Mount Blanc: Famous skiing spot in Alps

Also known as the Monte Bianco that means ‘White Mountain’, Mount Blanc is the favorite of many for skiing, as it is the highest of its kind in the Alps as well as Western Europe. Rising up to 15,782 ft above the sea level, the mountain grabs the 11th position on the planet with regards to the topographic status and is also called the ‘La Dame Blanche’ meaning the ‘White Lady’.

Mont Blanc is very famous as a year-round tourist destination nestled at the doorway to the area of Mont Tremblant accessible within an hour from Montréal. There are 41 trails as well as terrain parks with 3 mountain faces offering a variety of options for the skiers of all levels. All those come here to chill on the snowy mount always prefer to have tasty dining at the ‘Le Chamonix’ dining room. A vacation on Mount Blanc offers a great choice of lodges that are on the mountainside as well as lakeside. Do not worry; you too can find one of your own taste and budget.

Other activities

  • Mountaineering
  • Hiking

  • Skiing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Mountain biking
  • Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Water sports
  • Dog sledding

Mount Blanc is entitled as the ‘Queen of Extreme Skiing’ and ‘World Capital of Mountaineering’. Ski and snowboard on some of the most superb ski slopes or on the off-track trails that adorn the range. Hill-walkers are supposed to wear snowshoes so that they can discover the white nature. Coming to paragliding, the sky is the limit and you between the snowy mount and sky go fast in speed. Water sports here are whitewater rafting and river boarding both of which are adventurous.

Climbing routes

On Mount Blanc, the most famous route is the Voie Royale that is also called as Voie des Cristalliers. One needs to take the Tramway du Mont-Blanc (TMB) for reaching Nid d’Aigle after which the climb starts towards the Refuge de Tête Rousse followed by the Goûter Corridor. Now, this one is risky due to the common rock falls forcing the climbers to spent night at Goûter cabin. On the other day, you reach the Dôme du Goûter and L’arrête des Bosses. The other known route is from Chamonix and is called La Voie des 3 Monts also called La Traversée. For this, the Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi runs in the direction of the Col du Midi. If you are on this route, then rest at the Cosmiques cabin at night and then continue your climb the next day via the Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit.

Most of the tourists also take up the legendary voyage via the Grand Mulets that is mostly thronged in winter for skiing and in summer for reaching Chamonix. One more itinerary is of the normal Italian route called the La route des Aiguilles Grises on which you need to pass the Miage Glacier and spend night at the Gonella cabin. The other day will make you witness the Col des Aiguilles Grises, Dôme du Goûter, and L’arête des Bosses.

If you are patient and are looking for some more ardent climb, then the Miage — Bionnassay — Mont Blanc is for you. This is a three-day ascent starting from Contamines-Montjoie. After resting for the whole night at the Conscrits cabin, the second day takes you through the Dômes de Miages and the Durier cabin. On the last day, you explore the l’Aiguille de Bionnassay as well as the Dôme du Goûter.

If you are lucky to ski or climb on the clear days on Mont Blanc, spot for the Vosges, Jura, Massif Central, and Black Forest ranges along with the other prime peaks of the Alps.

Ski resort statistics

Skiable Area: 150 acres
Vertical Drop: 1,000′
Lifts: 7
Snow Making: 85%

Best time to come

December to May

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