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BDTV EPISODE THREE
In the morning, thick, wet snowflakes silently build up outside the base station of La Grave. Overhead, the great yellow bullwheel is silent, and any slight sound from the creaking machinery is muffled by the falling snow outside. The télépherique’s five cabins hang motionless from the cable, their brightly painted forms contrasting sharply against the winter landscape. The 400-horsepower engines beneath the floor are also silent, awaiting the coming day. For nearly 40 years, this is how every winter morning in La Grave has begun.
Alas, this harmony is threatened, the road access to the little mountain village now unexpectedly blocked by a critical landslide that occurred last spring.
The word mythical is well used when describing La Grave, and in this case, justified. It is not an exaggeration to claim that this little place is unique. In the mornings as the lifties prepare to fire up the cable, you can feel the vibe of excitement in the air; it is one of both calm and anticipation. And after a 40-minute, 1750-meter ride, riders are greeted by a massive, wild mountain without a single groomer in sight.
"The team knows the machine inside out. Most have worked here for 30 years and learned every breath it takes," David Le Guen, the lift’s commercial manager explains. "They know the sounds, the movement and know directly when something hums differently. We all learn and evolve with our téléphérique. This cable car is our baby."