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The highest altitude resort in Europe has picked up the top prize at the 2017 World Ski Awards.



Val Thorens in Les3Vallees has been named the world's best ski resort for a fourth time.

It's also been named the best in France for the fifth year in the row.

The awards ceremony took place in Kitzbühel at the weekend as VT welcomed its first skiers of the winter onto the slopes.

Val Thorens opening day 2017Val Thorens opening day 2017 - photo T Loubere














"Val Thorens holds a special place in skiers' hearts, as demonstrated by them voting for the resort once again this year," the Director of the Tourist Office, Grégory Guzzo said.

" We are very happy, it's the result of a joint effort by a team that's always asking itself how to keep providing our clients with the very best."

The winners were chosen by leaders in the ski tourism industry and hundreds of thousands of ski consumers from around the world.

Val Thorens picked up the majority of the 1.6 million votes for best resort.

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"To be recognised by the international ski community and worldwide ski consumers as the number one example of ski tourism excellence is a truly wonderful and inspiring achievement," said Sion Rapson, World Ski Awards Director.

"My admiration goes to the whole team behind Val Thorens' success, and I am so happy that their tireless work and commitment to becoming the very best of the best could be formally rewarded here at the 5th annual World Ski Awards. Huge congratulations!"

WORLD ski awards 2017At the awards ceremony















Read Katie Bamber's review of Val Thorens after it won the award for the third time last year.

In a first for the awards, the rocksresort in Laax, Switzerland, was voted the world's best green ski hotel.

Its stone buildings are heated with entirely renewable biomass energy.

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Laax was also voted the world's best freestyle resort.

The exclusive W Hotel in Verbier has been named the world's best ski hotel.
See winners below -

2017 World Winners
World's Best Ski Resort 2017: Val Thorens (France)
World's Best Freestyle Resort 2017: LAAX
World's Best Ski Hotel 2017: W Verbier (Switzerland)
World's Best New Ski Hotel 2017: Fahrenheit Seven Val Thorens
World's Best Green Ski Hotel 2017: rocksresort
World's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: The Vale Niseko (Japan)
World's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Chalet Les Anges, Zermatt (Switzerland)
World's Best New Ski Chalet 2017: Alpaca
World's Best Ski Resort Company 2017: Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
World's Best Indoor Ski Resort 2017: Ski Dubai (UAE)
World's Best Ski Tour Operator 2017: Sunweb
World's Best Ski Travel Agent 2017: Leo Trippi
World's Best Heli-Ski Operator 2017: Bella Coola Heli Sports (Canada)
World's Best Ski Transfer Operator 2017: Ski-Lifts
Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2017: Hans Grimus

2017 Country Winners

2017 Best Ski Resort Winners
Australia's Best Ski Resort 2017: Thredbo
China's Best Ski Resort 2017: Vanke Lake Songhua Resort
Japan's Best Ski Resort 2017: Rusutsu Resort
New Zealand's Best Ski Resort 2017: Mt Hutt
South Korea's Best Ski Resort 2017: Vivaldi Park
Andorra's Best Ski Resort 2017: Vallnord
Austria's Best Ski Resort 2017: Kitzbühel
Bulgaria's Best Ski Resort 2017: Bansko
Czech Republic's Best Ski Resort 2017: Skiareál Špindlerův Mlýn
Finland's Best Ski Resort 2017: Iso-Syöte
France's Best Ski Resort 2017: Val Thorens
Germany's Best Ski Resort 2017: Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Italy's Best Ski Resort 2017: Val Gardena
Norway's Best Ski Resort 2017: Trysil
Poland's Best Ski Resort 2017: Białka Tatrzańska – Kotelnica
Romania's Best Ski Resort 2017: Sinaia
Russia's Best Ski Resort 2017: Rosa Khutor
Slovakia's Best Ski Resort 2017: Jasná Nízke Tatry
Slovenia's Best Ski Resort 2017: Krvavec
Spain's Best Ski Resort 2017: Aramón Cerler
Sweden's Best Ski Resort 2017: Åre
Switzerland's Best Ski Resort 2017: LAAX
Argentina's Best Ski Resort 2017: Cerro Catedral
Canada's Best Ski Resort 2017: The Lake Louise Ski Resort
Chile's Best Ski Resort 2017: Nevados de Chillán
United States' Best Ski Resort 2017: Deer Valley Resort

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