I like the lift station. There is certainly more snow than here in the Isere, it has virtually melted off the south facing slopes.
There’s a couple of defunct stations here, there’s also Pic Chausy which was part of the Les Mosses domain. It would have been quite a reasonable lift there, north facing slopes, a black run running from the top with about 1000m vertical. There was a long running saga about removing the lift buildings which was finally done last year (or the year before, I can’t quite recall). At Lécherette the lifts aren’t running but they’ve got a nice shiny new(ish) piste basher I noticed so there must be some money. While at Château d’Oex it’s a bit hit or miss, it’s hard to see how it’s a going concern, in fact it was the Château d’Oex lift company who ran the Monts Cheverueil lift until it closed.
And yet, just down the way at Moléson they’re putting a new lift in, the proximity to the autoroute and the city of Fribourg means they do a fair business, in fact probably more in the summer than the winter. The lesson seems to be around there that if you can get tourists and bikes up in the summer there’s money to be made.