Events in Val Thorens
There are loads of events in Val Thorens organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth a gander. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Val Thorens events in resort and don't forget to check out our calender for the latest updates.
Andros Trophy, Val Thorens
Ice Driving competition, December
France's most prestigious ice-racing series stages its third race of the season at the French ski resort of Val Thorens.
The Andros Trophy has been running since 1990 and attracts the world’s best drivers and car manufacturers. A glamorous and spectacular event, it consists of further races in mountain resorts namely: Alpe d'Huez, Andorra, Isola 2000, Lans en Vercors, Serre Chevalier with a grand finale pitting the leaders against each other in the Stade de France, Paris.
The race is divided into two categories, Elite and Promotion, which are then further split into two individual heats. Each driver and co-pilot team is divided into two groups for the heats and the finals; the winning team being the one with the highest points tally.
The ice tracks are prepared weeks in advance in each of the resorts, habitually and rigorously sprayed with water to ensure an even and stable coating of ice. The unpredictable alpine weather conditions can make for exciting viewing when ice melts or re-forms at unexpected points of the race!
Of course, we like to be where the action is and this is a not-to-be missed day out!
Chess Festival, Val Thorens
International chess tournament, mid July
The Chess Festival is internationally famous and regularly attracts chess star champions and future champions, such as Gata Kamsky, Rustam Kasimdzhanov (FIDE World Champion in 2004) and the best French players such as Joël Lautier, Etienne Bacrot, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (French champion in 2007 at 16 1/2 years old). You can register at PROMO-ECHECS Tel : +33 (0)6 11 11 53 86.
Christmas, Val Thorens
Celebrate a white Christams in Chamonix, 25th December
Wondering what to do this Christmas in Val Thorens? The festive season in the snowy Alps is always magical and every year there is some sort of celebration in resort to mark the occasion.
Festi Val Tho, Val Thorens
Electronic Music Festival, March
This dance music festival has been running since 2008, and brings an excellent line up of DJ's and concerts on the slopes of Val Thorens. The parties continue all the way through to the night.
Fete de la Musique, Val Thorens
National celebration of music, 21st June
The Fête de la Musique is the celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Val Thorens Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands.
Les 3 Vallees Enduro, Val Thorens
Ski competition open to all, April
The legendary 3 Vallees Enduro promises to be a great day out! An unforgettable day of ski, snowboard or telemark in the 3 Vallees, with different races in each valley : Big Air Bag, Freeride, Giant slalom, Moguls, Skicross, Triplette des Belleville, Boardercross, Family Schuss, Adri'Naline, Speed Skiing
New Year's Eve, Val Thorens
Celebrate NYE in Val Thorens, 31st December
Wondering what to do this New Year in Val Thorens? All the bars hold their own parties, restaurants often lay on a special menu and perhaps some entertainment. Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and fireworks are unleashed in celebration!
Rock on Snowboard Tour, Val Thorens
Free testing of the latest gear, start of the ski season
The Rock on Snowboard tour allows everyone to test the latest equipment on the slopes, free of charge. You can even have some lessons for free! All the brands are here... Ride, 77 Customs, Nidecker, Yes, Jones, Drake, Libtech, Gnu, Roxy Snowboards, Apo, K2, Santa Cruz, Bataleon, Nitro, Raiden, Furlan, Light, Oakley, DC, Burton, Artec, Dupraz, Elan, Flow, Rome SDS, Rossignol Snowboards, SP united, Never Summer, Forum, Drift, Contour, Gopro.
Three Valleys Bike Competition, Meribel
3 Vallées Tout Terrain, early July
The Three Valleys Mountain Bike competition takes place in Méribel at the start of the official summer season and is open to all. Running over the weekend, there are two main events; a ‘Free Bike’ competition, a timed descent from the top of the Saulire (2700m) to Brides-les-Bains (600m), and a 70kms 'Rando Tour' event completing circuits around the Three Valleys at various levels of difficulty thanks to the use of the ski lifts.
Tour de France, Val Thorens
Biggest cycle race in Europe, July
Every summer France is gripped by the biggest and best cycle race in Europe - Le Tour de France, the year Le Tour is celebrating it's 100th year so the event will be bigger than ever.