New Blue Run to Open in Les 2 Alpes This Winter
Those familiar with Les 2 Alpes will be well aware that it is somewhat of a topsy-turvy resort, with much of the easier skiing at higher altitude. Whilst this provides a fantastic experience for beginners, who will learn to ski at high altitude on and around the glacier, surrounded by the spectacular High Alps, it can be difficult to descend at the end of a day’s skiing.
Currently, beginners have to return to the resort either along an often-crowded and lengthy green, take the lift or attempt to tackle a tricky red or black. All of this is set to change when the resort opens its new blue, ‘Jandri 1’, at the start of next season (resort opening is currently scheduled for 5th December 2015).
Plans for this development have reportedly been in the pipeline for over 20 years and construction has taken almost two years, with a cost of €10 million. Once complete, the new blue will link up with existing blue runs, making available to beginners and less confident skiers more than 2,000m of vertical descent, from 3,600m to 1,600m.
The project has been carefully managed, with particular attention paid to the environmental impact. Construction was arranged to avoid the nesting season of the local black grouse. 12,000 trees will be planted over the course of the project, to reproduce the forest, improving both the local habitat and the natural aspect of the area.