What’s new in Les 3 Vallées for winter 2018-19
Image © C.Caittin / OT Val Thorens
For winter 2018-19 the world-famous ski area of Les 3 Vallées is investing hugely in the lift infrastructure to increase speed and capacity, improving the already efficient ski lift system in the largest ski area in the world.
Two new chair lifts are opening this winter in Méribel with an investment of €15 million. A new chairlift: the Legends will have thermally regulated seats and a pull down shield will protect passengers from the elements. This new lift will replace both the Plan de L’Homme and Roc de Fer lifts to upload passengers in 4 minutes 40 seconds.
The drag lift Cherferie will be replaced by a 6 seater chairlift that will take skiers to the top in 4 minutes.
The Bruyères gondola in Les Menuires is being upgraded. It will be faster and have new 8 seater cabins, improving the uplift capacity considerably.
Also in Les Menuires, Roc 1 will also have an improved capacity flow (3200 people/hr vs 2800) and the Grange chairlift will also enjoy increased upload ability (2600 people/hr vs 1800).
In Courchevel, the old 4 seater Grangettes gondolas will be replaced by 10 seater cabins whisking skiers from Courchevel 1550 up to 1850.
Val Thorens will have a new blue run (pending official grading), which will descend from the top of the Cime de Caron, making the area more accessible for intermediate skiers, and in Les Menuires the snowpark will be completely transformed with new rails and tables
Further investment in technology means a third of the entire ski area will now be covered by snow making facilities.
Finally, The Grand Spa Thermal in Brides Les Bains has reopened after a €15 million investment and renovation programme. There are indoor and outdoor hot tubs, relaxation areas, treatments rooms and swimming pools in the 2700m² space.
Image © Grand Spa Thermal - Brides Les Bains