Skyway Monte Bianco, the new Mont Blanc cableways, enable you to set out on a magical journey that is mapped out in accordance with the shape of the land as it reaches for the sky.
As walking for long distances is not required, this experience can be enjoyed by everyone, unless health problems make it inadvisable to stay at high atitudes.
The cable cars rotate a full 360° along the route, affording a full view of the surrounding peaks.
The three stations, Pontal d’Entrèves at 1300m, Pavillon du Mont Fréty at 2200m and Punta Helbronne at 3466m, are connected by two cableway sections, which are protected spaces built in glass and steel that harmonize with the surrounding environment:
the departure station of Pontal d’Entrèves is an imposing, aerodynamic looking structure with large parking lots. Inside are information booths, bars, an infirmary, and ticket offices, in addition to the technicians who look after the powerful engines that drive 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, enhanced by the large glass surfaces of the buildings. On the outside, there is a botanical garden, several 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 cantilever terraces.
Punta Helbronner, the main attraction
The main attraction is a circular scenic terrace 14 meters in diameter with a unique all around view over most of the highest peaks of the western Alps. Inside, 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 chance, but a rewarding visit and unforgettable experience where breathing “thin air” will not be the only memory.