Free Wi-Fi Proving to be Popular in French Ski Resort

Posted on 16 April 2012

Val Thorens resort, which comprises one third of the Trois Vallees in the Savoie region in France, recently became one of the first places to install free Internet services on all of its ski lifts which will please those technophiles who always need to stay in touch with the rest of the world. The service is proving to be extremely popular, and was already available at several lifts during the last season. This season has seen connection rates increase by 30%, and the service is available between 8 AM and 5 PM.

Apparently is the aim of the ski lift company to offer the very best service possible to visitors staying in the resort, and part of this involves anticipating their needs by offering them access to Wi-Fi while on the ski lifts. Skiers can download an iPhone app for the resort that enables them to get the latest weather reports, avalanche risks, resort news, and access the web cams. Val Thorens is anticipating a busy end to the season which finally closes with Dutch Week at the beginning of May.

There are plans to expand the Wi-Fi service into Orelle which is a resort adjacent to Val Thorens, and which is part of the same enormous Trois Vallee complex which is the largest interconnected ski domain in the world. At the moment there aren’t too many ski lifts which have this facility, but the popularity of this service means it’s likely to catch on fast. Vail Mountain in Colorado has already announced their new state-of-the-art lift, which will be in service next season will include free Wi-Fi for guests.