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Chamonix lift opening dates & times

Winter Lift Opening Dates

Chamonix’s ski season typically starts in mid December, although if the snow has arrived early and in enough volume, the lifts may open for weekends before this. All lift openings are subject to change, maintenance or bad weather! Check the live lift status on this page for up to the minute information. 

Aiguille du Midi & Step into the Void12th December31st May
Panoramic Mont BlancClosed in winterReopens 22nd May
Montenvers Mer de Glace19th December30th April
Tramway du Mont Blanc19th December5th April
Ski Areas
Brévent12th December*18th April
Flégère12th December*18th April
Le Tour - Balme19th December18th April
Vallorcine - Balme19th December18th April
Grands Montets14th November**2nd May
Les Houches - Bellevue & Prarion5th December*11th April

*Partial opening dependant on snow conditions
**Partial opening dependant on snow conditions. Weekends only 14th Nov-4th Dec.

Summer & Autumn Lift Opening Dates

Many of Chamonix's cable cars, gondolas and chair lifts open in summer to give hikers, mountaineers and sightseers access to the middle and high mountains. Below you'll find the dates they are open this summer, which are subject to change, maintenance and also the weather! Check the live lift status on this page for up to the minute information. 

Aiguille du MidiWeekend: 30th May - 1st June
Weekend: 6th & 7th June
Daily: 13th June
1st November
Step into the Void13th June1st November
Panoramic Mont BlancTBCTBC
Montenvers Mer de Glace4th July18th December
Ice Caves4th July27th September*
Tramway du Mont Blanc13th June20th September
BréventWeekend: 6th & 7th June
Daily: 13th June onwards
20th September
Flégère cable car
Weekends in June
Daily: 4th July
13th September
17th October1st November
Le Tour - BalmeWeekend: 13th & 14th June
Weekend: 20th & 21st June
Weekend: 27th & 28th June
Daily: 4th July
13th September
Vallorcine - BalmeWeekend: 27th & 28th June
Daily: 4th July
30th August
Grands Montets**4th July 6th September
Les Bosson Chair Lift13th June13th September
Les Houches - PrarionWeekends in June
Daily: 4th July
13th September
Les Houches - Bellevue27th June20th September
* Ice caves reopen for the Toussaint holidays (October half term) only 
** Top cable car at Grands Montets closed for repairs

Live Lift Status

Which lifts are first to open? Which are most likely to be closed in high winds or due to heavy snowfall? Find it all here. 

Be sure to check it on a powder day as some ski lifts will open later than usual due to avalanche bombing, you don't want to be left waiting at the bottom of Flegere when everyone else is getting fresh tracks up Brevent!