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How to save a ski resort

The Espace Rod d’Enfer straddles the two valleys on either side of the Col de Graydon (1800m). Because it’s tucked out of the way, it’s often very quiet, and consequently there hasn’t been much investment in the lift infrastructure over the last few years. A committee on the Saint Jean d’Aulps sector of the mountain proposed a development plan, which the Mayor of Belleveaux on the other side of the Col, opposed. At the end of Winter ’12, the future of the Espace Roc d’Enfer was uncertain to say the least.

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In the defiant style typical of the local community, a support group was established to highlight the attractions of the Roc d’Enfer ski area. The Association Roc d’Enfer sought to promote the development and proposed upgrade plans, which included the creation of a new chair lift to replace the current drag life at Les Tetes. They also wanted to create a whole new blue piste from the top of the station and a new connection into Graydon from the bottom of Chargeau.

The efforts of local residents, the Association Roc d’Ender and the mayor of St Jean d’Aulps have been successful and the area looks set to thrive this winter. €1.5million has been invested over the last nine months to create a new, 240m drag lift, two new blue runs to double the size of the beginners area, and improved snow-making facilities have been created across the area, making it snow sure all season long.

The Roc d’Enfer is easily accessible from Morzine and Les Gets using the local bus service. If you have a Portes du Soleil lift pass, then access to the ski area is included. If not, lift pass prices are €20.90 per adult and €15.70 per child per day.

Find out more here.

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