The 18/19 winter season is slowly coming to an end and many resorts are winding down for another long, sunny summer. Unfortunately, we can’t ski in an endless winter paradise (as much as we’d want to) and every season must come to an end. That said, the summer break gives many of the resorts an opportunity to expand and improve their ski areas and there are lots of exciting new developments to look forward to for the 19/20 season.
Climate change is a hot topic and ski resorts are advocating ‘Going Green’ to reduce their carbon footprint and help combat climate change. Serre Chevalier is at the forefront of this movement, the resort is making technological advancements to help reduce its own damage to the environment and pave the way for other resorts. The resort is using a combination of micro-wind turbine, photovoltaic and hydroelectric technology to help power its snowmaking canons and lifts across the valley. Serre Chevalier isn’t the only resort making steps in the right direction, Vail Resorts has also just announced its new Sustainability and Environmental programs that it plans to incorporate into its 15 major ski resorts including Vail, Whistler, Heavenly and Park City.
The summer break also allows ski resorts to develop everything from their slopes to transfer routes. By the 19/20 season, Andermatt will finish a 10-year expansion project that has cost over £100 million to complete. It will connect Disentis to Andermatt and the rest of the Sedrun ski area; creating the largest ski area in central Switzerland with 180km of slopes. The Jungfrau region is majorly revamping its transfer routes as well as some of its lifts. An investment of almost £370 million will help shorten transfer routes by almost half between Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station. New high-speed lifts up the Eiger glacier in Grindelwald will replace some of the older lifts to decrease ascent time and increase passenger capacity.
Sölden will be investing in a new state-of-the-art, high-capacity gondola which will replace one of the old chairlifts; allowing its passengers to ascend the main glacier in under six minutes. Westendorf, in the SkiWelt area, will also be improving one of its current lifts. The new eight-seater chairlift will replace an older lift and will be able to take more passengers up the mountain at a much faster rate; the new lifts will have solar panels to help make steps towards going green.
The 19/20 season will also bring a few exciting hotel and chalet openings with it. December 2019 will see the official opening of France’s highest hotel, Le Refuge de Solaise, which is located at a tantalising altitude of 2,551m on the slopes of Val d’Isère. The new hotel is a converted cable car station and will have 34 rooms, a gourmet restaurant, a state-of-the-art spa and will offer some incredible 360-degree views of the Espace Killy ski area.
The brand new MIL8 hotel will be opening in Avoriaz in December 2019 and will be a beautiful four-star residence with contemporary and stylish décor. The sleek hotel will have 42 beautiful rooms, elegant bar and a magnificent spa and pool. The hotel is also in a prime location, just next to the lifts, and will be ski-in ski-out.
Chalet Izia is a brand new five-star property that will open in December 2019. The luxury chalet is located in the thriving resort of Val d’Isère and has many premium facilities for its guests to indulge in. The chalet has a unique blend of contemporary furnishings with traditional design and is in a brilliant ski-in ski-out location in the village.
There are even more new and exciting properties that will be opening for the 19/20 season; keep an eye out for them on our new hotels page.