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Aiguille du Midi prepare the future

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The Aiguille de Midi needs little introduction. The rocky peak, standing at 3842m, is known the world over for its magnificent 360 degree panoramic views and its unique high mountain setting. The 21st century is well and truly upon us and, in an era typified by new technology, we felt we ought to looking to the future. With this thought in mind a new project was launched to improve the visitor experience to the heart of the Aiguille du Midi; improvements are being made in terms of accessibility, facilities will be upgraded, information will be more readily available and the history and heritage of the location will be brought to life. The changes are designed to ensure this exceptional location to remains accessible to all.

 

Refurbishment of the Aile Mont Blanc or ‘Mont Blanc Wing’

TAMThe building will be refitted to make it a more comfortable space to stop and reflect. Full height windows will be installed to give amazing views across the massif and benches will be fitted to allow visitors to sit and relax, whilst taking in the stunning surroundings. The exterior of the building will be finished in burnished steel so it fits in with the other buildings in the piton nord or ‘north peak’.

New walkway around the central piton or ‘peak’

A complete circuit of the piton central will be possible thanks to a galleried walkway linking the Rebuffat terrasse and the Aile Mont Blanc. Easily accessible to visitors, including those with reduced mobility, the walkway will offer a variety of views across the massif. Burnished steel has been chosen given the specific requirements of the site. The shape and type of material will offer maximum protection in the event of avalanches and ice slides. Perfectly secure, visitors can take their time and admire the scenery through the viewing windows in the lower sections of the walkway.

A covered terrace at the summit

TAMIt is difficult to appreciate the landscape at 3842m when it is blowing a gale, raining, snowing or bitterly cold! Hence the introduction of a sheltered viewing area with large bay windows - allowing visitors to stop and take in the views, whatever the weather.

The Skywalk

TAMThrill seekers will love this new attraction - the Skywalk. A glass room built around a metal frame will be suspended in space. Perfectly integrated into the existing structure the extension will have little visual impact on the whole construction. Accessible from the terrace it has three glass walls as well as a glass floor and ceiling, allowing visitors to admire the views from a dramatic and dizzying new perspective. The experience will be unforgettable, something to share when back at home, in the knowledge that this type of installation is being used more and more frequently across Europe and the US, a prime example being Niagara falls. Anyone with vertigo can rest assured. This part of the visit is not obligatory!

Refurbished walkway to the south-facing viewpoint

Accessible from the main outdoor footbridge, the covered walkway is not, currently, looking at its best. Its walls and the rooms situated along the passageway will be covered in burnished steel. The roof of the walkway will be repaired using steel with the same finish as the other buildings to ensure a harmonious look for the whole station.

The north and central piton (‘peak’) staircases

Understandably, staircases at this altitude make some visitors nervous. They are, however, an essential part of visit to the Aiguille du Midi. Henceforth they will be transformed into a journey of discovery with information decking the walls. Along the way you can learn about the roped mountaineers and their incredible journeys to the summits, gaining an understanding of the challenges they faced. The climb will seem much shorter….

Waiting area for the return to Chamonix

TAMThe Aiguille du Midi cable car and station offer exceptional l facilities at extreme altitude and are built and maintained by remarkable individuals. The waiting area will henceforth be transformed into an educational space telling the station’s history. Those who are fascinated by engineering will be pleased to know that the machinery – already visible through the glass windows – will also be showcased.

The world’s highest museum

TAMAn exceptional location and a great concept; the Aiguille du Midi is the departure point for many expeditions including, of course, the ascent to Mont Blanc via the three ‘Monts’. Many famous climbers have passed by the Aiguille du Midi on their adventures. To pay homage to these daring individuals, amongst them French alpinist Rebuffat, a museum will be created at 3777m – the highest museum in the world. Its theme will be the golden age of alpine climbing. This exhibition provides the perfect finish to a visit to the Aiguille du Midi – with its mix of indoor and outdoor attractions.

The natural ice cave

A natural ice cave formed on the south facing slope of the Aile Mont Blanc and this is something we feel is well worth sharing with our visitors. Here you will discover interesting educational and cultural facts surrounding the evolution of glacier climbing from its inception up to the present day. Sounds and light displays will enhance the visitor experience.
Please note : The opening date for the ice cave will depend on the time it takes for the ice walls to reform after works to the covered walkway of the central piton.
The renovations outlined began in autumn 2011 and are expected to take three years
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