From 8 August to 9 August
From beginners to more experienced, Val Thorens brings together for a weekend all the lovers of mountain hiking.
The Val Tho trophy is to either push your self on the first day or have a relaxed walk the next day. Or why not attend both?
Saturday the 8th: the vertical Val Tho - memorial of Jean Béranger
"The definition of the vertical kilometer is simple : 1000 meters of slopes on a short distance to be completed against the clock". Yves Jeannotat, a sports journalist and a specialist in athletics.
The starting point is at the foot of the Cime Caron where in a group you will start the climb of 4.3km and finish at the summit at 3200 meters in altitude ; which makes the Vertical Val Tho, the highest vertical kilometer in Europe.
When up the top, breathe and look around you, profit from a 360° view over more than 1000 French, Italian and Suisse summits.
The vertical Val Tho is great training for the 15 days of the ultra trail on the Mont banc.
Notice to challengers
Julien Chorier set the bar high for the first edition by getting to the finish line in 46 min and 11 seconds. During the second edition, Pierre Chauvet did it in an amazing 45 min and 13 sec. The average time is 1h10, nothing is stopping you from trying to rally up the summit as quickly as possible!
Race information :
Everyone gathers up at 10h30am at Place Caron for the departure.
Get to the start line at 11am at the foot of Cime Caron
The race : 4.3km / average slope : 23.2% / average time : 1h10
Water supplies on the way up and at the finish line there will also be a pasta party.
Go down with the ski lifts
The award ceremony is at the summit of Cime Caron (or at the sports center if the weather is bad).
After all that effort a bit of comfort! An entrance Aqua-Spa if offered to all the participants.
8€ for the Vertical Val Tho - 14€ for the Vertical Val Tho + the calmer walk
Personalized gifts offered to the 300 first inscribed
Online : http://boutique.sogevab.com/fr/valthorens-centresportifspa/105-valthotrophy-verticalvaltho.html
On the spot : The day before or the morning of the race from 9am, Maison de Val Thorens.
Practical information :
Sticks accepted (apart from at the beginning)
Competitor's bags are transported on arrival
Showers at the sports center
For the followers, it will be possible to get to the summit by lift.
Rules : Vertical Val Tho
Sunday 9th of August: Val Tho Trophy - Calm walk
Open to everyone, The Val Tho Trophy is an easy and fun walk to be done with your family or friends ! It is a moment of sharing, conviviality and meetings, which you will live through many activities and surprises throughout your walk.
As soon as you get out of the cable car by passing by the Lac du Lou and until you return to the center of the station, your 5 senses will be challenged.
Don't forget your hiking shoes, warm clothes and protection against the rain...
New for 2014 :
The Val Tho Kidz, a treasure hunt reserved for children. Find the clues scattered all around the trail and try to find the code which will help you find the treasure of Val Thorens.
Free departure from the Place Caron between 7am and 9am
Trail : 9.8km including 2.4km of lifts
Refreshments on the trail, a Pasta Party between 1pm and 2,30pm when you get back to the station.
Course accessible for everyone, Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old.
Adult (+12 years) : 14€
Children (6 -11 years) : 8€
Children under 6 years : free
A personalized gift for the first 500 inscribed.
Online : http://boutique.sogevab.com/fr/valthorens-centresportifspa/97-valthotrophy.html
On the spot : The day before or the morning of the race from 6am, Maison de Val Thorens
Rules : Val Tho Trophy