New ski lifts in La Plagne in 2016/2017

There are two new ski lifts planned for La Plagne, which will help those skiing in the Paradiski ski area have an even better time in the next few years. The Plagne-Montalbert ski lift, which was new for 2015/2016, has been well received, so hopefully these two new lifts will be equally as beneficial for La Plagne skiers.

If you’ll be hitting the slopes on a ski holiday in La Plagne next season and beyond, here is what you can expect from these upcoming new ski lifts.

The Envers 6-person high-speed chairlift

6 people

High speed chairlift (detachable)

Carrying capacity/hour: 3,000

This innovative, new ski lift is meant to be a replacement for the old Coqs ski lift that used to be in Aime 2000, and work is getting underway as we speak. Diggers have been seen breaking ground to start the construction. If the plans stay on track it will be ready for the 2016/2017 ski season.

According to reports, the original plan was to just move the old Montalbert chairlift, but the decision to install a new chairlift was taken instead, which means we can all enjoy a state-of-the-art ski lift this winter.

The manufacturer of the new lift is LST, part of the MND Group. The innovative detachable grip technology used to attach the chair to the cable will significantly improve installation and maintenance of the lift, which will make these key processes more efficient and get skiers on the slopes quicker.

Redesigns for the departure and arrival stations and vehicle ergonomics also look very promising. Artist impressions look modern and colourful, and they will reportedly meet the station operator’s aims to reduce the impact on the environment, improve safety and enhance passenger comfort. As for the seats you could be sitting on very soon, the designs were recently unveiled at the Mountain Planet expo:

The Bellecôte 10-person gondola lift

10 people

Gondola lift (monocable circulating ropeway)

Carrying capacity/hour: 2,400

This ski lift is planned for launch in 2017, so it is a little way away yet and details are minimal. It will replace the existing lift that gives access to the Glacier de Bellecôte. The existing lift was installed in 1978 and has a carrying capacity of 925 people per hour, which can lead to queues of up to 45 minutes in peak season. The 10-person gondola will be placed from the start of the Chalet de Bellecôte chairlift and Roche de Mio.

Details are thin on the ground at the moment, but as we love heading up to the Glacier de Bellecôte we are looking forward to this new ski lift and are anticipating further details soon.

Glacier de Bellecôte, Paradiski

Glacier de Bellecôte, Paradiski

Image Credit: lst-ropeway.comWeldon Kennedy (flickr.com)

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