Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Future plans for Courchevel

Following the update on what is happening in Meribel as preparation for next season we now turn our attention to our neighbour  Courchevel and their plans for improvements.
Courchevel have released an ambitious and extensive 7-year plan, which is estimated to cost 118m Euro. The plan does not just impact the main area of Courchevel but extends to satellite areas of 1550, 1650 and Le Praz and as far down the valley as Bozel, which will also give a lift link from St Bon.

Like all 7 year plans there will no doubt be changes along the way but it certainly shows the commitment to the area and the bigger picture rather than seeing piecemeal changes year by year. The proposals encompass new lifts, piste improvements, new snow cannons and the re-naming of the satellite areas. No more 1650 instead it will be known as Moriond and 1550 will become Courchevel Village. They can change the name but we are sure The Bubble Bar in 1650 will still be the best spot in the whole area for great hot chocolate at great prices!

For next season the most exciting change will be the replacement of the Biollay Chairlift, which will transport more users, more quickly. This is great news for us as we often use this lift to reach the Suisse Chair on the way back to Meribel Valley. It looks like the new Biollay may end in a slightly different place when it is completed, we will have to wait and see.

Of course the best news about all the changes to the Courchevel area is that we will be able to get there quickly via the new Meribel Gondola previously posted about. So quickly we will beat many people actually staying in Courchevel!