New lifts in the Three Valleys

28th August 2009, by Chris Gill



In a bumper year for new lifts, three of France’s leading resorts have announced new chairlifts for next winter.

Of interest to Courchevel fans will be the new link with the slopes above 1650 - still served by several old, slow lifts. A six-pack is replacing two slow double chairs up from the valley at Praméruel, speeding up access from 1850.

Hop across to Méribel and anyone staying in the outer village will soon have faster access to the Altiport slopes: A new fast chair will replace the old Golf one, which accesses sheltered blue and green runs. Novices may be pleased to find that there will also be a three-hour lift pass available too.

Then in a big move to rid itself of some old drags and chairs, Les Menuires is replacing four lifts with one - a fast six-pack will run from Reberty up the Bruyères slopes. The resort already has a good proportion of speedy access lifts; we rate it four, not five-star in our assessment (with Val Thorens) - but then we discount various lifts (such as nursery drags) ...

And in Val Thorens a six-pack is expected to replace the Rosaël quad at Orelle – to improve the return to Val Thorens from the ‘fourth valley’.

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