Under the Skyway, Italy

Under the Skyway, Italy


My boots dangled less than a meter from the soft fresh snow below my feet. My periphery was filled with the fierce jagged spires and ridges of the Italian Alps and I could feel only air below my feet. I hung from the frozen metal railing and, for a brief moment, I couldn’t force my hands to release me into the apparent nothingness. We lowered ourselves and our ski gear off the lower observation deck of one of the most impressively precarious buildings in the world. Punta Helbronner, the top station of the Skyway Monte Bianco, sits at 10,398’ on the shoulder of the tallest mountain in Western Europe. The building is an angular pile of steel and glass with the cantilevered decks and crystalline geometry blending into the dramatic and dangerous landscape. Thick braided steel cables exit the building and disappeared from above our heads and into the ocean of clouds clinging to the folds of the rugged terrain below. We clicked into our skis and shuffled to the edge of a beautiful untracked flank of perfect steep snow.

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