A handy queue-jump alternative to the Oeufs Blancs Gondola.
Based at the Alpe de Mont-de-Lans end of the main base-area slopes, and easy to reach from the Demoiselles
slopes; it is also accessible via the easy cross-slopes traverse tracks from the central/southern end of the base area.
The ground surrounding the lift terminal is slightly raised, so you need to maintain momentum to reach the turnstiles when approaching on-piste from the slopes above. The queue platform is surfaced with dry-ski matting to allow access even when snow cover is sparse.
The lift travels up over the Valentin piste
, then underneath the crossing line of the Village 1800 chairlift
just before cresting the ridge; the entrance to the Valentin
is visible immediately below at that point, dropping off the traversing track of the Demoiselles route
at the upper terminal there is a good view down into the Thuit Coomb (beyond the fence ahead): dismount to the right and head off past the adjacent information post & piste-patrol hut to reach the nearby Ancontres button tow, for the easiest link onwards up the slope towards the main sector interchange hub at Cretes 2100
; or, veer down to the skier's right, parallel to the line of this same [Belle Etoile] chairlift, in order to reach the nearby Cretes chairlift
which links with Diable 2400
; or, bypass that lift to start the Demoiselles
and/or the Valentin
, leading back to Les Deux Alpes' base area.