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ON TO THE ALPS - Katie Bamber, Val Thorens
Thursday November 23, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

PlanetSKI is in Val Thorens in France as the season of 2017/18 officially gets underway. Snow is falling! UPDATED






The day after the opening and it's a late start for most in Val Thorens after a late night of celebrating...

-13°C and fresh snow from overnight fall.

It's perfect - until the French wake up and make it out onto the slopes mid morning...

15,000 in resort.
Yours truly in the snowYours truly in the snow


It's official opening day in Val Thorens and IT'S SNOWING.

PlanetSKI is in town to enjoy the celebrations, and the skiing...

Val Thorens, FranceVal Thorens, France

















PlanetSKI has arrived in the Les3Vallees resort Val Thorens.

And it is looking like it's going to be a whiteout weekend.

Snow and very cold temps are on the way.

Saturday and Sunday will see it drop below -10°C

Here's how the resort looks Friday:

Piste bashers out working early evening for the opening tomorrowPiste bashers out working early evening for the opening tomorrow
















Opening day freestyle show prepOpening day freestyle show prep
















Check back tomorrow for live opening day newsCheck back tomorrow for live opening day news
















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Last week the World Ski Awards awarded VT the 2017 title of world's best ski resort for the 4th time.

As well as checking out the vast ski area and fresh snow - first on the list, of course - I'll be seeing how Val Thorens has maintained its position.

Ski touring to check out the ski area's new refuge, Refuge du Lac du Lou, is on the agenda.

And so is yoga.

Skiing and yoga are more & more becoming linked with many wellness holidays combining the two.

They do go perfectly, and I'm excited to experience what Val Thorens offers up at the luxury Pashmina hotel re yoga (and spa-ing).

In recent years, the high-altitude French resort has been modernising and improving its luxury facilities and residences.

I'll be checking out the new-last-season Fahrenheit7 hotel that is located on the slopes and known for being a sunny - and delicious - lunch spot.

From the terrace of FahrenheitSevenFrom the terrace of FahrenheitSeven










Already this seasonAlready this season














We were in resort this time last year;

Read our report on how Val Thorens has earned such a title:

There's snow...There's snow...














Check back in to see how one of the first resorts in the Alps looks on its official opening weekend - it has already been going for a week...

What the resort has going on this coming season:

And here's how PlanetSKI started its season on the other side of the world:

We were in Val Thorens for the opening and start of winter last season.

See the early snow and atmosphere during the opening weekend in 2016 here:

If you are heading to the resort for some pre-Christmas skiing, will it time with the World Cup Ski Cross?

One of the most fun events to spectate, from From December 7th to 9th the AUDI FIS event will be held...

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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