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Val Thorens scoops top resort placing at annual World Ski Awards

Val Thorens Fahrenheit SevenVal Thorens in France has scooped up the prize for the World’s Best Ski Resort in the prestigious World Ski Awards for 2017. The results of this year’s edition of the awards were announced at ceremonies hosted at the A-Rosa Kitzbuhel Hotel in Austria over the weekend.

Skiers, ski-industry dignitaries and consumers voted Val Thorens into the number one spot. Confirming the placing, the judges praised Val Thorens for its eminently skiable snow, stunning environment and the fact the sun seemed to shine more often than at other ski resorts.

The judges’ statement also noted that Val Thorens was cosmopolitan, imbued with a hospitable atmosphere and was dynamic and sociable to boot. The award could not have come at a better time of year for Val Thorens as the 2017 winter ski season began on Saturday.

Val Thorens is located in the Alpine regions of France. At 2,300 meters above sea level, it is Europe’s loftiest ski resort. This higher altitude is probably a contributory factor to favourable snow conditions for skiing and the elevated amounts of sunshine.

Competition for the top ski resort award was intense and there were more than 20 other nominations. These included Vallnord in Andorra, the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Canada and Bansko in Bulgaria.

The 2017 World Ski Awards were the fifth since their original conception. As well as deciding the best resorts, prizes are awarded for the likes of the Best Ski Hotel and Best Ski Tour Operator. The 2017 awards were a double triumph for Val Thorens as its Fahrenheit Seven took the top spot for Best New Ski Hotel.

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