Ski Testing at Val Thorens

After Alpe d’Huez, the “Ski Force Winter Tour” moves to Val Thorens for the weekend of 17th and 18th December. This gives the public the chance to test skis from 16 different manufacturers free of charge: Atomic, Blizzard, Dynastar, Elan, Head, Heidiskis, K2, Kastle, Movement, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott, Volkl and White-Doctor.

Snow falling…resorts opening

As the snow continues to fall, around 20 resorts should be open by this weekend. Whilst the weather outlook over the next few days looks very uncertain, another half meter could fall at altitude before the weekend. In addition to the Savoie and Haute Savoie resorts already open (Courchevel, Tignes, Val d’Isère and Val Thorens), we expect the following will probably open on Saturday:

Les Arcs, Avoriaz, Chamonix/Grands Montets, Châtel, Flaine, Les Menuires, Méribel, Montriond, Orelle, Peisey-Vallandry, La Plagne, La Tania and Valloire.

Where to ski tomorrow

Here is a quick round-up of where you can ski in the French Alps this weekend:

Courchevel

Only one piste (Verdons) open, but lift pass is free, as is parking at la Croisette

Val d’Isère

Opened on 26th November, and currently has 16 pistes open. Lift pas is 27.50€ for the day.

Val Thorens

Also opened on 26th November, with 18 pistes open. Day pass is 31€

Tignes

Tignes too has been open since 26th November, with 25km of pistes open, and the pass at 32.50€ for the day.

Les Deux Alpes

Opened today, with around 12 pistes open in the Toura sector and the glacier. The snowpark is also open, and reduced-price passes are on offer for the early season.

Serre Chevalier

Also opened today, with several pistes in the Monêtier-les-Bains sector. Lift price for the day is 25€.

Let us know if we’ve left a resort out !

Val Thorens opening sooner

The opening of Val Thorens, which had previously been delayed by a week, has now been brought forward to tomorrow, 24th November. This “pre-opening” will see four lifts opening: the Péclet funitel, the Cascades chairlift, and the Campagnol and Castor & Pollux “moving carpets”. Three additional lifts will open at the weekend.

Source: Le Dauphiné Libéré

 

New Lifts and Pistes in Val Thorens

Val Thorens has added a new funitel lift this season. The lift consists two trains, each with two 33-seater cabins, and will be capable of transporting 1,500 people per hour to the Col du Bouchet at 3,000 metres.

The funitel journey time should be around two minutes, and will give access to two new pistes: the red “Les Asters”, and the blue, “Le Chocard”.

Val Thorens Opening Delayed

The opening of Val Thorens has been delayed by a week. Lifts will now open on Saturday 26th November.

Limited opening of the ski area had been planned for this weekend, but due to insufficient snow cover, it has been announced that the opening of the lifts is postponed to next weekend.

The good news is that the temperatures have been dropping over the last few days and the resort has been able to operate the snow cannons.