The toboggan in Val Thorens, which is now called Cosmojet, is the longest in France at 6km and about 45 minutes of descent.
You go up in the Funitel Péclet, and start the descent on the piste. Soon, you join the dedicated toboggan run, which features banked turns, and straights.
Read about the Val Thorens toboggan here.
Val Thorens has the longest toboggan run in Europe*, or at least in France.
Collect your toboggan from the Chalet du Toboggan, descend for 100m or so, then take the Funitel Péclet up to an altitude of around 3000m (9 minutes' ride). The first part of the descent shares the piste, but very soon you're onto the toboggan run proper: it's the width of one piste-basher, and has banked walls for most of the distance.
There's 6km (3.7 miles) of exhilarating tobogganing, from 3000m down to 2300m, and it takes around 45 minutes. (Occasionally, there's a race, and the best times are around 10 minutes).
You can see the route of the toboggan run on the Val Thorens piste map (it's purple and marked Cosmojet).
Read this account of Val Thorens's toboggan run in The Telegraph.
* There's a toboggan run of 15km above Grindelwald, called the Big Pintenfritz, but it requires a 2 1/2 h walk to get to the top.
The prices (2023-24) for one or two descents on the Val Thorens toboggan run, and for 1 day, are:
Prices include hire of the toboggan, and going up in the Funitel Péclet. An evening descent includes a mulled wine or hot chocolate and some Beaufort cheese.
The toboggan is open every day, plus Wednesday to Friday evenings.
Daytime opening times:
Evening opening times:
You have to leave an ID document when you collect your sledge from the Chalet Cosmojet, as a deposit.
These are the age restrictions and conditions for children:
Information, booking and toboggan hire at the Chalet du Toboggan.
Telephone: 04 79 00 07 08.
Alpine Fleet offer shared and private transfers to Val Thorens. Use the form below to get a quote.
Here's a short video of the toboggan run, produced by Val Thorens tourist office.
And here's a video of the 'Luge Cup', the race open to everyone, 2008 edition.
Have a great time on the toboggan in Val Thorens.
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