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Living the best holiday in Courmayeur: snow, food and relaxation

Courmayeur Italy

The town called “Pearl of the Alps”

Courmayeur is nestled in a beautiful basin located at the foot of Mont Blanc, at 1224 meters above sea level. It is commonly known as the “Pearl of the Western Alps” due to the beauty of its landscapes and the quality of the tourist services that historically crown it among the top destinations of ski tourism. However, it is also a beautiful tourist destination during summer.

Courmayeur is international, elegant, exclusive, but at the same time it is versatile and welcoming to tourists. It offers a high-class sporty holiday experience without distancing itself from the traditional and authentic atmosphere that reigns in this location at the foot of the Alps.

The imposing sculpted nature – which surrounds and dominates one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in Italy – is a guarantee to experience an unforgettable holiday with friends, as a couple, or with family. The countless attractions available can be customised to suit all tastes: you can decide for an active holiday or relaxing, tasty, purifying, traditional or unusual one. Everything is possible in Courmayeur!

Skiing in Courmayeur

Courmayeur ski
Skiing in Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy. Credits to: Stepniak/Shutterstock

Located in the Mont Blanc Valley, Courmayeur offers something truly unique: a natural gym which is a fairy-tale setting for your mountain holiday.

Here you can find yourself submerged with outdoor activities and fun while remaining in close contact with nature.

Alpine ski loversand those who want to spend the entire day on the fresh snow can enjoy the slopes of Col Chécrouit and Cresta Youla. Here there is a guarantee of fresh snow on slopes for every level of expertise. These slopes are reachable in a few minutes thanks to three different ski liftsand offer different types of services available: a ski school, equipment rental, ski storage, ski pass and sports equipment for all kinds of activities.

Reaching the virgin and immaculate slopes is possible by helicopter: Eliski is an exclusive experience to enjoy the snow on the highest peaks of fun. Courmayeur’s legendary off-piste skiing takes you to the edge of the glaciers, where the slopes seem never-ending between the mythical Vallée Blanche and the Toula glacier.

Courmayeur: not just skiing

What is there to do in Courmayeur besides skiing? An “avalanche” of pleasant activities are available because Courmayeur is the heart of an Italian fairy tale.

You can take romantic snow-covered walks in the woods, day or night excursions with snowshoes in search of the “Yeti” and so much more along trails submerged in nature.

Adrenaline lovers will appreciate climbing up the ice that is formed from the waterfalls, winter mountaineering or flying over snow-capped peaks in a hot-air balloon or helicopter. There are also many alternative indoor sports to do at the Courmayeur Forum Sport Center: skating, tennis, squash, golf or simply enjoying a relaxing baths in the thermal waters of Mont Blanc.

Having a Typical dinner in a chalet

Chalet in Courmayeur
A typical chalet in Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy. Credits to: VladislavPichugin/Shutterstock

Experiencing the mountain life – you know – opens up your appetite. What could be better than concluding a day of skiing in Courmayeurwith a typical dinner in a chalet? Climb aboard a snowmobile and get ready to enjoy all of the flavors and aromas of traditional Alpine dishes!

The flavors of Courmayeur Mont Blanc are unique and tasty because Valle d’Aosta is a region that is rich with local products of the highest quality that range from cured meats to famous cheeses to delicious desserts.

The various typical products of Courmayeur can be bought in the small shops and delicatessens found in the town center or can be tasted in the chalet-style restaurants located there.

The most famous product is certainly the Fontina, a delicious cheese used in many specialties from the Aosta Valley. But the list of delicacies that can be enjoyed during a holiday in Courmayeur is really long and certainly includes the polenta accompanied by important meat sauces, Bleu d’Aostecheese with its characteristic marbling, fresh yogurt and the rye bread to eat with the exquisite cured meats from the region, such as lard d’Arnad and prosciutto.

Do not miss the array of fine local desserts: apple tart, honey chestnuts, Mont Blanc ice cream and the classic blueberry cake.

The perfect after-dinner drink? We suggest that you share the unique and inimitable “Friendship Cup”. It is a handcrafted carved wooden container in which typical Aosta Valley coffee is poured that is corrected with grappa and génépy. It is the symbol of warmth and hospitality with which the tourist iswelcomed in Courmayeur and throughout the Valle d’Aosta.

What to see nearby

  • Étroubles (58 minutes by car)
    Étroubles is a charming village in the heart of the Great Saint Bernard Valley. The village is nestled between the most striking Alpine peaks and has been included in the Italian Touring Club’s association of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in Italy’.
  • Mont Fallere open-air museum (56 minutes by car)
    This is a path along which sculptures of woodland creatures have been placed. Most of the works were created by sculptor Siro Viérin.
  • Rutor Falls (33 minutes by car)
    The Rutor glacier generates the Rutor waterfalls, among the most beautiful in the Aosta Valley. Three impetuous jumps of water plunge into gorges and precipices, generating the Rutor Dora.

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