The Brevent gondola was replaced in 2008 with a fabulous high speed 8-10 person gondola. It takes you from Chamonix town up to Plan Praz (2000m) from where you have direct access to the pistes in winter, or can set off on a number of beautiful hikes in summer including the Grand Balcon Sud, Lac Cornu and Lac Noir.
Plan Praz is also where you catch the cable car up to the very top of Brevent Ski Area, at 2525m, where you will be treated to 360 degrees of breath-taking views including Mont Blanc, the Aiguille du Midi and most of the Chamonix valley.
The remainder of the lifts at Brevent (which do not open during the summer) consist of of 4-seater chair lifts, as well as the 6-seater Cornu chair lift, and the Stade drag lift - a good way to avoid the bottleneck that occurs at the Parsa chairlift at the end of the day.
Flegere (1894m) lies adjacent to Brevent and is accessed directly by a cable car from Les Praz, the small village a couple of kilometres up the valley beside the golf course. It is a freeriders paradise in winter but this lift can be prone to long queues during high season so it is often quicker to access the area from the Brevent side via the Plan Praz Gondola, the Cornu or Sources chairlifts and the Liason cable car. The Flegere cable car will also close during high wind.
The remainder of the area is all chairlifts, with the exception of the Floria button lift which takes you up to a couple of great red and black runs and some awesome off-piste. Beware - the drag lift has a dog-leg bend in it about ¾ of the way up but it doesn't pose much of a problem if you're steady on your skis.
During summer, the Index chairlift whisks hikers up to 2396m, saving your legs if you're en route to Lac Blanc.
Both Brevent and Flegere are south facing and provide an excellent range of pistes for skiers of all abilities. As mentioned above, in summer many of the classic hiking trails can be accessed by these lifts and from this side of the valley you will also get some of the best viewpoints of the main peaks and surrounding glaciers.
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