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 snowboard cross action.
The 2017/18 season will mark a new chapter of the FIS Snowboard World Cup circuit as Val Thorens will end a 16-year-waiting time since the last SBX race took place in France.
In fact, the last French World Cup was a big air event in Grenoble back in 2008.
But with a successful double SBX event of the 2016 Europa Cup tour in the books, the well-known resort is back to kick off things in style by hosting the first of three stops of the brand-new X-Alps tour, a tour within the tour with World Cup slated to take place in Montafon, Austria and Cervinia, Italy within ten days.
Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) and Paul Berg (GER) have come out victorious of the season's third SBX World Cup event which took place in Val Thorens today – the first WC race in France since 16 years.
Ladies' qualifications halted mid-first run after fog descends on Val Thorens...
With the season's opener in Argentina already dating back more than three months, it's finally time for the snowboard cross stars to strap in again and to compete in back-to-back races as the World Cup tour returns to Europe with stops in Val Thorens and Montafon this week.
Alex Pullin wants to dominate the pre-Winter Olympics season despite failing to convert his snowboard cross favouritism four years ago into success in Sochi.