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.
Access & Restrictions for the Lifts in Chamonix
Brevent & Flegere
de la Balme
Les Grands Montets
Aiguille du Midi
Yes, up to Lognan unless not recommended by doctor
Yes, access to the ice cave has many steps
Yes, up to mid-station unless not recommended by doctor
Yes, access to Nid d'Aigle is difficult
Planpraz: from 10 months
Brevent & Index: from 18 months
Yes, up to Lognan from 24 months
Yes, from 12 months
Yes, up to mid-station unless not recommended by doctor; not recommended under 24 months
Yes, up to Belle Vue
Nid d'Aigle: from 24 months
Yes, please advise ahead of visit for groups for more than four chairs
Highest point in the valley, stunning views & access to the Vallee Blanche
At 3842 m the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix offers a 360 degree viewpoint over the French, Swiss and Italian Alps and is the highest point accessible by cable-car in the Chamonix valley. more »
Brevent & Flegere Lifts in Chamonix
Details on the lift system connecting these two ski areas
The Brevent gondola was replaced in 2008 with a fabulous high speed 8-10 person gondola. It takes you from Chamonix itself up to Plan Praz (2000 m) from where you have direct access to the pistes or can set off on a number of beautiful hikes (Grand Balcon Sud, Lac Cornu, Lac Noir). more »
Domaine de Balme Lifts in Le Tour & Vallorcine
Connected ski areas & details of the lift system
The Domaine de Balme area is situated at the top end of the Chamonix Valley where a gondola based in the village of Le Tour brings you to Charamillon at 1856 m and a new cable car from the Vallorcine side brings you up to the Tete de Balme at 2770m. more »
Les Grands Montets Lifts in Argentiere
Access to the wonderful off-piste glacier skiing & Ski area
Access to the Grand Montets area is from the town of Argentiere, about a 15 minute drive past Chamonix (regular buses and trains also serve this route - free with a Carte d'Hôte guest card). more »
Mont-Blanc Tramway from Le Fayet
Get the tram from Le Fayet up to the Nid d'Aigle viewpoint
The Mont-Blanc Tramway runs from the bottom of the valley in Le Fayet all the way up to the Nid d'Aigle at 2372 metres. more »
Montenvers Cog Railway Train from Chamonix
Catch this iconic Chamonix train to Mer de Glace
The little red Montenvers train takes you up to the Mer de Glace and the ice caves via an old rack and pinion railway track, first constructed in 1909. The main interest here is the high alpine environment, the scenery and the glacier. more »