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Summer Lifts & Prices plus details on the new chairlift for this Winter

La Tania and Courchevel lifts now all FREE for Summer 2020

The Summer lift opening for The 3 Valleys from the 4th July 2020 has been announced. Great to see some Saturday opening in Meribel and St Martin / Les Menuires for weekenders (Courchevel & Val Thorens still believing that Saturday is a changeover day only unfortunately).

There will be certain protection measures, social distancing and restrictions put in place on the lifts – a rehearsal for what may apply in Winter.

La Tania and Courchevel lifts now all FREE for Summer 2020

Winter Season passes from 2019/2020 are valid for the same areas.

No Plantrey lift this Summer so no access to the tracks that have been built down to the Bouc Blanc – a real shame this as it’s a good link back to La Tania and even access to Méribel via Col de la Loze is not too difficult up the tarmac cycle track on a Mountain Bike.

Looking like no lift opening for Le Tour de France finishing above La Tania on 16 September – a missed opportunity surely? Or to keep the crowds away?

The only new chairlift this Winter in the 3 Valleys is the Bouquetin 6 seater high speed detachable replacing the old Plattières “eggs” gondola. The cabins were sold off this Summer – they were €500 each and sold out in minutes.

From the top of Plan des Mains & Chatelet chairlifts and the newish Plattières gondola this new chair will rise from 2400m to 2700m allowing fast access to Les Menuires via Roc des 3 Marches. There are also 30 new snow cannons being installed in the Méribel Valley guaranteeing access to Les Menuires and Val Thorens areas bringing the total to 887 and covering 64% of the valley’s ski area.

The 3 Valleys has a ski guarantee – we’ve more skiing than anyone else!

Meanwhile in Courchevel work continues on the 2023 World Championship piste (used to be Jockeys but becoming unrecognisable now) , a further 76 new snow cannons are being installed (now 806 in total covering 56% of the ski area) and a new reservoir of 170,000m³ is being constructed at the top of Col de la Loze with a gravity feed for cannons requiring no electricity.

La Tania Gondolas heading down the mountain

The renovation of the La Tania gondola is due to take place with ultimately higher capacity and speed improvements taking place. The gondola cabins are being taken away – this lorry load spotted outside The Drop Inn in Le Praz – we’re unsure if this is for a refurb or for a replacement like the ones on Mont Vallon which was rumoured a while back. They’re certainly not for sale anyway!

Further investments in signage and the renovation of toilets across the ski area is also being made plus further work and promotion on the Freeride Lab area where the Creux Noirs lift used to give access – no news on the promised drag lift replacement though.

The 2 new gondolas over in Orelle and the linked mid-station
A useful new route out of the “4th Valley”

Over in the “4th Valley” the gondola from Orelle is being replaced and is expected to open for December 2020. The brand new gondola linking to this and going right up to the summit of Cime Caron is under construction but with Covid-19 related delays the focus may be on the Orelle replacement and the Caron link may be delayed.

Work on the new La Masse gondola (going direct from base to summit, replacing the current 2 separate gondolas) is underway with a planned opening for December 2021 still on track.

Winter 2020/2021 Opening Dates and Prices for The 3 Valleys are here

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