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3 Valleys Piste Map 2019 v 2020 Differences Animated

The 3V changes displayed in a GIF along with the Courchevel / La Tania piste map changes (La Masse hasn’t got bigger, just the artists alteration to aid clarity).

Full Size Image – The 2020 map is the one without the key / legend included
Full Size Image – The 2020 map has the Courchevel / 3V logos displayed

The new lifts, pistes and other ski area developments are detailed in the What’s New in La Tania & The 3 Valleys 2020 – The Definitive Guide (Part 1 of 2)


The Definitive What’s New in The 3 Valleys for Winter 2020 coming soon…

Moretta Village, La Tania. An artists impression of the future entrance to La Tania

October already! Time for the complete round-up of all that’s new in The 3 Valleys for this Winter. Stay tuned, coming soon…

To include full details on:

  • New 10 seater Le Praz Gondola
  • New 4 seater Grandes Combes Chairlift
  • Tovets top station moved in 1850
  • New piste to Aquamotion and the new Hotel L’Ecrin Blanc complex opens
  • The return of the Indians to the Indiens piste
  • New “Freeride Lab” area on Creux Noirs
  • Update on new Creux Noirs lift
  • Update on new La Tania Green Run and Snow Front
  • Work on Jockeys black piste for 2023 World Cup begins
  • Moretta Village update
  • New Alpinium Building in Le Praz with tourist office, lift pass office, med-centre, function room etc.
  • New underground multi-story in Le Praz with running track and sports field on top
  • New walk-way on to lake in Le Praz
  • New cable fitted to Cime Caron cable car
  • Cherferie area remodelled with new snow cannons installed here and on 4 more pistes
  • New cabins on St Martin gondola
  • Update on the new Orelle Gondola
  • New gondola from Plan Bouchet to Cime Caron planned
  • New “4th Valley” Ski Cross area
  • More autonomous shuttle buses for Val Thorens as they further embrace driver-less technology
  • Updates on La Masse lifts
  • La Tania drag lift repair update
  • News on the demise of Hotel Telemark
  • Saboia B update
  • La Croisette in Courchevel 1850 plans with work to start in Summer 2020
  • Val Thorens Sports Centre refurbed
  • New Club Val Thorens Chill Zone with DJs
  • New staff (and some returners of course) at Pub Le Ski Lodge
  • The return of Jack’s Bar in Méribel – on the site of Meribar
  • La Chabotte in 1850 is no more – now Katz
  • L’Hévana Apartments on the approach to the Méribel Chaudanne area open in December
  • The new 4-star hotel across from the Ron Point looks like it’s approaching completion too
  • 2020 Lift Pass Prices and Opening / Closing Dates
  • Oxygene Ski School now in St Martin
  • Further activities planned for the Family Cool area near the Méribel Altiport
  • Hotel Plan buy Flexiski (who used to be TUI and ran Hotel St Louis, which is now Ski Lodge)
  • New Igloo Village in Val Thorens with Ice Bar plus a new breakfast cafe opening 
  • New re-modelling of Courchevel Stade and new Club House
  • Les Menuires Stade’s 10 new video cameras
  • Elements Park and Yeti Park in Méribel upgraded
  • New guide station to support those heading for the Peclet Glacier
  • The Funitel Peclet to open until 18:30 from February with access to the luge run
  • The completion of the new red pistes over in Méribel plus a tunnel under the downhill course
  • More dedicated ski touring routes in Les Menuires
  • Caseblanche – new complex in St Martin plus 2 new top end chalets in the heart of the village 
  • 3-star Michelin restaurant La Bouitte has a new Tapas style area on the lower floor of the chalet
  • Mottaret Ski Pass Office refurbed
  • Torch Lit descents from Saulire to Méribel to be made available to small groups
  • Live tracking on displays and smart phones of free ski bus location
  • New scanners at Geneva Airport

Last Week to get Altibus Early Bird Tickets at 15% Discount to La Tania

The “Early Bird” promotion on bus tickets from Geneva Airport to the Tarentaise resorts ends on 30 September 2019.

