Val d’lsere reveals resort development

Alps’ “largest and most ambitious” development project
Val d’lsere is to undergo the “largest and most ambitious [redevelopment] seen in the French Alps over the past 20 years.” The €200 million project will see 900 new beds added to the resort.
The project, Le Coin de Val, includes two new hotels and a pair of new tourist residences, plus 100 new private homes, shops, services and restaurants, covering 22,000sqm.
An underground moving walkway, which will connect with the main mountain access lifts, is being created as part of the project and will enable guests to ski back to their accommodation.
Val d’Isere thinks that the five-year development will “reshape the heart” of the destination by the time it is completed in 2020.
The local architect Jean-Charles Covarel says he designed the development with the environment in mind. Its new buildings will incorporate smart systems that will limit energy consumption.
Rainwater and melted snow will run the sanitation system, while geothermal energy will heat the rooms and apartments. The exterior will be made of traditional stone, slate and wood.
The go-ahead for Le Coin de Val follows the resort’s recent redevelopment of its Solaise ski area with a new high-speed gondola, surface lifts, beginner area and American-style mid-mountain day lodge.
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