The short answer is an awful lot. Of the 39 major ski lifts being installed in France this year, 6 are in the 3 valleys. This contrasts with 2 new lifts in Tignes/Val d’Isere and 2 new lifts in La Plagne/Les Arcs.
In Meribel we have the new Legends chairlift at the Chaudanne. This replaces the old Plan de l’Homme and Roc de Fer lifts. It is a six seater chair with Thermo regulated seats and weather shields. I have never been on a heated chairlift. ‘This lift offers the highest level of comfort. And commemorates the Alpine ski champions who have earned their place in Meribel‘s history’.
Just above the Legends chairlift is the new Cherferie chairlift, another 6 seat high speed lift; this lift replaces the drag lift that was on the Choucas piste and gives very quick access to the Belleville Valley. The cabins on the Mont Vallon have been replaced allowing you to sit down
Other new lifts are 10 seater cabins from Courchevel 1550 to 1850, a brand-new 2 section gondolas to the top of Les Menuires, and a six seater chairlift in La Tania.
On top of all this extra Gazex avalanche prevention equipment has been put in, new snow cannons installed and new state-of-the-art snow groomers purchased. A new blue piste has been created from the top of Cime de Caron in Val Thorens – opening up this area with very spectacular views to all level of skiers. Previously only red and black pistes were available in the sector.
Finally Brides les Bains at the bottom of the valley have invested €15 million to restore their thermal baths.This will be an exciting attraction for non skiers who can descend in the Olympic bubble.
For the last 30 years, Jonathan Rose has owned Chalet Le Yeti in Méribel.
Jonathan’s knowledge and experience of Meribel and the Trois Vallées ski area is extensive through his own personal experience as a skier and chalet owner.