Rush to buy Méribel's 1992 Olympic cable cars at €500-a-go

115 of the cabins are up for grabs but demand is so high that the ski resort’s website crashed this morning

20 July 2021
Méribel cable cars

The Méribel cable cars are proving popular with buyers Pic: Provided by Méribel Tourisme

By Brian McCulloch

Cable car cabins from the French Alps ski resort of Méribel were put on sale for €500 each via a dedicated website today (July 20) – but there was so much demand the site crashed.

Previous sales of cable car cabins have seen them snapped up by people keen to use them for everything from green houses to gazebos.

“The site was absolutely swamped from the moment it opened and collapsed on the payment page,” a spokeswoman for Méribel tourism told The Connexion.

“We are working hard to fix it and it should be open again by the end of the morning.”

Buyers have to transport their own cabins from the car-park where they are stocked and collect them between July 24 - 27. 

The spokeswoman said many of the buyers told them they were planning to sell the cabins on at much higher prices.

Others wanted them for their gardens, often because of the memories of happy holidays associated with them.

There are a total of 115 cabins on sale, each 30 years old, having been first put in use for the 1992 Winter Olympic Games. 

The cabins, made out of fibreglass composites with large windows front and rear, and have rounded forms.

Access is gained by part of the cabin pivoting.

Each cabin has a floor space of  two metres by 1m68cm and is 2m11 tall and weighs around 330 kg, 

Méribel is a ski resort located in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps.

Pic: Provided by Méribel Tourisme

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