2020 Mountain activities
Winter is on the horizon and there’s plenty of new lifts on the way too. The key principle of ever more comfort and speed for users remains the same. On the slopes, pride of place goes to new play areas and facilities for all the family. Let’s look at the best of these new features for this winter.
Ski resorts are working hard to reduce lift waiting times and give the best possible access to the slopes. This winter, lifts will go faster with more skiers on board. Here’s a few examples of new lifts opening:
Méribel: Plattières 3 will be replaced by the 6-seater Bouquetin chairlift
Le Corbier: A new chairlift at Plateau de l’Ouillon
Valmorel: A new detachable 6-seater chairlift at La Biolène
Vaujany: The Clos Giraud chairlift is being replaced by a gondola
Sainte Foy Tarentaise: The Arpettaz chairlift is being upgraded to a detachable version
Arêches Beaufort: The new ‘Le Bois’ gondola will connect the Planay and Cuvy sectors
New lift pass deals
This year, Le Lioran is offering a 2-hour lift pass for just €23. And in Pralognan, dynamic pricing means that lift pass costs will change depending on demand - a great way to ski for less.
Fun on the piste
For children and teenagers
Les Menuires © V. Lottenberg
New play areas are being added every winter for families and thrill seekers. At Saint François Longchamp, there’s a new Boardercross to share with friends, and in Super Besse en Auvergne the ‘Petits Trappeurs’ area will delight toddlers with model animals and play features at the side of the piste.
In Les Menuires in the Savoie, the ‘Friendly Natural Park’ offers the chance to find out more about the local flora and fauna through a selection of fun challenges. Winter will be far from boring on the slopes this season.
© OT Sancy
In Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc in Haute-Savoie, a brand new area will be dedicated to beginners, so they can learn with confidence. It’s so much better to be able to learn the joy of snowsports without worrying about other skiers! It’s the same story at Peyragudes in the Pyrenees, where a complete area has been enlarged to give debutants a fun and enjoyable experience.
Saint Gervais ©Boris Molinier
Get caught up in an outdoor escape game in La Plagne: using your iPad or tablet, put yourself in the shoes of a troll or secret agent and take an adventure across the ski area. For lovers of night skiing, La Clusaz will be lighting up the Merle piste at the end of the day and for themed evenings.
Thrill seekers will love it in La Rosière, where you can take on a freeride area and new black run with a slope up to 74%! At Les 7 Laux, the resort has focussed on avalanche prevention. Their goal is to ensure the fastest possible ‘securisation’ of the slopes, so skiers can take advantage of excellent conditions as quickly as possible. It’s the same story at Sainte Foy Tarentaise in the Savoie, where the CATEX avalanche systems have been upgraded to improve safety.
This winter, Gérardmer ski resort in the Vosges region celebrates its 60th anniversary. While over in the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence, Montclar Les 2 Vallées is celebrating 50 years!
Crédit bannière : @Scalp