These are the biggest and most exciting ski resort upgrades coming for the 2016/17 season – super-sized lifts, extended slopes, and a new mega ski area in Austria. Arlberg becomes Austria’s largest ski area A massive investment of €45 million (£37.5 million) on four new 10-person gondolas means that…
Exciting upgrades for the #Solaise area in Val-d’Isère…
(Following passage taken from The Telegraph // Telegraph Ski and Snowboard 8/09/16)
« In France, a 10-person gondola that can carry 3,600 people per hour replaces the existing quad chairlift and 48-person cable car from Val d’Isère’s village level to the Solaise sector of slopes – effectively increasing carrying capacity by 40 per cent. The new gondola takes just seven minutes and arrives at a much more convenient point, allowing easy access down to the main Solaise chairlifts. Previously, getting there meant another lift or skate along a flat section of piste.
The new gondola has free Wi-Fi and heated seats, and two of the 91 cabins have transparent floors for enhanced views. It also accesses a new beginner area that opened last season; a new fun learning slope for beginners, including a little slalom, will open for 2016/17. There are plans for a new tubing zone but this may not happen for the 2016/17 season. These areas are served by three moving carpet lifts, new for last season.
There’s also a new day lodge at the top of the gondola with two terraces, a coffee bar, picnic areas with microwaves, vending machines, table football and a kids’ area with cushions and a TV showing cartoons.
New lift pass options for beginners include a day pass for the Solaise beginner area for €35, compared with €54 for a normal day pass. »