Each 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, with the 2017/18 winter season being no exception. See below the exciting new additions for this season in some of our leading ski resorts.
The Grand Massif ski area has some exciting expansion plans for winter 2017/18 including the development of a brand new bowl between Morillon and Samoëns! A new 6 seater chairlift will feed 4 new pistes, 2 blue runs for this season and 2 red runs for 2018/19 season. Transporting skiers from 1200m to 2120m, the chairlift will be a record length of 2850m – the longest of its kind in Europe. The journey will take 9 minutes and can carry up to 3000 skiers per hour. This expanded ski area will be loved by skiers and snowboarders staying at the new Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns.
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Location of the new Coulouvrier chairlift in Samoens
Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens has invested 14 million euros to upgrade the Moraine chairlift to a gondola. La Moraine 10 seater gondola will feature heated seats and provide easier and faster transportation to the gentle blue pistes, Moraine and Genepi. This improvement will particularly benefit beginner skiers and snowboarders looking to progress their skills on longer slopes. See what else is new in Val Thorens in winter 2017/18.
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La Plagne, France
The Crozats chairlift in the L’Arpette/Dos Rond region of La Plagne is being replaced by a high speed 6 person chairlift, allowing a much quicker return to La Plagne from the Les Arcs side. This chairlift is a good alternative to Salla to transport skiers and snowboarders to the top of Belle Plagne, plus much better views of the resort.
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Looking down on Belle Plagne/ Bellecote from top of Crozats
The Ariondaz gondola at Courchevel Moriond (1650m) will be replaced by a new 8 person gondola carrying up to 2400 people an hour – double what it was before.
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Les Arcs, France
Les Arcs has invested 10.4million to replace the Pre Saint Esprit chairlift in Arc 1950. The current chairlift was built in 1980 and will be replaced with a high speed 6 seater chairlift with a bubble and heated seats. The new lift will improve the flow of skiers by carrying up to 2500 skiers from top to bottom in 8 minutes. The route will also be increased to improve access to the Plagnettes chairlift. Future improvements include an upgrade to the funicular at Bourg, and improvements to the Transarc gondola at 1800, the Comborciere chairlift and Charmettoger.
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Pre St Esprit chairlift in Les Arcs
The 3 seater ‘C7’ chairlift in Kitzbuhel will be replaced this year with a high speed chairlift for easier access to Steinbergkogel for those who wish to avoid the black run to the ‘C1’ chairlift. The chairlift will be equipped with a bubble and heated seats, taking the total to 11 chairlifts with heated seats in Kitzbuhel, surely the most luxurious lift infrastructure in the world!
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Zell am See, Austria
This summer sees the first leg of the upgrade for the Areitbahn from Schüttdorf to the Zell am See ski area . The original Areitbahn 1 will be replaced with a 10 seater gondola which will double capacity to 3600 skiers an hour and significantly reduce waiting times in the morning. The 85 cabins will be equipped with heated seats and wi-fi. The journey will be reduced to just 7.12 minutes.
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How the Areit Express base station will look (digital image)