The Three Valleys, the largest interlinked ski area in the world, opens this weekend.

[R602R, Val Thorens] was the first resort in the Three Valleys to kick off the season two weeks ago on Nov. 26 followed by Orelle and [R117R, Courchevel] 1850 on Dec. 3.

This Saturday, Dec. 10 will see the opening of the remaining Three Valleys resorts: Courchevel 1650, 1550, 1300, [R598R, Meribel], [R1812R, La Tania], [R1564R, Les Menuires] and [R2422R, Saint Martin de Belleville].

Val Thorens has received significant snow dumps this week and currently has the best conditions in the Three Valleys with 130cm of snow on upper slopes, 100cm on lower slopes. The resort is hosting a couple of big events to mark the start of the ski season: Ski & Boarderweek Dec. 10-17 and Ski Force Winter Tour Dec. 17-18.

The Ski & Boarderweek sees pro-riders battling out to ski, snowboard, skicross and jump contests. You'll also find demos, free board testing, live gigs and a freestyle ski show.

Highlights from last year's Ski & Boarderweek:

Val Thorens' Ski Force Winter Tour offers a change to test the latest models from 16 leading manufacturers for free.

Highlights from last year's Ski Force Winter Tour:

The Three Valleys resorts will be offering some new developments for the 2011-12 season:

Val Thorens: the reception area of the Peclet Funitel lift is being extended and reorganised to allow a better flow of passengers towards both the lift and ski pass office. New public toilets will be located at the top of Bouquetin Funitel.

La Tania: a new community building will open housing a medical centre, kindergarten, luggage office, police and sports club premises. 

Orelle: a new picnic room will open for people using the gondola lift.

Meribel: redesigning the Mont Vallon and Cote Brun information posts for skiers.

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