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02 November 2019

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The new high speed Flegere Gondola will uplift up to 2,000 skiers and snowboarders per hour, representing a four-fold capacity increase.

Departing from an altitude of 1,060m on the valley floor, it rises 834m to the mid-station at 1,894m and represents an investment of circa €20 million.

FIRST TESTING OF FLEGERE GONDOLAS

With the temperatures starting to plummet rapidly, the construction of the new Flegere ski gondola has taken another significant step forward yesterday as our photos show with the first gondolas, wrapped in their protective packaging, being tested on the line. Operating at a reduced speed they were clearly visible making the 834m ascent from the valley floor to the top station.

 

A significant improvement for this area, each gondola will seat up to 10 people and travel at circa 20kph, uplifting up to four times as many visitors per hour, winter and summer, as the previous system.

Flegere offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc massif and Chamonix below. The original lift system was a cable car which first operated in 1953 and served the valley subsequently for six decades. The old cable provided an uplift of 450 visitors per hour, the new gondola system therefore increasing the hourly capacity by over 1,500.

 

Access into the Flegere car park will also be significantly improved with a new roundabout replacing the junction as our photo below left shows. Improvements to the car parking area are also planned, as well as the bottom and top stations. The former benefitting from 300sqm of space for shops and ticketing operations.

Checkout the Compagnie du Mont Blanc website for further information and  photos:

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