What’s new in the Three Valleys?
Meribel is the perfect resort to take advantage of the changes and improvements made throughout the whole of three Valleys! You might find that you can ski your favourite run a few more times this winter or that getting to your preferred lunchtime restaurant is that little bit easier than before. We thought therefore we’d give you a little insight into all the work which is done behind the scenes throughout the whole of the Three Valleys to ensure that your 2012-13 ski trip is the best yet!
Val Thorens is due to open on the 24th of November 2012. So for those planning an early season ski holiday to Meribel (our first guests arrive on the 8th of December) it’s good to know that the links to Val Thorens will be open and their season will have been underway for two weeks already.
The new Reberty chair is also nearly completed. This new six seater high-speed chair replaces the old “bucket” lift and will have a capacity of 2,600 skiers per hour. It will provide an alternative lift back from La Masse and direct access to the Sunny Express chair and Bruyeres Gondola for getting out of Les Menuires.
Val Thorens will host the first European stage of the ISF World Cup on the 18th and 19th of December. This is a fantastic race for competitors and a great family ski day for those coming to holiday in Meribel pre-christmas. Our chalets start at just £299 that week fully catered.
This summer sees the completion of the long awaited Saulire bubble. You will now be able to hop over to Courchevel in just 12 minutes. With capacity increased and journey time reduced you will certainly benefit with extra time on the slopes! The new eight-seat cabins will carry 2,400 people per hour. 20 million euros has been invested on this new lift.
The main run back to the Chaudanne has also been made easier. This was a narrow blue run which has now been made both broader and gentler. Other major piste works in the Meribel valley include a re-shaping of the Grand Duc blue run, which is being upgraded for the 2015 Finals of the Ski World Cup Finals.
The brand new Plattières lift is also well underway. This will be the first ten-seat gondola in the 3 Valleys. The journey to the top will be just 9 minutes (reduced form 22mins). This will make skiing all Three Valleys in just one day even easier.
Those who have skied previously in the Three Valleys will remember “the run into Mottaret”. The steepest section of Martre, below the former Plattières mid-station, has been re-shaped and the incline made gentler.
A new bumps slope has also been created Mottaret. This will host top-level competitions, including the World Freestyle Cup in December 2013. This new slope should showcase some pretty impressive skiing.
The rumours have been rife and now the building is almost complete – the notorious Folie Douce is coming to Meribel! With live DJ’s and bands on the slopes every day of the week there really is no excuse not to join the après party.
There are big changes underway in Courchevel and this coming season sees phase one of a seven year plan to overhaul the lift system as we know it, with an overall budget of €118 million.
The improvements have been kicked off this year with the replacement of the most used lift in the Courchevel valley – the Biollay chair. The capacity of the new lift will be increased from 2,500 to 3,300 skiers per hour.
As well as drainage works there are new snow cannons going in down the Creux towards Courcheval. This will improve conditions for the first few weeks and last.
Piste re-shaping work is also taking place on the 1850 stade in preparation for the ladies world cup on the 16th of December this year. Those holidaying in the pre-christmas week are set for some world class skiing with the ladies World Cup in Courchevel on the 16th and the skier cross in World Cup in Vat T on the 18th and 19th of December.