Les Coches has a well earned reputation of being the place to go in Paradiski if you enjoy picture postcard scenic runs on tree lined pistes.
It is also perfectly positioned next to the Vanoise Express so you can ski in either La Plagne or Les Arcs.
Add to that the fact that on cloudy days it has the majority of it’s skiing within the tree line where visibility is greatly improved and you can soon see why it is a firm favorite with those in the know.
The one downside of being in such an enviable position is that with the lower altitude comes poorer snow conditions for resort runs at the beginning and end of season.
Well not anymore! The lift company have been investing heavily over the last few years and this year Les Coches gets new snow making machines on the runs to resort and heading down in to Montchavin. The effect of this will be to build up a much bigger base which will keep these runs in tip top condition.
The machines will run constantly when the temperatures are low enough and this creates huge amounts of extra snow which they use to build up the much thicker base on the high traffic runs.
With the majority of the skiing in Paradiski being above 2000m there is excellent skiing throughout the area and now with added snow making in Les Coches even the last run of the day back to the chalet will be a pleasure!
This summer has seen the continuation of the Plagne Centre renovation project, begun two years ago.
The overall aim of the project is to update and improve Plagne Centre. This has focused so far on two main efforts: improving the lift and ski access and modernising the shopping galeries.
Over the last two years they have renewed and modernised much of the shopping galeries, changed the flow of skiiers in and out of Plagne Centre, moved and replaced the old Becoin lift and made a large number of more minor changes.
This summer is the final phase of the galleries renovation with the Place de la Chiminee at the heart of the galleries being modernised, along with the entrance station for the Telemetro lift to Aime 2000.
The Telemetro itself is also having a complete overhall with new supporting pylons being installed and the cabins themselves being replaced. The new structure will mean an improved experience for passengers – skiers and non skiers alike. With a faster top speed and more people per carridge it will also significantly reduce waiting times on peak weeks.
With thanks to Perso Plagne for the original story.
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With the season starting and the first snows arriving in Paradiski, we thought that we should share some photos with you. Throughout October we’ve had occasional cold wet days in the valley which produce a good … Continue reading
Snow, Snow, Snow
With only three months to go until the winter season, here at Ice and Fire we thought that we’d take a look at the best of the long range forecasts for the snow season.
First stop the UK where we have seen Scotland’s first snowfalls already. Met Office forecaster Lindsay Mears commented that over the next few weeks “It will be cool, with chilly nights and further spells of rain in midweek, with wintry showers and snow possible down to 500m in Scotland”. Exacta Weather claim “October is likely to bring the risk of some early snowfall for the second consecutive year, before a potentially record-breaking month in November”
Looking further towards the winter, most european sites are predicting cold, snowy conditions across Europe. Web.de writes “It looks like the 2013-14 winter is going to be extreemly frosty . . . it’s going to be really cold”
The well known French site skieur.com is predicting heavy snowfall from November to March, in large amounts down to low altitude. Although it isn’t an exact science, their long range forecast is predicting as much, if not more, snow as the 2012-13 winter season.
The French weather website www.meteolafleche.com is also in agreement, suggesting that the 2013-14 winter will be colder and more humid than average – ideal snowfall conditions.
Within the ski community people seem quietly confident for snowfall levels throughout the coming 2013-14 winter season. It is a widely held belief that early snowfalls are a good indicator of a strong winter season and if that is the case, given that we have already had a few light dustings on the higher slopes, this winter looks set to be amazing