Chair to unite Serre Chevalier slopes

5th July 2010, by Chris Gill

Better connections soon ... [Hutton]

Better connections soon ... [Hutton]

Serre Chevalier is to have a new lift next winter, which should improve the exposed and slow connection between Villeneuve and Le Monêtier.

The long Vallons six-pack will start just below the end of the Cucumelle piste, a beautiful red run that descends a sheltered valley towards Fréjus above Villeneuve, and where it meets the green and blue runs from the top of the access gondolas. From here, it will go to the top of the valley and provide a quick and more direct way towards Le Monêtier than the existing lift.

As well as being able to ski directly from the top of the lift into Le Monêtier’s slopes, the new lift access opens up enormous off-piste potential around the Cucumelle valley – already a popular haunt with the locals.

Of course, it’s likely to attract more people to the valley as well. But the main way for skiers and boarders to reach Le Monêtier from Villeneuve has always been via a slow, exposed chairlift to the Tête del la Balme – more time-consuming to reach and prone to closure by high winds. The new lift will be more sheltered. And near the bottom of the lift is one of our Eds’ choice restaurants, the Pi Maï (cosy but quite pricey).


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