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Brillinat - hadnt seen that link before - exciting!
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As a 'heads up' the discounted season passes are now for sale.
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@bar shaker, Thanks for the reminder. Very Happy
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Quick Q:

Thinking of staying in a chalet in Laisinant area of Val. Never done that before.

How reliable is that lift with opening on time in general? My memory seems to tell me it's delayed quite frequently. Not a huge issue as the bus is so close anyway to take you to the solaise / Olympic, but in theory the local lift is a good option to get up the mountain quite fast on a good day.

Appreciate the low down !

Cheers

Alex
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@Alex A, Iím not aware of that chair from Laisinant being closed or late opening much.
The run down to Laisinant is closed more often due to avalanche risk.
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Laisinant is great acces up to the solaise area. Now the datcha has been upgraded its a good route out of Val. Iíve used it with the bus before to avoid the que at the solaise gondola in the morning
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@Timg60, ^^^^^ +1. Not a bad way to get up to Le Fornet either after fresh snow has fallen.
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bar shaker wrote:
As a 'heads up' the discounted season passes are now for sale.

do you have a link as i cant find at all
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Thanks all !!!

Only trouble now, the Chalet was never available, even though it said it was Sad the search continues !
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Excuse my ignorance, but if I use the Lassiant chair, how do I get to the Solaise area?

As can I down load on it, or do I have to get the bus back to the car park from La Fornet/Val D?
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@Philip1972, from the top of Laisinant Express chairlift, thereís a choice of 2 red graded pistes down to the Datcha fast chairlift.
The Datcha takes you up to the Madeleine/Solaise sector. This is a very good area for relative beginners and early intermediates.

Iím unsure whether downloading on the Laisinant chairlift is allowed. I have a feeling you can but no doubt someone will confirm.
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@PeakyB, Great, thanks.

i have been going for a few years now, but never started at Lassiant. I have driven past it to La Fornet, but parking is easier at Lassiant.

I was confused as on the piste map it looks uphill to Datcha!

Will give it a whirl on my next trip.
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Philip1972 wrote:
@PeakyB, Great, thanks.

i have been going for a few years now, but never started at Lassiant. I have driven past it to La Fornet, but parking is easier at Lassiant.

I was confused as on the piste map it looks uphill to Datcha!

Will give it a whirl on my next trip.


The piste to Datcha is called La Route de Cel, it's the summer road and barely downhill at all (the road side cycling signs show it as between 7 and 10%), so not to be attempted on a board, but fine on skis.

After fresh snow, there can be some great off piste from the top of Lassiant.
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I seem to remember there is quite a pit of poling on the Route de Cel - have not used it for a few years
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I seem to remember there is quite a pit of poling on the Route de Cel - have not used it for a few years
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What a month it has been

Thanks for those who have been commenting correctly on the above and also thank you for for those who flagged up the website issue - all has been sorted now (I think - thanks!).

Anyway as the nights draw in and the first snows start appearing at the top of the mountains you know the Winter is very close... in fact it is a little over a month until the lifts open! Wow.

So what has the last month had for me... well to be honest I have been away driving for much of the last month... several tours from the UK to France and Belgium (mainly Northern France as well as Normandy and the WW1 battlefields around Ypres etc). I also had a chinese tour group and took them pretty much the full length and breadth of the UK! So that is pretty much what I have been up to the last month or so.

Back here in Val the kids have been at school / creche and it was also my little boys 1st birthday last month too!!!! Wow where does a whole year go!

Within Val itself there has been manic work on all the building sites and things are getting closer to completion - well in some cases more than others.






The new La Daille gondola is getting close to completion - the first cabins are being assembled and delivered and hour by hour another one is lifted by crane onto the cable - so by my calculations above another 50 hours and they will all be on the cable - ha ha!

Elsewhere as the Radio Val photo above shows the new hotel development next to the old Solaise / Bellevarde base station and current home of the STVI, work is ongoing at a pace. For the most part most things are progressing quite well although projects like the the two year Brussels hotel redevelopment is still just a big hold in the ground therefore who knows how far that will have progressed before the Winter season starts!

Anyway elsewhere the town is now in that 'inter-season' lull at the moment where everything is slowly wrapping up and getting ready for the Winter. It will be a few more weeks before the seasonal staff all start arriving and about a month before it is all steam ahead for opening weekend but for now we enjoy the lull.

As family we are heading back to the UK this Friday for a couple of weeks holiday which will be nice before we really ramp up into the Winter. I will have a fair few things to do both at home and elsewhere before the season starts but also try and get some downtime before it all kicks off.

So there we are a short update this time but really not too much to report.

TTFN
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