Two new lifts in the Portes du Soleil connecting the French resort of Avoriaz with the Swiss resort of Champéry - Les Crosets. The faster and more efficient connection will be welcomed by skiers tired of the Mossettes and Léchère chairlifts being closed in bad weather — or suffering from lengthy queues.
TSD6 Léchère will be able to transport around 2600 people per hour, while TSD6 Cases will be able to take 2700 people per hour. And not only will the new Léchère ski lift provide access to more of Abricotine for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, the two new lifts will provide an improved link between Avoriaz and Champéry – Les Crosets. Currently, the easiest option is Mossettes, which involves around ten full minutes of sitting and is frequently subject to high winds, closure and queues. Another option is the Swiss Wall! While we don’t want to speculate on how long it’ll take to get to Les Crosets using the new lifts, we have heard they’ll travel at 5m per second, and will be a bit more sheltered from high winds.
Technical data CLD6 La Léchère
Valley station: 1’501 m. a.s.l.
Top station: 1’736 m. a.s.l. Altitude difference: 235 m
Inclined length: 1’714 m
Number of vehicles: 84
Driving speed: 55 m/s
Driving time: 5 min 34 sec.
Capacity: 2’700 Pers./h
Drive: 404 kW
Rope: 46 mm
The Portes du Soleil is investing €15million on the new the connection, and increase the speed at which skiers can head from France to Switzerland. The new lifts are also expected to be less affected by wind and being purposefully built in a more sheltered situation. A new blue piste is also to be developed, in the hope that it will ease numbers using the Abricotine piste.
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