A chairlift of record-breaking speed and capacity is being installed to cut the notorious queues in La Plagne this winter.
The resort aims to boost visitor numbers with its investment of €11.6m in its lift system, as well as appearances by a stream of Olympic medalists.
The main investment (€8m) has gone into replacing the Colosses 4-seater chairlift, known and avoided for its lengthy queues, with a high-speed 8-seater – doubling its capacity from 2,400 to 4,400 people per hour. That, and its speed of 6-metres per second, make it the fastest lift in France according to resort officials. This winter it will take you from the Bellecote to just above Plagne Village in less than 5 minutes.
The Leitchoum draglift will be moved to Plagne Soleil to take skiers to Le Dou du Praz. Also removed are Colosses draglift, Croëts tow rope and Belle-Plagne chairlift.
A covered beginners’ carpet has been installed in Belle-Plagne to replace the Ecole draglift, and Le Gentil area in Plagne-Montalbert has been developed to feature a beginners’ drag lift, 2 beginners’ carpets and a recreation area.
The opening of the Plagne-Montalbert gondola, however, has been put back to December 2015.