What's new in our favourite ski resorts for 2015/16

With the winter ski season just around the corner, we thought we would look at some of the major developments coming to our most popular Alpine resorts. From new ski lifts and mountain restaurants to fantastic aquatic facilities and ski and snowboard parks, we have all the latest news.

We still have availability across the peak weeks and many great offers including 10% off many chalets over Christmas. So see which new developments catch your eyes and we will be able to find you the perfect ski chalet to spend time with friends, families or a romantic break with the special one in your life.

Austria

Lech & Zürs

In Zürs the Ubungshang double chair is due to be replaced by a covered six pack.

St Anton

A new restaurant is to open at the top of Gampen.

France

Chamonix

Chamonix has really put in the work this summer and the whole valley is now starting to benefit from massive investment.

First up is the new mini-funicular that is currently being built at Brevent. The new lift will allow beginner skiers and snowboarders easy access to the Planpraz plateau and the Téléski 2000 poma from the Planpraz gondola station. This new ski-lift, called FUNI 2000, works on the basis of a cabin (gondola style) hoisted onto a chassis that itself circulates on rails or tubes. At a length of 70 metres and a height gain of 37 metres, it is expected that it will transport between 250 to 290 people per hour.

Over in Les Houches, the new Melezes Chairlift will replace the “La Cha” and the “Chamois” drag lifts, which have already been completely demolished. Not only will the new chair be faster and more efficient, it will also be safer and will slow right down at the top and bottom to make getting on and off a lot easier. It will open up a completely new area for skiers and the capacity for this chair is 2000 people per hour.

Les Grands Montets will see a new Snowsports Area for snowboard and ski cross, with two routes: one “BMW” recreational route with video system and stopwatch, perfect for family souvenirs; and another route that meets FIS standards for enthusiasts and ski and snowboard clubs.

The BMW route will be 400m in length and include 3 jumps, 8 whoops and 2 banked turns. While the Enthusiasts route will be 800m with 5 jumps, 10 whoops and 8 banked turns.

For the first year ever the MONT-BLANC Unlimited pass will give you access to the Chamonix Valley, Courmayeur… and Evasion Mont-Blanc!

The result of closer relations between the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc and Megève, the MONT-BLANC Unlimited (MBU) pass, from this winter, allows ski access to Courmayeur as well as the Mont-Blanc Evasion area of Megève, Saint Gervais, Les Contamines. Offering you one of the biggest and most stunning mountain playgrounds!

And finally...the news many people in the valley will have been waiting for. A very new, very sparkly and very exciting Chamonix Snowpark! The 1000m long and 100m wide area will be situated to right of the “Téléski du Col” at Le Tour, and will in fact be one of the biggest in Europe. The new freestyle area will  be served by a dedicated téléski and a 4 person chairlift and situated between 1900 and 2100m of altitude, benefiting from the significant natural snowfall. There will be several runs to cover various levels of skiers and snowboarders from beginners to advanced users. In addition a “Cool Zone” for relaxing will be be available, complete with sound-system!

Châtel

A new blue slope, the Forestiere, has been built to link Super-Chatel to Vonnes, where last season's two new chairs meet.

Courchevel

The long awaited aquatic centre between Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel 1650 will finally open this December. More importantly it seems that this new creation is not just any old swimming baths and the centre will include water slides, wild rivers and a wave surf zone! There is also a wellness area with sauna, steam room and a restaurant. Sounds like the perfect place to escape during the winter and a fantastic addition for the summer months.

Méribel

The Combes quad chair out of Mottaret will be replaced by a six-pack chairlift and 2 new beginner areas are being created.

St Martin de Belleville

A new six-pack chairlift with replace the St Martin fast quad chairs.

Val d'Isère

For this winter, the current four-person chair lift "Solaise Express" along with the cable car will continue to provide the uplift to the top of the mountain. Fast forward one year to November 2016 and both of these will be replaced by one lift, a new gondola with 91 cabins each able to carry 10 people. This fantastic new lift will be resplendent with heated seats and WiFi access so that you can post your latest snowy images to your friends and family back home.

Switzerland

St. Moritz

The Mandra drag-lift serving the snowpark at mid-mountain on Corvatsch is to be replaced by a quad chair.

Zermatt

The Hornli T-bar to above Schwarzsee is due to be replaced by a new six-seat Hirli chair whilst will start lower down.

 

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