New in the Three Valleys 2018-2019
Heading to the Three Valleys this winter and wondering what is new? Aside from the regular lift upgrades, a huge investment has been announced in Meribel in anticipation of the World Ski Championships 2023, which means all skiers and snowboarders (not just national champions!) will benefit from speedy new lifts.
Here’s the lowdown on what’s new in the Three Valleys for 2018-2019…
Belleville Valley: St Martin, Les Menuires, Val Thorens
In St Martin de Belleville, the Granges chairlift is increasing capacity for this winter, taking 2,600 skiers per hour (previously 1800 per hour), which will make a big difference to our chalet guests and is great news for the resort.
Over in Les Menuires, the Bruyeres gondola is having an upgrade. With new 8 seat cabins and a new electrical system this will mean increased speed.
Investment in the snowmaking facilities continues this year with a new La Masse reservoir holding over 20 million gallons of water ready to pump out as snow through upgraded snow cannons.
Val Thorens is developing the Cime de Caron area, and a new red run called ‘Cime’ runs from the top to the Grand Fond lift. A new black run ‘Armoise’ will now run from the top of the Boismint chair.
For those that enjoy a whizz down to Orelle, coming up the other side should be much quicker if the plans for a new gondola go ahead – potentially for 2020. A two stage version would give access right to the top of Cime Caron, making the ‘4th Valley’ much more accessible to skiers.
Legends Gondola, Méribel
The big news is that there will be a new chairlift – called ‘Legends’ – departing from the Méribel Chaudanne. This will replace Plan de l’Homme and Roc de Fer. Not only does it have a hood, but it will also feature heated seats (we can’t wait to try it out!). The speedier lift will carry skiers and boarders to 2017m altitude in just 4 minutes and 40 seconds! The capacity is 3,600 users per hours.
This new lift will then give access to a new Cherferie chair, replacing the old draglift which accesses the Choucas blue piste. As well as bringing our guests back into the Belleville Valley much more quickly – the new 6-person chairlift will take 4 minutes to travel 1208m.
There’ll be new snow-making facilities to improve the snow on Choucas, in line with the anticipated traffic increase. On the cards for the future as this area develops is a new red run called Gypaete. Named after the huge birds of prey that frequent the valleys. And a Roc de Fer tunnel!
These investments, alongside others, represent an investment of 15 million Euros running up to the Alpine World Ski Championships in 2023.
Over in Courchevel, there will be a new Grangettes gondola from 1550 up to the Croisette in 1850. The Croisette building is being refurbished as well – we hope the Polar Cafe remains as it’s a good spot for a reasonably priced hot chocolate!
Courchevel Le Praz is also being redeveloped for the 2023 Alpine Ski World Championships. The new ‘Alpinium’ lift station, car park (and even an summer go-kart circuit!) will have a run which stops on the roof. This will be the run for the Men’s slalom in 2023.
The Three Valleys snowmaking
There is continued investment in the snow-making facilities across the Three Valleys: new installations and refurbishment of the current equipment will able to pump out more of the white stuff to ensure a good cover throughout the season. New generation snow machines will reduce the consummation of compressed air and provide optimal production. Larger reservoirs (eg. at the Altiport and La Masse) will stock water during autumn to make more snow, more quickly in cold periods.
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