This season you can look forward to some great new additions across the Three Valleys.
Two new red runs will open in the Roc de Fer area. This area has mostly been blue runs in the past and now experienced skiers can enjoy the new Gypaete and Daguet pistes, accessed by the existing Cherferie and Olympic lifts. There are also new snow canons on four Meribel runs as the investment for the World Alpine Ski Championships in 2023 continues.
Most importantly, Jack’s bar returns this season in a new location in the La Chaudanne area!
Le Praz will see a new €15m, ten seater gondola arrive near the top of the Tovets chairlift, a shorter route which means an easier walk up to La Croisette. It departs from a new €27m building in Le Praz, L’Alpinium, that will integrate a tourist office, lift pass office, function rooms and ski lockers and children's play area. Underground is a 500 space car park that will also double up as an electric go-kart circuit during the off season.
Access from Le Praz will improve further with the addition of the new 4-seater Grandes Combes chairlift. This will link the new 4-star Hôtel L’Écrin Blanc to Courchevel 1850. A new kilometre long blue run will return skiers to the site.
The Creux Noirs area in Courchevel has been redesigned for this season, This regenerated high-altitude sector gives access to some legendary off-piste areas and offers an incredible panoramic view. The black run and two red runs will be left ungroomed during the winter which will allow unlimited and secure off-piste skiing on powder days and give your legs a workout on these incredible natural pistes. There is a new 350m drag lift and 18 fewer pylons to avoid!
St Martin De Belleville
The Saint Martin 1 gondola has been upgraded to increase capacity by 30%, (up to 2400 people per hour), whilst the Le Praz Gondola, linking Le Praz to Courchevel 1850 has had €15 million spent on it. This now seats 10 people (previously four) and the journey time is now just six minutes.
A new outdoor spa, Lys Spa, is located in the heart of the village at Place du Biolley in St Martin De Belleville and features three hot tubs, sauna, a wellness area, herbal tea room and changing facilities. Tickets start from €5.
Val Thorens will be the first ski resort in the world to introduce a four wheel drive, self-driving, electric shuttle bus. The driverless shuttle holds 15 passengers and will operate around the car-free village. It’s free and hop-on hop-off. The amazing vehicle is packed full of cutting edge multi sensor technology, cameras and GPS and can operate at up to 25 kmph for 9 hours on a single charge. The shuttle bus will begin its service in December 2019. Val Thorens is also introducing the Z-Green, an electric one-seater tracked vehicle designed to help the disabled get to the slopes from their accommodation.
This season a new Igloo village will open close to the resort and will feature an Ice Bar, a fondue restaurant serving mountain favourites and literally cool bedrooms carved from ice.
'Red Square,’ is a new 95% organic delicatessen and wine cellar. Packed lunches and sushi will be available to order. A pancake house ‘Galerie Peclet’s’ and bar/streetwear ‘Wild & Savage’ also open this winter.
There is a new funslope opening in Orelle this winter with a new skicross circuit that is accessible from the Peyron chairlift.
We wouldn't normally include Bride-Les-Bains in our updates but the Grand Thermal Spa has undergone a €15 million refurbishment with new luxury treatment and water pool areas. This public spa now offers 2,700m2 of luxury treatment and water pool areas, making it one of the biggest well-being centres in whole of France! Something for those less keen on skiing perhaps.
As always, there has been significant investment in the infrastructure and facilities in the Three Valleys and that all goes to make you chalet holiday with Ski Cuisine even more enjoyable. Check out our availability to see what weeks we have left.
See you on the slopes!