France – La Plagne (Savoie) – 2003

Vanoise Express

The emblematic ropeway of the Vanoise Massif mountain range gave rise to the vast Paradiski skiing area in 2003. It held the record as the biggest cabin in the world until 2016.

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The project

The creation of this unique link between the two valleys of the Les Arcs skiing area and the La Plagne skiing area, created the largest skiing area in the world. The Vanoise Express ropeway is an exceptional structure that offers unique service flexibility.


It welcomes its 200 passengers on two levels in duplex cabins designed to allow simultaneous loading and unloading, ensuring minimal waiting times and a continuous flow.

It operates on two separate lines that run 380 m above ground level, transporting passengers the 1.8 km distance between Peisey-Vallandry station and Les Coches station in 4 minutes.


In Motion





1824 m

Difference in elevation

64 m


2000 passengers/ hour



12,5 m/s

Number of cabins


Cabin capacity

200 passengers


Journey time

3 min 50 seconds

POMA, innovation

for the project

Unrivalled technology

For the first time in the world, the rescue system was built directly into the gondola carriage.


Discrete ropeway

The crossing of Ponturin Valley is practically level with no towers. This means that the installation blends into the landscape. The stations designed by architect Bernard Taillefer, the creator of the Les Arcs station, resemble a wood, metal and concrete refuge; a modern and very aesthetic architecture nestled between the peaks of Les Arcs.

High-performance cabins

The cabins offer a number of experiences: interior by the French fashion designer Castelbajac, a fine-dining restaurant and a dizzying thrill. With a transparent glass plate built into the floor of the lower level of the two Vanoise Express cabins, the Vanoise Express never ceases to amaze the Paradiski skiers.

A challenging setting

The running of the ropes between the two valleys was an unprecedented challenge. It took several months of preparation work on site, carried out in partnership with the company Trefileurope.

Vanoise Express in pictures


POMA mountain projects:

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American Eagle

United States – Copper Mountain, Colorado – 2018

How the west was won: the American Eagle is the first TELEMIX® ropeway installed in the United States by the POMA Group. Passengers settle into one of the six-seater chairs and eight-seater gondolas to reach the top of the slopes or the high-altitude restaurant.



France – Courchevel – 2018

The Les 3 Vallées company entrusted POMA with the construction of the new emblematic gondola lift of Les Grangettes. A true link between Courchevel Village and Courchevel 1850, the gondola lift is operated every day until 11 pm. It is a busy link and has opened the door to peri-urban rope transport in the mountains.



Russia – Arkhyz – 2018

Northern Caucasus Resort is continuing its development project, which began in 2011 in the Caucasus mountains, and has an impressive 10-seat 3.8 km gondola lift with 3 sections on its north slope.



Meihuashan Lift-1 et 2

In China, the Meihuashan gondola lift is a valley elevator at the heart of a year-round tourism project


Treeline Cirque

United States – Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows (California) – 2019

Leitner Poma of America, a long-standing partner of the Alpine Meadows ski resort, replaced the 1996 Hot Wheels fixed-grip chairlift this year with a new higher-performance 4-seater detachable chairlift, and took the opportunity to improve the route.



France – Loudenvielle Peyragudes – 2019

The “Skyvall” gondola lift is a link between the village of Loudenvielle, with its lake and its recreational spa, and the ski resort of Peyragudes. Since the summer of 2020, it has helped improve the year-round appeal of this beautiful valley in the Pyrenees.


Ski Indoor Dubaï

United Arab Emirates – Dubai – 2005

The Souk Al Nakheel fixed chairlift is the main installation of Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski centre of its kind in the Persian Gulf region, and the most famous in the world.



China – Cuiyunshan – 2017

A superb 6/8 Telemix®, combining 6-seater chairs with protective hoods and 8-person Diamond cabins, was deployed in Cuiyunshan, a new station near Chongli, four hours by road from Beijing.


Diablerets Express

Switzerland – Diablerets – 2018

In French-speaking Switzerland, customer and operator comfort was the primary focus of the Diablerets station restructuring project. The eponymous gondola lift therefore replaces a chairlift to enhance skier comfort, and is equipped with a SmartBoard control console to ensure optimum operator comfort.


American Flyer

United States – Copper Mountain (Colorado) – 2018

The American Flyer may be the world’s longest bubble chairlift; in any case, it is the longest one manufactured by the POMA Group on American soil.


Arcs Express

France – Bourg Saint-Maurice – 2019

An emblematic feature of the valley for more than 30 years, the funicular railway of Saint Maurice was one of the first elevators in the Alps. It was renovated in 2019. A pioneer in multimodal travel, Bourg Saint Maurice offers thousands of skiers and daily users a direct link between the skiing area of Les Arcs and the railway network in just 7 minutes.