What’s New in Europe Ski Resorts This Winter 2018/19

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You’ve found it; the complete run-down of all the new additions to the some of the best ski resorts in Europe. In just a couple of minutes, you’ll be completely in the know about what’s new this winter and well on your way to deciding where you want to spend your 2018/19 winter ski holiday.

Alpe d’Huez

  • In Alpe d’Huez there is a new 10 person gondola to replace the Eclose and Bergers chairlifts. This will carry 2400 people per hour to an Eclose mid-station and then on to the Bergers area from the lower quartier.

Courchevel

Alongside Meribel, Courchevel is benefitting from a €42 million investment to improve infrastructure. This is in part for the 2023 FIS World Championships. As well as this other upgrades include:

  • A new Grangettes gondola that can take people from Courchevel 1550 to Courchevel 1850 and will carry 2400 people per hour in just under 3 minutes from the bottom to the top.
  • The Le Croisette building in Courchevel 1850 is being renovated to improve access to the 5 gondolas which depart from the village.
  • €1 million is also being spent on 26 new snow cannons.

La Plagne

  • An €8 million investment in the improvements to Plagne Centre to complement the refurbishment of the shopping centre. Improvements include an undercover bus station, a new base village bar, bowling alley and outdoor ice rink.
  • A new Lift Pass payment system called Plagne Access will allow you to link your bank card to your lift pass and use your pass to pay for goods and services in the resort.
  • A new Deep Nature day spa, featuring a premium spa area (ages 15+) with luxuries such as a hammam, salt bath, counter-current swimming pool, saunas and a Nordic bath. Also are treatment rooms and a family spa area, with access 7 days a week from €13.

La Rosiere

  • In La Rosiere is an investment of €15m allowing the expansion of the resort to 198km of runs, featuring 5 new red pistes and 2 new 6 person chairlifts.
  • Mont Valaisan peak is being incorporated into the ski area, increasing the altitude of the resort to 2800m and giving lift access to a popular freeskiing zone.

Download La Rosiere’s infographic plan here.

Les Arcs

  • Les Arcs turned 50 years old in 2018!
  • Check back soon to find out what’s new in Les Arcs for the 2018/19 ski season.

Les Deux Alpes

  • In Les Deux Alpes is a new 8 person chairlift on La Toura at 2600m. This is set to replace the existing Toura and Lac Noir chairlifts.
  • A 5 year, almost €500m expansion plan kicks off in 2018, featuring additions such as new pistes, snowmaking and moving equipment, public infrastructure and leisure facilities. Most of the work will commence in 2019…

Meribel

  • Alongside Courchevel, Meribel is receiving a €42 million investment for infrastructure improvements for the 2023 FIS World Championships.
  • The new Mont Vallon bubble lift and two new high speed, 6 seater chairlifts on the Roc de Fer side will get skiers into the Belleville Valley in no time, making the Jerusalem piste much easier to get to.
  • Two new pistes.
  • Expanded ‘fun zones’ designed for families and beginners.
  • Snow-making capacity doubled for the 2018/19 season.

Tignes

  • A new Grande Motte cable car with a unique open-top roof terrace will replace the existing one this winter (although the open-top terrace will be closed until the summer!).

Val d’Isere

  • The 52-year-old La Daille gondola is getting a major facelift – replaced by a 10 seater, WiFi capable and heated upgrade, costing €10 million. This will more than double the speed to the top and triple the carrying capacity to 2800 people per hour – with direct access to the terrace of the Folie Douce!
  • The Teleski 3000 draglift will be open again this season after a 6-year hiatus. The drag accesses some steep skiing terrain between Solaise and Fornet.
  • A new luxury hotel, Le Refuge de Solaise is being built on the site of the old Solaise cable car station and will become France’s highest hotel.

Val Thorens

  • 4km of new pistes; a 3.8km blue run in the Cime Caron, and a new black run in the Bosmint area.
  • A €450k investment in the man-made snowmaking capabilities including a host of new snow cannons.

Mayrhofen

  • A new 10 person gondola, the Moslbahn, is due to be open this season, connecting the bus station with the mid-mountain area and a new red run.

 

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