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3 Valleys Ski Area & Ski Lift Developments
The coming season will see a host of minor improvements to ski runs and fun areas rather than the addition of new lifts. The main Doron piste has been widened, making access from the upper part of the resort to the main Chaudanne lift area easier for all.
Whether you are a speed merchant or blue-run skier, don’t forget to try out last winter’s World Cup Downhill slope where you can compare yourself to the world’s top skiers. This blue run was formerly two runs: le Grand Duc and Escargot. The downhill course has now been renamed le Roc de Fer and has been reshaped for more enjoyment. This will be the site of the biggest event in the skiing calendar, the Finals of the World Cup in 2015.
No more picnicking in freezing weather! A new relaxation and rest area has been created at la Chaudanne in the Saulire Express building. Called “The Lounge”, this new rest area will be the ideal place to eat your picnic in peace or simply relax.
Méribel will now offer even more entertainment for the young (and young at heart) in the various fun areas.
The Moon Wild piste at the beginners’ Altiport area has a new start. This theme piste now has even more life-size animal models and the beginning has been reshaped to make it more easily accessible. Children can have fun on skis while learning about mountain animals.
The Actimel mini-snow park has now closed but instead children will enjoy the new Inuit Village on the Louveteaux piste where they can try out various Inuit-themed games.
Over at Méribel’s Moon Park, there are even more features. You can practice freestyle with less risk of bruises thanks to the new steps, box and fun box which are made from foam rubber. Alternatively, why not indulge your competitive streak at the Moon Park Boardercross? This has been enlarged so you can race down it in teams of four.
For even more thrills, expert skiers shouldn’t miss Méribel’s most notorious black run, the Vertical Xperience. The start of this piste is now fully completed, making it more accessible than before. Don’t be fooled by the easier start - this couloir is 37-degrees in places, making it the steepest run in the 3 Valleys after Couchevel’s Grand Couloir. The less daring can watch the experts tackling this impressive slope from the top of Saulire Express gondola lift.
The new Saulire Express gondola has been completed. The new Chaudanne departure station is of a modern, spacious and airy design. ESF offices and the ski locker are housed in this building, as before. Now the ascent to the summit of Tournier couloir will take only 12 minutes, instead of the previous 22 minutes, and all in great comfort.
The Grand-Duc piste has undergone improvements in preparation for the 2015 World Ski Cup. Part of the finals will take place on this ski run, which now has a more progressive gradient and less abrupt drops. It will be enjoyed even by those who are not champion racers!
The descent to the Chaudanne via Bourbon Busset piste has also been made more accessible. This piste is now less of a challenge, especially where it merges with the bottom of the Mauduit run.
Courchevel, La Tania & Méribel-Mottaret
Biollay 6 Seater Detachable Chairlift
A more powerful ski lift for a very busy part of the ski area
Arrival at a higher altitude gives more skiing options
Better comfort when loading due to special positioning carpet
1690 m long, 365 m of vertical rise
3300 people per hour instead of 2500, a 32 % increase in transport capacity
Petit-Moriond Mini Cable Car
Replaces the 3 Vallées fixed chairlift ready for the development of the surrounding land
Quick, free and easy access to the centre Courchevel-Moriond for skiers and pedestrians
145 m long, 47 m of vertical rise
520 people per hour
Man Made Snow On The Creux Piste
To guarantee the snow cover on this much appreciated red run
4,6 km long piste between 2670 and 1830 m of altitude
46 snowmaking cannons
Man Made Snow On The Cospillot Piste
To guarantee the snow cover on this piste giving access to residential areas of Courchevel 1850
1,8 km long piste between 2190 and 1860 m of altitude
12 snowmaking cannons
Plattières 10 Seat Telecabine
The one and only machine of its type... a first in the heart of the 3 Vallées
A more powerful lift for this area considered to be the backbone of the 3 Vallées to guarantee more skiing thanks to reduced transport time
3178 m long, 734 m of vertical rise
2800 people per hour instead of 2000, a 40 % increase in transport capacity
9 minutes transport time instead of 22 minutes , a 60 % increase in speed
The Ourson Magic Carpet
Replacement of the Ourson rope pull
More comfort and ease of use for beginners
60 m long
The Martre Piste
To make the return to resort easier from Les Menuires & Val Thorens for beginner and intermediate skiers
To optimize the snow cover by reshaping this piste which is a vital part of the Méribel-Mottaret skiing area
3,9 km long piste, between 2400 and 1700 m of altitude
Park AREA 43
A half pipe built to European standards
A snow park accessible to both beginners and international expert alike
One of the best parks in France
After the development of the Magnestick-Kid (the back protection which «sticks» kids to the chairlifts), the success of Security Patrols (1st piste patrol in a French resort), Courchevel, Méribel-Mottaret and La Tania strengthen their leadership in security matters by the extension, to all their chairlifts, of the Magnestick-Bar (system that locks the security bar).