New lift from Le Châble to Bruson gets go-ahead
The long-awaited lift link between Bruson and Le Châble in Verbier has finally been given the go-ahead.
Work starts this week on an eight-seater gondola that will carry skiers from Le Châble to Bruson in less than 20 minutes. The lift will open in December 2013, and will have the capacity to transport 1,200 skiers and snowboarders an hour.
The idea for a link was first mooted in 1961, but local and environmental opposition has kept planning on hold until last week.
Bruson is a small village that sits on a shelf above Le Châble. It has long since been favourite with Verbier locals, but few others thanks in part to the journey to get there.
Bruson has tree skiing that is perfect in bad weather, and a reputation for amazing powder — particularly when the rest of Verbier has been tracked out. The area is covered by the Four Valleys lift pass, but to get to Bruson skiers currently have to take the gondola to Le Châble and then a free bus to the village.
Another planned new lift link, from Les Esserts to Savoleyres, has been postponed again until 2013/14.