SATA Alpe d'Huez is now the only remaining candidate for the lift concession for La Grave...
Favourites to take over the lift concession in La Grave. the Compagnie des Alpes have now pulled out of the race. According to Le Dauphine, the CDA's decision to end negotiations is: 'due to the dispute between Denis Creissels (the current operator) and the town hall of La Grave'. CDA's lift operations extend throughout the Alps including Val d'Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Grave's neighbouring ski resort, Deux Alpes. SATA Alpe d'Huez is now apparently the only remaining candidate.
The new lift operator is due to be announced mid-April, this year but ihe potential choice and the effect on the freeriders' paradise that is La Grave has created plenty of controversy.
Catch our in depth interview with La Grave's American resident mountain guide, Joe Vallone outlining the issues in our feature: What Is The Future For La Grave?