Every ski season there are hundreds of new ski lifts and upgrades in ski resorts across the world. As technology advances and ski resorts grow in popularity they continue to improve and advance current transportation links across their mountains. Discover the latest ski lifts news for 10 top resorts in Europe and North America.
La Plagne has teamed up with MND Group to equip the famous resort with a new generation detachable 6 seater chairlift. One of the major innovations of these new chairlifts is the detachable grip technology that connects the chairlift to the cable, improving performance and maintenance. This innovative ski lift, Envers is planned to replace the old Coqs lift in Aime 2000.
Work continues on the 2 year plan to redevelop the Solaise area in Val d’Isere. A new 10 person gondola will replace the current Solaise Express to increase capacity to 3600 skiers per hour. The ski lift will have 91 bubbles and each one will be fitted with heated seats and wifi.
Read more about the Solaise upgrades in Val d’Isere.
There will be 2 new ski lifts in the Brévent/Flégère region in Chamonix this winter. La Parsa will be upgraded to a new 6 seater high speed detachable chairlift to increase capacity to 3000 skiers per hour and the old TK 2000 draglift will be a replaced with a modern version. Both new lifts will increase travel times and the flow in this region.
The 4 seater Von Roll gondola that was built in Saas Fee in 1976 will be replaced this summer with a new 10 seater gondola. Project Spielbodenbahn has already begun and the new gondola is planned to open on 22 December 2016, when the season begins. The enhanced cableway will reduce journey time by more than a half and will include free wifi in every bubble.
Project New Spielboden Gondola. Photo: Sass Fee
There are several new lifts planned in the Saalbach-Hinterglemm area this year: A new 10 seater cable car will replace the old Schönleitenbahn in Saalbach, increasing capacity to 3200 skiers per hour. Another new 10 seater cable car will connect the Zwölferkogel and the lifts in the area of the Westgipfel. Lastly the Oberschwarzachlift will be upgraded to a double drag lift.
A huge new project was announced earlier this year to link the Stuben/St Christoph/St Anton side of the Arlberg ski area with Lech/ Zürs. Currently you can only travel between the resorts by road, but the new Flexenbahn gondola will link the resorts together creating the largest linked ski area in Austria.
Read more about the New ski lifts in Arlberg.
The new Flexenbahn cableway. Photo: St Anton am Arlberg
A new, 10 seater, ultra-modern cable car will replace the Giggijochbahn in Solden. This will increase capacity to 4500 skiers per hour.
Great news for the Norwegian ski resort, a new 6 seater express lift is being built from Skihytta to the top of Trysilfjellet Mountain to replace 2 T-bar lifts. The Skihytta Ekspress will be high-backed with wind bubbles and heated seats. The new chairlift aims to boost skiing in the Trysil hugely.
The Skihytta Ekspress. Photo: Skistar
After last year’s new Teton lift was a grand success, Jackson Hole is planning a new gondola between Bridger Gondola and Teewinot chairlift called the Sweetwater Gondola.
The Sun Up lift in the Black Bowls will be the final old school chairlift to be replaced in Vail. From winter 2016/2017 there will be a new high speed quad chairlift.
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For those who have only skied in the European Alps, a trip to North America will be a fantastic surprise. The excellent all round skiing and spectacular scenery, combined with top service, fantastic facilities, spacious pistes, no lift queues and outstanding lift systems will make this an unforgettable experience. Many people even rate skiing in USA and Canada as the best skiing available in the world. The Iglu Ski team are big fans skiing and snowboarding in North America. Last season we managed to visit some of our favourite ski resorts in the USA and Canada, including Whistler, Jackson Hole and Sun Peaks. Read more about Iglu Ski’s adventures in North America.
Sales experts Phil and James in Sun Peaks
Whistler is Iglu Ski’s best-selling North American ski resort. The Canadian resort is favoured by many Britons due to the huge range of varied terrain, the impressive scenery and the excellent snow fall. The Whistler-Blackcomb has everything you would want from a North American ski adventure: Wide open bowls, gladed tree runs, steep chutes and more! Paired with the modern, efficient lift system and attractive village with a wide range of top accommodations, Whistler makes an ideal choice for your first ski encounter across the pond.
