September 25, 2001
To get to Helbronner, you take a series of 3 cable cars. At each place where you switch cars, you can walk around and get a great view of the little town of Courmayeur nestled in the valley. At the Pavillon du Mont Frety stop, there is a nice "alpine garden" with many of the different plants found in the region, as well as a little store/restaurant. At one of the cable car stops on the way up, there is a hotel/hostel type place that can be rented by skiers and the like.
Once you get to Helbronner, take some time to walk out on the glacier. The signs (translated into English with some interesting grammar) warn of the danger of going onto the glacier, but if you don't run around near a steep slope, it's fine. We had a great snowball fight right in the middle of July.
A word to the wise, however: remember to bring your sunglasses, since the glare off the white snow is VERY bright. Also, be sure to bring layers in your backpack. I brought running pants, long sleeve shirt, and a jacket and had everything on by the time we got to the top. There was at least a 30 to 40 degree (Farenheit) difference between the bottom of the mountain and the top. Be prepared.
From journal Monte Bianco (How to have a snowball fight in July)