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Three of the biggest ski areas in the French Alps have joined together to launch a new lift pass, covering a massive 1,300 km of pistes. Its appeal seems limited though.

ALPINE LEGENDS - a new Superpass for the Tarentaise resorts.

New for the 2015-2016  season, the Alpine Legends Superpass covers nine resorts in the Tarentaise -  Tignes, Val d'Isere, Courchevel, Meribel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, La Plagne and Les Arcs.

However it comes at a cost and it's unclear exactly who it's aimed at.

Here at PlanetSKI we have looked at the pass and asked "Why?".

The six-day pass will set you back €340. 

Seven days will cost you €390, and eight days €440.

There's no information on whether passes will be available for longer periods. 

The promotional material  calls it "the ultimate ski pass", emphasising the access it gives to five glaciers and almost 400 lifts in what it calls the "three legendary ski areas" of Espace Killy, Les3Vallees and Paradiski.

But considering you can only be in one place at a time, PlanetSKI wonders if people in the mountains for just a week will want to pay the extra cost for the privilege of moving between resorts.

For example a six-day lift pass in Espace Killy this coming season will cost €270, that's €70 less than the Alpine Legends pass.

The Trois Vallees six-day pass will be €289 and in Paradiski you'll pay €291.

In our humble opinion, the skiing and boarding opportunities in each of these three "legendary" areas are hardly limited. 

We love them all :-)

There is plenty of varied terrain to satisfy the most avid snowsports enthusiast. 

To take advantage of the Alpine Legends Pass, you would have to make your own travel arrangements between the ski areas at your own cost. 

There is also no discount for senior citizens or children. 

The leaflet advertising the Superpass says there's only one price because it is a "unique product" with a "unique target market".

Maybe the target market is the holidaymaker who's chosen to stay in accommodation down in the valley between Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Moutiers and wants to try out a new resort each day? 

We'll let you know as and when more information is released.

PlanetSKI asked a couple of readers for their views about what we know so far. 

Mark Thomson, a regular in Courchevel in Les3Vallees said he couldn't see the point.

"I am interested to find out what sort of lunatic would pay €289 for a six-day Three Valleys pass and then decide they want to pay more to go ski somewhere else, especially as you probably get a free day in one of the other resorts like Tignes with your pass anyway, and the pro rata rate is more than the Tignes one day pass. As for there being no price reduction for seniors, I don't think anyone stupid enough to buy this pass could possibly live to be 65."

Oonagh and Dominic Griffith, who are fans of Tignes, were also nonplussed. 

"I am not sure who this product is aimed at but I doubt it is us.  We ski once or twice a year for a week at a time, generally as part of a packaged holiday. In order to make use of this product we would need to spend time, money and effort to get between the resorts featured, time which I'd rather spend skiing, money I'd rather spend on a lovely lunch and additional effort I'd rather not expend at all (I am on holiday after all!)

"We would be more likely to take the ski company's organised away day trip to sample skiing in a neighbouring resort".

However for people who want to spend a few days in each resort on a road trip of the various ski areas it has unquestionable benefits.

What do you think?

PlanetSKI would like to hear your views.

Feel free to comment over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.

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