Smart resorts in the French Alps
French ski resorts are becoming increasingly resourceful in offering a connected experience to their visitors : free wifi zones, useful apps, internet of things (IoT). Everything is done to make your stay safer, smoother and more enjoyable. Here are some of the best in class examples :
Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe, the largest ski area in the world, the best worldwide resort in 2016 and also the best connected in France. In addition to 18 wifi zones throughout the pistes, it also features traffic sensors that send data displayed on the resort’s app and on giant screens at the ski lifts, so skiers can devise their best itinerary.
La Plagne is also a giant resort with 425 km of pistes. It offers its visitors a free app allowing them to get information on the weather and traffic, maps, a “find your friends” functionality and more. Some pistes have an automated photo and video system so skiers can see themselves and post their performances on social networks.
Valloire is a smaller resort than the previous 2, but it’s offering 10 wifi hotspots on the slopes connected with optical fiber ! Their app also allows skiers to find out if their facebook friends are also skiing there.
Serre Chevalier is using IoT to make its pistes safer. With beacons and sensors, dangerous behaviours are automatically reported and slopes can be remotely closed down altogether or just for identified trouble makers if necessary. Conditions and traffic can also be accessed from the resort’s free app.