Verbier Announces New Lifts For 21-22 and 22-23


Verbier Announces New Lifts For 21-22 and 22-23

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Verbier Announces New Lifts For 21-22 and 22-23

J2SkiNews posted 23-Feb

Verbier's lift company, Téléverbier, has announced that despite a bad revenue year due to the pandemic, they have decided to press ahead with new lifts and other infrastructure upgrade plans.

Projects to be completed for next winter include:

Replacement of the Médran 1 lift with a new 10-seater gondola that will double the flow between Médran and Les Ruinettes.

Upgrade of the snowmaking between Lac des Vaux and Les Ruinettes enabling better use of early season cold weather periods to increase the guarantee of skiing from the beginning of December.

Téléverbier's also said that If all the necessary authorizations are obtained in time, significant investment is also on the cards including an upgrade of the Pasay chairlift in Brusson in 2022 as well as the construction of the Chargerat lift.

Despite starting the current season at the end of October last year, and deciding to go ahead with planned investments, Téléverbier's CEO Laurent Vaucher said the combination of higher operating costs to meet pandemic operating requirements as well as lower income due to fewer guests and closed restaurants.
"We need to take some cost-saving measures. We had planned to operate the Bruson sector daily until the evening of Monday, April 5, 2021 but after analysing the situation, this sector will be closed for the rest of the season from Sunday evening, March 7, 2021. This decision was not an easy one. However, this is an exceptional measure for an exceptional situation," he said.

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reply to 'Verbier Announces New Lifts For 21-22 and 22-23'
posted 23-Feb

The current Médran 1 lift (Verbier-Croix des Ruinettes 1) uses Giovanola gravity grips to attach the cabins to the rope, as these no longer meet current safety standards (the Giovanola gravity grip was first introduced in 1950) all the lifts that use them have to be replaced by end of 2025 at the latest.

The Verbier-Savoleyres lift also uses Giovanola gravity grips so that will have to be replaced as well, I think it's scheduled to be replaced by a combination lift with 10-person cabins and 6-person chairs in 2023. Téléverbier presented details of the planed replacement lift in 2013 unfortunately the owners of a chalet below the future valley station objected so the project has been held up ever since.

Topic last updated on 23-February-2021 at 21:41

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