Experience the Upgrades: What’s new this season?

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The off-season is a busy time for ski resorts. When the snow melts and the skiers and riders have moved on to golf swings and singletrack, resorts have a window to implement projects in their development plans, such as building or replacing chairlifts, upgrading snowmaking and improving the overall guest experience.

The Tarentaise are continually making improvements to their lift network to make sure you get the best access and can avoid as many queues as possible.

Whether schussing your way to the next eatery or blasting as much terrain as you can physically cover, book your gear through Rental Republic and plan a trip so that you can experience the latest improvements to your mountain experience. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find this coming season.

La Plagne:

  • An €8 million investment in the improvements to Plagne Centre to complement the refurbishment of the shopping centre. Improvements include an undercover bus station, a new base village bar, bowling alley and outdoor ice rink.
  • A new Lift Pass payment system called Plagne Access will allow you to link your bank card to your lift pass and use your pass to pay for goods and services in the resort.
  • A new Deep Nature day spa, featuring a premium spa area (ages 15+) with luxuries such as a hammam, salt bath, counter-current swimming pool, saunas and a Nordic bath. Also are treatment rooms and a family spa area, with access 7 days a week from €13.

Meribel:

  • Alongside Courchevel, Meribel is receiving a €42 million investment for infrastructure improvements for the 2023 FIS World Championships.
  • The new Mont Vallon bubble lift and two new high speed, 6 seater chairlifts on the Roc de Fer side will get skiers into the Belleville Valley in no time, making the Jerusalem piste much easier to get to.
  • Two new pistes.
  • Expanded ‘fun zones’ designed for families and beginners.
  • Snow-making capacity doubled for the 2018/19 season.

La Rosiere:

  • In La Rosiere is an investment of €15m allowing the expansion of the resort to 198km of runs, featuring 5 new red pistes and 2 new 6 person chairlifts.
  • Mont Valaisan peak is being incorporated into the ski area, increasing the altitude of the resort to 2800m and giving lift access to a popular freeskiing zone.

Tignes:

  • A new Grande Motte cable car with a unique open-top roof terrace will replace the existing one this winter (although the open-top terrace will be closed until the summer!).

Val D’Isere:

  • The 52-year-old La Daille gondola is getting a major facelift – replaced by a 10 seater, WiFi capable and heated upgrade, costing €10 million. This will more than double the speed to the top and triple the carrying capacity to 2800 people per hour – with direct access to the terrace of the Folie Douce!
  • The Teleski 3000 draglift will be open again this season after a 6-year hiatus. The drag accesses some steep skiing terrain between Solaise and Fornet.
  • A new luxury hotel, Le Refuge de Solaise is being built on the site of the old Solaise cable car station and will become France’s highest hotel.

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