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Vail is one of the largest ski resorts in North America boasting over 5200 acres of ski and snowboard terrain. Freeride enthusiasts will enjoy the legendary seven Back Bowls that span across seven miles. Foodies will love Vail’s diverse and exceptional culinary scene. The 10th is a fantastic gourmet experience on the mountain and Matsuhisa’s is a highly regarded restaurant that serves Japanese cuisine with a South American Flare. The best value lift pass for ski holidays in Vail is the Epic Pass which gives you unlimited access to Vail, Beavercreek, Breakenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and more.
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Breckenridge is one of the larger ski resorts in the Colorado area with 5 high peaks across the 2900 acres of terrain. The ski quality here is excellent thanks to the super high slopes that peak at 3962m and the high levels of snowfall (25 feet of snow on average each season). The massive snow parks attract pro-riders and freestyle enthusiasts from across the world. There are 4 parks and a 22 foot superpipe in Brekenridge: Freeway is a park for pros with 4 massive jumps, the superpipe and lots of rails and boxes. Park Lane is the ‘local’s park’ with heaps of fun features. Highway 9 is perfect for skiers and snowboarders looking to hit the park for the first time and Trygve’s is a snowpark for children.
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Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise make up the world class ski area of Banff National Park. Just 45 minutes from Banff Town, the excellent ski areas provide access to 8000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain with incredible snow sure slopes. Banff – Lake Louise is the perfect place to encounter Canada’s breathtaking wilderness and scenery. From the towering mountain peaks to the stunning glacier-fed lakes, the landscape of the Canadian Rockies is nothing like what we have in Europe.
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The ski resorts in Lake Tahoe cover over 22,000 acres of terrain across the 9 resorts. Our favourite and best-selling resorts include Heavenly, Squaw Valley and North Star. Keen and experienced skiers and snowboarders will love Heavenly’s endless pistes and diverse mix of terrain. Enthusiasts can enjoy the 34 miles of wide pistes, the extreme cliff drops, the gnarly tree skiing and the unlimited freeride routes.
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Will this ski season be known as the winter that kept on giving? The start of winter didn’t get off to the best start but February, March and April have seen fantastic snowfall with many ski resorts in the Alps still open during the last week of April. El Nino has smashed records in North America with reports of increased visitor numbers thanks to the magnificent snowfall throughout winter, creating one of the best seasons in recent years. Jackson Hole in USA ended the season totaling over 10 metres of snowfall for its 50th anniversary year!
Back over in the Alps some of our leading resorts received over 8 metres of snow during the season, including St Anton, Tignes and Flaine. British skiers and snowboarders basked in the excellent ski conditions throughout most of winter.
Powder day in April in Les Arcs
Here at Iglu Ski we work with over 50 ski holiday tour operators in order to provide the largest amount of ski deals in the UK market to ensure we can find the best holiday for our customers. We currently have ski holidays available in over 200 resorts across 16 countries with thousands of ski chalets, hotels and apartment options. With this broad selection of holidays available we have an excellent insight into UK skiers and snowboarders favourite ski destinations. Here are your best-selling ski resorts for winter 2015/16: 10. Courchevel The swankiest ski resort in the prestigious 3 Valleys comes in 10th place again this winter as it attracts thousands of skiers and snowboarders every year to discover the world famous slopes. Despite its elite status, there are plenty of fantastic value chalets here including Chalet Cascades and Chalet Hotel Coq de Bruyere. View ski holidays in Courchevel
9. Les Deux Alpes Les Deux Alpes is consistently popular each season as it is one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps and is the perfect destination if you can only travel at the start or end of the season. Delight in the long hours of sunshine and party the night away in the legendary après bars. View ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes 8. Alpe d’Huez This bustling resort attracts extreme sports enthusiast all year round, but truly comes alive in the winter with it’s breathtaking alpine views from Pic Blanc glacier, it’s insane après scene and 250km of fantastic pistes including the longest black ski run in Europe! View ski holidays in Alpe d’Huez
7. Val Thorens If you are after top snow conditions then look no further than the highest ski resort in Europe. With skiing up to 3200m above sea level and access to the 600km of pistes in the 3 Valleys you are guaranteed a fun packed week in this ski wonderland. View ski holidays in Val Thorens 6. Meribel Discover one of the prettiest ski resorts in France and spend a week surrounded by charming chalets and beautiful tree lines runs in the largest linked ski area in the world. Meribel is popular due to the large variety of ski chalets and chalet hotels available. View ski holidays in Meribel
5. La Plagne This ski paradise has managed to push its way up 3 spots since last season as a result of the huge amount of ski accommodation on offer (Iglu Ski currently has 60 properties available) and the dependable snowfall (La Plagne received 839cm of snow in winter 2015/16). Head to La Plagne next winter to explore the extensive 425km of ski runs that make up the Paradiski area. View ski holidays in La Plagne 4. Les Arcs Les Arcs has secured its spot within the top 5 as it is a fantastic ‘all round ski resort.’ With spectacular views, towering peaks and connections to the equally-as-impressive La Plagne, you are always surrounded my pristine mountains vistas during your stay. Together with the fantastic ski area, choice of villages and bustling bars you are guaranteed an exhilarating week on the slopes in Les Arcs. Have you read about the new Mille 8 area?
