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Forward thinking on the Brevent Domain!

With snow due later this week down to 1,400m we thought we’d take advantage of a cracking Saturday in Chamonix to hike up to the Brevent ski domain, and to check out the progress of the new Parsa chairlift.

We hiked up the vertical kilometre absorbing the stunning scenery above and below us with expectations somewhat muted. Never one who naturally associates local investment with forward thinking and strong planning, I was expecting a slightly faster version of the same without improving the piste layout, or separating beginners from speedy intermediates at key points.

My expectations were wrong and this lift will massively improve the Brevent ski experience!

The old lift has been dismantled, totally removed, and the new high speed 6 man has been relocated hard to the skiers left, making the most of the available space and not at all getting in the way of the black run down from the top lift, like the old lift used to.

The beginner drag lifts have been knocked down too, with a new one located hard skiers right, really separating the ski area and removing the congestion there was before, plus the  construction of the FUNI 2000 that was built last year actually makes sense now. Beginners get straight on the FUNI 2000 from the top of the Plan Praz gondola and can easily access the Brevent beginner areas, skiing directly from the FUNI 2000 to the new drag lift on a marginally downhill gentle green piste.

At the bottom of all this, the old lift has totally disappeared, major landscaping has taken place and the result is a far longer wide blue run, again with the effect that the congestion between the Cornu and Parsa chairlifts will disappear.

I am now very optimistic, and I have to say this seems a job well done!

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