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New this summer

Aérolive, a whole new way to climb to the high-altitude area

A La Plagne exclusive and world premiere: 2 cabins quite unlike the others will be added to the recently opened Les Glaciers gondola that climbs to the new arrival point Live 3000, 3,080 m above sea level. Designed by La Plagne and developed by lift constructor POMA, the minimalist cabins are open to the elements to take you to the peak with the wind in your hair. Harnessed and attached by a lifeline, passengers are in direct contact with the environment as there is a slatted floor and no glass in the windows! The lift takes you right to the very peak of La Plagne and a striking Alpine rooftop, with a panoramic terrace and Le Sixième Ciel café.

- Duration of the experience: 30 minutes including a briefing + the ride up in the cabin
- Max. capacity: 6 people
- Minimum height: 1.40 m
- Price: 49 €

Huttopia campsite

The campsite in Champagny-en-Vanoise has been given a facelift! With its skill for finding little gems of sites, Huttopia, the creator of ecotourism accommodation, was won over by the site's potential.
The quintessence of mountain camping, the spirit remains intact: a small campsite that respects the surrounding natural environment, with particular attention paid to the 100 pitches and 15 canvas and wood tents that are “ready for camping”, nothing more, nothing less! The campsite is set in the heart of a larch forest on the banks of the river Doron.
As regards services, the essentials of the “Huttopia touch” are all there: bread delivery, essential groceries and fully renovated washrooms, as well as a common area with board games, ping-pong tables, Molkky, etc. 

- From 14 € / night for a pitch without electricity
- From 37 € / night in an equipped tent, sleeping 2 to 5 people
- Open mid-June to mid-September

Guided e-bike ride

The wow factor of the mountain views is the main argument, as everyone agrees (even the locals, who can't get enough of it!). The village of Champagny-en-Vanoise looks very small down below. So near and yet so far from everyday life, the gîte is just a 10-minute drive down a small, unpaved road. 
On the first floor of a family-owned stone mountain chalet, it has several trump cards up its sleeve: a "natural garden" just outside the door, and a huge 40 m² terrace that is perfect for chilling out. Having the owners just upstairs is a real plus if you need local recommendations and the wood-burning stove is just the thing for cooler evenings!

- Gîte 68 sq. m with 2 bedrooms.
Sleeps up to 6 people
- From 450€ / week

Circular economy When whey becomes a first-hand source of hot water

All year round, during the production of Beaufort cheese, a very cumbersome residue is created: whey, which in volume represents more than 90% of the milk produced. The spreading of this by-product is prohibited. Various recycling solutions exist, but the Plan Pichu pastoral cooperative in Granier, on the Versant du Soleil, wanted to go further by thinking in terms of "recovery" whereby the waste is not simply recycled, but is transformed into energy. After an initial trial season in 2022, the transformation of whey into methane will provide near autonomy for heating the water and milk from this summer.

Plan Pichu Alpine pasture – Key figures

  • 1,600 m to 2,600 m above sea level
  • the bovine workforce: 430 cows, divided into 3 herds
  • the human workforce: 2 cheese makers, 8 cowherds and 1 overseer
  • between mid-June and the end of September: 55 tons of Beaufort cheese produced on site
  • 550,000 litres of milk produced over the summer, producing 500,000 litres of whey
  • around 1,000,000 € investment to create a tool that will last for the next 30 years.

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