The iconic red gondola which line one of the most renowned pistes in Deux Alpes, the Diable is no more. Replaced by a new fast chair lift the queues should be shorter both to reach the top of this fantastic (if at times snow scarce) black run and the renowned Diable au Couer mountain restaurant – one of the best in the resort.
The Diable run tracks the fall line from the peak until you cut to the right and head back towards 2 Alpes. The point at which you turn is also the start point for the Vallons du Diable off-piste route which is off to the left.
The new lift is likely to reduce the queing time out of the town in the morning has been a major irritant for many.
Interestingly for those who want to remember the old gondola you can, on the 3rd November, pop along to the resort and bid to buy one. They will be be on view at the swimming pool between 10am and noon with the aution starting at 4.30 pm.
Each cabin carries a reserve price of 150€, andshould be be successful you need to collect your gondola with 15 days. You might want to consider though your plan to get your purchase home – as they weigh in at 500kg! It will however make a year round momento of your skiing holiday and be a real talking point for your garden!