In Méribel-Mottaret, the new Plattières lift is being erected, this replaces the existing 28-year-old Plattières 1 and 2 gondolas. This single lift will be completed by Dec-12 and will be the first ten-seat gondola in the 3 Vallées. The replacement lift will carry up to 40% more passengers, transporting up to 2,800 people per hour. Passengers will be whisked up 734m in just nine minutes, compared with a previous journey time of 22 minutes. The lower lift station will be in a slightly different position, on the opposite side of the plateau. The existing Plattières 3 gondola will continue running as before. Lift company S3V has invested 17 million Euros in the new lift so far!