The Valfréjus resort in Savoie, France has decided to invest nearly 15 million euros to replace two lifts dating from 1983, the year the resort was created.
The Doppelmayr company will oversee the production of these new machines. Their inauguration is planned for Dec. 19, 2009, the day before the resort opens.
Eight-person gondolas will replace those of Punta Bagna 1, for a lift capacity of 2300 people per hour, compared to the previous 1050. Skiers can now reach the heart of the ski area in six minutes instead of 11, as was the case with the Punta Bagna 1.
Punta Bagna 2 is making way for a new detachable six seater. The trip to the top of the ski area will be cut to five minutes with the new lift's 1800 people per hour capacity. The wind problems, which the Punta Bagna 2 gondolas were particularly susceptible to, will also be eliminated with this new chairlift. Skiers will be able to keep their skis on, making for more time on the pistes. This chairlift will also be equipped with the Magnestick system, making the ride safer for children.
The resort is also pouring money into impriving the pistes. Starting this year, between 250,000 and 300,000 euros will be invested each year to further develop the resorts ski offer.
The blue and red pistes are under development, as well as a proper beginner zone. This area, in one of the resort's sunniest parts, will feature a magic carpet lift. The Plateau d'Arrondaz pistes will also be restructured to give them more vertical drop. To do so, Valfréjus is moving the La Ramoure chairlift, which will also now serve the entire plateau.
As for the higher parts of the resort, the piste du Col is being retraced and the Pas du Roc will also be updated.