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S3V Update on new infrastructure in Courchevel

An update on the work on the new Alpinium Building in Le Praz, the snow front around La Croisette where the new Le Praz gondola arrives, the new piste and lift at L’Ecrin Blanc & Aquamotion plus Les Indiens Tribe return to the Indiens Piste in 1650!

The official update is available in English here

Artists impression of the new Le Praz development
The lake drained and work continuing apace

The new, fast 10 seater gondola direct to the centre of 1850, underground 500 place car park, lift pass & tourist office, reception area and ski lockers all to open this December.

Pylon monkeys…
The Tovets top station is being moved to accomodate the new Le Praz gondola top station
The new L’Ecrin Blanc residence approaching completion
The new Combes piste down from 1850 to the Aquamotion area

The Grand Combes 4-seater chairlift and blue run is still on schedule for opening in December this year. We believe this lift will link in to runs down to 1550 (Grangettes and Tovets) for access to Courchevel 1850.

The line of the new chair lift from L’Ecrin Blanc
The existing Creux Noirs chairlift (red) and the approx route of the new drag lift (black)

Great to see this area will still be accessible for the excellent off piste it offers – the 350m drag lift must be quicker than the long, slow chairlift it replaces and 18 less pylons too! The pistes here will remain ungroomed following fresh snowfalls as part of the Freeride LAB powder skiing zone.

The summer view of Creux Noirs with the current chairlift pylons top left.
The massive new earth works on the Stade down to 1850
From Plantrey Chair – hard to understand the scale of this work for the end of the Stade – even with a new club house, race control headquarters etc that is being constructed too.

Jim Ratcliffe of INEOS, owner of the Portetta hotel in 1650, now sponsor of the very successful Sky cycling team, financer of the British boat in the next America’s Cup race, owns Swiss football club Lausanne-Sport and is also said to be close to buying OGC Nice football club has donated some €17m towards this project.

The view of the new Stade work above 1850 from Tovets top station
Some more earth work at the top of Cherferie – more cannons we think rather then work starting on the tarmac bike track ultimately across to Val Thorens

Finally its been confirmed that the Indien Tribe will return to the Indiens piste/canyon for Winter 2020 providing hospitality, kids games, archery etc. Welcome back!

More updates soon from across the 3 Valleys and all will be gathered together for the What’s New in September/October 2019.

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