La Daille’s current POMA gondola lift, which travels above the OK (Oreiller Killy) run, was built in 1966 then renovated in 1994.
This summer, large-scale building work will begin on the sector, which is situated at the entrance to Val d’Isère:
- the “la Daille” 4-seater gondola lift will be replaced by a 10-seater cutting-edge ski lift,
- a new covered information and skipass sales area will be built in departure station.
- The ambition : to breathe new life into La Daille area.
The “la Daille” gondola lift will be equipped with Symphony 10 gondolas, a first in France. They were created by Italian designer Pininfarina (who also designed Ferrari and Maserati). Heated seats, more space inside, panoramic view, sliding doors, Wifi… these next-generation gondolas are sure to provide comfort and modernity. Thanks to the sliding doors, passengers sitting next to the door will no longer be bothered by the opening mechanism.
Each cabin will be able to accommodate 10 people at a time, taking the overall passenger transport rate up to 2,800 people an hour – compared to 933 today. In total, fifty 10-seater gondolas will make their way along the line, as well as a 4-seater VIP gondola.
La Daille area is well known for its slopes that are accessible to all levels, with runs through the forest, sheltered from the wind in the event of bad weather. It also provides quick access to Tignes.
The line of the future gondola will be identical to the current one: from altitudes of 1,802 metres to 2,294 metres. It will feature improved wind resistance, reducing the risk of stops, and each cabin will boast a speed of 6 m / sec (instead of 3 m / sec currently).
The original pylons will be dismantled and replaced with new smaller pylons, reducing the ski lift’s aesthetic impact on the slopes. The number of pylons will decrease from 16 to 12.
The machinery of the gondola was previously located in the departure station. From now on, it will be located in the arrival station, reducing noise pollution in the village of La Daille and the hamlet of Les Etroits.
G1 Daille Facilities
A 100m2 reception building will be built at the departure station of the new La Daille gondola. This building will include:
- a covered information and skipass sales area,
- public toilets.
- Easier to access, this new ticket office will replace the one currently located at the Funival.
- The gondola will still offer pedestrian access to La Folie Douce. The village of La Daille has car parks allowing easy access to the gondola.
For increased safety, it will now be possible to reach La Daille gondola on skis, without crossing the road, from the OK run arrival area. As a result, access to the hamlet of Les Etroits has been redesigned.
Val d’Isère Telepheriques ski lift company was awarded the Green Globe in 2016. This certification encourages efforts made by tourism companies on social, economic, cultural and environmental fields.
As part of the works carried out, many precautions have been taken to preserve the environment:
- reducing noise pollution by moving machinery and using modern technology,
- streamlining the ski lift fleet with the removal of 40 pylons,
- burying multi-pair cables to avoid collisions with birds,
- sorting of waste during building deconstruction (wood, cladding, rubble, etc …).
- 1st Symphony gondola in France: confort and modernity
- Passenger flow: 2.800 people per hour
- Journey time: 4.30 min (instead of 9 minutes)
- Better wind resistance
- Faster access to Tignes
- New covered reception and ticket office in departure station
- Travels over the «OK» run, mythical ‘Critérium de la 1ère Neige’ competition run
- Easier access with skis
- Reduction of environmental impacts