La Tzoumaz safe during 4-Valleys spat over income split

Verbier Grand Ski area, linking La Tzoumaz, Verbier and Bruson to the Mont Fort area

Verbier Grand Ski area, linking La Tzoumaz, Verbier and Bruson to the Mont Fort area

Verbier-Savoleyres ski area, linking all of our local La Tzoumaz slopes with those accessed by the new lift to the Bruson area on the far side of the valley

Verbier-Savoleyres ski area, linking all of our local La Tzoumaz slopes with those accessed by the new lift to the Bruson area on the far side of the valley

Phew!  With Monday’s shocking news that Televerbier and Telenendaz/Televeysonnaz had failed to reach agreement over how to split the income from the 4th Valley of Thyon 2000 and that they have no agreement to offer a combined 4-Valleys lift-pass for the winter, you might be wondering how this could affect life in La Tzoumaz.  The good news is that La Tzoumaz remains in strategic partnership with Verbier, and rests firmly included in both the Verbier Grand Ski lift-pass and the smaller Verbier-Savoleyres lift-pass.  Unfortunately for Siviez, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon, people staying there will not be able to access the Verbier lifts with their passes, effectively cutting them off from the world-famous resort, and dividing up one of Europe’s largest ski areas.  Critically, the Verbier Grand Ski pass will still give full access to Mont Fort and its legendary off-piste runs.  Whilst we still hope that the companies will come to an agreement on a combined 4-Valleys lift-pass before the ski season starts in mid-December, it is reassuring to know that at least we will have access to our favourite runs in the Savoleyres, Gentianes-Tortin, Chassoure and Mont Gele areas, along with the Attelas and Mont-Fort area to the Tortin, Bruson and of course, the magnificent Col des Mines and Vallon d’Arbi itinerary to bring us home to La Tzoumaz in style.  Of course these developments may lead to an increase in bookings here in La Tzoumaz as we are currently the only lower-cost satellite resort still attached to the Verbier brand, so our advice is to get your holiday booked early this year!

 

Read more background on the recent developments here:

http://www.planetski.eu/news/6119

http://www.performanceverbier.com/2014/06/is-it-really-the-end-of-the-4-valleys-should-we-be-worried/

5 comments

    Kart sur glace Verbier
    June 25, 2014
    Any up date on the 4 valleys? Are we all buying 2 ski passes for the winter season? How many people have booked else where due to the news on the 4 valleys?
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      percyanna
      June 25, 2014
      Hi Kart sur glace Verbier. Thankfully all parties agreed to mediation and this is now underway. We still have our fingers crossed that a solution will be found for the start of the ski season. Despite the uncertainty, 4vallees4saisons.com is not seeing a drop in bookings. We manage around forty rental chalets and apartments and are seeing our highest booking rates in four years, with New Year nearly booked out already!
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john Hatton
June 25, 2014
Hi Guys Any further news, heard that mediation had started, surely common sense will prevail and they will all make friends ???
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    percyanna
    June 25, 2014
    Hi John, We'd love everyone to make friends as soon as possible, and it seems that the mediator is working hard to achieve that. Here’s a rough translation of a Canal9 interview with Jacques Melly, the mediator on 19th August, just after the first mediation session: JM: There is an understanding of the situation and confirmation that there is a real willingness to find a solution for this winter. Canal9: Does that mean that we may be looking at a two-part solution, where we find a short-term solution for this year, and then spend more time looking for an ongoing solution? JM: In French, whenever we talk about a list of issues we usually say that we are in the middle of the waters, but here we are still at the port, waiting for the ferry so we can start the crossing. In reality there is a whole series of issues to resolve and we hope that through this series of mediation sessions, we will be able to resolve as many as possible in as short a time as possible. Although no timetable has been shared, there is apparently an agreed calendar of future meetings and so we’ll keep you posted when we hear any further news.
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