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Ski Lift System in Chamonix

Discover the top Chamonix ski lifts

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.

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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. 

Find out about the Ski Pass Options and the Ski Pass Prices before venturing on the lifts in the winter and check out the lift pass offers to see if you can make any savings when booking in advance.

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.

Lift Access and Restrictions
  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
Lockers No No No No No No No
Reservations Required Recommended during peak season No, except groups No Top cable car in winter only No No No
An image of the Aiguille du Midi cable car in Chamonix Mont Blanc

Aiguille du Midi Ski Lift, Chamonix

Highest point in the valley, stunning views & access to the Vallee Blanche more

Tramway Du Mont-Blanc, Chamonix

Tramway du Mont-Blanc, Les Houches

A classic tramway from St Gervais Le Fayet up to the Nid d'Aigle more

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