In the heart of the valley, the Flegere cable car accesses some of the finest high Alpine walks in Europe. Chamonix classics like the Lac Blanc walk to a beautiful pale green mountain lake, or the Brand Balcon Sud, with spectacular Mont Blanc views, all start here.

 

 On the way to Lac Blanc

 

In winter, it accesses Chamonix's sunniest slopes, with something for all levels. It's worth getting up to catch the first lift on powder days or peak times like school holidays, as there can be queues for the gondola at these times, and an early start is advised to avoid them.Once up to the midstation, things are more relaxed.

Flegere clouds 

It's linked to Brevent - the ski area closest to Chamonix town, so you can get all the way back down to either Les Praz or Chamonix when there's enough snow. Les Rhododendrons, near the Flegere base, is a lovely spot for apres, with relaxed live acoustic music and a friendly atmosphere.

 Winter sunset from Flegere