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Les Gets Ski Area News

26 Sep 2017

A ski area is only as good as its investment. The Portes du Soleil and its respective ski resorts invest annually to make improvements to the ski area, the skiable terrain, all connections and even working tirelessly to lessen the environmental burden on the natural environment. Here are some of Les Gets newest developments for this winter.

New Chairlift in Ranfoilly


The “Ranfoilly Express”  chairlift is being entirely replaced in time for the Winter 17/18 season.

The 4-man lift, originally constructed in 1986, is now a 6-man capable of carrying 3300 skiers per hour at a speed of 6m/second which will increase capacity by 40%.

There will be a 'moving carpet' to make it easier to get on the chairlift. The area at the bottom of the lift will be modified to help with the flow of skiers, a priority in this area which is a starting point for other ski-lifts. At the top, the piste will be modified to make it more accessible to less experienced skiers.

The new lift will follow the same route as before, so skiers can still enjoy the view of the Mont Blanc as they pass the last pylon.

There will also be a new photo spot at the top of Ranfoilly so skiers can take an automatic selfie opposite Mont Blanc, load it and share it on social media.

The €9.5 million investment will considerably improve this ski area as this lift is the only lift that completes the uplift for this whole side of the Les Gets. A great new high-speed addition!

VIDEO PARK FOR CHILDREN


There will be a new video park in the mini-boarder area at Chavannes, just below the La Croix chairlift. Just scan your ski pass at the top and let the cameras do the rest. At the end watch yourself in action on screen, online or on a mobile.

AUTOMATICALLY TIMED PARALLEL SLALOM AT MONT CHÉRY


If you’ve ever dreamt of being a champion, or secretly wanted to beat your skiing companions, this is for you. You can now challenge yourself (or your friends) on a timed parallel slalom at Mont Chéry. An exciting way to spice-up traditional skiing and snowboarding!

VIRTUAL REALITY GOGGLES


With these amazing new virtual reality goggles, skiers and snowboarders can experience a downhill ski run, or discover the ski area and activity zones - without getting on a single ski lift! Just put on the goggles, slide your smartphone into the area in front of your eyes, then using Les Gets TV on Youtube, immerse yourself in the images unfolding before your eyes – just as if you were there - with a 360° view of the mountains.

For sale 5e on www.lesgets.com/360

 

 

*** IN THE PIPELINE ***

For many years there has been talk of a link connecting the Mont Chery and Les Gets ski areas by chairlift. The ‘Teleporter’ link between the Chavannes side of the valley and the Mont Chery mid-station, would make it easier for skiers and snowboarders to explore both ski areas. After many years of debate, this project looks set to proceed, although we are still waiting on an official announcement. More news to follow!

 

Author: Claire Garber



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