With the Télécabine du Jaillet (Megève, Portes du Mont-Blanc) , you can swiftly get up to ⛰ the altitude 1585m, while exerting minimal energy!
And, at the arrival station, so much FUN awaits : the aire de jeux panoramique, a chill-out zone, a superb view of Mont-Blanc, picnic spots (and a restaurant option a short stroll away) and plenty of 🥾 hikes and 🚵♂️ VTT routes!
Taking the Télécabine du Jaillet
The the Télécabine du Jaillet is open from 9h15 > 17h45 in the summertime (note that the cable car may shut in the event of bad weather or strong wind), and you’ll find at the departure point a restaurant – Le Plein Sud – and the Luge 4-S (it is well worth saving a little energy for this, and – good to know – Thursday is nocturnes!).
You may have a season pass (or kids may have school ski passes), in which case the cable car should be included, otherwise you’ll need to buy your tickets at the Caisse. If you feel like walking back down from the arrival station (1h), then you can simply buy a one-way ticket, otherwise be sure to get yourselves an aller-retour (and don’t lose your ticket!).
[ ⇒ for current ticket prices, please see here ]
There is 🅿️ FREE parking at the cable car departure station, but be sure to show your blue disk, which the Caisse will lend to you, upon purchase of a ticket.
Aire de Jeux Panoramique
A playground at altitude? Oh yes, and what a playground! The aire de jeux panoramique is AMAZING, and according to my Mr 7, ” the best playground EVER ! “.
You’ll find something for everyone here, where the games are all FREE! For little ones, there are swings and a bouncy castle . . . For slightly bigger ones, there is a parcours, with climbing, tunnels and lots more . . . and for even bigger ones, there is a Big Air Bag and a tyrolienne – my boys loved this! (note that these two features are for children 6+ years and they both shut for an hour over lunchtime, normally from 12h30 > 13h30). You have to climb up a rope structure to reach the Big Air Bag and the tyrolienne, so this is the first challenge awating you – some kids couldn’t manage this first hurdle! My boys also loved the nid d’aigle, and spent a lot of time climbing (and resting) here! They also spent a lot of time bouncing on the trampoline!
[ note: children remain under the supervision of their parents or accopanying adults while playing at the jeux panoramiques; do not leave little ones unattended! ]
[ ⇒ the aire de jeux panoramique is open daily from 10h30 › 17h30 / for more information, see here ]
Right next to the aire de jeux panoramique, you’ll find the chill-out zone, with a gaze out onto the massif du Mont-Blanc . . .
Here you’ll find wooden loungers and bean bags, as well as hamacs . . .
You’ll also be able to chat to 🐄 the resident cows . . .
Family hikes and boucle du Lac du Jaillet
There are ⛰ several possible hikes from the arrival station of the Télécabine du Jaillet, but the shortest and easiest is 20mins boucle to the Lac du Jaillet.
A 10mins downhill stroll (so uphill back!) will bring you to the small lake, which is equipped with picnic tables and a plancha électrique (available from 10h › 20h / be sure to take your BBQ food and utensils, as well as water and a sponge to clean)!
Here is a lovely evening view of the lake from © Megève Tourisme . . .
You have ⛰ several further options for family hikes from the arrival station of the Télécabine du Jaillet, and some of the more suitable options are highlighted on 🗺 the big map here:
The cable car takes you up near to 🌲 the Fôret Domaniale de Megève sur les Prés, and one of the suitable family hikes is the Sentier Découverte Forestière, with informative panels along the way.
Another option is the hike up to ⛰the Col de Jaillet & le Petit Croisse Baulet – here you’ll see a Roman borne.
You’ll find plenty of options for 🚵♂️ VTT trails up here!
Activités au sommet
Over the summer months, you’ll find FREE animations and activities up at the arrival station of the Jaillet cable car.
[ ⇒ for more information about the summer activities offered, see here ]
For now, there are no food options directly at the aire de jeux panoramiques, but you are welcome to picnic there!
Or, if you’d rather sit in 🥗 a mountain restaurant admiring the view, then there is an option not too far away: La Petite Ravine – a 10 to 15mins walk (just past the Lac de Jaillet) will bring you to this mountain chalet / you are advised to book, to avoid disappointment! / website;
Here are the 2021 prices for the cable car: aller simple: adults 9,50€ and children 7,50€ / aller-retour: adults 15€ and children 11,50€;
address: 821 route de la Télécabine du Jaillet, 74120, Megève;