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The best winter destination
The highest European resort, Val Thorens in France, received the title of the best ski resort for the third time in a row, just one week before the official opening of the season...
Last year, the title went to the Austrian ski center Kitzbul. However, this year, during the fourth edition of the World Ski Awards, which was held over the weekend, this mythical ski destinations regained its crown thanks to all the efforts to innovate and offer different services. For example, Val Thorens is the first resort, which offered free wi-fi internet at the ski slopes.
"Because of its ubiquitous pioneering spirit, enchanting natural surroundings, incredible amounts of sun and snow conditions, this place is unique and cosmopolitan, with a lively, social and friendly atmosphere," says the World Ski Awards website.
The winners of these awards are determined by voices of leaders in the ski industry, such as owners, customers, travel agencies, the media and the public. For this edition, about 1.6 million people voted from 85 different countries.
While Val Thorens took the biggest award of the night, resort in Europe, Canada, Japan, and even in the Middle East have received their share of praise this year.
W Verbier in Switzerland won the award for the best ski hotel, while the best ski loggia is Bighorn Lodge at Revelstoke Mountain in Canada. Ski Dubai, an indoor ski center with an area of 3,000 square meters, won the title of the best indoor ski resort.
Meanwhile, this year, Val Thorens launches another innovative service that aims to increase the number of guests. Skiers can now, before the departure of the trail see the occupancy rate and choose the ideal place for themselves. Data is updated in real time.
Val Thorens ski resort will be officially opened this weekend, a visit will be a record.
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