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Dear clients & partners,
In a previous release, we indicated our intention to continue to inform you of developments regarding the closure of the 2nd section of the Aiguille du Midi cable-cars as the expert reports & work progress.
Over the past few days a work group made up of our Aiguille du Midi technicians, the technical director of the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc & various sub-contractors (DCSA, Garaventa, Fatzer…) to make a full enquiry to determine the reasons for the defects detected on the tractor cabe of the 2nd Aiguille du Midi cable-car.
On going to press, this technical diagnosis, in close collaboration with the state certification authorities, is underway & we are already certain that the tractor cable must be changed.
As a result, we must inform you that access to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi is closed to the public throughout this autumn in order to permit all work necessary to change the cable. At the present moment with the elements of the diagnosis in our possession, the reopening is planned for December 2018.
The first cable-car between Chamonix & the Plan de l’Aiguille will remain open until further notice.
During this period, access to a viewpoint of the Mont-Blanc range is maintained by the opening of the Flégère cable-car in the village of Les Praz (2km from Chamonix town centre, in the direction of Argentière, Col des Montets, Switzerland).
Please be informed that the “MONT-BLANC Multipass” of 2 to 21 days will be accepted by the “Skyway” (Courmayeur, Italy) lift system until the complete re-opening of the Aiguille du Midi lift system.
This is in addition to the access granted to “MONT-BLANC Multipass” season passes & “MONT-BLANC Unlimited” annual passes as previously announced.
For any further information regarding our excursion sites & ski areas through September to November 2018, please consult our web-site :
Compagnie du Mont-Blanc
In the early afternoon of Tuesday 11th September, a fire broke out during work to repair the roofing of the upper station of the 1st cable-car between Argentière & Lognan (Les Grands Montets ski area). This work was entrusted to a specialist sub-contractor.
The fire spread almost instantaneously throughout all the buildings of the arrival station, creating severe damage to the infrastructures of the two cable-cars.
Of the eight cables which equip the two sections of the cable-car, five gave way as a result of the heat generated by the fire causing one cabin at the top of the Grands Montets to plunge onto the glacier below, the second cabin being immobilized on its bearer cables.
As far as the lower section between Argentière & Lognan is concerned, one cabin is retained by its bearer cable & the other by the tractor cable.
Thankfully, there are no victims.
The investigations will continue during the coming days before the reconstruction work may begin, work which will take a goodly number of months.
To face up to this new ordeal, the teams at the Grands Montets with the backing of all the staff of the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, will make every effort to permit visitors & partners to access the two cables car of the Grands Montets ski area as soon as possible.
Despite being deprived of its two cable-cars, the Grands Montets ski area will be open for the winter season with access via the Plan Joran gondola, ski on the Lognan plateau with the new chair-lift giving access to the new beginners’ zone as well as all the trails accessible from the Bochard gondola & the Herse & Retour Pendant chair-lifts.
Naturally, you will be kept up to date as the situation develops.
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