New High-Speed La Plagne Gondola In Place

The long-awaited Montalbert gondola – which will zip riders up the mountain five times quicker – will be lifted into place in La Plagne in a weeks’ time.

It currently takes 30-45 minutes to ride from Plagne Montalbert (1350m) up the Fornelet (summit 1970m). The new system reduces the journey time to just 6 minutes and holds 10 people per cabin – increasing capacity from 1800 people per hour to 2,800 and cutting queues.

The resort has invested €11m in its lifts in recent years. The Montalbert gondola plans were delayed last year while work was completed on replacing the Colosses 4-seater chairlift, known and avoided for its lengthy queues, with a high-speed 8-seater. This move doubled its capacity from 2,400 to 4,400 people per hour, taking you from the Bellecote to just above Plagne Village in less than 5 minutes.

Work began in April on the new Montalbert gondola, which replaces the Montalbert and Fornelet chairlifts. Its cabins will be lifted into place on 6 August, testing is due to begin in October and it is expected to open for the start of the season on 19 December.

 

 

Katie Downs

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