If you've ever skied in Samoens you will have no doubt spotted the famous red cabins of the Vercland gondola which has been in operation since way back in 1973. This lift provided the original link up to Samoens 1600. The arrival of the luxurious Grand Massif Express in 2013 then became the more popular link between Samoens and the Grand Massif network. The old gondola more than makes up for its lack of luxury with a heavy dose of 'vintage character'! However, winter 2019-20 will be it's last as we wish it a happy retirement at the end of the season. It will be replaced by a brand new 10 seater Gondola ready for December 2020.
The new gondola will feature 10 seat cabins and travel from Vercland to Samoens 1600 in an impressive 7 minutes. Extensive works will be carried out to improve the parking and optimise the flow of traffic around the base station, including an increased shuttle service.
This is great news for the increasingly popular hamlet of Vercland and will also help to reduce the load on the Grand Massif Express gondola in Samoens during peak periods.