Les Arcs ski lift company ADS is continuing its investments in their ski area with an upgrade to the Pré Saint-Esprit chairlift in Arc 1950.
The project is set to cost 10.4 million euros and will see the current chairlift (which was built in 1980) being replaced with a faster 6-person chair with heated seats and a tinted plastic cover.
The new lift should be able to carry around 2500 skiers from bottom to top in 8 minutes at a rate of 6 metres per second, improving the flow of skiers. The route of the new lift will be slightly different and longer than the existing one (see images above) which should improve access to the Plagnettes chairlift, reduce the likelihood of long tailbacks at the Arcabulle lift and allow you to ski more of the Vallée de l'Arc blue piste.
A new base station will be dug into the ground which will include a picnic area, toilets, and storage for the seats of the chairlift and snow canons when not in use.
The lift is currently under construction and should be up and running for the 2017-18 ski season.
New Chairlift Stats:
- Altitude of base station: 1828m
- Altitude of arrival station: 2294m
- Altitude gain: 466m
- Length: 2850m
- Journey time: 8 minutes 15 seconds
- People per hour: 2400-2700
- Speed at embarking: 1m/second
- Speed on the journey: 6m/second
Further improvements to Les Arcs ski lift system will include an upgrade to the funicular linking Bourg St Maurice to Arc 1600, the Transarc gondola in 1800 will be rebuilt, the Comborciere chairlift will be replaced and the Charmettoger will be rebuilt. All of this work is expected to take place in 2018.