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Le Mont Blanc: French Winter “Hot Spot” of Breathtaking Beauty! Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Vocabulary


At the foot of the proud Mont Blanc (in ItalianMonte Blanco“), often dubbed “La Dame blanche (“the White Lady”), lies a valley famous for being the “hot spot” (well, pardon the pun) where flock from all over the world people whose “adrenaline” is the practice of les sports d’hiver (winter sports.)

Since more than a century now, this place offers an impeccable snow, and a unique breathtaking paysage (landscape)!

The best known Alpine skiing station of the Mont Blanc is undoubtedly Chamonix, famous for hosting the les premiers Jeux olympiques d’hiver (the first Winter Olympics ), back in 1924, and is today a member of the VIP club “Best of the Alps.

Its touristy season does not merely end with the winter season. Loin de là (far from that)!

In fact, the station metamorphoses into a hub for all sorts of mountain randonneurs (hikers) who kickstart their journey from there, either be for climbing or going on glacier tours, for example.

In la saison d’été (the Summer season), the Chamonix valley offers hiking as well, in addition to golf, paraglidingmountaineering, etc.

And hikers don’t have to be seasoned athletes either: They can also choose to discover the valley à pied (by foot) through nice little promenades (strolls.)


Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m)

The Aiguille du Midi offers an exceptional view of the Mont-Blanc, so be sure not to miss it if you go there!

The heart of the Mont Blanc is the Mer de glace, and the heart of the Mer de glace is la Grotte de la Mer de glace!

Also, going to the Montenvers and Mer de glace (“Sea of Ice”) is an unforgettable sightseeing experience, throughout the railway that leads tourists all the way up to the “Sea of Ice” glacier.

In addition to the daredevil skiing fanatics, the Mont Blanc area attracts all sorts of special seminar members, businessmen, and spa guests who rather be on an original mountain village than any other place.


Those who enjoy a more “relaxed skiing vacation” can opt for other regions of the Mont Blanc: More “chill” skiing villages include les Parz, le Tour, and les Houches (the initial and finish point of the 7-day long Tour du Mont Blanc), whose countryside ambiance attracts mainly families and older couples.

Younger energy-driven visitors, however, typically prefer other spots like Argentière, which also features its own “needle”: the Aiguille d’Argentière!


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