Go up two thousand vertical metres in 10 minutes and step out onto the magnificent terrace of Punta Helbronner right in the heart of the Mont Blanc Massif and enjoy a 360° view over the Alps: marvel over a fantastic landscape of seracs and pastel-shaded granite spires stretching from Mont Blanc, standing out at 4,810 metres, to the Dent du Géant. The horizon is a long line of Europe’s famous “4000ers”: the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Grivola, Gran Paradiso.
If you’re looking for descents down breathtaking routes in fresh snow, then head for the fabulous off-piste routes, which start a short distance from the upper cable car station and take you right down to Courmayeur and Chamonix. Try the mythical Vallée Blanche, an exciting 20 km descent on the French side, which follows the imposing Mer de Glace glacier, or head for the Toula glacier. If you like to take things easy, you might prefer the Pavillon du Mont Fréty snowshoeing area, 2,173 m. asl (1st station on the Mont Blanc Cable Car). A walk along the “Footpath of the Giants”. A stunning panoramic summer walk from the Torino Vecchio refuge (3,375 m.) to the Torino Nuovo refuge with its wonderful terrace looking out onto Mont Blanc.
Your cable car ride to the Roof of Europe starts in Pontal d'Entrèves (1,300 m.), just outside Courmayeur. It takes just four minutes to get up to the 2,173 m mid-station, Pavillon du Mont Fréty, location of the Nature Oasis where you can see Saussure’s Alpine garden, the highest in Europe. This station also provides indoor lounge areas and restaurants.
The wonderful setting with views over the whole of the Courmayeur valley and the great food make eating at the Bellevue restaurant (2,173 m.) a unique experience.
The old cable car is going to be replaced with the new Mont Blanc Cable Car, built entirely of glass and steel. A 14-metre circular terrace will be constructed on Punta Helbronner at 3,452 metres, giving visitors a 360 degree view that takes in the peak of Mont Blanc (4810 metres), the Dent du Géant, the Grandes Jorasses and the magnificent Vallée Blanche.
The stations will feature multimedia rooms and tourist services and there will be a panoramic restaurant at Pavillon.
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