Pointe Helbronner, at 3466 meters, is one of the most important peaks of Mont Blanc, in the Graian Alps. It rises on the border between Italy and France, north of the city of Courmayeur.
This peak was named after Paul Helbronner in 1938, on the proposal of the French Academy of Sciences. Paul Helbronner was a famous mountaineer, geodesist and engineer of French origin, who published the first geodesic description of the French Alps and the Corsican mountains.
On the Italian side, Punta Helbronner is served by the Skyway Monte Bianco and the Vallee Blanche tram.
The Aiguille de Midi cable car departs from Punta Helbronner, a cable car that connects Aiguille du Midi to the town of Chamonix, in France. The ski slope leading to the Géant and Mer de Glace glaciers also starts from here.
Punta Helbronner hosts the platform of the cable car station with wonderful views of the Aosta Valley and Piedmont. Punta Helbronner station, the last of the Mont Blanc Skyway, also houses the Hall of Crystals Hans Marguerettaz, with a splendid collection of Mont Blanc crystals. Also not to be missed, the Monte Bianco Room, with a large window with a panoramic view, and finally the 360 ° Terrace, with a panorama that sweeps across the famous “4000” of the Western Alps: Mont Blanc obviously, and Monte Rosa, the Gran Combin, the Matterhorn and the Gran Paradiso. From Punta Helbronner, in summer, it is possible to continue on the “Panoramic Mont-Blanc” cable car towards Aiguille du Midi, flying over the Géant Glacier.
Skyway Mont Blanc
Inaugurated in 2015, the Mont Blanc Skyway, with an investment of 110 million euros, was one of the most expensive ski lifts ever built.
It is a grandiose work of engineering and technology, designed to lead visitors to discover the peaks of Mont Blanc.
The cable car includes 3 stations: Courmayeur, Pavillon du Mont Fréty and Punta Helbronner.
The Courmayeur station is located at 1300 meters above sea level and is the starting point of the cable car
The Pavillon de Mont Fréty station, an intermediate stop, is located at 2173 meters.
Punta Helbronner station is the last of the cable car and is 3466 meters high
The great innovation of this cable car is certainly represented by the hemispherical shape of its cabins and their 360 ° rotating movement, to offer travelers a breathtaking view during the entire ascent.