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Val Thorens in December 2019 – What weather to expect & what to do

December brings great pre-Christmas events to resort

Featured in: | Rachel Wilson, Val Thorens Reporter | Published
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Val Thorens is already opened for the season with December continuing to bring more snow and exciting events to entertain you throughout the month.

Thanks to Val Thorens' high-altitude, the ski area officially opened on November 23rd. Snowfall earlier in the month means that there is already a good base of snow and there is a lot of skiing opportunities for December. If you have taken a gamble and booked an early ski holiday to Val Thorens then you made a great decision as there is already a great buzz around resort and opportunities for some great ski days.

December weather forecast for Val Thorens

On opening day, in late November, wind gusts were recorded up to 100km/h which left only one lift open. However, the weather proceeded to calm down and now there are more lifts and pistes open now, with the green overtaking the red closed symbols in Val Thorens. With more heavy snowfall and a cold blast forecast for December, be prepared for low temperatures, as currently it can fall as low as -12℃ in early December. There will be some beautiful blue sky days to break up the snowy showers but be sure to wrap up.

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December snow conditions in Val Thorens

Val Thorens has one of the longest ski seasons in Europe due to its height, it is 2300m in resort and it reaches up to 3200m at the very top peak. Because of that, there is currently 120cm of snow at the top and 95cm in resort. The piste bashing team is working hard to keep the pistes ideally primed and ready for some top quality skiing.

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Val Thorens December lift openings

Almost all of the Val Thorens lifts are open at the moment, with a total of 44 runs welcoming skiers and snowboarders. More will surely whir into action as December progresses, with the festivities sure to see a full opening. There are digital boards around the resort that show which lifts are open and closed, keeping an eye on them will make your ski day easier to navigate.

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December events in Val Thorens

There is already a lot going on in resort, as lifts have already been open for a couple of weeks but with many more are to come. Starting with the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup, which takes place from December 4th to 7th – a nail-biting event that sees a group of four race as quickly as they can to the finish line on an inclined course with jumps and twisty turns. The finals will take place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th, and the event will bring in huge crowds especially to cheer on the local champion, Jean-Frédéric Chapuis.

On December 7th and 8th, the Andros Trophy takes place. This insane show of car races on ice has an eco-friendly twist this year as they'll be using 100% electric-powered cars. To be right next to the action, one-day tickets cost €18 and a two-day pass costs €30, while it is free for children under 12. The surrounding paddocks are free to spectate if you don’t want to enter the arena. There is even a possibility to meet famous F1 drivers so keep your eyes peeled!

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Where to party in Val Thorens this December

On December 6th-14th, the world’s biggest university ski trip takes place in Val Thorens filling the resort with varsity students wanting to ski and definitely wanting to party, so the bars will be buzzing that week. A favourite amongst the younger crowd is The Frog and Roastbeef, which is one of the highest British pubs in the Alps, located halfway up the Rue de Gebroulaz. Expect lots of dancing and the traditional Yard of Ale challenge.

On the piste, the apres hot spot is the famous La Folie Douce which is accessible from Les Pionniers and Plein Sud chairlifts. If you want to meet non-skiers there, then they can access it by the cable car Les Pionniers. La Folie Douce is for all generations and promises to provide an exciting show with live music and performers from 14:30.

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For more happening in Val Thorens in December, check out our events calendar here. We'll be publishing an article about the best events over Christmas and New Year very soon, so keep checking our News page.

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