La Plagne Changes for 2014-15

With the summer season well and truly under way in La Plagne, work has begun on the changes being implemented for the 2014-15 winter season.

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Work on the new chairlift in Bellecote

In Bellecote the old Colossus chairlift (construc

ted in 1992) and drag lift (constructed in 1971), are being replaced with one new chairlift. The new lift, which will follow the route of the old lift almost exactly is expected to be faster, more modern and more comfortable. In addition, the new lift will be an eight-seater significantly increasing the capacity of the previous four seater to a projected 4400 skiiers per hour at peak times. Assuming projections are correct this will make it the most efficient in France!

Chairlift parts waiting and ready

Chairlift parts waiting and ready

With this new installation the old Leitchoums drag lift which was previously situated in Bellecote will be moved to Plagne Soleil linking it to the Dou Du Praz. Work for this part of the project won’t start until the La Plagne summer season is over, schedualled for September and October.

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New Colossus chairlift

This summer also sees the continuation of the Montalbert piste and lift preperation work ready for an expected high speed cable car. As La Plagne regulars will know last season the Coqs chairlift was removed and instead skiiers going to/from Montalbert used the Cornegidoulle piste which became the only link between the two areas.

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Using a crane to fit chairlift pieces

This summer sees the beginning of planned piste improvement work designed to significantly re-profile the piste making it wider, less steep, reduce speed and make it safer for newer skiiers. The work will concentrate especially on the bottom section (after the Pravendue turn off) where the line and profile of the piste will change.

The Montalbert cable car plan has suffered numerous set-backs over the last few years however things seem to now be back on track with initial work on the cable car schedualled to begin this autumn. A completion date hasn’t yet been announced however those in the know seem to think that it is likely to be opening it’s doors for Christmas 2015.

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A New Chalet For Ice and Fire

Bluebell_Afternoon_Tea_200Here at Ice and Fire HQ we are excited and pleased to welcome Chalet Bluebell to our 2014-15 winter season program.

Chalet Bluebell is located in Plagne 1800 and is in a great location just a short walk from the piste, shops, bars and restaurants. Bluebell_Arty_800x400

The chalet itself has a cosy lounge with nice open fire and a big dining table with plenty of seating in front of a modern open plan kitchen.

Outside is a covered terrasse which, new for next year, will have an outdoor sauna and games area – a first for Ice and Fire.

Bluebell_Bedroom_Double_800x400There are four bedrooms on the ground floor and one on the middle floor, each with their own en-suite bathroom.

On the top floor there is one en-suite bedrooms and then two other bedrooms which share a bathroom. Overall the chalet sleeps 16 guests in 8 bedrooms.

Bluebell_Boot_Heaters_600x400Since we signed up the chalet we’ve been busy here at Ice and Fire getting everything sorted and ready.

Photos are taken, prices and availability are live on the website and we’re busily making plans for a few little changes before the season.

Want to know more? Check out the website http://www.ice-fire.co.uk/fully-catered-chalets-with-complimentary-bar/bluebell-sleeps-1-16

 

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Thank You

A huge Ice and Fire thank you to all of our guests, suppliers, chalet teams and friends.

We’ve had a great season this year with some lovely feedback, great ski days and wonderful people. We couldn’t have done it without you so a huge huge thank you!

Lets make 2014-15 even better!

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Spring Skiing

Having always been skiing in January or February I was unsure what skiing in Spring would be like as the temperature rises. It is now the end of March and my verdict is that skiing in the spring is divine.IMGP1741

We have had so many days of beautiful sunshine, giving stunning views of Mont Blanc and the Alps around. What could be more relaxing than lying outside a restaurant on a deckchair, watching parapents drift around the sky? I have even seen people skiing in shorts and a T shirt!

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The snow conditions have held up well- with crisp freshly pisted runs becoming slightly softer throughout the day. Some of my favourite runs are the long, wide reds in Peisey-Vallandry like l’ours and morey, which are perfect to speed down at the end of a day in Les Arcs. I also like going up the Grand Rochette to ski down the sunny runs into Champagny, giving you a fantastic view of Courchevel.

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We had a nice dump of snow last weekend giving us some great skiing days this week, and it should see us through to the end of the season. In the meantime, I am going to keep working on my goggle tan!

Written by Chloe Badge

Chalet Campanules Host 2013-14 Winter Season

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Last Minute Ski Deals – How to Bag a Bargain

We’re often asked by guests about the best way to bag a last minute bargain break. So, in this post we thought we would share our accummulated hints and tips to help you make the most of your holiday money.

Keep Your Eyes Open

Ice and Fire are offering 23rd – 30th March in either Chalet Genepi or Chalet Campanules for just £299 per person, fully catered.

Research Your Flights

Flights are one of the most expensive componunts of the holiday but prices vary hugely depending on dates, times and resorts. Spend some time checking all of the airports local to you for departures to all of the airports close to resort. Half an hour scanning the internet can make big savings. Or why not ask us for more information?

Think about transfers

There is no sense making some great savings on your chalet and your flights, but spending out masses for transfers. Consider  shared transfers, or one of the alpine bus services such as www.bensbus.co.uk or www.altibus.com. Sometimes spending an extra £10 getting a flight at the right time can save £100 on your transfer!

Book a Catered Chalet

Catered chalets are a great option for last minute ski deals because your food and drink, linen and cleaning are included in the price with your accommodation. Spending a little more now will reduce your costs in resort as you won’t be tempted to eat out.

Check out In Resort Deals

You don’t have to deny yourself things on holiday to keep an eye on the pennies. Shop savvy and you could find yourself with 15% off massage bookings; £££ off ski lessons or even free kids lift passes.

And finally . . . .

Don’t forget to check out the Ice and Fire special offers to bag yourself a mad march bargain.

23rd – 30th March with Ice and Fire for just £299 per person, fully catered in our last minute ski deals.

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