Val d’Isère launches new beginner tickets

5th July 2016, by Abi Butcher

Work has begun on the new Télécabine de Solaise in Val d’Isère

Work has begun on the new Télécabine de Solaise in Val d’Isère

The French ski resort of Val d’Isère has announced a new set of ski passes to accompany the construction of its new beginner area on Solaise.

The resort will offer one-day “I just want to try and see” tickets for beginners in the new area for just €35, and one day “discovery” tickets for Val d’Isère as a whole, for €49. A standard one-day ticket for Val d’Isère-Tignes costs €54 or €43.50 for children aged between five and 13 years. There’s also a new “I’m sure, I want to learn skiing this week” six-day discovery ticket valid in the whole Val d’Isère-Tignes ski area for skiers and snowboarders who have booked a week of lessons with one of the ski school partners, for €139. A standard six-day ticket normally costs nearly twice that, at €270.

Last year, the French ski resort announced a €16 million two-year project that would create a new beginner area on the top of Solaise and construction is well underway on second wave of work.

Stage one of the project, including the disassembly of the Lac ski lift, the Terrasse button lift and the Solaise rope tow, took place in summer 2015. In place of these, three beginner-friendly moving carpet lifts were built and the slope was reshaped to make it less steep and suit beginners better.

The second part of the project, to install a new 10-persona gondola in place of the Solaise Express and Solaise cable car, is well underway and will be completed by this autumn. 

The new Télécabine de Solaise will have 91 cabins, two with transparent floors, and all of which with wide enough doors that skiers can carry their skis / snowboards inside with them or leave them outside. The Télécabine de Solaise will have free wifi and transport 3,600 skiers per hour on a journey that will take only seven minutes, 40 per cent more effective than the Solaise Express and Cable car, and making it one of the best performing lifts in France and the world.

The Télécabine de Solaise will give access to the new beginner’s area, as well as access to a new day lodge at the top station containing a bar, café and a picnic area/lounge equipped with microwaves, vending machines and table football. There is also a kids corner on the first floor, with cushions and a TV that will play cartoons.

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Watch a video on the new Solaise project

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