The biggest and best new ski lifts for 2016
The biggest and best new ski lifts for 2016
The biggest and best new ski lifts for 2016
The biggest and best new ski lifts for 2016

The biggest and best new ski lifts for 2016

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As said by William Averell Harriman in 1936, founder of the Sun Valley Ski Resort, Idaho,“it is essential to develop a method of lifting skiers 2,000 feet above the valley floor.” And by 2016 we have developed everything from glass-bottomed gondolas to trans-valley connections.  Here at Firefly Collection we’ve picked out the important lift improvements for the coming year that are sure to make your time on the mountain run smoothly.


Heading to Val d’Isere or Tignes this winter? You’ll be able to speed between Tignes le Lac and the Val d’Isere side of the Espace Killy on the new Toviere lift, which is replacing the Aeroski. It may look very similar but this new lift will be able to withstand high wind conditions and the biggest bonus has to be the installation of seats!


We’ll have to wait a little longer for the new gondola in the Solaise area, which is part of the €16 million redevelopment programme, to be finished. For the 2016/2017 season the Solaise Express, installed in 1942, will be replaced by a 10-person gondola with wifi and heated seats. Little perks to make the lift go faster.


If you’re a fan of skiing into Les Menuires from Meribel you’ll almost definitely have got caught in the queues for the long and slow St Martin 2 quad chair lift. So much time has definitely been wasted in this queue when you could have been bombing around the 3 Vallees. But fear no more. This lift has been replaced by a 6-person, faster and more sophisticated lift system, and so has the popular Combes 4-person chair that connects Meribel Mottaret towards the Tougnete. You’ll be heading around the largest ski area in the world in no time.


Over in Verbier and the 4 Vallees, for late 2016, there will be a new combi-mix lift, which will be both a 10-person bubble and 6-person chair with heated seats, between Les Esserts and Savoleyres, with part of the route underground in the avalanche-prone section. This will connect the areas far better and it is hoping to transport 2100 people per hour.  This new lift is awaiting the final approval to authorise its construction.


The picture perfect resort of Zermatt is getting even more perfect with the replacement of the old Hörnli T-bar that ends above Schwarzsee, below the Matterhorn glacier. Instead you’ll be taking in the views from a new six-seat chair, which will be starting lower down, therefore making the runs here much more appealing to visit.


Some more updates to be aware of are in the Portes du Soleil ski area. There is the new 6-person Brochaux chair lift that will take you towards Avoriaz and there’s the fast quad chairlift that goes up to the Linga area in Châtel and a six-seater chair which comes back up to Super Châtel. This will make doing the circular tour of Portes du Soleil much easier.


And over in Chamonix there is the new Melezes Chairlift in Les Houches, which will replace both the “La Cha” and the “Chamois” draglifts as well as the new Brevent lift. This Brevent lift will provide easy access to the Planpraz plateau and the Téléski 2000 poma from the Planpraz gondola station.



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