The 4 Valleys Saved – Again
Started by J2SkiNews in Ski News 09-Sep-2014
J2SkiNews posted Sep-2014
As already reported in J2ski message threads in response to earlier versions of this story, it has been announced that the 4 Vallées ski area in Switzerland will remain intact following further negotiations. A renewed 18 year agreement has been signed by the previously opposed sides.
The ski area, which claims to be the country's largest with 400km of runs, had been set to split in two if agreement could not be reached. It includes the skiing above the neighbouring Swiss resorts of Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Verbier and Thyon
The dispute mirrors a similar one some years ago when the end of the 4 Valleys was also threatened and which was also resolved in time to start selling tickets for the next season.
A statement sent to J2Ski.com this morning from UK representatives of the area says:
"Aware of the importance of finding a solution for the 2014/15 winter season talks and negotiations between the four participating lift companies, Téléverbier, Télé-Nendaz, Téléveysonnaz and Télé- Thyon were conducted by State Councillor Jacques Melly."
"These further negotiations have resulted in the extension of the 4 Vallées agreement for a period of 18 years. An agreement has been signed and the partners have also committed to strengthening their collaboration. Discussions will continue in the coming months for this purpose."
Pierre-Andre Gremaud, Director at Verbier/Val de Bagnes – La Tzoumaz Promotion SA said,
"We welcome this positive outcome as this is great news for skiers holidaying in the Verbier 4 Vallées area. We are looking forward to welcoming all our British guests this winter to experience the vast ski domain."