Les Arcs welcomes new chair-lift

19th January 2007, by Chris Gill

http://www.lesarcs.com/?lang=en”>Les Arcs, France, will formerly welcome its new chair-lift this weekend.

Saturday 20 January sees the inauguration of Les Arcs’ first detachable covered six-pack, ‘Arcabulle’. The fast chair above Arc 2000 was commissioned by the Paradiski lift companies to improve skier traffic towards the Col de la Chal. Installed beside the over-subscribed Plagnettes quad, the new lift has the capacity to move 3,000 people an hour and should greatly reduce queuing time.

Arcabulle replaces the former Bosses drag-lift. The line of the Plagnettes chair has been shortened to improve the connections with the upper part of the mountain.

The new six-pack was opened to skiers and boarders in December and early indications from the resort suggest an improvement on the former system: shorter queues, better distribution and satisfied customers.

However, one January WTSS reader did report queues for both lifts - so it remains to be seen how it fares during the peak season weeks and when snow conditions improve.

  Statistics for the new lift are:

  • Altitude: 2185m to 2545 m
  • Flow: 3000 people/hour
  • Speed maximum: 5 m/s
  • Ride time: 6.5 minutes

Les Arcs is generally reporting 75 percent of its terrain open and all lifts operational. High winds today have caused some closures on the upper mountains.

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