From 1962 to 1989: the beginnings of a major resort
The ambitious project was born out of the desire of an intercommunal syndicate of 7 communes to develop the splendid massifs, and the resort was created in 1971, with the construction of access roads and the installation of seven ski lifts. It took almost 15 years to obtain the necessary concessions and the first developments, before seeing the creation of the 1st beds in 1977. A vast real estate project was then developed, with an initial target of 3,500 beds at Prapoutel and 1,200 at Le Pleynet. With this in mind, we had to think in terms of infrastructure and reception facilities.
The end of this period saw the arrival of the first 4-seater chairlifts, notably the La Linguelle chairlift at Pipay, a strategic axis for access to the resort, the Pouta chairlift on the Prapoutel side to reach the summits at 2450 m, and the Oursière chairlift for very snowy slopes. The first sports facilities, such as the climbing wall and the aquatic center, to meet the needs of all.
1989 to 1996: difficulties before renewal
After a promising start, the resort, like others in the département, ran into financial difficulties. The only objective for the years 1992 to 1996 was to maintain a balanced budget, as management could not afford any deficits. This was a difficult period, with 2 years without snow melting the little margin generated. An investment plan was drawn up to make the resort more reliable.