The Skyway Monte Bianco

Posted by Tim Holmes on July 27, 2015 in Activity and Adventure, Courmayeur, Latest News, Mont Blanc, Ski, Snow, Snowboard, summer, No comments yet

Skyway Monte Bianco, the new Mont Blanc cable-way, enables you to set out on a magical journey, mapped out in accordance with the shape of the land as it reaches for the sky. As a long walk  is not required, this experience can be enjoyed by everyone, unless health problems make it inadvisable to go to high altitude.

The cable car rotates a full 360 degrees along the route, affording a full view of the surrounding peaks.

The three stations, Pontal d’Entrèves at 1300 m, Pavillon du Mont Fréty at 2200 m, and Punta Helbronner at 3466 m, are connected by two cableway sections. The departure station of Pontal d’Entrèves is an imposing, aerodynamic-looking structure with lots of parking. Inside are information booths, bars, an infirmary, and ticket offices, in addition to the technicians who look after the mechanism that drives the cable cars. The intermediate station, the Pavillon du Mont Fréty, offers a panoramic view on the opposing sides of the Val Veny and Val Ferret. Outside, there is a botanical garden, several hiking routes to get close to nature, and a solarium; on the inside, there are two restaurants, a bar, a 150-seat meeting/ events/cinema room, a Mont Blanc crystals exhibit, a small shopping center, and a winery. The old station will be renovated and converted into a museum area.

The last station is Punta Helbronner; it is shaped like a crystal and soars upwards with cantilevered terraces. This is the main attraction: a circular scenic terrace 14 meters in diameter with a unique 360 degree view over most of the highest peaks of the Western Alps: Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn, the Gran Paradiso and the Grand Combin. Inside there is a crystal exhibition hall, a self service restaurant, a bar, and multimedia information points. Numerous multimedia screens located in all the stations inform tourists about the history of the place. Even with bad weather, coming here will not be a missed opportunity, but a rewarding visit and unforgettable experience where breathing “thin air” will not be the only memory.

A vertical well, excavated in the heart of Punta Helbronner, hosts safety staircases and elevators that connect with the pedestrian tunnel leading to the Torino mountain hut, since there is no stop near the mountain hut.

Once on the top, during the summer, do not miss the Panoramic Mont Blanc gondola lift ride over the Glacier du Géant to the french station Aiguille du Midi (3777 m).

Skyway Monte Bianco ID and numbers
Total climb: about 2,200 meters. Departure station: 1300 m; Punta Helbronner Station: 3,462; altitude of Glaciers scenic terrace at Punta Helbronner: 3,466 m
Climbing time: Pontal d’Entrèves – Pavillon du Mont Fréty: about 4 minutes; Pavillon du Mont Fréty – Punta Helbronner: about 5 minutes
Hourly capacity: first section 800 people, second section 600

For more information: Skyway Monte Bianco