Val d’Isère’s Magic Carpet

The new development at the top of Solaise – one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the resort – is underway. This summer 70,000 cubic metres of earth were moved to make way for the new 10-person gondala which will replace the current chairlift. There is to be a covered magic carpet for the new beginners’ area and a tubing (toboggan) arena.

The whole project has been done with regard to the environment with just 16 pylons replacing the current 34. For any tree cut down, five others have been planted while other plants have been relocated.

The machinery for the base station will be underground, reducing noise on the surrounding nursery slopes.