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 visiting. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Val Thorens events in resort and don't forget to check out our Events Calender for the latest updates.
High speed ice driving competition that tours the Alps
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!
Fireworks for the French National Day, celebrated on 14 July each year
Bastille Day in celebrated across the whole of France with a bang...well, several in fact, fireworks always feature heavily. more »
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. more »
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. more »
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. more »
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. more »