Courmayeur opens new cable car

28th June 2015, by Abi Butcher

The SkyWay Monte Bianco has taken four years to build, at a cost of €110 million

The SkyWay Monte Bianco has taken four years to build, at a cost of €110 million

A new cable car has opened in Courmayeur, offering serious off-piste skiing opportunities including access to the world-famous Vallée Blanche.

The SkyWay Monte Bianco has taken four years to build, at a cost of €110 million, and runs from a 1,370m base station in the ski resort of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley to 3,462m Punta Helbronner on the Italian side of Mont Blanc.

Each car on the SkyWay Monte Bianco rotates 360 degrees, and contains a screen for weather reports, timetables and avalanche bulletins, as well as a view of the landscape beneath, captured by a camera.

The mid-station Pavillon du Mont Fréty (2,200m) has a restaurant and botanical gardens and at the top, visitors can enjoy spectacular vistas of Mont Blanc from a restaurant, bar and viewing platform.  Although it offers no piste skiing, the SkyWay allows skiers and ski tourers access to the Toula Glacier, Marbrées and Pavillon Woods — through the Mont Fréty forest to reach the village of La Palud — as well as the Vallée Blanche.

SkyWay Monte Bianco was built with the latest technology to minimise environmental impact and reliance on fossil fuels, as close as possible to “Zero-Energy Building” standard, with highly insulating materials and photovoltaic surfaces.

It was opened to the public with much fanfare last week by Italian prime minister Mattoe Renzi, and will be open all year round for skiers, hikers, mountaineers and tourists.

More information, including timetable and prices (tickets start from €10), is available at montebianco.com

Watch a video of the new lift



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