France’s inaugural ski cable car, the Rochebrune cable car at Megève is celebrating its 90th anniversary.
Thanks to the financial support of Charles Viard, a Sallanches-based businessman, this pioneering cable car was built at the base of the Rochebrune mountain in Megève in 1933.
A testament to modernism and innovation, it marked a revolutionary milestone in skiing history by transporting 96 skiers every hour on a ten-minute journey to an elevation of 1,750 metres.
This marvel was a key part of the development of skiing as we know it today, leading to the natural grooming of terrain and the establishment of designated “ski runs.”
In January 2024, the ski lift company will commemorate the 90th anniversary of this iconic “red cabin”, an avant-garde symbol of French skiing and an enduring monument to winter sports.
(image credit: Simon Garnier)
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