New high-tech gondola replaces Les Prodains cable car in Avoriaz
The long-awaited new Les Prodains lift will carry between 2,000 and 2,400 passengers per hour, depositing passengers in Jean Vuarnet square in Avoriaz in just four minutes.
The slow link has been a long-standing problem with the area, particularly when Avoriaz snow attracts visitors from Morzine.
The new lift, which opens on 15 February 2013, is Swiss-made “3s technology”. It has two carrying cables, for maximum stability, and one hauling cable so the lifts will move around continuously.
Twelve cars, with seating for 35 passengers, will whisk skiers up the mountain at seven meters per second. The top station will be partly underground to improve the flow of skiers. Until it opens, the old cable car will keep ferrying people up the mountain.
Last season, links were improved between Châtel and Avoriaz with a new six-pack replacing the Rochassons double chair from Plaine Dranse.
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