Ski resorts throughout the world are forever updating their lift systems. See here for what’s new for next winter.

What do we want from our favourite ski resorts?
What could be better?
How should they improve?
Promise us snow.
Make skiing free for all.
Get us up to the top of the mountain at ultra speeds.
Perhaps here just the last is feasible…
And resorts are trying very hard to make this happen.
Millions of euros and dollars each year go into lift improvements and additions.

So here what’s new and updated, and where for the 2019/2020 ski season compiled by our friends over at Iglu Ski.

Ski lifts for 2019/20

Ski lifts for 2019/20

Les Deux Alpes
A new lift will be built in the Chalance bowl in order to access the glacier from La Fee.
The original four man Crêtes chairlift will be replaced by an eight man fast chairlift.
The four man will be used, though, but moved to Le Thuit in order to replace the slow lifts there and have a faster route back from La Fee.
The Super Venosc chairlift, built in 1987, will also be replaced with a shorter and faster chairlift but still reusing the old Toura chairlift.
Avoriaz has a big addition.
In the Portes du Soleil ski area, the new lift will be a link between Avoriaz and Champéry-Les Crosets over in the Swiss side of the ski domain.
It’s to be a six person chairlift.
There will also be a new chairlift that will replace the old 3 person Léchère lift, which took riders from the Lindarets bowl to the bottom of the Mossettes and Brocheaux chairlifts.
The chairlift will now reach a new area off the Abricotine blue slope, 600m further uphill than it was before.
La Plagne
Christmas 2020 will see La Plagne’s 1978 Bellecôte glacier gondola replaced, sticking to the same general route as previous.
Courchevel Le Praz
The quaint village of Le Praz will see a new 10 seater gondola arrive near the top of the Tovets chairlift.
It’s a shorter route that’ll also mean an easier walk up to La Croisette area.
In addition, there will also be a new base station which will be named ‘The Alpinium’.
It will contain a tourist office, lift pass office, function rooms with kitchen and bar facilities, 120 ski lockers, children’s play area, public toilets and a 500 space large underground car park.
This car park will also double up as an electric go-kart circuit during the off season from May to November.
In 2023 you’ll even see the men’s races finish on the roof of the building at the Alpine Ski World Championships!
For 2020, the Marais chairlift in Tignes will be modernised.
This means faster access to the Aiguille Percée at 2723m, otherwise known as ‘the eye of the needle’ plus a magic carpet will be built on the Marais plateau.
New infrastructure to come

Planned infrastructure

There will be a direct connection from Solden to Hochsölden in early December 2019.
The new Rotkogl gondola will be a 10 seater lift to replace the double chairlift.
It’s to have an hourly capacity of 1,330 people and will be 1.2km in length.
This is great news for non skiers who will be able to reach Giggijoch directly as well as beginners and families with children who will be able to also directly reach the beginner area.
The lift will see advantages of slow entry and exit speed, barrier free access and wind and weather protection.
Kitzbuhel will update the Fleckalmbahn gondola to improve comfort (heated seats!) and functionality for guests as well as conserving resources.
Back in April, Kaprun saw construction to build a lift connection between Maiskogel and Kitzensteinhorn ski areas.
The 2019/2020 season could mark a lift reaching the highest height of Salzburg at 3029m.
It’ll run from Kaprun centre way down the valley at 768m via the Maiskogel due to the 12km long string of 6 gondola lifts.
It will boost the ski area massively in the league of ski resorts.


New Gondola Upgrade in the 4 Valleys
The total investment for the gondola upgrade is around CHF 25 million!

A major lift upgrade is underway this summer in the Swiss 4 Valleys.

This is where you’ll find the luxe resort of Verbier.
Announced by Nendaz ski resort in the 4 Valleys, the new 8-man gondola will be installed to connect Pranion to Plan du Fou.
It will replace the Fontaines ski lift and the old Plan du Fou cable car.

The T-bar lift will still continue to operate here.

This ultimately means greater access for pedestrians with the link between Haute-Nendaz and Siviez.

The new lift will also triple the uplift of riders and pedestrians from 800 people per hour to 2,400 per hour –
– a 200% increase.
The base station of the new gondola will be next to the Pranion-Tracouet chairlift and board at the same place.
It will be fully linked to the Siviez Plan du Fou gondola and passengers will be able to transit from Prarion to Siviez without having to leave the gondola.
Skiers will also be able to get off mid-way at Plan du Fou and ski on slopes both sides of the mountain.
This is the largest part of the lift company’s total 60 million investment for upgrades since 2016.
More artificial snowmaking machines will also be dropped into the Greppon-Blanc sector.
It certainly looks like next season is going to be a good one for the 4 Valleys.

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Jackson Hole
Due to open November this year, the new four seater chairlift will replace the missing Eagle’s Rest lift, which was removed back in 2016.
This will ensure improved access to advanced and beginner terrain in the resort.
This past season was Jackson Hole’s busiest on record with more than 715,000 visits.
To decrease Vail’s lift wait times, the Brooks and Daisy chairlifts will be replaced.
The Brooks at Stevens Pass will turn into a high speed detachable four man chairlift.
The Daisy will be renovated to a fixed four man.
Winter Park
Restoration of the Sunnyside lift will see an increase uphill capacity by 800 people per hour.
This new detachable high speed six person lift will also reduce the ride time by more than half.
Copper Mountain
Running from the bottom of the Blackjack chair at the top of the Taco Chute, the new Tuckern lift will be able to access expert terrain on the Tucker Mountain by a three person chairlift.
This is a big improvement for the resort as previously the terrain was only accessible by snowcat service on weather permitting weekend days.

To visit any of these resorts below to take a trip on one of these new rides, check out the Iglu Ski website who is taking bookings for skiing next winter.

That’s all for now folks, but we’ll keep you updated with more when we hear it…

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