Europe’s highest ski resort Val Thorens received World Ski Award for the second time in a row
With its basecamp at 2,300 metres above sea level, the Val Thorens resort in French Alps is the highest in Europe. And for the second time in a row, this winter paradise has won the World Ski Awards at a ceremony in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
In the fifth year of the benchmark awards, ski industry professionals and the public from 85 countries sent more than 1.6 million online votes in various categories.
“Skiers love Val Thorens and have shown it again this year,” said Gregory Guzzo, director of Val Thorens Tourist Office.
“We are very happy; this is the result of a team who questioned itself every day to make sure to offer the best to its clients.”
Val Thorens recently built six new luxurious hotels making the stay for the skiers even more accessible and comfortable. The new local design-led Fahrenheit Seven hotel also won in the category of World’s Best New Ski Hotel.
The resort is located in the famous Trois Vallées that stretches to Meribel and Courchevel. The area has more than 600 kilometres of slopes combined.
The participants also chose the Magali de Tscharner’s Chalet Les Anges as the World’s Best Ski Chalet, Japan’s Vale Niseko World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel and Rocksresort in Laax, Switzerland World’s Best Green Ski Hotel for its use of renewable biomass energy.
Adrenaline junkies voted for Bella Coola Heli Sports in British Columbia’s Coast Range Mountains as the World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator.
“We are fortunate to have some of the most experienced heliski guides in the world, so we can offer exhilarating skiing while maintaining the highest safety standards possible,” said Bella Coola’s owner Beat Steiner.
“Off the snow, people rave about the attention to detail and personalized service provided by the staff at our lodges.”
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