A new Orelle-Val Thorens gondola link via Cime Caron, accessible on skis and on foot

The 21/22 season saw the completion of the programme to replace the "3 Vallées Express" gondola lift with the new Orelle gondola lift, as well as the creation of a second, independent lift (TC Orelle-Caron) leading to the summit of Cime Caron.

They have made possible a direct link between Val Thorens and Orelle by gondola (on skis or on foot). This link, made possible thanks to the support of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region, allows visitors arriving from the Maurienne Valley to access Val Thorens, via the mythical Cime Caron and its 360° panorama of the Alps.

It is accessible to skiers and pedestrians wishing to go directly to Val Thorens without using the slopes or the road. Once they have reached the summit of Cime Caron, they can take the cable car of the same name to reach the heart of the Val Thorens resort, all in 45 minutes, "feet dry", with their luggage.

Opening of a new access road

Plan Orelle / Cime Caron
Plan Orelle / Cime Caron

By making the Cime Caron accessible to pedestrians from Orelle and providing a link to Val Thorens, including for luggage, the two resorts are opening up a new access route to Val Thorens and the 3 Valleys. Holidaymakers from Italy and the rest of Europe will be able to avoid the traffic jams in the Tarentaise to get to Val Thorens.
All they have to do is continue on the Maurienne motorway, exit at Orelle, park their car in the free car park and go straight to the ski lifts. Thanks to a special offer of pedestrian passes, visitors can enjoy an immediate "high mountain" experience by savouring the panorama from the summit of Cime Caron, at an altitude of 3,200m.

In figures

  • 2 TIMES MORE FLOW, i.e. 2,500 people/hour maximum flow rate
  • 7 METRES/SECOND these gondolas are among the fastest in France
  • 20 MINUTES from Orelle to reach Cime Caron
  • A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES between Orelle and Val Thorens

1st "ORELLE" section: Orelle-Plan Bouchet link

  • 4,997 M in length
  • 1,462 M vertical drop
  • 87 cabins

2nd "Orelle - Cime Caron" section: Plan Bouchet - Cime Caron link

  • 6 MIN AND 50 SEC cable car ride up to Cime Caron
  • 2 235 M in length
  • 820 M vertical drop
  • 44 cabins


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