Val Thorens is, quite simply, one of the most impressive resorts in all of Europe. If the view from the top of the Cime Caron cable car at 3200m isn't enough to convince you of this, then perhaps a quick look at some of the mountain stats will change your mind as, with a base of 2300m, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in all of Europe, while, as part of the 3 Vallees mountain chain, Val Thorens helps make up the largest linked ski area in the world.
With so much terrain combined with a deep and reliable annual snowfall, Val Thorens is an ideal location for early season ski cross action. The 2016/17 season will be the fifth consecutive year that the FIS Freestyle World Cup circuit will visit Val Thorens' imposing slopes, with the Jean Frederic Chapuis ski cross course (named after Val Tho's favourite son and Sochi 2014 Olympic champion) hosting the first two races of this December's Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Cross Alps tour.
With its spectacular setting, technical course layout, and impressive history as an Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup venue, Val Thorens has become perhaps the premier stop on the tour.
A look back at some of the biggest storylines of the 2016/17 Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup season.
Anna Holmlund and Alex Fiva take victories at the second Val Thorens and lead the Cross Alps Tour standings.
Jean Fred Chapuis (FRA) and Marielle Thompson victorious in first leg of Cross Alps Tour
The first competition of the first ever Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Cross Alps Tour happens Friday in Val Thorens (FRA)
A look ahead at the four venues hosting this December's Cross Alps Tour.
Athletes Brady Leman (CAN), Anna Holmlund (SWE), Thomas Zangerl (AUT) and Marielle Thompson (CAN) speak to us ahead of the first ever ski cross Cross Alps Tour