About the Ski Lift System in Chamonix
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 below where you'll find information on access and restrictions, current lift status, and piste maps.
The Chamonix valley lift system consists of cable cars, gondolas, trains, trams, chairlifts and a few drag lifts. The granddaddy of them all is the Aiguille du Midi cable car, which whisks you up to 3842m 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. La Flegere and Les Grand Montets are also accessed by cable car, whilst Brevent and Domaine de Balme (Le Tour & Vallorcine) are served by gondolas; Les Houches has both a cable car and a gondola.
Included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass, is the Montenvers train that takes you up to the Mer de Glace 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 Summer, the Summer Lift Pass Prices and the Summer Lift Pass Options are slightly different, with some lifts open to pedestrians or mountain bikers only and others open to both pedestrians and mountain bikers - it is worth checking the which lifts you can use before setting off. Paragliders also have access to a number of lifts throughout the summer. See which lifts are open in summer in our Summer Lifts Guide.
|Aiguille du Midi||Montenvers / Mer de Glace||Tramway du Mont Blanc||Grands Montets||Brevent & Flegere||Le Tour & Vallorcine||Les Houches|
|Yes, up to mid-station unless not recommended by doctor||Yes, although access to the ice cave has hundreds of steps||Yes, but difficult access at Nid d'Aigle||Yes, up to top-station unless not recommended by doctor||Yes||Yes||Yes, unless not recommended by doctor|
|Babies||Yes, up to mid-station from 24 months, unless not recommended by doctor.
Summit not permitted to children under 3 years.
|Yes, from 12 months||Yes, from 12 months at Col de Vosa & from 24 months at Nid d'Aigle||Yes from 18 months old to mid station, not advised for children under 3 to go to the top||Yes, Planpraz & Flegere from 12 months,
Brevent & Index from 24 months
|Yes, from 12 months||Yes, from 6 months old|
|Wheelchair Access||Yes||Yes, please advise ahead of visit for groups for more than four chairs. No access to ice cave||Yes, up to the Col de Voza 2 wheelchairs per train||Yes if accompanied to mid station only||Yes - to all cable cars and gondolas, not possible on Index chairlift||Yes||Yes at Prarion, No at Bellevue|
|Yes, at base-station and at the summit. Not available at Plan Praz||No||Yes at the Col de Voza||Yes at mid station||Yes at Plan Praz and Flegere but not at summit of Brevent||Yes, at Charamillon||Yes at the bottom of Prarion|
|Dogs||No||Yes, must be kept on lead||Yes, must be kept on lead||Yes, must be kept on lead||Yes, but prohibited in the nature reserve||Yes, must be kept on lead||Yes, must be kept on lead|
|Parapentes||Yes, but not during July/August||No||No||Yes||Yes||No (but Speed-riding possible in winter)||No (but Speed-riding possible in winter)|
|No||No||First & last train of the day in summer only, numbers limited||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
(paid at Grepon)
|Yes (other side of road at Planards)||Yes||Yes||Yes (Brevent - paid, Flegere free)||Yes||Yes|
|Reservations Required||Recommended during peak season||No, except groups||No||Top cable car in winter only||No||No||No|