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Old February 19th 10, 11:32 AM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.europe
The Older Gentleman[_2_]
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Default TV documentary on ski lift economics

On French TV, a few nights ago, and fascoinating because it took the
resort I'm presently in (Montgenevre) as its yardstick.

MG has recently added some new lifts, including a new eight-man gondola,
and the network is pretty good: better than I remember, but then I last
skied it a quarter-century ago.

Anyway, turns out the new investment (24 million euros) has meant a 30%
increase in the l;ift pass price over the last three years and, on a
euro-per-kilometre of piste basis, MG is now costlier than the Three
Valleys and other 'grandes stations'.

So they're promoting Vallee Blanche passes, which for a modest extra
sum, give unlimited access to Claviere, Sestriere and Sauze on the
Italian side. Standard pass gives one day 'away'.

There was also a fascinating look at a French website where discounted
passes can be had, because the guy who runs it (and who was filmed
negotiating with the MG resort director) trades space and publicity on
the site for discounted tickets.

Maddeningly, I didn't get the url. Anyone know it? Savings of 15-20%
were mentioned.

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