We can't wait to try out the new chair lifts and pistes currently being updated in the Portes du Soleil for 2020;
Avoriaz has updated its piste map (above) to show a third link to the Swiss resorts of Champery and Les Crosets with the construction of two new lifts: The first will replace the slow 3 seater at Léchère in Lindarets with a more efficient 6 seater chairlift which will extend to meet the second new six seater chairlift Les Cases. This will complement the existing 4 seater Mossettes chairlift on a new less windy route. There will be a new red Vautna piste at the start of the new cases chairlift near to the existing blue Abricotine. Let’s hope its easier on the legs!
Chatel is also upgrading its liaison between Super-Chatel-Barbossine and the Swiss resort of Torgon and La Chapelle Abondance by upgrading the antiquated 3 seater Morclan chairlift to a 6 seater chair. Its associated piste is also being improved. Hopefully this will open this little used area and one of our favourites….
Les Gets has increased its snow-making capacity to 50% coverage of the resort with 85 ha of tracks equipped with brand new blue snow cannons making it more snow-sure in popular areas.
On the piste front there will be a new blue piste to the bottom of Les Perrières Express making this area more accessible for beginners.
The Brochaux chairlift, which runs from the bottom of the Mossettes (French side) to the top of Lindarets has been completely rebuilt, with new stations at both the top and bottom. The new lift is a fast six man chair and the new top lift station will be located 280 metres east of the original station along the ridge line.
A new blue run, named Blue Velvet following a competition of over three hundred entries will be built to accompany the new lift. This name was chosen in part to commemorate the David Lynch film of the same name which won the Avoriaz International Festival of Fantasy Films in 1987.
On Super Morzine a new blue run is currently being built for this coming winter. This is mostly due to the fact that the lower section of Zore, just before the cable car back down, can be steep for beginners, and often snow cover can be patchy. The new piste has been planned to address these issues and should make the journey back to Morzine more pleasant for beginners at the end of a day’s skiing.
A new blue run, La Forestiere, will help link the Linga area and the Super Chatel area, which should help speed things up for people attempting to do the full circuit of the Portes Du Soleil, following the construction of two chairs linking the two areas last year. Also in Chatel the Gabelou chair will have new seats and a widened track providing better access to the lift station, as well as improved snow making facilities.
In Les Gets, development is continuing on Mont Chery, as debate continues regarding the proposed lift linking the main ski area of Les Gets to Mont Chery. A 5,750m cubed reservoir has been constructed to ensure that there will be a good supply of water for the new snow making machines that have been installed.
In St Jean D’Aulps, at the Grand Terche ski area, a new four man chair lift will replace the Tetes and Lanchereaux drag lifts, providing better access for beginners.
Linda and Nigel have been runnng Chalet D'Amo since 2003 and living in Morzine since 1999. Living here in Morzine all year around we will keep you up to date with all the inside gossip and up coming events