Val d’Isere starts work on Solaise ski lift upgrade
18th November 2015
Val d’Isere is spending €16m on upgrading lifts to the Solaise which involves a complete reshape of the terrain at the summit with over 700,000 cubic meters or over one million tonnes of earth being moved to improve the 2500m mid station.
From November 2016 the old 4 person Solaise chair will be replaced by a 10 person gondola with 91 cabins, complete with heated seats and Wi-Fi. The new lifts will increase capacity by 40% and will carry 3600 passengers per hour, which should see the end of delays at peak times. The journey time from base to top will be cut to just 7 minutes.
At Last beginner’s slopes in Val d’Isere will improve too
Beginners too will see a major improvement to the nursery slopes when the two man chair lifts will go and will be replaced by a magic carpet. If you ever learnt to ski on this slope you will remember the terrifying pitch at the top , where most nervous beginners chose to remove their skis and walk the 10m or so to the flatter slopes just below.
The Nursery slopes are also being reshaped which will reduce the incline to 7% from the current 16%. We understand that the nursery slope will be sectioned off so beginners won’t be worried about more experienced, faster skiers whizzing by. Great news for beginners thinking of booking a ski holiday to Val d’Isere from next winter.
The new lift will also create a new tubing run for both children and adults.
On the Val d’Isere side of Solaise the cranky Terrasse button lift will be replaced with a giant covered magic carpet to serve the new secluded beginners area.
Environmental impact should be minimal
The lift company is going to great lengths to ensure the environmental impact is minimal, the new gondola will have just 16 pylons compared with the lift it replaces 34 pylons and the machinery for the lifts will be buried below ground. For every tree that’s cut down 5 will be planted.
During the summer specialist teams will be carefully relocating the beautiful pink petalled alpine flowers called Viscardia Alpina which grow in the area and produce wonderful colour for summer visitors to Val d’Isere.