It really happened. What everyone quietly expected and definitely had also hoped for happened: Les Quatre Vallées continues to be one ski area. And not just for the coming season. No, all uncertainty is gone now by continuing the cooperation for the next 18 years.
One ski area
That means no Verbier Grand Ski or Espace Mont Fort or any of the other new areas that would arise. It's great news for everybody working in tourism in Verbier, Nendaz and Veysonnaz and the other villages, because a connected Les Quatre Vallées is obviously better than just individual parts.
A bit late
Too bad that it had to come so far, because I expect some damage this winter in terms of less bookings and things like that. There are tour operators who have not displayed the area in their brochures and also the bookings at ski schools are still lagging a bit, as we heard from locals. But hey, there's still plenty of time to book a trip to the area before winter really kicks in. Anyway, for the long term, it is settled and we can continue to enjoy all the beautiful lines in Les Quatre Vallées.