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Missing Bits of PDS Telemorgins Demise

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Can anyone shed any further light on whether Morgins lift system will be open next year. I'm hoping that the news will be positive enabling access to the Corbeau restaurant etc see http://www.telemorgins.ch/#fr (there is an English version)
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Best I could find in the Swiss online press was this:

https://www.24heures.ch/vaud-regions/riviera-chablais/telemorgins-devra-fixee-sort-fin-mois/story/21867461

Sounds like discussions with the bank and other (potential) partners continue......

It has certainly been sketchy skiing down to Morgins from Chalet Neuf the last few March lads' trips (other than the day that had 70cm overnight).

Hope it gets sorted - it is a pretty key link
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Bunch of us in Morgins for the annual lads ski trip 15 years ago - rain at resort level in January and the runs to resort were getting like hiking tracks by the end of 10 days !

Lovely spot, just too low to give reliable access to PDS.

Taught us a valuable lesson - go back to Espace Killy every year, at least you know the precipitation will be white.
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@nelly0168, that's a large data set you have there rolling eyes

A few years back friends spent most of a week holed up in their VdI apartment - for a few days not allowed outside and then a few more as they did safety - all because of avalanche risk. Lesson being, don't go to Espace Killy as it avalanches all the time. Shocked

Mountains, eh?

In fairness, and for reasonable economic reasons (i.e. little/no investment) I understand that Telemorgins have been well behind most of the other PdS stations in installing snowmaking. Not that that's a universal panacea, but it helps.

As does specific valley location. Les Gets is at ~1,020m and on the West side of the Pds. Morgins is at 1,333m but East side and shaded from the dominant air flow. So I would imagine it's likely to get lower natural snow fall. So elevation is not the only factor. (Nor does one swallow make a summer).
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under a new name wrote:
@nelly0168, that's a large data set you have there rolling eyes

A few years back friends spent most of a week holed up in their VdI apartment - for a few days not allowed outside and then a few more as they did safety - all because of avalanche risk. Lesson being, don't go to Espace Killy as it avalanches all the time. Shocked


A slight exaggeration? Even last year with Grand Balme in Tignes VC giving way, after epic dumpage, the EK was still open apart from one small area. The Belvarde, Solais and Fornet areas are almost avalanche free. As are the runs off Grande Motte, Palafour and Henri. The runs above Les Boisses can suffer in the March sun (they face East like Morgins) but you would just use the free bus to Le Lac if they were closed, or would download after spending the day elsewhere.

under a new name wrote:

In fairness, and for reasonable economic reasons (i.e. little/no investment) I understand that Telemorgins have been well behind most of the other PdS stations in installing snowmaking. Not that that's a universal panacea, but it helps.


The Morgins lifts were probably struggling to pass safety tests, as they are so old. Two man chairs with wooden slatted seats? More (unreliable) drag lifts than Scotland? Critical lifts on the Morgins section of the 'tour' often closed for repairs?

It's a lovely village but the slopes are low and sunny, so what snow they get has melted by lunchtime. It's not that there hasn't been enough investment, it is that there probably hasn't been any non safety critical investment, in lifts or snow making, in over a decade. The rest of the PdS puts Morgins to shame and it is no surprise that it has dropped of the map. That said, without it there, the 'tour' would seem to be missing a crucial section Sad
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bar shaker wrote:
More (unreliable) drag lifts than Scotland?


Most of our crew are Scottish and got used to buttons and drag lifts when we learned to ski at school.

However, some of our lads switched to boards years ago, and had never used T-Bars on a board.........

We had several amusing days watching them try to master the long T-Bar after the first chair - without which you cant access the rest of the PDS.

This was back in the day when a few of us smoked, and I remember me and one of the other skiiers must have got through about ten fags each waiting on the useless bugs each morning - which was quite expensive at Swiss prices !!

Funny though Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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@nelly0168, Even drags aren't pleasant on a board as they really take it out of your front leg, but they are easier to stay on than a T bar, when the terrain changes.

I suspect I would choose skis everyday if I lived around Morgins.
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@bar shaker,
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A slight exaggeration?


I am related what I recall of what I was told. My point holds.

Anecdotes are not data.
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Looks like will open for the winter, some details still to be finalised but main financing in place.

Good news.
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Latest news appears to be here
http://www.chatelweb.com/chatel_snow_report.php
with confirmation of the financing here
http://www.telemorgins.ch/

Here's hoping
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That's good news. I skiied Morgins on two trips about 5 years ago and came to prefer it to Chatel/La Chappelle area. Probably because it wasn't crowded. There's also a cozy little hut on the long blue down from what they call the Col du Portes Soleil, I think.

But, I agree, the geography is not favorable. i recall it raining in town and only turning to snow at the top of the lift.

I suspect you'll see a lot of "marginal" resorts closing in coming years.
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under a new name wrote:
@bar shaker,
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A slight exaggeration?


I am related what I recall of what I was told. My point holds.

Anecdotes are not data.


A bit like saying "don't go to the PDS as all of the lifts breakdown every day". rolling eyes

Your point is an anecdote... relayed to you by someone who was probably a black belt in embellishment.
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@bar shaker, which is exactly my point!
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