Posted: 09 November 2021

What's New for the 2021/22 Season?

Here’s your round-up of what’s new for the 2021/22 ski season!

Austria

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What's New for the 2021/22 Season?

New lifts in Salzburger Sportwelt

Salzburger Sportwelt have opened a couple of new lifts this season. The first is the fantastically named Flying Mozart Lift, which is one of the most powerful mono-cable gondolas in the world. In fact, it can ferry up to 4,000 skiers an hour 970m up the the Griessenkareck in less than 11 minutes!

The other new lift is the Mooslehenbahn in Filzmoos. This six-seater chairlift replaces the two-seater chairlift and is equipped with childproof brackets and a weather protection hood.

New ski connection and reservoir in Saalbach-Hinterglemm

Saalbach-Hinterglemm have opened a new ski connection from Bernkogel (piste 146) to A1 + A2 Schattberg X-press, making returning to the valley station a much more comfortable journey!

And in December, work is expected to be completed on the new Rosswald reservoir, which will have a total capacity of 230,500m3. 96% of the pistes on the Reiterkogel can be covered with snow created from the water held in this reservoir!

France

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What's New for the 2021/22 Season?

Modernisation in Les 2 Alpes

A huge project of modernisation is set to get underway from winter 2022 onwards, driven by Les 2 Alpes’ new ski lift operator, SATA. The company plans to invest 150 million euros in the resort over the next 3 years, with a focus on redesigning the ski area and modernising the lifts to improve the flow of skiers.

This winter, the new Super Venosc gondola will open on the Vallée Blanche sector, providing faster access to the Glacier 3600 mountainside runs.

And the new Pierre Grosse blue run will open offering easier and safer access to the Col des Gours for experts and intermediates. The Pierre Grosse gondola which serves this new run opened in January 2020.

New chairlift at La Plagne

The new La Lovatière 6-seater, high-speed chairlift provides a direct link between Plagne Centre and Champagny-en-Vanoise via the top of Les Verdons. The lift can carry around 3,000 skiers per hour and the journey takes just five and a half minutes.

Plus, the Funiplagne departure station in Plagne Centre has been renovated to improve the flow of skiers and provide easily accessible toilets.

New environmentally friendly gondola at Les Arcs

Les Arcs have unveiled a new 10-seater gondola in place of the old Vallandry chairlift. It will carry skiers from the bottom of the slopes to 2138m in just 6 minutes. But even more impressively, it boasts an array of environmentally friendly features, including solar panels and the ability to recycle the heat generated by the motors.

This is all part of Les Arcs’ continued efforts to maintain their Flocon Vert accreditation, which was awarded in December 2020.

The resort has also opened a museum to educate visitors about some of the animals that call the mountains their home. It’s hoped that by showing visitors the incredible biodiversity here, they’ll want to protect it too. Plus, entry is free!

And finally, a new zipline has opened in the Les Arcs, which passes over the old Flying Kilometre run, where Simone Orgone broke the world speed skiing record in 2006.

Italy

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What's New for the 2021/22 Season?

Increased snowmaking at San Martino

Huge investment has been pumped into the Dolomiti Superski area over the last couple of years and there are 14 new lifts across the area this winter, as well as a number of upgraded slopes. In San Martino di Castrozza, the snowmaking system has been upgraded with eight new snowmaking machines installed along the Tognola 1 slope.

New gondola for Madonna di Campiglio

In Madonna di Campiglio, the new environmentally friendly 10-seater Fortini-Pradalago gondola replaces a 4-seater chairlift and will improve the connection between the Fortini and Grosté ski areas.

Slopes redesigned in Folgarida/Marilleva

In Folgarida/Marilleva, the Panoramica and Delle Rocce slopes also been redesigned to reduce their environmental impact on the surroundings.

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