Chamonix Valley Cable Car Station Fire at Argentiere

Chamonix Valley Cable Car Station Fire at Argentiere
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Chamonix Valley Cable Car Station Fire at Argentiere

A major fire which began yesterday afternoon at the Lognan mid-station in Argentière in the Chamonix Valley appears to have completely destroyed the station. One lift employee is said to be, "slightly injured."[b]
A statement from Chamonix's mayor's office said,
"Since cables have fallen or threatened to fall, some nearby houses have been evacuated and the passage under the cables and road to la Rosière, has been closed to traffic."

The Lognan cable car to 1972m is the route up to some of the Chamonix Valley's highest slopes via the Grands Montets cable car to 3300m at the foot of the Aiguille Verte.
www  The Snow Hunter

Not good news at all; can't see that being back in action any time soon.

We'll update this with Argentiere's plans for the season as soon as they're decided.
The Admin Man
The Compagnie du Mont-Blanc has issued a press release about the fire and a revised piste map The loss of revenue for the coming season caused by the closure of the Grands Montets cable car is estimated at 10 million Euros.

The Herse chairlift and the Plan Joran télécabine are also reported to have been damaged by falling ropes.

Latest reports suggest that the machine rooms for both cable cars, which are both located below and behind the cabin docks at the Logon station are more or less undamaged, so it is conceivably possible that the instalations could be repaired in time for the 2019/20 season.

However, as they are very old (they were built in 1962-63) and by modern standards have very limited capacity (730/700 passengers/hour). I personally don't think it's worth the trouble and expense, IMO a far better solution would be to knock the whole lot down and build something new.
Compagnie du Mont-Blanc's statement from the 12th September, in full :-

Grands Montets ski area opening informations

Chamonix 12/09/2018,

In the early afternoon of Tuesday 11th September, a fire broke out during work to repair the roofing of the upper station of the 1st cable-car between Argentière & Lognan (Les Grands Montets ski area). This work was entrusted to a specialist sub-contractor.
The fire spread almost instantaneously throughout all the buildings of the arrival station, creating severe damage to the infrastructures of the two cable-cars.
Of the eight cables which equip the two sections of the cable-car, five gave way as a result of the heat generated by the fire causing one cabin at the top of the Grands Montets to plunge onto the glacier below, the second cabin being immobilized on its bearer cables.
As far as the lower section between Argentière & Lognan is concerned, one cabin is retained by its bearer cable & the other by the tractor cable.

Thankfully, there are no victims.

The investigations will continue during the coming days before the reconstruction work may begin, work which will take a goodly number of months.
To face up to this new ordeal, the teams at the Grands Montets with the backing of all the staff of the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, will make every effort to permit visitors & partners to access the two cables car of the Grands Montets ski area as soon as possible.

Despite being deprived of its two cable-cars, the Grands Montets ski area will be open for the winter season with access via the Plan Joran gondola, ski on the Lognan plateau with the new chair-lift giving access to the new beginners' zone as well as all the trails accessible from the Bochard gondola & the Herse & Retour Pendant chair-lifts.

Naturally, you will be kept up to date as the situation develops.

Compagnie du Mont-Blanc,88,en.html

In addition to which, the top half of the Aiguille du Midi cable-car is out of action until December 2018.
The Admin Man

Topic last updated on 14-September-2018 at 12:00

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