Val Thorens

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Val Thorens
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Val Thorens from 3,200 m (10,500 ft)
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Val Thorens
Location within Alps
Location Savoie, France
Nearest major city Chambéry
Coordinates 45°17′53″N6°34′48″E / 45.29806°N 6.58000°E / 45.29806; 6.58000
Top elevation3,220 m (10,560 ft)
Base elevation1,850 m (6,070 ft)
Runs68
Lift system 31 lifts
Terrain parks 4
Website www.valthorens.com

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). [1] 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.

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Resort

In 1971 the first of three drag lifts was installed, followed in 1972 by the opening of the first ski school.

Skiing

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). [2] [ failed verification ]

Val Thorens panorama Val Thorens Pan.jpg
Val Thorens panorama

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.

Summer skiing

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.

Lift System

Cime Caron summit (3200 m) in December 2016 Val Thorens Cime Caron Summit 2016.12.30.jpg
Cime Caron summit (3200 m) in December 2016

Val Thorens has 31 lifts, which include magic carpets, draglifts, chairlifts, gondolas, funitels and a cable car.

Notable Persons

Tour de France

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. [3]

See also

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References

  1. Wilson, A: Ski Atlas of the World: the complete reference to the best resorts, page 45. New Holland Publishers, 2007.
  2. "Accommodation". Skiurlaub-infos.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
  3. "Stage 20 - Albertville > Val Thorens - Tour de France 2019". www.letour.fr. Retrieved 2019-04-16.

Coordinates: 45°17′53″N6°34′48″E / 45.29806°N 6.58000°E / 45.29806; 6.58000