Chamonix lifts partial opening

Chamonix Mont Blanc Aiguille du Midi lift cable car
Chamonix Mont Blanc Aiguille du Midi lift cable car

Finally, some good news from Chamonix Mont Blanc. Corona Virus Groundhog Day looks set to end on May 11 with France scheduled to be lifting some of the strict measures that have been in place to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Here in Chamonix, the lift operators Compagnie du Mont Blanc intend to open up the Aiguille du Midi and the Montenvers mountain train for weekend business from the 16 Mai, albeit with stringent new social distancing rules. The Aiguille du Midi telecabines that normally carry 80 at a time will now only take 30 people at once. Similarly, the Montenvers train with its normal capacity of 200 passengers will be reduced to 80. Masks will be obligatory and made available for passengers by the Compagnie du Mont Blanc, although they do advise travellers to bring their own masks so as to be sure of their own personal hygiene.

The French government will announce tonight if the ‘deconfinement’, planned to start in ‘Green Areas’ across France from Monday 11 May, will actually take place, and if so, which departments will be declared as Green. Chamonix Mont Blanc currently lies in an undecided Orange zone, so the decision could still go either way.

Regardless, Chamonix and the Compagnie du Mont Blanc remain positive that there is light at the end of this long, dark tunnel we have been travelling through and plans are all in place for Chamonix to reopen and offer some much needed outdoor space and fresh mountain air for those close enough to get here.

More information here (in French) at FranceBlue’s website