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|Nearest major city||Chambéry|
|Top elevation||3,220 m (10,560 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,850 m (6,070 ft)|
|Lift system||31 lifts|
Val Thorens ( [val tɔʁɑ̃] ), is a ski town located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps at an altitude of 2,300 m (7,500 ft). It is located in the commune of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in the Savoie department. The resort forms part of the Les Trois Vallées ski area which, with over 600 km of piste, is one of the largest linked ski areas in the world.
In 1971 the first of three drag lifts was installed, followed in 1972 by the opening of the first ski school.
The resort is usually open from mid-November until early May. The highest ski-able peaks are Pointe du Bouchet (3220 m) and Cime de Caron (3200 m). [ failed verification ]
Many of the slopes in Val Thorens face north and north-west. However, the resort itself faces south. Val Thorens has a total of 68 marked runs, and several terrain parks. The main snow park hosts a stage of the national SFR Slopestyle Tour, and the ski cross arena is frequently visited by the FIS Skier X World Cup.
Val Thorens is part of the 3 vallées ski domain, which is connected by a common ski pass.
Beginning in 1973 Val Thorens operated ski lifts all year round on the Peclet glacier. Low visitations and melting glacier concerns led to a complete removal by 2002.
Val Thorens has 31 lifts, which include magic carpets, draglifts, chairlifts, gondolas, funitels and a cable car.
The resort hosted a Tour de France stage finish in 1994. Nelson Rodriguez of Colombia won the stage, which had the second highest elevation for a stage finish in the history of the Tour de France.
The Tour de France returned to Val Thorens for the Stage 20 finish on 27 July 2019 and won by Vincenzo Nibali.
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