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The history of 7 Laux

Prapoutel - Pipay - Le Pleynet

The history of 7 Laux

A development that has experienced steady growth since 1962

The story of Les 7 Laux can be written in different major sections, each one profoundly marking this emblematic place. From its birth in 1962, the resort has become very popular stemming from the desire of the intermunicipal syndicate to develop the Massif des Fanges, Roche Noire and Les 7 Laux with major investments in 1996.

If Les 7 Laux is recognized today as one of the favorite skiing destinations of Grenoble, there are three major stages in its history that led to this recognition

From 1962 to 1991: the early stages of a large estate

There could be nothing more than a desire for the intercommunal syndicate of 7 municipalities to develop splendid mountains and give rise to an ambitious project. It takes almost 15 years to obtain the necessary concessions and start the first facilities, before seeing the creation of the 1st beds in 1977. A large real estate project is developing, with a target of 3500 beds in Prapoutel and 1200 beds in Pleynet. Coupled with this, the next thought is about the infrastructure and welcome amenities.

First 4-seater chairlifts, particularly La Linguelle strategic axis in the access to the resort, Le Pouta on the side of Prapoutel to reach the summit at 2450 m and L’oursière for very snowy slopes. First sports facilities such as the climbing wall area or aquatic center to meet the needs of everyone.

From 1992 to 1996: Challenges before renaissance

After a promising start, the resort like some others experiences some financial difficulties before bouncing back and knowing good times

From 1996 to 2010: Revival and years of prosperity

New investments and mechanical developments such as the TSF du Lac and the artificial snow are a real new breath for the resort. Incredible seasons pave the way for more modern and numerous mechanical investments to boost frequency of visits and reputation of 7 Laux. 2009 and 2010 registered the best seasons in terms of visits.

From 2011 till date: a resort known for its adaptability

Since 2011, the ski seasons follow each other and are not similar. The weather and snow conditions are fickle, but thanks to the artificial snow and the ski lifts giving room to ski at high altitude similar to the side of Prapoutel, it is possible to satisfy the skiers every year.

The 7 Laux are also developed to offer many activities in the summer and can host holiday makers in search of new sensations and experiences in the mountains.

Did you know

The 7 Laux, contains three sites: Prapoutel and Pipay on the side of the Isère valley and the Pleynet on the side of the Haute-Breda valley

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