What's New This Ski Season (2020/21)?10/11/2020 09:28:58
In what has been a very unusual year, it’s reassuring that there’s always one thing you can count on – and that’s that ski resorts will continue to invest in their facilities as they strive to improve the skiing experience for their guests.
Here we take a quick look at what’s new in some of your favourite ski resorts this season.
Lots of improvements in Prato Nevoso/Artesina
One of our most popular resorts is Prato Nevoso/Artesina in Italy – in fact, around 25% of our groups choose to ski here each year.
Combined with the neighbouring resort of Frabosa Soprano, the three resorts provide access to approximately 130km of skiing.
Most of our groups choose to base themselves in Prato Nevoso or Artesina. But, until last year, you needed to be a good intermediate skier to actually be able to ski between the two resorts, due to the level required to ski the link.
On the Artesina side, they had already replaced the old drag lift with a new chairlift a couple of years ago and, last season, the Prato Nevoso side replaced an old chairlift with a new gondola designed by Porsche.
This now means that the link is far easier and faster to ski, allowing even complete beginners to ski both resorts by the end of the first week.
As well as all this, there are additional plans for two new projects.
The first is to replace the main 4-man chairlift with a fast 6-man chairlift. And the second is to replace the long parallel drag lifts at the top of Artesina with a 2 or possibly 4-man chairlift.
New 6-seater chairlift in Bad Kleinkirchheim
The new Spitzeck 6-seater chairlift is Carinthia’s first Doppelmayr D-Line and promises maximum comfort for the 2,300 skiers it will be able to carry every hour.
In just 3.3 minutes it will carry skiers 864m between the Nockalm/Scharte ski area, serving the two main runs of Spitzeck and Mallnock.
New beginners’ area in St. Gervais
A new beginners’ area is to be created at the top station of Mont d’Arbois, at an altitude of 1840m.
All the developments, which are estimated to cost around €1.5 million and include a new chairlift and a covered magic carpet, will be built with environmental concerns in mind.
New app to help you navigate Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Kaprun and Zell-am-See
As well as navigating the entire area, the app can also provide information on the difficulty of the desired route, as well as a time indication, helping skiers to choose the right route for them and assisting with quick, easy progression.
And the great news is that it’s completely free to download!
New ‘Panorama Link’ opens in Salzburger Sportwelt
Get ready for more impressive views on your next school ski trip to Salzburger Sportwelt. The new ‘Panorama Link’ cable car opens this season and connects the resots of Flachau, Wagrain-Kleinarl, St. Johann and Altenmarkt-Zauchensee.
At an altitude of 1800m, the cable car runs just under the mountain ridge between Griessenkar and Mooskopf and boasts fabulous views of the Niedere and Hohe Tauern.
New Sellette-Chesal chairlift in Bardonecchia
A new chairlift has been installed in Bardonecchia to replace the Sellette lift. This 4-seater automatic pivot chairlift can travel from 1,783m to 2,200m in just 5 minutes!
New gondola in Madonna di Campiglio
The new Fortini-Pradalago gondola is ready to start running at Madonna di Campiglio, completely rejuvenating the Fortini-Grostè area.
Environmentally friendly and boasting heated seats, the gondola can carry 3,600 people per hour at speeds of 6 metres per second. It spans a distance of 2,432m and an elevation change of 456m.
8 new snow cannons in San Martino di Castrozza
The resort has invested in its snowmaking capabilities by installing 8 new snow cannons at Alpe Tognola, especially on the Tognola Uno slope.
Every resort in France commits to greener piste bashers
And in future news, as part of their commitment to go carbon neutral by 2037, all 250 ski resorts in France have committed to introducing hydrogen-powered piste bashers.
This will make a huge difference to the carbon footprint of these resorts, as it’s estimated that diesel-powered piste bashers currently account for around 94% of their CO₂ emissions.
It’s anticipated that the first hydrogen-powered piste basher should be on the market within 5 years, with all French resorts hoping to have introduced them within the next decade.