As Morzine Source magazine reported back in August, there is going to be a brand spanking new chairlift to connect the bottom of the Mossettes lift, where 3 chair lifts currently meet (along with 3 restaurants- perfect for a lunch stop!), to Avoriaz. It’s replacing the old 3 man chairlift that has been there for donkeys years, one of those chairlifts that whacks you in the back of the legs as you get on forcing you to sit down and takes an age to get to the top! It’s a 6 man chair, so it should make a massive difference to the end of the day rush hour. Thanks to http://www.remontees-mecaniques.net for this picture showing it’s location. There is also going to be a new run under the lift, heading back down into the Mossettes bowl. A competition was launched to name the run, and the winning name is “Blue Velvet”, after the 1986 film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090756/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Other options included: Famoz, Vuarnet, monchu, tartiflette and Les Bronzés, so I think you’ll agree a good choice was made! It’s a 1.7km blue run and it should be a great way to expand the area and spread the crowds from the Lindarets bowl, which can become crowded during school holidays. Here’s a picture of the work which has started, courtesy Le Dauphine. Over in St Jean d’Aulps-Roc d’Enfer (otherwise known as La Grande Terche) there’s also a new 4 man chair lift, so this should improve links around this resort too. We think St Jean d’Aulps is a bit of a secret gem, particularly for families and small groups who want a relaxed holiday, away from the shops and nightlife of Morzine. The village is small, but still has a couple of restaurants, a local shop for supplies, a ski school and an ice rink, so you have everything you need within resort. There’s some ski hire shops too, but you can have your ski and board equipment delivered to you there. We use Doorstep Skis who offer between a 20 and 30% discount if you book via our website- http://trustanddust.com/ski-board-rental The views of the surrounding valley are incredible and the village isn’t built up so you can enjoy a true Alpine escape. For beginner skiers there are gentle green runs, for higher level skiers there’s over 50 km of pistes., with 24 pistes in all. One of its many highlights is a 20 km circuit around the area, through forests with breathtaking scenery along the way. Connections to the rest of the Portes du Soleil are a short bus ride away, Morzine is only a few miles down the road if you do want to explore further afield. Accommodation is generally cheaper than in Morzine and you can get better value for your money.
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