At 4,810 m (15,782 ft) the Mont Blanc is Europe's highest mountain. Lying at the Franco-Italian border, the French side is accessible from Chamonix, the French capital of Alpinism and a world-class mountaineering centre.
It was also in Chamonix that the first Winter Olympics were held in 1924, and the Mont Blanc slopes are the most challenging in Europe for skiers and climbers.
Part of the Mont Blanc massif, the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) is famous for having the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, a 2,800 m climb in 20 minutes.
On the northern slopes of the massif is the Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France (7 km).
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