From skiing to cycling in Val Thorens: A look back at the closing event of the 2021-2022 ski season

On the occasion of the closure of the resort for this ski season, from May 6 to 8, 2022, Val Thorens organized the final descent before taking off the skis for the season. The last station to close, the highest station in Europe has welcomed many ski “fanatics” for the last ski runs. The program was therefore sporty for the 280 registered in the “Big Der” (a 3 km derby type race) but also festive with DJ sets, musical entertainment, waterslide, beach party at 2300m, Big Air Bag GoPro and giant barbecue. Back in pictures on the closure of the station.

A unique event

The “Big Der” is a derby-type race with a start for 4 participants from the top of Péclet and an arrival at the foot of the Yannick Richard stadium. 3km descent for 675m drop. We took part in this unique race in order to measure ourselves against the other participants.

Ideal transition to the summer season

After this memorable ski season, it’s time to prepare for your summer. Many mountain bike solutions are developing all over the Alps. Val Thorens, with the Belleville valley, is positioned in this sector. With more than 30 marked mountain bike routes, representing a total of nearly 260 kilometers (the equivalent of a Paris-Lille, or 6.5 times around Lake Annecy), the Vallée des Belleville appears as an endless playground for all cycling enthusiasts.

We find in particular, between the downhill and enduro tracks, mythical routes.

  • Les Menuires – Val Thorens – 6.5 km: arrival at the heart of the highest resort in the 3 Valleys at an altitude of 2300 m with a view of the Belleville Valley in your sights.
  • Courchevel 1850 – Col de la Loze – 8.5 km: culminating in the ascent of the Col de la Loze at an altitude of 2304 m.
  • Col de la Loze – Méribel – 7 km: gently sloping descent.
  • Summit of Tougnète – Les Menuires – 7 km: a more lenient route which is done (almost) without effort on the descent. For the more adventurous, 627 m of vertical drop and an average slope of 8% are available to them!

Val Thorens, an ideal playground

The highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens is:

In summer :

  • 30 marked mountain bike routes.
  • 260 kilometers of mountain bike trails in the Vallée des Belleville.
  • Many solutions for electric mountain bikes.
  • Mountaineering
  • Hikes of several tens of kilometers through the passes and mountains.

In winter :

  • 150km of slopes in the resort.
  • 600km of slopes in the 3 Valleys.
  • 25,543 tourist beds.
  • Open on average from November 20 to May 8.
  • A snow park.
  • A Family Snowpark.
  • 600,000 visitors welcomed during the 2021-2022 winter season in the Belleville valley, the cradle of the Val Thorens resort.

On the way to the 2022-2023 season

Next winter will mark a turning point in the history and development of Val Thorens, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022/2023 with, in particular, the construction of a new, innovative and modular sports center which will be completed at the start of next season. An additional range of activities for visitors to the resort, who are ever more numerous each year.

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