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More for the What’s New Page – New Building Work This Summer
The annual What’s New Across La Tania and The 3 Valleys gets updated around October time with a complete and comprehensive round-up of all the developments going on through the Summer. We’ve already had a brief update on the New Lifts for the Three Valleys for Winter 2016 so here are some updates on building work this Summer.
The new Aqua Centre near Courchevel Village 1550 (that’s Moriond or 1650 up on the hill above) is really taking shape now, as well as various pools and spa areas there are rumours of a wake boarding wave machine too! It will be interesting to know prices and season pass discounts etc. A massive kicker on the grassed over roof is already being planned by some ski bums we know – although it’s probably heated or something to stop the snow build up… Looking very impressive and opening this December.
Over near the Biollay and Coqs lifts above Courchevel 1850 (a golf course in Summer!) work continues on a large construction in front of the private chalet type building which was new a couple of years ago.
Looks like it’s a new restaurant complex similar to the one at the bottom of Mt Vallon with a huge terrace at the front looking up to Saulire (although not that much Sun there in December maybe). If similar it will have a proper sit-down restaurant, a self-service section and a snack bar to cater for all tastes & budgets. It will be a busy spot for sure – any chance of brnging back the single skier fast lane qeueu to the Biollay chair please S3V?
The Drop Inn in Le Praz has a new deck and seating area outside – great for this Summer to relax and enjoy their selection of Rosé Wines… The Ski Lodge in La Tania has some plans for upgrading their terrace too, stay tuned.
Over at Lac Rosière near Courchevel 1650 there is a new cafe and Via Ferrata harness rental place – not sure if this is new for this Summer or not, it’s been a while since the last visit. As stunning as ever… Lac Rosière not bad either!
The Free Ride Republic in La Tania has added a new chalet to their portfolio this Winter – The 16 bed Chalet Topaz with 8 en-suite rooms and outdoor hot tub is just above the La Tania Gondola Station.
A new hut and weather station at the top of the Col de la Loze has been spotted. Situated just near the orientation table up there and again we think it’s new – we can’t remember seeing it last Winter – but it has a tremendous view down to La Tania and will be used for weather monitoring and avalanche control we guess. It can just be seen sticking up right at the top of the Col in Summer, probably harder in Winter – definitely one for the ski geeks this…
Work continues on the La Tania to Méribel Village road – this is the view from the Méribel side. This is the second year of the La Tania to Méribel Summer Road Closure and is planned for next year too – although we hear a rumour that it may not be all Summer and some limited traffic light controlled one-way system may be available. The current diversion is via Brides Les Bains and Les Allues although there is an unofficial route on a forest track above the works – a 4×4 or at least high ground clearance is needed though and it is probably illegal.
Plenty of trees are coming out near Krab’s old place for the new road construction and there’s also been a lot of trees coming out to the (skiers) left of the Folyères La Tania Resort Run Blue Piste – possibly due to preparation for work on the new green run that is planned – no further information on that yet though.
Finally we’ve a pic of the top of the St Martin 2 new chair lift work – a big new top station going in there to take the 6 man chairs right near to the top of Tougnette on the ridge above Meribel and hopefully eliminating one of the last remaining bottlenecks (without an alternative route) in The 3 Valleys.
And (really) finally we hear there’s a new Weldom store in Moûtiers, much bigger that the previous one and will save many trips to Albertville for essential building, decorating, gardening and general DIY kit. Open from 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-19:00 every day except for Sunday when it’s closed all day.