As the Vanoise Express celebrates its 10th birthday, plans for another similarly ambitious project are resurfacing.
|Le Dauphiné, 17 October 2013|
It's been muttered about for decades, indeed for some 40 years. A rudimentary cable car was set up to transport materials up the mountain during the constuction of Flaine, and apparently an electricity pylon remains to mark the spot.
|The engineering challenge is making sure the lift|
can cope with the steep cliffs and wind on the Magland side
|Middle station at Les Carroz (1100m)|
From a technical point of view, the plans seem to be well advanced. The route would take in 1,350m vertical, with 6 pylons. There would be several large cabins, rather than a gondola-style lift. It would use some of the latest technology (along the lines of that recently deployed at Avoriaz, apparently). Meanwhile, the latest economic feasibility studies are positive, despite the crisis. That said, funding from regional and national government would be needed, given the €80m cost.
Perhaps more importantly, it does not appear to have universal support locally. Politicians from rival ski areas (eg St Gervais) are not particularly keen, while those from the valleys (eg Sallanches) are rather more positive about the idea...
For more on what to expect when you do get up the mountain, click here.