While many resorts are installing more gondolas to increase uplift, the French resort of Les Deux Alpes are removing one. The mountain company are replacing the iconic ‘Red Eggs’ gondola with a new high speed chairlift next season.
The new chairlift will keep the well-loved name of the old gondola (meaning ‘Devil’ in English) and will be called le télésiège du Diable.
The iconic old lift was constructed in 1973 and has served the Venosc side of the village well through the years. It is being replaced with the new six-man debrayable lift which will be 1964m in length and will transport up to 2,200 skiers per hour from the resort at 1650m to the ski area of Les Crêtes.
Simultaneously, the Crêtes ski lift for beginners, which can be found at 2100m, will be replaced with a 250m long carpet lift. The lift will come with its own transparent weather protection tunnel, so new skiers and boarders will be protected from the elements if the weather closes in but still be able to enjoy the fantastic views on their journey uphill.
Construction of the chairlift is going well, with pylons being delivered by helicopter in recent weeks and work moving well on the upper and lower stations, as these photos show.
Above: Construction continues during the summer on the lower station for the new six man lift.
Above: The top station of the new Le Diable lift is progressing well.
Above: A Super-Puma helicopter delivers the pylons for the new lift.
View more photos of the construction on the Deux Alpes Loisir Facebook page.
Les 2 Alpes is currently open for summer skiing until September 1st. Read more about Deux Alpes summer skiing in our previous post.
The resort will open for pre-season skiing from 27 October to 4 November 2012. It then re-opens for the main season from 1st December 2012 to 27 April 2012. If you’re looking to visit to test out the new lift for yourself, Crystal Ski offer skiing holidays to Les Deux Alpes throughout the winter season.
This post was written by Amy Fletcher for Crystal Ski.