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direct mountain. “In 2050, we will continue skiing in the Hautes-Alpes”

The president of the Hautes-Alpes Department, Jean-Marie Bernard, began a tour of the Hautes-Alpes stations at the beginning of the year, within the framework of the new station contracts.

After La Grave and Villar-d’Arène, the chosen one stopped at Orcières-Merlette. Objective: to know the expectations of the mountain actors, in order to implement new station contracts for the next term. Because Jean-Marie Bernard wants to be optimistic and predicts a bright future for the resorts: “In 2050, we will still be skiing in the Hautes-Alpes. Maybe we will ski in other conditions. All the wealth of our territory in terms of tourist offer, especially in winter, will continue to revolve around skiing in the resorts for generations. »

New hirings that will also be carried out according to a strategy established and explained by Patrick Ricou, Mayor of Orcières, also Vice President in charge of finances of the departmental council…

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The Beldina estate in Sept Laux is now offering a late-night experience from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Tuesdays. Photo The DL/TI

Night Nordic ski sessions at Les Sept Laux

It’s dark, and yet in the distance, the pale glow of the headlights outlines the silhouettes of a few cross-country skiers emerging from the woods. The air is freezing that night: -6 degrees, but not enough to put off snow sports enthusiasts.

Last Tuesday marked the official start of a new weekly meeting for lovers of Nordic skiing. The Beldina ski area, in Sept Laux, now offers a night experience from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., a different way of approaching the mountain, in calm, contemplation and darkness. Because if the area is illuminated for two kilometers, it is the reflections of the moon and the stars on the snow that illuminate the other sixteen kilometers of slopes in the Beldina area.

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The ski resort of La Morte was one of the first ski resorts in France.  It was the first to be equipped with a detachable chairlift that came into operation at Christmas 1937. Photo Marc ABONNEL

The ski resort of La Morte was one of the first ski resorts in France. It was the first to be equipped with a detachable chairlift that came into operation at Christmas 1937. Photo Marc ABONNEL

The history of Alpe du Grand Serre, a pioneer station in the popularization of alpine skiing

During a conference entitled “De la Morte… à l’Alpe du Grand Serre”, Guy Abonnel made a very complete chronological presentation of this station. Its great originality is having played an important role in the democratization of alpine skiing. Many kinds of snow and many children from La Mure, Vizille or Grenoble have made their first slopes in the snow of this season. The animators come to offer the coach and the table so that all children can discover the joys of skiing.

Located in La Morte, whose name is said to be of pre-Celtic origin, “mor-murr” meaning rocky mound, it was renamed Alpe du Grand Serre in the 1960s. chalet for tourism will be built from 1880 will be built by the tourist company Dauphiné

It will be one of the first ski resorts in France with the installation of the first ski lift with removable poles. At that time, the engineer Jean Pomagalski himself went to the site to supervise the assembly of this device, which would last from the summer of 1937 until Christmas Eve. Once installed…

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