A new lift connection between Avoriaz and the Swiss side of the giant cross-border Portes du Soleil ski region is currently being constructed and is scheduled to open for the coming ski season. We understand that two new six-seater chairlifts are being built at a cost of €15million to complete the project.
The painfully slow Léchère triple chairlift is to be upgraded to a high-speed six-seater chair that will continue around 600m uphill than the lift it replaces. The second lift, named Cases, will carry on from the top of that lift to a new border crossing point with Switzerland, accessing runs down to Les Crosets on the Swiss side.
The new lifts will each have a capacity of 2600-2700 people per hour. This will be a great improvement for those wishing to pop in to Switzerland who previously have only had the options of the notoriously challenging Swiss Wall ski run (or taking the chairlift down the mountain above it) or perhaps worse using the often unreliable and slow Mossettes chairlift which often has queues and is prone to wind closures.
The new lifts are reported to be built in a less exposed location and to be of a more windproof design.
Great news for skiers who love skiing in the Portes du Soleil!
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