The beginning of the 2018/2019 season will be here before we know it. The money that you all spend on those lift passes has been put to great use across the Trois Vallées over the spring and summer.
Meribel is spending a considerable amount of money (€15million) on new lifts and redeveloping old ones over the next few years.
- A new premium chairlift, the Legends lift, is being built to replace the Plan de l’Homme lift and Roc de Fer lifts, and will take skiers to the top in four minutes. These are 6-man hooded chairs with heated seats.
- The Cherferie drag-lift is being replaced with the old Plan de l'Homme chair; the 'new' lift will take skiers to the top in just four minutes.
- The refurbished Mont Vallon Gondola will allow you and up to eight friends to sit in comfort while you take in the panoramic views.
- Meribel’s Toboggan run ‘Mission Black Forest’ will be open for seven days a week from now on, down to its success in its first full season. Prices are €12 for a single descent with discounts available for buying multiple runs.
- The fun zones ‘Elements park’ and The Inuit’ are getting different themes as well as an expansion. These fun zones are designed for both families and beginners interested in having a good time.
- There is also going to be a new place to picnic; Trappers Cabin is in an area at the top of Roc de Tougne and is a perfect spot for a picnic or lunch.
- Two new ski runs are being created. A new red run, named Gypaete, will start just below the top of Choucas and will connect to the Roc de Fer blue piste. A second, Daguet, will run from the Face black run to connect with the Raffort piste.
In the Belleville Valley, the Bruyeres gondola is also having a makeover. The new, improved lift will be faster and more comfortable.
Val Thorens staff have been working hard over the summer to create over 4km of new piste to ski:
- A new blue piste from the top of Cime Caron
- A new black run in the Boismint sector
- Replacement of the old artificial snow system was due, and has been funded by a new €450,000 investment. The old equipment will not only be replaced, but doubled.
- An additional zip-Line is being added to the existing double zip-line. The new zip-line will be both foot and ski accessible at the top of the Moutiere chairlift and will end at the heart of the resort. 1600m in length, it will be a total height of 65m off the ground and has the ability to transport up to 60 people per hour.
In Courchevel, the new Le Praz Gondola Building has started undergoing a €27million redevelopment over the summer; it is due to be completed by December 2019. The building is being created for the 2023 World Cup and will include:
- 500 parking spaces on 2 levels
- A new gondola station
- S3V Lift Pass Office
- Tourist Office
- A children’s playground
- Public toilets and ski storage
- Multipurpose room of 245 m2 and a terrace
- A medical centre with piste and ambulance access
- There will also be sports facilities on the roof and a reception area
- Landscaping around the building and lake
- Ski lockers
- Sports facilities
- Playroom for children