Val Thorens is giving impatient skiers a sneak preview of tomorrow's official start-of-the-season by opening 12 kilometres of ski runs and the new Péclet Funitel lift today. 

In the two days running up to the official ski opening on Nov. 24, a lucky few are sampling the first snow in Val Thorens and skiing alongside professionals from the French Skiing Federation European Cup group, as well as budding champions from regional ski clubs.

From tomorrow, Val Thorens officially kick-starts winter by opening 25 kilometres of ski runs, with around 700 metres of vertical, and 11 lifts. 

Jean Bourcet, director of The Ski Lift Management Company, says: "As well as providing us with excellent natural snowfall, our high-altitude mountain location creates the perfect temperature conditions to produce a high quantity of top quality artificial snow. We've made more than 500,000m3 of artificial snow to guarantee a fantastic opening weekend, with the widest possible number of ski runs open for skiing enthusiasts who’ve come from far and wide."

Also this weekend is the Ski Force Winter Tour event where visitors have the chance to try out the new 2013 season skis free-of-charge. The Ski test will feature 16 major ski brands as well as an open-air party with music and a DJ.