/ Aiguille du Midi Cable Car
Not exactly cheap these days!
Zermatt to matterhorn - 90 swiss franc 2 years ago, thats about £80 return
I used to catch the ferique and sleep in the old Abri Simond hut sometimes because it was cheaper (and more fun) than being in the valley.
Do they still let you doss in the Midi station itself, used to do it all the time but that was a few years back during a more enlightened age!
Ah, so you haven't come across the Compagnie du Mont Blanc before. They are simply robbing bastards. Talk about Chamonix mafia.
I don't think they actually want you to walk anywhere (lost revenue!). When I looked at their website, a popup appeared for a return on the Midi and a Montenvers return (same day) for 54E, which struck me as being not such a bad deal.
Provided you don't want to actually do anything except look at the view in both places.
They are far far too strong a presence in the Chamonix valley. They do more or less what they want and no-one seems to be able to stop them. Actually, when their regular Midi return is compared to Zermatt > Klein Matterhorn return, it doesn't seem so outrageous. The Zermatt mafia really seem to have it sorted. Z > KM is three stages though...
Must admit, I don't understand the Midi and Montenvers deal that you refer to. It's not like they're competing with anyone, and of course they'd be taking seats away from full whack paying customers.
I'd be interested in knowing more about these Mafiosi families who control all the resources in the Alps; my understanding is that they extract money from tourists all year round by doing ski guiding in winter then running shops and bars in summer.
I've always found buying a 10 day none consecutive pass for the entire valley is pretty good value for money (165,00 €) gives you access to everything, you can use the lifts on bad weather days / rest days and if the weather gets really shit you can go home knowing you can sell the lift pass to a tourist at the midi for 30 euros (best deal they will get in chamonix!).
Conseil de visite :
Je visite l'Aiguille du Midi le matin et la Mer de Glace l'après-midi
Bon Plan :
Le Mont-Blanc MultiPass à la journée pour 54€ (tarif adulte)
Le forfait Famille : 2 adultes + 1 jeune payants, les autres jeunes gratuits (dans la limite de 4 gratuités)
I suspect it's the same as other hegemonies - it's not so much "the bums on the seats" as it is the profits from high margin ancillary services (food, drink, les cristeaux, the 'phrique down to the glacier (which is a much longer walk than it used to be!), etc.
Think you're probably right. Hadn't thought of drinks and food.
But they probably really hate climbers!
I assume this means you did your bit to help last week?
1) significantly cheaper
2) far less frantic
3) friendlier and more helpful
4) much more civilised
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