According to an official release of the Chamonix Mont-Blanc town hall, a renovation project for the Tour/Balme site was set up in collaboration with the Compagnie du Mont Blanc (CMB) and the residents.
Indeed, the modernization of this site is essential as its attractiveness has been eroded over the years. The first phase of modernization concerns the Tour/Charamillon gondola and its entire replacement by winter 2018/2019.
At the moment, the Charamillon gondola, which runs between the village of Tour and Charamillon have been in service for over thirty years. The gondola serves a red piste, equipped with snow cannons, and allows the direct access to the detachable four-seater chairlift of Autannes.
The six seater gondola, a Montaz-Mautino model was designed to carry 1500 people per hour, but the old mechanism is not reaching anymore that number.
Due to the age of the device, his flow rate was considerably reduced. The installation, whose attendance has increased, is also overloaded during peak periods. The device should soon be replaced due to insufficient flow. In addition, the current buildings of the stations are no longer adapted to the services and the reception of the clientele.