Courmayeur and surrounding areas
The “Pearl of the Alps”: Courmayeur deserves this name due to the extraordinary beauty of its surrounding countryside, the harmony of its architecture and mountains, and its long tradition of hospitality. It’s not just by chance that it’s the most famous and oldest Italian Alpine station, overlooked by the majestic scenery of the Mont Blanc mountain range.
Courmayeur is full of history, tradition and ancient village pride. Its picturesque unspoilt village centre still retains the original urban and architectural layout; via Roma is one of the most famous pedestrian streets in the entire Alpine area.
The Mont Blanc Skyway cable car, that covers 2 spectacular sections, leading up to Punta Helbronner at 3466 m.a.s.l., and that – in summer – links, with 3 more sections, Courmayeur to Chamonix, almost reaching 4000 metres, is called the eighth wonder of the world (www.montebianco.com).
Val Veny and Val Ferret, at the foot of Mont Blanc, are among the most beautiful mountain valleys in the world that can be reached by transport. In summer, a nine-hole golf course is open in Val Ferret, the highest and most spectacular in Europe.
In winter, the Courmayeur Mont Blanc Funivie ski resort, a natural balcony with an exceptional view of Mont Blanc, offers over 100 km of slopes. There is always snow, and the orientation of the slopes guarantees its quality, even in spring. Snowmaking machines, covering almost all of the resort, provide excellent snow coverage on all slopes until the end of the season.
However, it’s total paradise for freeriding enthusiasts, who can take advantage of fabulous off-piste routes for all abilities, with all exposures and steep slopes, on glaciers, in open channels or slopes, and in woods.
Courmayeur and nearby Chamonix, linked by the 11.6 km long Mont Blanc Tunnel (www.tunnelmb.net), are the birthplaces and world capitals of alpinism. The historical association, the Guide di Courmayeur (www.guidecourmayeur.com) was founded in 1850.
Non-exhaustive summary of…
Mont Blanc Skyway and Vallée Blanche Cable Car
Shopping in Via Roma and in the streets of the old town
Foire de la Paquerette artisan fair on Easter Monday in Courmayeur
The traditional Sant’Orso fair (Aosta) on 30th and 31st January
Chécrouit in winter, Forum Sport Centre all year round
Children’s playground (town centre, Dolonne, Val Farret)
Cinema Palanoir, Courmayeur
“Batailles des Reines” and traditional festivals
Conferences, exhibitions and shows
Alpine Museum in Courmayeur, and others (Aosta, Fort Bard, Les Combes d’Introd)
Mont Blanc and Tor des Géants ultratrails, and others
Rafting, canoeing, hydrospeed and canyoning (at Pré St. Didier, Morgex, Villeneuve, Champdepraz)
Rock, ice and mixed climbing for all levels
One-day or multi-day hiking
Tour of Mont Blanc, one of the most popular hiking trails in the world, and the “Alte Vie” trails of the Aosta Valley
Mountain bikes, electric bikes
Paragliding, hang-gliding and gliding
Outdoor rock climbing and indoor climbing wall
Forum Sport Center
Indoor: gym, tennis, squash, five-a-side football, skating, climbing wall, golf and curling
Val Ferret, La Salle
9-hole golf course in Val Ferret
“No kill” fishing reserve in Val Ferret
Arpy, Val Ferret
Numerous trails throughout the region
Val Veny, La Thuile and Valgrisenche
Toula, Arp, Vallée Blanche and many more
Val Ferret, Plangorret and other locations, available at night
Cogne, Val Ferret
Clay court tenn
Regional swimming pool
Pré St, Didier
Mont Blanc Tunnel
To get to Chamonix, Mégève, Lakes Annecy and Geneva, Martigny and Vallese
Skyway intermediate station and Little St. Bernard Pass
Tours of the mines
Chécrouit, from mid-July to the end of August
Roman town of Aosta, megalithic area of Aosta, Pont d’Ael Roman aqueduct
Castles of the Aosta Valley
St. Pierre, Sarre, Fenis, Verres, Issogne, Gressoney, Ussel, Aymavilles
Saint Vincent and Chamonix (France)
Gran Paradiso National Park
Cogne, Valsavarenche, Val di Rhemes – approx. 50 km away
Parc animalier d’Introd
The first and only Wildlife Park in the Aosta Valley
Little St. Bernard Pass (megalithic cromlech) and Great St. Bernard Pass (hostel and lake)
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