What's New - Updated
Update on what's new around the Three Valleys for Winter 2002/3
New Snow Cannons
Fifty new snow cannons have been installed on the Lapin piste down to Meribel Village so access to Lodge du Village should be easier at the beginning and end of season. A massive new reservoir up the hill near to the Altiport lifts has been built to supply these new snow guns. The La Tania snow cannon reservoir sprung a leak but this is now fixed - the cannons did a marvelous job keeping the Folyeres run to resort open all season last year. Also new high pressure type cannons over in Mottaret down from Plattieres 1 gondola station down to resort level have been installed and lots of new type cannons around Les Menuires too including some at the bottom of the La Masse side. The Biollay area over in 1850 has also increased it's snowmaking and 23 new cannons have been installed on the Fond and Plateaux pistes in Val Thorens.
The piste leading down to Meribel Village
The piste from Plattieres 1 down to resort level at Mottaret is being widened and reshaped to make things easier for beginners. The Pralong area in 1850 has been altered to separate good skiers & boarders belting down from the Altiport from the large beginners area. Over in Val Thorens a new north facing blue piste will be opened, served by the Grand Fond Funitel and the pistes under the Peyron & Bouchet chairlifts in Orelle are being upgraded. Another 2 Gasex remote avalanche blasters have been installed over that way too. The pistes down to St Martin have been enlarged with the new lift going in there (see below).
1. Plan des Mains has been replaced with a new high speed 6 seater detachable and will definitely be ready for this Winter. This is the old slow 4-man chair with the magic carpet / conveyor belt that links you back into the system from Mont Du Vallon, on very cold days the water on the carpet used to freeze on the base of your skis leading to some interesting falls at the top exit. It brings you out at the left of Plattieres 2 station with access straight down to Mottaret or via the Cote Brune lift over to Val Thorens.
2. A new Funitel (Jumbo gondola) to replace the Bouquetin in Val Thorens (the slow 2-man chair up from Three Valleys 1 and next to Three Valleys 2 chair) won't be completed till next year (too many long french lunch breaks delayed the work no doubt!). Also in Val Thorens, the Plateaux drag lifts have been relocated and upgraded.
3. The Tortollet in Menuires is now a 4-man and the Doron (also Menuires) now has a double queue so 2 x 4 can get on.
4. The old St Martin 1 triple chair has been replaced with a brand new gondola leading out of St Martin de Belleville. This means you can definitely stay for another beer in Brewskis before heading back over to the Meribel side in late afternoon!
The new Telecabine is a full-on modern 8 seater like Vizelle or Verdons. The 2km ride from the centre of Les Grangeraies will take you straight to the bottom of the St Martin II high speed 4-man chair in only 6 minutes. With a capacity of 2800 skiers per hour those old queues will be a thing of the past. Get in!
The replacement of the steep Creux and Fruit drags on the return from 1650 to 1850 have been put on hold.
Lift Pass Prices
A Three Valleys season pass is 850€ and Courchevel Valley 705€. The adult 6-day Three Valleys pass is 193€ (about £126 on 1/10/02). The rest of the prices are here.
New for this year is a family ski pass for 2 adults and 2, 3 or 4 kids. Kids count as under 18 for this pass (not under 14 as for a normal pass). For two adults and two 17 year olds skiing the Three Valleys the cost is 620€ instead of 772€.
Has been going on everywhere in the Summer months as usual - more chalets, more refurbs wherever you look. Some lifts - including Jardin Alpin in 1850 have had stairs replaced with ramps for easier access (also makes queues look shorter and you can ride straight up on your mountain bike in summer).
Events / News / Updates
Reports on who actually won the summer Football Tournament are very hazy - pictures and a match report of a kind now exists. No one has actually sobered up from the Bastille Day Fetes at the start of summer until Lou & Cloggs (TCs sister and Christian from Chabi) wedding at the end of summer. Meanwhile downhill mountain bike mayhem remains the most dangerous sport out here... More news, gossip and photos in The Summer Pages.
Toffa returned from The World Cup in Japan (report and photos), Nic & Karen bought another bar in Greece having been robbed in the South of France, Becks & James were last seen in St Tropez, Jules & Suzie are working hard on a new bistro venture in Bournemouth, Phil, Debs, Sharon, Kath & Paul are laying about in Zakynthos and Jesus, AM, Will & Stef are causing trouble in Queenstown, New Zealand. Have a look where everyone is (or was) in The GuestMap - so what do you do in the summer?
New Pool Table
Installed in the Ski Lodge - but only for summer!
Page last updated 10/10/02