My South African pal Alex arrived in town last night, and as always he has timed his visit perfectly for the Plan de l'Aiguille to come into excellent condition.
We had originally planned to take the train to Vallorcine to lap the Tete de Balme lift, but the train wasn't running that far (in addition to the road being closed), so the 'Plan' was a fine backup plan. We arrived at 9.30am to find there was a fair crowd and the numbered ticketing system was in effect (collect numbered cards for your group at the desk then wait for your number before joining the queue). With some lift issues we had a bit more of a wait until our number was called for our first lap, but on the next laps there was no queue and no tickets required.
Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley