|The Matserplan for La Plagne. |
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More specifically, anger has broken out on the Montchavin/Les Coches side. The new masterplan involves dismantling a series of lifts, leaving two heavy-duty telecabines to serve that side of the mountain from 2021. One (from Montchavin) would link directly with the Vanoise Express.
A new blog - save the ski area of Monchavin Les Coches - has been set up by two local figures: Michel Girod was Mayor of Bellentre (down in the valley) between 1986 and 2008, while Gérard Rochet was in charge of the Service des Pistes between 1973 and 2005.
In an open letter, they complain that the changes are motivated by profit, go against the vision of La Plagne's founding fathers, and put 40 jobs at risk. In particular, they underline the importance of keeping two parallel links rising up the mountain from the twin resorts.
We understand your concerns, respond the SAP (lift company) on the same blog. But you need to take into account the economic context. Did you know that Montchavin-Les Coches saw a 27% fall in skier numbers last year, and a further 7% this season?
The Bellentre group has now put forward its own proposals - which include three different potential routes for the new telecabine de Montchavin. To be continued....
|Figure 1: The lift company's plan|
|Figure 2: The Mairie de Bellentre's plan|
Leaving these arguments to one side, the highlight of the area is the 2000m descent from the Glacier all the way down to Montchavin - assuming you don't mind a km or so along the flattest blue run you will have ever encountered.