Facelift for Val Thorens cable car

24th November 2010, by Chris Gill

Val Thorens has given its biggest ski lift a smart revamp in time for the new season.

The Cime Caron cable car serving the resort’s high point at 3230m has two swanky new panoramic cabins, which should improve loading and hopefully ease the queues – a persistent hot-spot for the resort. We hear that the old cabins will be kept as reminders of the resort’s history, though, and used probably for events. 

The Cime Caron lift is almost 30 years old and each cabin carries around 150 passengers along the 2km ride. At the top, a black run connects with the ‘fourth’ valley, or you can return to the resort on red or black runs.

The new cabins were delivered last week, just days after the resort opened for the season. They are now in place at a cost of 700,000 euros to the lift company. But worth it, they say, as the old cabins were more costly to maintain overall.

Val Thorens opened on 20 November, with 20km piste and good early snow conditions. Settled snow bases are 50cm at 2300m and 80cm at 3200m. Lift passes are 22 euros per day (adult) and new this season: kids under six ski for free.

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