Le Tour and Vallorcine make up the resort of La Balme, the northernmost ski area in the Chamonix valley, right on the border with Switzerland. It has long been overlooked in the valley’s more recent upgrades, such as those at Les Grands Montets and Brevent. Renovating the lift station will be the first phase of a project that aims to improve the ski area by widening the "Bas de Solonge" piste, removing the three drag lifts at the bottom of the Posettes to replace them with a chairlift from the Plat du Caiset up to the Tête de Balme ski lift, and replacing the Autannes chairlift with a newer model.
The cost of the actual work is to be borne by the Compagnie du Mont Blanc and is expected to come in at around 16.6 million euros, plus an extra 2 million euros for securing the work site and the safety of the slopes. The cost of developing the surrounding area of Le Tour village is to be shared between the commune of Chamonix and the Compagnie du Mont Blanc, the amount has not yet been proposed as the details are still under deliberation.
Offices have been set up in Chamonix and Argentiere where anyone can go and view the proposed plans during the week of 20 to 24 March 2017. They will be available at the Maison de Village in Argentière on Monday 20th March from 09:00 to 12:00 and on Thursday 23rd March from from 15:00 to 19:00, or at the Mairie in Chamonix on Tuesday 21st March from 15:00 to 19:00, Wednesday 22nd March from 14:00 to 17:00 and on Friday 24th March from 15:00 to 19:00. You can also view the plans here.