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Espace Killy capacity question.

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I was sitting on a chair lift with my brother last week, and he asked how many people Val D & Tignes hold on a busy week.

I have done some googling, and got a bit of info on Val D, but not on the whole area.

So, how many people would be in the EK area, on a busy week?

Thanks!
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I heard somewhere it is about 35000
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I believe about 35000 in EACH of the resorts, i.e. 70,000 total.
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@Philip1972, I knew I had heard that figure somewhere. If you have access to the props sites under documents (resultats etudes) there are the G2A figures of occupation, if you look at the comparison of the resorts they show that Tignes has 21198 'hot and warm beds' and Val has 14236 this season. This of course begs the question what is a hot bed, what is a warm bed and, indeed, is there such a thing as a cold bed? I suspect it doesn't include private residents and workers. This would perhaps bring the total a lot closer to the 70k that @stevomcd, mentions. However, I think I know a lady that might know.....
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Been to see the lady that knew:

Hot beds are ones available for tourists for the season, so hotels, hostels, chalets and rental apartments - so those that pay the taxe de sejour.

Warm beds are like mine - second homes that are not available to tourists that pay.

People that live here all year round are not counted. Seasonaire apts are a little complex, some of the private rents are warm, those that provide accom (like most French business) are 'cold' as these are often owned by the business.
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Figures I have from a couple of years ago for the espace Killy give merchant beds as 20,000 and total beds in resort as 65,000.

I thought cold beds were ones that are never used. Unused second homes or investment properties. We have a lot of those in Montgenevre.

I have been looking at skiers per Km of piste as a way of looking at capacity and how buys resorts can get. If all beds used in Espace Killy it would give 217 skiers per Km of slope. Or 276 if you use Pistelength.com's figures. Of course the resort would never be at full capacity. Using merchant beds a the key figure we get 85 skiers per km of slope.
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Taking this a step further. It would be very interesting to see some sort of formula that worked out how "busy" a resort/area can get?
The inputs to the formula would start with the number of skiers per village and incorporate the lift capacity of the main lifts out of the resort centre (ie: skiers per hour that can be taken up the mountain) the formula would then consider the number of skiers per wholearea (which would be all the villages) and couple that with the average capacity of the lifts that are across the whole area.

You'd then get a probability of queue lengths at any particular lift, and the average waiting time.
This would lead you to a league table of all the resorts and which would be the worst to visit during Half Term.

(and the answer would be... avoid the Ranfolly Bowl in LesGets!!!!!)
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The capacity measure would not be skiers per Km, but users as a percentage of the total lift capacity... based on something like 4 lift rides per hour.

There are always quiet areas of EK, even over New Year.
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You should also take into account whether the resort in question attracts a lot of weekenders - the Espace Killy doesn't, Saturday generally being the quietest day of the week, followed by Sunday.
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