This time of year we often have an update on the ski lift and resort changes the 3 Valleys are working on over the summer. They work hard to ensure all of their services are always in tip-top condition. We know of a couple of projects taking place at the moment.
In Courchevel they have started work on the piste for the World Cup, which will take place in 2023.
The third sector of Plattières in Mottaret is being modernised this summer. They are replacing the bubbles with a new chair lift. The old bubbles went on sale at the end of April for 500 Euros each. The sale raised 22 500 Euros for three charities.
The Three Valleys does an amazing job keeping all the lift systems up to date year on year.
Looking ahead to both summer and next winter, there is much to look forward to. Here’s what’s happening in the 3 Valleys.
Summer 2020 in La Tania
The ski lifts will be opening this summer!
Courchevel and the 3 Valleys have confirmed that the ski lifts will be opening this summer from 5 Jul – 28 Aug 2020. This is great news for the resort. We’re pleased that people will be able to enjoy mountain biking and hikes throughout the mountain. They will of course be implementing appropriate social distancing measures, but no specifics on this have been announced yet.
There is still no news on when restaurants, cafes and bars will be reopening in France, but this should be announced by the French government by the end of May. We’re hoping we can still enjoy a summer lunch on the sunny terrace at Le Bouc Blanc if the government deems it safe to do so.
Tour de France in our backyard
The Tour de France dates have been moved to a late August start, which is good news for many in that it is still going ahead. And this year, they are riding their way to the very top of La Tania at the Col de la Loze (the top of Dou des Lanches chair). The riders will actually come up the Meribel side, starting in Brides les Bains and make their way up the steep mountain. Last summer a new road up to the col was erected, for what many (rightly) guessed was in anticipation of a future Tour route. They will ride this route on 16 Sept as the 17th stage of the Tour.
Looking Forward: Courchevel & La Tania Winter 2020/21
Although winter is still a little way off, Courchevel has released its winter opening dates and the 3 Valleys have released lift pass prices.
La Tania Ski Resort Dates 2020/21
La Tania will be open from 12 Dec 2020 – 17 Apr 2021. Courchevel 1850 will open one week earlier on 5 Dec as it has for a number of years, however this is usually just a handful of chair lifts and gondolas.
3 Valleys Lift Pass Prices 2020/21
The price for a six day 3 Valleys ski pass for 2020/21 season is 321€. All our guests who purchase with us, receive the Tribu Rate, which means a 3 Valleys ski pass costs 306€, a saving of 15€ per pass. A one day pass is 64,50€. Both of these are a slight increase on last year’s prices. There are also lower rates for the first and last week’s of the season. You can find all the details on the 3 Valleys website.
COVID-19 Impacts on Next Winter
December is still months away, and the COVID-19 situation will certainly change in those months. However, Courchevel is likely already preparing how to to meet any new safety requirements necessary.
There are a number of other ski resorts in the French Alps that offer summer skiing on the glaciers. These resorts are setting in place social distancing measures for glacier skiing, which we anticipate will help shape winter ski resort safety measures. Many resorts will be looking to see how well things worked, and take note. We will keep an eye on this and share more when we know more.
Nonetheless, we are confident we are all going to enjoy another amazing winter in the Alps, and we hope to host you when you do come to visit La Tania. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we know more.