About the Lift System in Chamonix
Six different lift systems giving access to the beautiful Chamonix mountains
There are six separate lift systems spread throughout the Chamonix Valley, all offering a wide variety of activities. Familiarise yourself with the lift system by taking a look at our articles on the lifts themselves, access and restrictions, and the current status of the lifts. Ski, piste and activity maps can also be found here.
The comprehensive lift system in the Chamonix valley consists of cable cars, gondolas, trains, trams and chairlifts (and a couple of drag lifts at Le Tour and in the beginner's areas). The granddaddy lift of them all is the Aiguille du Midi cable car, which whisks you up to 3842 m from Chamonix town in around 20 minutes. The Vallee Blanche starts at the top of this lift, and it is also a starting point for mountaineers ascending Mont Blanc. The Flegere and the Grand Montets areas are also accessed by cable car, whilst Brevent and Domaine de Balme (Le Tour & Vallorcine) are served by gondolas and Les Houches is serviced by both a cable car and a gondola.
Included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass, is the Montenvers train, which takes you past the Mer de Glace to the Montenvers site at 1913m, and the Mont Blanc Tramway, that takes you from Le Fayet or Saint Gervais (further down the valley), to the Nid d'Aigle at 2372m.
Open in both the winter and summer season you can use the lift system to access all the different areas of the Chamonix Valley, giving you the opportunity to enjoy all the winter and summer activities the mountains have to offer.
In the summer the lift pass prices and the options are slightly different, with some lifts open to pedestrains or mountain bikers only and others open to both pedestrians and mountain bikers it is worht checking the which lifts you can use before setting off. Paragliders also have access to a number of lifts throughout the summer. Have a look at the summer lift options for more detail.