If you’re wondering what to do in Chamonix, make your first port of call the Aiguille du Midi cable car to catch the finest view in Chamonix. Ascend to the dizzying height of 3842m via the Aiguille du Midi cable car, and then up a short elevator ride to the top. Freak your kids out (& yourselves!) by standing in the glass box suspended over a horrifying 1000m. What’s not to love?
Not only that. The 360 degree panoramic views over the French, Swiss & Italian Alps are stunning. Plus it’s the closest you can get to the jewel in the crown, Mont Blanc, without strapping on crampons, wielding an ice axe & hiring a guide. A ride up the Aiguille du Midi is definitely a go go for families who love adventure, and this glass Mont Blanc box is a huge new draw to one of the most popular Chamonix attractions.
The queue atmosphere was upbeat with anticipation with the main interest checking out the ‘mouffles’ (slippers) that each user are asked to wear to prevent scratching the glass. Our girls were captivated by the equipment that one member of staff was deftly using to move different sized slippers into range for users approaching the front of the queue. The slipper picker-upper, a rod with a pincer like movement (not unlike a litter picker rod) was used to prevent multiple bend downs to pick up slippers to give to new users. Fascinated by this, the queue time shrunk into mere minutes and we were shown our way into the glass box before we knew it. The staff operating the experience were fantastic, happily taking a multitude of photos of each visitor in turn.
We were lucky with the short queue on our visit to the Mont Blanc glass box. I have heard of long queues so I would definitely recommend visiting first thing before the queues start. Opening times vary, so check ahead before going.
TOP TIP: After the staff have taken a raft of photos of you standing in the void, ask them ever so nicely if they could open the exit door (less than 1 metre away) and take a snap of you from outside of the cube. How cool would that photo be? Well worth the ask my friend. Something I will definitely do next time.
We would definitely recommend this day trip to families visiting Chamonix. The new ‘Step into the Void’ Mont Blanc box is definitely a winner for kids. Plus the woo factor of the pendulum swing of the cable car’s return descent over the pylons will leave them with a smile on their face. A must do day out whilst visiting Chamonix.
PRACTICAL INFO VISITING THE AIGUILLE DU MIDI CABLE CAR
- Children under 3 are not permitted up to the top because of the high altitude.
- Children under 2 are not permitted to the mid-station.
- Elderly people have access up to the mid-station unless doctors have advised against such high altitude activities.
- The air is much thinner at altitude so breathing can be an issue for some people. Be mindful of this if you are elderly or suffer from heart or breathing problems. Whilst you may not notice it initially, after an hour or so at that altitude, you can begin to feel a little lightheaded, so take it easy and don’t rush. Breathing apparatus is available in medical emergencies.
PRICE OF THE AIGUILLE DU MIDI CABLE CAR
Family pass: 186 € (2 adults + 2 children & 3rd, 4th and 5th of the same family are free)
One way ticket for adult: 49 €
Round-trip ticket for adult: 60 €
One way ticket for a child (5-14 years): 41.70 €
Round-trip ticket for a child (5-14 years): 51 €
Free entry for children < 5 years