What's new in France's ski resorts

Published on December 20, 2013
  • Morzine ski resort

    Morzine ski resort

    © Sygma

  • The carpet lift at Samoëns

    The carpet lift at Samoëns

    © Samoëns Tourism Office

What's new in France's ski resorts

The French ski resorts have continued to change and grow by investing in new features and equipment to improve the experience for skiers.

From the implementation of new and modernized ski lifts to the creation of new runs accessible to beginner and intermediate skiers, here is an overview of some of the newest changes and improvements in the French mountains.

Northern Alps

Morzine - Avoriaz (Haute-Savoie)

With the addition of a brand new cable car linking Morzine and Avoriaz, an alternative will be available to the road link between the two resorts.

The high-speed cable car will be equipped with twelve cabins with a capacity of 35 people and feature lighting, radio and large windows. Travelling at 7 metres per second, the journey across will take only four minutes.

Samoëns (Haute-Savoie)

Samoëns is among the French ski resorts with the largest beginners’ areas (for both children and adults).  This winter, the resort has installed the new Oratoire carpet lift to access the beginners’ slopes more easily.  Additionally, there is a fun new course to round out the already large choice of routes in the Grand Massif.

Val Thorens (Savoie)

This snow park is now equipped with cameras to film your jumps. How does it work? With your ski pass, you identify yourself at the gate, and cameras then film you on two jumps. Once you have finished your run, you will be able to view it on a big screen at the bottom of the snow park. You can also download the video to your smartphone or view it online.

La Plagne (Savoie)

The snow front of the Plagne Centre has been completely remodelled for the comfort and circulation of skiers.The 4-seat Bécoin chairlift has been replaced by a 6-seat detachable chairlift with a capacity increased from 2,400 to 3,600 skiers.

Southern Alps

Les Orres (Hautes-Alpes)

In Les Orres, the snow park was renovated this year. The two existing zones -a snowboard crossing and a slope-style area- have undergone changes. The snowboard crossing now has more terrain variations for different ability levels.The slope-style area also has new elements. But the main new feature is the creation of a new course - the snake run - a fun freestyle area made especially for beginners

Valberg (Alpes-Maritimes)

The family-oriented resort of Valberg has improved its Family Park -a fun course for all, no matter your level of skiing- located on the Joubardes and Clot de Maty pistes. New elements and games have been added this year – including the "dancefloor" (which lets you to do turning moves, as if you were dancing) and the "wall ride" (with a raised element on the side for high moves).

Montgenèvre (Hautes-Alpes)

New at Montgenèvre for this year is a Nordic Park- a fun discovery area for cross-country skiing. With an area for slalom skiing, turn practice and with slightly raised contours…everyone can learn Nordic skiing and balance whilst having fun.

Pyrénées

Font-Romeu (Pyrenées 2000)

This year, the resort has installed a real competition stadium capable of hosting national and international competitions. It will also be a valuable tool for athletes, alpine skiing hopefuls, ski clubs and schools. It will also be open to the general public on some dates.

Saint-Lary

Renovations have taken place to improve the snow park, with the addition of three traditional jump lines and seventeen new elements.This new generation DC LivePark also has two fixed HD cameras and a detection gate which starts recording your ski run when you pass.

Other Mountain ranges

Le Lioran (Massif Central)

The resort has created new slopes this year, including one that piggybacks on the recent trend of themed runs: the "cheese run", an original, easy run, with twelve signs representing each of Auvergne's AOP labelled cheeses, including Cantal, Saint-Nectaire, Fourme d’Ambert, Bleu d’Auvergne and Salers.

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