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3. St Anton British skiers and snowboarders love après. FACT. This is why year after year St Anton makes it into the top 3. If you want the best après, you head to St Anton! Once you’ve experienced Mooserwirt and KK’s there’s no going back to anything else. Winter 2016/17 will see a brand new cable car link in the Arlberg ski area connecting Stuben to Zurs making passage between the ski resorts much easier and faster. This will make ski holidays to St Anton much more desirable and the newly connected 305km of pistes may help push St Anton up the leader board next winter. View ski holidays in St Anton
2. Val d’Isere The Escape Killy duo take the top spots as the world famous ski area attracts thousands of British skiers and snowboarders once again. The charming Val d’Isere village has over 80 ski property options including Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins, Chalet Hotel Savoie and Chalet Lo Soli. View ski holidays in Val d’Isere 1. Tignes Tignes reins at the top for the second year in a row as the most booked ski resort at Iglu Ski for winter 2015/16. With high altitude skiing available nearly all year round, it is one of the most snow dependable resorts in Europe. Totaling 876cm of snowfall this season there has been excellent skiing available most of the winter and the greatest selection of ski chalets, hotels and apartments for all group sizes. View ski holidays in Tignes
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The magnificent Val d’Isere ski resort is a firm favourite among many skiers and snowboarders. With access to the world class Espace Killy slopes, legendary après ski and a huge selection of ski chalets and hotels makes Val d’Isere a popular ski destination for seasoned riders and new comers to winter sports alike. The Espace Killy ski area is made up of 300km of remarkable pistes that surround the Val d’Isere and neighbouring Tignes villages. With 2 glaciers and heaps of skiing above 2000m, Val d’Isere and Tignes are considered 2 of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps which make them a perfect choice for early and late season ski holidays as well as guaranteeing great snow conditions throughout winter.
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In excellent snow conditions ski the Lost Valley (Vallée Perdue) down to La Daille. It’s tricky to find but it’s definitely worth the effort as there is some of the prettiest ski runs and the best tree skiing in Val d’Isere here.
Skiing down to into Val d'isere
Have an après session at the legendary Folie Douce Val d’Isere, the Mecca of the European party ski scene. If you manage to drag yourself away from Folie before the lifts close, you can ski back over to Val d’Isere and continue the party at the bottom of the slopes at Coco Rico. Otherwise you can ski down from Folie to La Daille and take the ski bus to Val d’Isere town.
Apres at Folie Douce Val d'Isere
Also known as the ‘up and over chairlift’ or the ‘scare chair,’ the Leissires chairlift straddles the mountain peak between Solaise and l'Iseran and takes you up and down the vertical mountain walls giving you a unique perspective of the gorgeous views from both angles. You must ride the chairlift both ways for the full experience!
Leissires chairlift back to Solaise
Probably the most well-known bars in Val d’Isere. Catch The Dominos at their weekly set during the ski season and party into the early hours at the English Pub themed bar. The renowned Moris Pub is located under Chalet Hotel Moris.
Iglu Ski's Scottie at Moris Pub
The Espace Killy is extremely lucky to have 2 of the best snow parks in France; the Val D’Isere Park at Bellevarde and the Tignes Park at Col du Palet. Freestyle skiers and snowboarders in Val d’Isere will love the 25 rail features and 3 boardercross tracks whilst beginners can test their new skills at the large small feature area on the other side of Bellevarde.
Val d'Isere snowpark
Get you fondue fix at La Cassarole in Val d’isere town, enjoy scrumptious alpine burgers and steaks at the mountainside La Fruitiere and sample local delicacies at the ‘Best Mountain Restaurant,’ Le Signal. (Awarded at the 2015 World Snow Awards)
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