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Val Thorens turns 40

Vicky January 18th, 2012

At an altitude of 2,300m the French ski resort of Val Thorens is Europe’s highest.  In the 1960’s Pierre Schnebelen and his pioneering team lodged their visionary plans with the Savoie General Council to transform the small mountain village of Val Thorens into a thriving ski resort.  Despite critics, plans were approved and in the summer of 1971 the first 3 ski tows were installed ready for their opening on the 18th December 1971.

Following a successful opening year, development steadily continued in the small mountain village and come the winter of 1972 the resort established itself with the opening of the local tourist office, ski school and first restaurant.  Ten years after opening, in 1981, the project of building the world’s largest cable car began; the Cime des Caron.  Ascending to 3,200m and carrying 150 people this marked a new era for Val Thorens and catapulted the resort into becoming one of Europe’s top winter destinations. Read the rest of this entry »