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Update on new ski lift construction in The 3 Valleys – Summer 2015
Latest news on the construction work on the new lifts going in this Summer across The 3 Valleys. As usual we’ll have a complete and comprehensive guide to everything that’s new in The 3 Valleys in our annual What’s New Page around September time.
New lifts are going ahead in Mottaret, St Martin and Le Bettex, but status / progress / timescales on the new gondolas in 1550 and 1650 (and 1850 for that matter) is not confirmed yet. Similarly the rumoured new Bourgne lift and removal of the Stade drag does not appear to be going ahead this year – more info when we have confirmation.
This Summer sees a lot of work going on around Mottaret as the old fixed chairs of Arolles & Table Verte are removed along with the Combes 4-man chair. A new Combes 6-seater routed to the right of where it is now and with a mid-station exit to a new floodlit green run is being constructed. A new beginners area with a short Arolles drag lift are also being built. The old Combes chair is up for sale if anyone’s interested!
Over in the Belleville Valley the occasional bottleneck of St Martin 2 is to be relieved with an upgrade to a 6 seater hi-speed detachable hooded chair with the old 4-man being moved to replace the old Bettex 2-man chair to now give access to the bottom of the Gros Tougne piste for direct access in to Les Menuires.
Removal of the old Bettex chair is now well underway and both the St Martin and Bettex replacements will be in place for December 2015.
Below are the new pylons for the Combes chair that were installed last Summer.
As always many thanks to Renée from www.vacanski.com for the photographs.
S3V have produced an animated video showing the developments going on around Mottaret including the new green piste, the moving of the beginners lift, the new Arolloes drag and night skiing being made available.