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.
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.
Difference in elevation
2000 passengers/ hour
Number of cabins
3 min 50 seconds
for the project
For the first time in the world, the rescue system was built directly into the gondola carriage.
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.
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
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