Published the 16 November 2015
In spite of our determination to open the resort and the ski area on 21st November, unpredictable weather conditions have made it impossible for us to do so in a satisfactory way. For this reason, the teams in Val Thorens have made the difficult but sensible decision to postpone the opening. The resort looks forward to welcoming snowsports fans on Saturday 28th November, in the best conditions.
Opening of the resort and our french ski area has been postponed due to an accumulation of factors that have made the situation more complicated:
- Although it started snowing in Val Thorens back in September, with more than 50 centimetres of cumulated snow, for the past three weeks the mountain ranges have been faced with much warmer than average temperatures.
- This unusual situation has been confounded with reports that heavy snowfall and storms are forecast at altitude for this coming Friday. Firstly, this would jeopardize the additional entertainment the resort planned to offer from the 12/11 as an alternative activity, as well as making access to the resort more complicated. And secondly, the slope maintenance team require a minimum of four days to prepare the ski area and make it safe, despite the fact that there are currently twice as many personnel on the ground.
We are fully aware of how disappointed our skiing friends will be as a result of our decision, but delaying the opening by one week will allow us to launch the season in better conditions.
The weekend of 28th and 29th November will see the official opening of the winter season in a friendly atmosphere as the resort hosts both the Rock On Snowboard Tour and the Freegun Snowscoot Tour. Snowsports fans will be able to enjoy the snow-covered slopes, test new snowboarding equipment free of charge and take part in various activities and entertainment.
Ski passes and accommodation purchased in advance for the opening weekend will be refunded or transferred to the weekend of 28th November. Resort guests should contact their accommodation provider or Val Thorens Réservation.
More information is available from Val Thorens Tourist Office.