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.
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!
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.
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.
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.