There’s a 15% discount on these non-refundable tickets and new for 2019 is kids under 13 go free (max 2 per adult). More details here

Note however even the discounted prices are more expensive than shared mini-bus transfers offered by the local companies based in and round La Tania – See the La Tania Transfer Page for further info.

Prices for a one-way ticket on the scheduled bus service (3 per day during the week, 4 on a Sunday and 8 on a Saturday) from Geneva Airport to La Tania for Winter 2020 are €89 or €76 with the Early Bird discount.

Expect to pay 60 to 65 euros for shared mini-bus transfers which will be faster, generally more comfortable with English speaking drivers possessing a wealth of knowledge & info plus they’ll drop you off at the door (or as near as possible) to your accommodation rather than the main bus stop.

The French “unpenalized” law to carry a breathalyser kit is to be scrapped

The French Law that requires all drivers to keep a disposable breathalyser in their vehicle is to be finally scrapped under a new transport bill being introduced from this week. Originally it was to be brought in for July 2012, was then delayed until November 2012 and then postponed until March 2013. However in effect it was postponed indefinitely as the penalty was withdrawn by former president Hollande – but it actually remained a requirement in law but couldn’t be enforced!

The “law” has had no effect on reducing drink driving apparently. Worth remembering that in England, Wales & Northern Ireland the limit is 80 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood while in France the limit is 50 milligrammes (the same as Scotland) and is reduced to 20 milligrammes for drivers holding a licence less than 3 years.

Despite increasing penalties, compulsory bans or fitting EAD breathalyser devices connected to the ignition system, drink driving remains a big road safety issue and the major cause of road deaths in France.

Our original post on this back in 2013

The New French Winter Tyre Law
Some clarification on the new French “Winter Tyre Law” from the excellent http://pistehors.com website is available here. It’s not so alarming as the tabloid ski sites have been warning about and looks likely to be similar rules as to now anyway.

 

Work on the Jockeys Black Piste begins – Big changes to this iconic run

A notice preventing access to the whole area around the Jockeys Piste is now in force until 10th December 2019 while earthworks take place around “improving” the Jockeys piste for the 2023 World Cup Finals being held in Courchevel & Méribel.

As soon as the award of the 2023 World Cup Finals hosts was made and the Jockeys Piste (along with the top section of the Bouc Blanc) was chosen for the men’s events we wondered how some of those steep pitches followed by flat areas would cope with skiers travelling up to 150km/h…

As well as work on a tunnel and access for skiers to enable recreational skiing to continue while races are in progress there is a new section of piste towards the bottom to avoid the sharp left had bend and flatter section where Jockeys joins the red Murettes piste.

The other earthworks involves widening and re-grading sections of the slope – we imagine this is to prevent flat landing areas for racers and improve safety. For recreational skiers those flatter spots were a welcome respite from the steeper sections and a change to get your breath back!

With the new piste set to be a training area for the Courchevel Sports Club along with other regional and national teams there will obviously be some restrictions on its use in future years. Of course on bad weather days with loads of fresh snow this is one of the best spots in the 3 Valleys (and they wont be able to race on bad weather days!).

The 2023 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals take place from 6 February to 19 February 2023 (yes, over half term!) and is seen as a very prestigious coup for a hosting resort in promoting their image worldwide. The Ladies events, parallel races and medal ceremonies will take place in Méribel while the Men’s events plus the opening and closing ceremonies will take place in Courchevel.

No idea how many people choose there skiing holiday destination based on ski racing but we all prefer watching Skier Cross and Boarder Cross don’t we?

Updates on Hotel Telemark, La Tania Snow Front & New Green Run and New Creux Noirs Lift

Confirmation that Hotel Telemark is being converted in to staff accommodation for use by the Courchevel Mairee and S3V Lift Company Staff. So no public bar or restaurant, sad news.

