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Les 3 Vallées resorts upgrading chairlifts and snowmaking systems for 2018 - 2019

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As reported by Chalet Line, resorts in Les 3 Vallées ski region in France are making a number of upgrades in advance of the forthcoming 2018 – 2019 season.

In Méribel two new chairlifts are opening. The Cherferie button lift is making way for a 6-seater chairlift that will take 2824 skiers to the top per hour – journey time will be 4 minutes.

The Legends, which will replace the Plan de l’Homme and Roc de Fer lifts, is a new premium chairlift equipped with heated seats and a pull-down shield that will take 3600 skiers per hour from La Chaudanne to the summit in approximately 4 minutes and 40 seconds.

In Les Menuires the Bruyères gondola, which links the resort to Les 3 Vallées, is being renovated with new 8-seater cabins and will be made faster.

The capacity of the Roc 1 gondola is to be increased from 2800 to 3200 skiers and snowboarders per hour.

Capacity has also been increased on the Grange chairlift; it will now be able to take 2600 skiers per hour (instead of 1800).

The Grangettes gondola from Courchevel Village to Courchevel 1850 is being replaced. The old four-seated cabins will be replaced by new cabins with seating for 10 skiers and taking 2 minutes 55 seconds instead of five minutes. The uplift capacity will be 2400 people per hour.

Courchevel is also investing €1 million in new generation snow makers. In total 26 new machines will be put on the Lac des Creux and Rama runs.

Val Thorens is investing €450 000 this year to improve its artificial snow system. Outdated equipment will be replaced and specific areas, including ‘The Grenouillère’, will have additional snow making installed.

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