Today, during part of the daily inspection routine, the Compagnie du Mont Blanc discovered a technical problem with the bull wheel of the Planpraz gondola which had been replaced during last autumn.
During this morning’s visit by a team from the gondola’s constructor, they discovered that there were broken ball-bearings within the bull wheel.
This construction defect means the closure of the lift with immediate effect in order to change the ball bearings in question. Hence the lift, Planpraz gondola will be closed until Thursday 24th January 2019 inclusive.
The Brévent ski area will remain open to skiers with a daily access from 10h 30 onwards via the liaison cable-car from the Flégère ski area.
The CMB also said that their internal teams, alongside those of the lift builder, will do their utmost to ensure that the repairs are carried out as rapidly as possible.
Chamonix.net will keep you informed to confirm the date of return to normal service of the Planpraz gondola.