The planned new Green Run (to the skiers left of Folyères) down to La Tania and the new Snow Front Development have been postponed for this Winter. If was becoming pretty obvious that no work has started on this – maybe the swimming pool in its current state will be around for one more Summer…

We hear that a re-think on the raising of the piste and a tunnel to the new beginners area is taking place. Current plans feel like they would cut off the main Folyères piste access to the village so hopefully this is good news and a better solution is offered but ultimately the beginners area with magic carpet lifts will be much improved for first time skiers.

Contract difficulties have prevented work going ahead on the replacement Creux Noirs lift. The original old, slow chair which was shut down towards the end of the 2018 season due to cracks in the pylon foundations was due to be replaced by a much shorted drag lift that would access the same area.

Banners around the old lift station promised a new lift for December 2019 but this now won’t be happening in time for this Winter. The area will ultimately be known as the Freeride Lab with pistes (Creux Noirs and Roches Grisses) not groomed after fresh snowfall.

Interestingly the pistes were maintained last season allowing hikers to access the area.

The old chairlift line in red and the approximate line of the new drag in black.

Dashed lines show the approximate position of the new drag and access piste with the old Creux Noirs chair marked on the left of the map.

We still have the new fast, bigger, more comfortable Praz Gondola direct to La Croisette in 1850 to look forward to and a whole new look lake and snow front in Le Praz with the new lift station, Alpinium Building and underground car park all set to open this December. Plus a new chairlift and piste to Aquamotion and a re-designed Stade area open for the Ladies Giant Slalom World Cup on 17 December 2019.

The return of Hotel Telemark? Plus Today’s Cowatch

Hotel Telemark remained closed all of last Winter

Some building work has started on Hotel Telemark in La Tania and according to the workers it will be open this Winter.

If it will be called Hotel Telemark, if there will be a Bar & Restaurant and who is running it is still unclear (and if it will sell rooms on a flexible hotel basis) but we’re on the case…

The work may involve accessibility modifications including a lift being installed which is a requirement for a hotel licence here apparently.

Fingers crossed the outcome is positive as it’s a welcome flexible accommodation option to La Tania plus another bar / restaurant to enjoy.

Meanwhile the cows are still on their march down the valley…

La Tania New Green Run and Snow Front Update

The cows coming down the valley for the end of Summer getting stuck in to Le Farçon vegetable and herb garden this afternoon.

Without any official confirmation it’s now looking like the promised new La Tania green run and new snow front / beginners area will not be in place for this Winter.

The proposed new main Folyères piste to come across towards Le Farçon and Ski Lodge with the piste being raised 7m and a tunnel from the village to a new beginners area appear to have been put on hold until next Summer. Hopefully a re-think around the raising of the piste and bringing skiers into the village instead of creating separation (and maybe not filling in the Swimming Pool and having a temporary tank instead) can be made.

The main focus is on Courchevel 1850 (as usual) with the new Le Praz link and car park allowing skiers to come right in to La Croisette area with the Tovets lift being moved down the hill plus the new piste and lift being completed for those that want to go swimming (the 63m Aquamotion complex). The Courchevel 1850 Stade area is being upgraded too and has resembled an open cast quarry all Summer.

No work on the promised new Creux Noirs drag lift appears to have started yet either (at least last time we were up Saulire anyway).

We hope to have the official explanation around 11 September – keep an eye out for a special “snow” report…

More cows invading La Tania today!

The real sign Summer is just about over – the Cows return to go down the mountain

It’s that mountain air that helps produce the delicious Beaufort Alpine cheese

Le Praz getting greener, new gondola main cables being attached and new gondola cabins for St Martin arrive

The playing field and running track on the roof of the Alpinium Building and Car Park now going in down in Le Praz. The new faster, bigger, more comfortable gondola lift and multi-use building all due to open in December 2019.
The operation to attach the main cable to the new gondola – we want to see the join!
New gondola cabins for Saint-Martin-de-Belleville have arrived on site.
Looking like more Leitner Diamond Evo cabins are being used.

 

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