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HUGE DEVELOPMENT FOR VAL D'ISERE - Natasha Cove, Val d'Isere
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A £170m re-development in the French resort is set to go ahead. PlanetSKI reports from the resort and sees what the future may hold. NEW

It is large by any standard you care to use.

The five-year project starts this autumn and will add 900 extra guest beds in two luxury hotels and two tourist residences.

There will be a host of chalets, new shops, services, and restaurants.

It is being touted as the largest and most ambitious building project seen in the French Alps over the past 20 years.

The resort claims it eclipses the creation of Arc 1950 in 2003.

It will be known as Le Coin de Val and is in the centre of the resort.

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PlanetSKI toured the area and been speaking to Kerstin Grandclaudon from the resort's tourist office - seeing what it will be like and what it means for the resort.

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"The development will not disrupt the resort, as it will be a gradual development, over 5 years. It will mean the resort will be able to host many more holiday-makers. It will be redeveloping existing structures so will keep the character of the resort," said Kersten.

More than 40% of the people that ski in the resort are British and it is a firm favourite - last year its was voted the most-improved resort in Europe and the best for Apres ski at the World Snow Awards - see here for our report as the awards were announced.

The redevelopment will cover 22,000 square metres and replaces a whole range of 30-year-old buildings.

These are bounded by the bus station roundabout, Dick's Tea Bar and a 250m stretch of the Avenue Olympique towards La Daille.  

An underground moving walkway will connect with the main mountain access lifts and guests will be able to ski back to their accommodation.  

The new buildings will be constructed in stone, slate and wood - the traditional mountain style of the Haute Tarentaise Valley.   

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They incorporate a guest arrival centre within an enclosed bus station, childcare facilities, and a concierge desk.

Val Tower (La Tour de Val) on the Avenue Olympique will be the showpiece of the development, featuring a restaurant with panoramic views of the resort.

Respect for the environment is a key component of Le Coin de Val, with  systems designed to minimise energy consumption.

Notably rainwater and snowmelt are employed in the buildings' sanitation system and geothermal energy is harnessed to heat the hotel rooms and apartments.

The project is a partnership between Val d'Isère's Town Hall and local architect Jean-Charles Covarel, who has been responsible for key parts of the renaissance of the resort in recent years.

Animation showing how Le Coin de Val will look:

The number of visitors to Val d'Isère has steadily increased in recent years and is continuing to do so in 2017, despite Brexit and a substantial drop in the value of sterling against the euro.

It has snow from November to May and two sectors of the 300km ski area that it shares with neighbouring Tignes are over 3,000m.

The majority of slopes are above 2,000m.

The go-ahead for Le Coin de Val follows the redevelopment of the resort's Solaise ski area with a new high-speed gondola, surface lifts, beginner area, and an American-style mid-mountain day lodge - see here for a PlanetSKI report from last winter as we visted back in January when we stayed with Mark Warner.

And our senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, was in the resort back in December - see here for her report.

The development  has been widely welcomed though some question whether the extra beds will mean busier slopes without any corresponding expansion of terrain.

For further details then see here.

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