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Chamonix skywalk: do you dare?
Posted on 20/12/2013

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Suspended over the Mont Blanc Massif, the latest installment in the Chamonix Valley is likely to set pulses racing - perhaps even more so than the skiing itself.

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc
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At 12,605 feet above ground level, the daring will be able to step into the new glass box at Chamonix's Aiguille du Midi from this Saturday.

Suspended over the Mont Blanc Massif, the latest installment in the Chamonix Valley is likely to set pulses racing - perhaps even more so than the skiing itself.

The five-sided glass box hovers 3281 feet above the valley itself, offers spectacular - if not stomach-churning - panoramas of the mountain range, with the monumental Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe measuring 15,780-foot, to one side.

'STEP INTO THE VOID'

At 12,605 feet-high, the view from the new 'Pas dans la Vide' ('Step into the Void') attraction, teetering on the Aiguille du Midi peak, is vertigenous. Take away the rails and even the most determined of thrill-seekers may think again.

Though your knees may be knocking, you needn't worry too much - the cube is reinforced with three layers of glass, each of which is 12mm thick and designed to withstand high winds of up to 136 miles per hour.

The observation box can be reached by one of two cable cars. Those who dare to enter the transparent cabin will be required to wear slippers, so as not to scratch the pristine floor and thereby ruin the effect.

OPEN SATURDAY

Three years under construction, the skywalk will open to the public tomorrow (Saturday 21 December), coinciding with the beginning of the 2013-2014 skiing season.

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