Today I’m featuring a picture of paragliding over Helbronner Peak taken by Sara Trezzi from the Gathering Dreams Blog.
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Photo Story: Helbronner Peak & SkyWay
Dan and I have been travelling around for some time, and we always love to visit new places. So when two of our friends invited us to stay in their apartment in Courmayeur, an Alpine resort in northwest Italy, we couldn’t say no.
The plan was to spend the weekend there and enjoy the autumn weather (it was early November). We always wanted to visit Mont Blanc, and this was the perfect excuse to go.
One morning, while our friends were busy looking after their 2 kids, we decided it was the perfect time to go up the mountain alone.
We knew the journey up would be amazing, and we weren’t disappointed!
A new cable car, completed in 2015, the SkyWay Monte Bianco cable car, offered us breathtakingly views of the landscape around us.
Once we reached the top, the only things we could see were the clear sky, a fresh untouched blanket of snow everywhere, and stunning views of the peaks surrounding Mont Blanc.
There weren’t many people around, wandering in the snow, and it was so beautiful that Dan and I decided to take a walk.
The only problem was that we weren’t really prepared for that! I was wearing some “city” boots with the smoothest sole you can find and Dan was wearing sneakers.
And if you ever tried to walk on snow and ice, you know that attempting a trek with this type of shoes is not the brightest idea.
But do you really think the wrong pair of shoes will stop us? We probably looked like two crazy city guys, holding onto each other to avoid falling over.
From time to time, hikers wearing the proper gear will take over, turn around and tell us “I wouldn’t really walk around here with those”, pointing at our shoes, with a grin on their face!
But we didn’t stop!
And yes, falling in thick white snow every couple of steps was a lot of fun!
Dan took this picture when we reached a paragliding launching spot. Watching these paragliders flying in the wind in such an amazing landscape was a wonderful experience. It made us feel part of nature and filled us with a sense of joy and peace
Although we spent only a few hours there, Dan and I loved every minute of it, and we can’t wait to go back for a longer trek, with the proper shoes!
Skyway Monte Bianco is a cable car in the Alps, linking the Italian town of Courmayeur with Pointe Helbronner on the southern side of the Mont Blanc massif. Taking over three years to construct, it opened in 2015 at a cost of 110 million euros, and is considered to be the world’s most expensive cable car installation.
Pointe Helbronner is served on the Italian side by the Skyway Monte Bianco – a cable car from La Palud close to Cormayeur in the Aosta Valley.
Helbronner Peak is also served by the Vallee Blanche Aerial Tramway, which crosses from the peak to the nearby peak of Aiguille du Midi in France—a peak-to-peak distance of 5 km.
This, in turn, gives access to the French Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi, the cable car connecting Aiguille du Midi to the French village of Chamonix, Courmayeur’s sister “city”.
The Funivie Monte Bianco station platform on Pointe Helbronner offers a remarkable view over the Aosta Valley and the Piedmont region.
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