Glacier des Bossons

Glacier des Bossons, Chamonix: Address, Glacier des Bossons Reviews: 4.5/5

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tracyjarratt
West Midlands, UK21 contributions
As non skiers we decided to take the gondala up to the top of the mountain to see the glacier and it was well woth it. It takes about 45 mins to get to the top. We got off at the first stop and had a drink and admired the view before getting back on the gondola and making it to the top. The views are breath taking and it is so quiet and peachful up there . We spent about half hour up there taking photos and watching the skiers before we came back down. So glad we decided to do it.
Written March 19, 2020
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DPMALLIC
London, UK2,298 contributions
Family
On our third day at Chamonix, after seeing Prarion and enjoying Tramway du Mont Blanc, we decided to go to Glacier Bossons.
So, on 3rd September 2013 at 3-00pm, we took the free bus no 2 for “Glassier du Bossons” from Chamonix. All the local transport was free of cost to us including Mont Blanc express –Servoz to Vallorcine route. This was due to the fact that we were provided with free guest card by the hotel for the local transport.
The bus was beautiful with big LCD screens showing the route, the stop arrived and next stop. It took about 15 mins to reach the last stop “Glassier du Bossons”. The cable car station is located there itself.
We had a 4 day ski multi pass at 78 euros per head, purchased through internet from the official site and received by post in 3 days. The advantage of the multi pass was that it covered many lifts like Brevent, Grand Montet, Aiguille du Midi, Mer de Glace, Tramways du Mont Blanc, Bossons chairlift etc and gave unlimited access.
Otherwise this chair lift is cheap (about 12 euro return) compared to other cable cars in this area.
Now, we looked at the chairlift- it was a two seated chair and always moving. There are many such chairs – coming one by one at grade level, moving at a slow speed and going up. You have to position yourself at a particular place( the ticket checker showed us how to stand)- as soon as lift comes, you will get few seconds to sit down and reverse the iron safety railing from top towards the bottom so that you don’t fall. It acts as a protector against falling. The whole process took 10 seconds or so and when we realised, we found ourselves at a height – moving and going up.
It was a great thrill, in the open air, enjoyed the nature and mountains. The chair lift journey was for 20 mins over some house, road, agricultural field, forest and mountains. The elevation from the local grade was not very high- a few feet to hundred feet, it was a feeling like we were birds and flying…… fantastic!
Sometimes we are going up, sometimes flat and down. Ultimately we reached at 1400m level –very closed to Glacier. At the chairlift station, we got few seconds to get down( again the ticket checker at that station helped us)- the overall experience was something new, adventurous and most coveted one!
From the chair lift station it is 5 minute walk to the mountain chalet / restaurant. We enjoyed some fantastic view of the glacier from the terrace. After that, we walked for another 5-10 mins to another viewing platform around the corner to get a closer view.
An Air India plane crash took place in ‘50s and we witnessed the broken engine which is kept near the chalet.
There are lots of hiking routes in this area around the glacier. We did not do that. Instead we enjoyed the calm and quite atmosphere there, stared at the glacier, had some coffees and then came back by the same chair lift to had another classic thrills.
If I go to Chamonix again, I will definitely go for this excursion again to have fun of chair lift.
Written February 11, 2014
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Benny R
Helsingborg, Sweden1 contribution
Family
A lot of the following comments is regarding the mer de glace at the end of valle blanch not the bosson glacier.
Written July 23, 2017
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430happy
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Couples
My husband and I visited this attraction on the 14th of July 2018. Our experience was shocking. There were very little people when we visited at around 3:30pm in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the moment the operator set eyes on us we were shouted and gesticulated at by this male. He was very impatient. It seemed to me he had it in for us because we were British.

He was very reluctant to help us stand in the correct way and we were nervous never having been on a lift like this before, We managed to get on and realised we had to pull the bar forward....no thanks to him.

We went up but I was very concerned about his attitude and felt scared and stressed by the way he had treated us. The man at the top wasn't very pleasant either and we got a fright on the way down when the bar wasn't immediately pulled down. He wasn't in the least bit interested in our safety either.

Worse was to come. When we reached the bottom I said to my husband to lift his feet and we needed to push the bar back. We were in the process of doing this as we reached ground level. However, this operator shouted at my husband to lift his feet (which he was already doing) and immediately pushed the bar back and forcibly pulled my husband out of the chair. This was nothing other than an assault on my husband.
There was a witness who was a female employee but she ran in to the hut when she saw what he was doing.

I asked him why he had done that to my husband but he too ran in to the hut. We were left really shocked by his behaviour and are still trying to get someone to take responsibility and question him on his attitude. The police were not interested in even going to question him on his behaviour. My husband sustained bruising. An absolute disgrace to employ someone of his nature. Please look out for this individual....he was around 5ft 8ins tall...with dark, swarthy skin with a terrible attitude to people he doesn't like the look off.
Written July 22, 2018
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Elaine B
Newcastle Upon Tyne70 contributions
Family
Lovely day enjoyed the chairlift made a change from the telecabins. Long walk to glacier quite steep in places but you can stop for food & drinks near the top.
Written August 13, 2019
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,070 contributions
Family
The glacier is situated just outside Chamonix. We visited it on a rainy day in August. You can take the chair lift up to the chalet (or hike up) from where you can see the glacier. As with all of the glaciers in the area, they are receding so it is not as close to the chalet as it used to be. There is a small cafe and you can climb up further for closer views although the path up did not seem that safe so we didn't bother. There is some interesting information about two planes that crashed into the mountain together with pieces of wreckage. Not as impressive as the other sites in Chamonix but worth a visit if you have some spare time in the area.
Written September 20, 2014
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Martin0159
Lutterworth, UK216 contributions
Family
2nd visit to the glacier. This time we hiked up to chalet des pyramides. Was a struggle with a 8 year old but we got her up to the top. Amazing place.
Written August 11, 2019
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Brun066
Florence, Italy11,056 contributions
Family
Together with the Mer de Glace and the Argentière, this is one of the three glaciers looming over the Chamonix Valley and which - as is documented by a fine didactic exhibition at the arrival station of the chair lift - until the 19th century descended to the valley bottom, threatening the block of it.
From the chalet-buvette at the arrival station of the chairlift the view of the "icefall" is still interesting; but much more - I suppose - it would be if you went uphill, on to the Chalet des Pyramides; thing we did not do.
Written September 1, 2018
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RochesterDoug
Rochester, NY90 contributions
Friends
Ride a free bus to a chairlift up the mountain. Walk to the glacier and then have lunch on the mountain afterwards.
Written June 19, 2018
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paul_red51
London, UK36 contributions
The Glacier des Bossons is easy to get to by using the Chamonix Valley buses and is well worth the visit. You find yourself surrounded by beautiful countryside - nature at its best
Written January 27, 2018
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