What's New! - Part 1 Summer 2001
The big news is that
the snow cannons down the Folyeres blue run into resort are installed
and finally connected up. A new reservoir is being built for their
water supply at the right of the Col de Loze 4-man chair next to
the Lanches piste. This area and around the top Gondola station
is being landscaped at present - lots of heavy machinery and mud
The second Mountain Centre chalet is now up and there's the usual amount of building work going on around the resort. A few more new chalets are being built, another Estate Agent on the main road is being constructed and plenty of general maintenance work is being carried out.
There's plenty of workers from last season out here for the summer (the rest seem to be in Queenstown, NZ). Pub Le Ski Lodge and The Ferme restaurant are open along with the Sherpa supermarket, the Tabac and the Bakery. The Ski hire shops have plenty of new mountain bikes for rent and there's also the tennis court, outdoor swimming pool and volley ball courts in the centre of the resort.
The lifts are open until 31 August for walkers & bikers and there are loads of activities around the 3 Valleys from golf & fishing to parapenting & white water rafting. Val Thorens is open for summer skiing but the La Tania locals tend to head for Tignes (due mainly to TCs Bar) where the glacier is in excellent shape. A Three Valley summer lift season pass costs 190F if you had any Winter season pass (or it's 76F a day, 190F a week).
The Tav, Pub, Ice Cafe & Dicks are open in Meribel and The Jump Bar in Courchevel is open for a welcome beer after hurtling down Saulire on mountain bikes between the large snow drifts. There's a lot of piste re-shaping, landscaping and erosion control work going on near the top of Chenus, just above 1850 - could this be the boarder X park that was rumoured last season?
There's another Fete in Le Praz this weekend with the international football tournament (expect a strong team from The Ski Lodge). The Three Valleys Triathlon is on August 4th and August 26th is the date for The Mountain Centre / Ski Lodge Tennis Tournament / BBQ. The Potato Growing contest (aka EuroSpud 2001) & Dog Contest should take place the following weekend.
If you're not out for the summer we'll see you at the Olympia Ski Show on the 27th October or in December - the lifts open in Meribel on the 8th (La Tania probably the 15th).