When the first signs of Spring arrived in the mountains, you might have been fooled into thinking that everything ski related stops until the first breaths of Winter air in December, but you’d be wrong. The resorts are busy improving their facilities and preparing for the grand openings of much anticipated new accommodation and services.
Investment in your ski pass, rising to new heights?
Skiers will be pleased to hear that many of their favourite ski resorts have new lifts opening for the 2018/19 season, reducing waiting times and improving access to the piste.
This year we're thrilled for the opening of Zermatt’s latest lift, The Matterhorn Glacier Ride. It will be the world’s highest 3S cableway lift and is scheduled to open later this month.
In Val d’Isere a brand new 10 person gondola with heated seats will bring skiers from La Daille up to La Folie Douce. Plus, one of Val d’Isere’s iconic ski lifts, Téléski des 3000 will be reopening this Winter allowing advance skiers to reach Leissiéres ridge that separates Solaise from the Le Fornet ski area and the Pissaillas glacier.
Méribel also has two new chairlifts opening this winter; The Legends - a new premium chairlift in La Chaudanne will replace both the Plan de l’Homme and Roc de Fer lifts. Plus, the draglift Cherferie has been upgraded to a six seat chairlift that will take skiers to the summit in just four minutes.
Les Grangettes gondola is being replaced by a new 10 person seated gondola from Courchevel Village to Courchevel 1850 taking almost half the time, just 2.55 minutes.
While upgraded ski lifts reduce queue times and help skiers maximise their time on the slopes, having enough snow to ski on is just as important. We were thrilled then, to hear that Les 3 Vallées had installed extra snowmakers taking their total 2,300 machines, providing guaranteed snow and guaranteed skiing.
New Arrivals – Chalets and Hotels
We’ve picked a taster of some of the beautiful new chalets and hotels to whet your appetite for the season ahead.
- Chalet Mimi, Oberlech – Sleeps 13 people. A traditional alpine luxury full service chalet with amazing views overlooking Lech and the mountains. The chalet is scheduled to open in October 2018 and will be ski in ski out.
- Chez Bugi, St Martin de Belleville – sleeps 12 people. Six en-suite bedroom, on piste chalet with ski in ski out access.
- La Refuge de Solaise, Val d’Isere – Renovated from a former lift station this luxury hotel will be the highest altitude hotel in the country at 2551m. The hotel will have three apartments and 34 bedrooms and will offer wonderful 360° views.
- La Folie Douce Hotel, Chamonix – Due to open its doors in December 2018, the hotel with 250 rooms will offer a mix of three and four star accommodation. With ski in ski out access, several restaurants and live entertainment. This is set to be a popular lively retreat.
- Limelight, Snowmass – Contemporary ski in ski out hotel with 99 rooms and 11 residences.
To find out more information about what’s new for 2018/19 and to book your next ski holiday, please call the team on 01993 899 420.