Furthermore, I already imagine the hords who came over from Megeve, trying to get back accross before 4pm.
We’re probably not well placed to comment on this There’s a segment of market whose ideal day out is skiing from one end of a ski area to another and then back. You can see fairly clearly in the PdS that some of the runs are for linking purposes only and not on quality grounds. There seems to be a number of proposed new lifts where it’s a link only and there’s no skiing. A bus really would be cheaper and you can run them after 4pm.
I’d not thought about the aspect of those slopes but I suspect you’re right. I’ve thought something much the same about the proposed Grimentz-Zinal link.
I think the link on Mont Joly is very comparable to the Vaudoise project mentioned here, I think the lift companies correctly identify the desire in one (large) market segment for resorts with huge headline distances but I think they’ve missed the altitude part of the equation. They could have 1000km of linked runs at the north pole but unless it was at 2800m or more then Crystal wouldn’t get any bookings.
I really do feel the avenues for attracting more business apart from spending 100 million on new lifts are being left entirely unexplored. In fact, a lot of them need to answer one simple question, what’s it going to do for the summer business? If the answer’s nothing then they need to go away & have another think IMHO.