Posted on 02 June 2012
According to recent reports ski resorts in France and Switzerland are to benefit from the introduction of 10 seat gondolas. These large gondolas already exist in Kitzbuhel in Austria, and Plan de Corones in Italy, but are now due to be introduced in France and Switzerland by the end of the year. Both gondolas will be open by December, just in time for the start of the ski season.
The resorts due to receive these new lifts include the Swiss resort of Savognin, and the French ski resort of Meribel which is part of a large ski area called the Three Valleys. The lifts are being manufactured by and Italian company, Leitner, and according to the manufacturer every product is designed to be a customised solution, giving maximum efficiency for operators as well as a top-quality ride and maximum safety for customers.
The new lift in Meribel will be replacing the initial stages of the existing Plattieres gondola, and will dramatically reduce the current journey. At the moment it takes 22 minutes, but this time will be cut down to just 9 minutes. In addition it will increase capacity by around 40%. The lift in Savognin in Switzerland is due to replace an existing chairlift that is nearly 30 years old, and will connect Somtgant with Tigignas.
Both of these resorts are extremely popular amongst skiers, and this should make them even more attractive destinations. Accessibility to the slopes is definitely something people look for when buying a ski property, whether for their own use or as an investment.