2 Alpes funicular

The express dome provides a quick access to the top of the Deux Alpes ski area (3421 m) for skiing but also to contemplate the landscape. The highest funicular in France, it began its operation on July 29th, 1989. This completely underground system has been carved out of a rocky layer, 10 to 40 meters thick, beneath the 100 meters thick layer of ice of the Mont de Lans glacier.

The two vehicles, each equipped with 125 seats, work in a back and forth motion at a speed of 10 m/s for a traffic of 3000 passengers per hour. The bottom station is located 40 meters below the level of the installations of the toe of the glacier: it can be accessed through an inclined elevator. From the top station platforms, the access to the glacier is made via elevators installed in concrete vertical wells.

Data sheet

Administrative
Station DEUX ALPES (LES)
Firm number 380423
Category FUN-Funiculaire
Name DOME EXPRESS
Opening year 1989
Last refurbishment year 1989
Operator DAL
Main manufacturer POMAGALSKI
Authorized up traffic 1500 p/h
Authorized down traffic 1500 p/h
Uphill operating speed 10.0 m/s
Downhill operating speed 10.0 m/s
Technical
Altitude difference 289.0 m
Lower station elevation 3095 m
Upper station elevation 3384 m
Developed lenght 1722.0 m
Horizontal length 1700 m
Spacing 300.0
Maximum gradient (%) 34 %
Average gradient 17 %
Theoretical operating speed 10.0 m/s
Theroretical up traffic 1500 p/h
Theoretical down  traffic 1500 p/h
Motor cab position DOWNSTREAM
Cable
Installation year 1989 (1989 original)
Function Continuous traction
Position
Manufacturer
Ultimate strength (UTS) 172200.0 DecaN
Diameter 52.5 mm
Electrical
Main engine type
Engine power 569.0 kW