A new plan has been announced to create a gondola ski lit connection between the railway station at Aime La Plagne and the heart of the ski area in the giant Paradiski region, one of the world’s three biggest ski domains.
Aime La Plagne is already served by direct Eurostar weekend rail services from London St Pancras and Ashford in Kent during the ski season but unlike at neighbouring Les Arcs, La Plagne’s fellow major Paradiski resort, where the rail station at Bourg St Maurice below has long been connected to the ski area by a funicular railway, there is no fixed link from Aime to the ski slopes above.
A report this week in French newspaper Le Dauphine says that the gondola link would cost around 25 million Euros and that the ski area operator hopes that if finance is confirmed it could be in place for the 2018-19 ski season.
The newspaper report says that with TGV services from the French capital the new link could allow Parisians to be on the slopes in a little over four hours.
Rail-to-ski-lift connections are fairly common In Japan and a long standing service from Denver to Winter Park was re-instated last winter, reportedly highly-successfully, in Colorado. A few years ago a new connection was also created from the valley rail station at Kronplatz in the Italian Dolomites.