific poll about people's favourite resort - if you want to name yours then see the PlanetSKI Facebook page.

For the full list of award winners from the World Ski Awards then see below.

World Ski Awards Winners - 2013

Best Ski Resort

Andorra's Best Ski Resort - Vallnord
Argentina's Best Ski Resort - Cerro Castor
Australia's Best Ski Resort - Perisher
Austria's Best Ski Resort - Kitzbühel
Bulgaria's Best Ski Resort - Bansko
Canada's Best Ski Resort - Lake Louise
Chile's Best Ski Resort - Portillo
Finland's Best Ski Resort - Ruka
France's Best Ski Resort - Val Thorens
Germany's Best Ski Resort - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Italy's Best Ski Resort - Cortina d'Ampezzo
Japan's Best Ski Resort - Niseko
New Zealand's Best Ski Resort - Treble Cone
Norway's Best Ski Resort - Trysil
Russia's Best Ski Resort - Krasnaya Polyan
Slovenia's Best Ski Resort - Kranjska Gora
South Korea's Best Ski Resort - YongPyong
Sweden's Best Ski Resort - Åre
Switzerland's Best Ski Resort - LAAX
United States' Best Ski Resort - Deer Valley Resort

Best Ski Hotel

Andorra's Best Ski Hotel - Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa
Argentina's Best Ski Hotel - Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
Australia's Best Ski Hotel - Hotel Pension Grimus
Austria's Best Ski Hotel - A-ROSA Kitzbühel
Bulgaria's Best Ski Hotel - Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko
Canada's Best Ski Hotel - Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
Chile's Best Ski Hotel - Portillo
Finland's Best Ski Hotel - Rantasipi Rukahovi Hotel
France's Best Ski Hotel - Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles
Germany's Best Ski Hotel - Schloss Elmau
Italy's Best Ski Hotel - Cristallo Hotel, Cortina D'Ampezzo
Japan's Best Ski Hotel - Niseko Hilton
New Zealand's Best Ski Hotel - Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Norway's Best Ski Hotel - Radisson Blu Resort Trysil
Russia's Best Ski Hotel - Grand Hotel Polyana
Slovenia's Best Ski Hotel - Hotel Larix
South Korea's Best Ski Hotel - Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort
Sweden's Best Ski Hotel - Copperhill Mountain Lodge
Switzerland's Best Ski Hotel - Carlton Hotel St Moritz
United States' Best Ski Hotel - Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Best Ski Boutique Hotel

Andorra's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Grau Roig Hotel
Argentina's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa
Australia's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Peppers Rundells Alpine Lodge
Austria's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Aurelio Lech
Bulgaria's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Villa Gella
Canada's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Adara Hotel
Chile's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Antumalal
Finland's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Iso-Syöte
France's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Le K2
Germany's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Staudecherhof
Italy's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Hermitage Spa & Beauty
Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Ryokan Sakaya
New Zealand's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Eichardt's Private Hotel
Norway's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Herangtunet Boutique Hotel
Russia's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Peak Hotel
Slovenia's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Raj
Sweden's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Granen
Switzerland's Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Chesa Grischuna
United States' Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Goldener Hirsch Inn

Best Ski Chalet

Andorra's Best Ski Chalet - Els Llacs
Australia's Best Ski Chalet - Rockpool Lodge
Austria's Best Ski Chalet - Aurelio Club Chalet
Bulgaria's Best Ski Chalet - Villa Gella
Canada's Best Ski Chalet - Bighorn
Finland's Best Ski Chalet - Rukan Salonki
France's Best Ski Chalet - Chalet Marco Polo in Val d'Isere
Germany's Best Ski Chalet - Country Home Pitzner
Italy's Best Ski Chalet - San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
Japan's Best Ski Chalet - The Vale Niseko
New Zealand's Best Ski Chalet - Azur Luxury Lodge
Norway's Best Ski Chalet - Havsdalsgrenda
Slovenia's Best Ski Chalet - Julian Alps
Sweden's Best Ski Chalet - The Villa - Copperhill Private Lodge
Switzerland's Best Ski Chalet - Chalet Zermatt Peak
United States' Best Ski Chalet - Casa Nova, Deer Valley

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