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Courmayeur is an Italian town and commune in the autonomous region of Aosta Valley, in northern Italy. It is located at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe, in the Graian Alps range, and is crossed by the Dora Baltea.
Courmayeur’s picturesque mountain scenery and healthy mountain air make it an attractive destination year round. It is one of Europe’s most famous ski locations, and contains the Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea, which describes itself as Europe's highest botanical garden. In the summer months Courmayeur is a popular destination for hikers.
Transportation and hiking
Courmayeur is well connected to north-western Italy (220km from Milan). The Mont Blanc Tunnel links the region to France. (Lyon is less than 200km away) and can be reached in a few hours and Geneva, Switzerland, is only 180km.
Dolonne, a sister-town of Courmayeur, has many residential areas and hotels, as well as a large sports centre. It is connected to Courmayeur by a bridge that straddles a tributary flowing from Mont Blanc.
The Parish of St Nicolas rests like a balcony on the side of Valle D'Aosta consisting of 13 hamlets and overlooking the four main lateral valleys, Savaranche, Grisenche, Cogne and Valle De Rheims (the Valley of the Queen).
Another mountain that surrounds Courmayeur is Mont Chétif. It is a hiker-friendly mountain with a statue of the Virgin Mary at the summit overlooking the town. It can be seen from practically anywhere in Courmayeur.
Downhill skiing on Monte Bianco:
The ski area served by skilifts by Courmayeur Monte Bianco Ski Company and is formed by two sides of different features: the Chécrouit side, facing northeast, consisting of vast plateaux devoid of trees, mostly sunny in the morning, and Val side Veny, facing north-west, consisting of large tracks included in the woods and mostly sunny in the afternoon. From every point of the area you can enjoy the impressive view of Monte Bianco ( 4810 meters), the highest mountain in Europe.
The ski area is reached by skilifts "Courmayeur, " Val Veny "and the cable" Dolonne ", and with pick-up locations in Courmayeur mainresorts respectively and Entrèves Dolonne.
Since the two sides are connected by an extensive network of facilities akilifts and slopes, the slope Chécrouit is rapidly accessible to skiers going up from the Entrèves Val Veny side and also for skiers from the Courmayeur-side.
The Transmissionequipments are in open throughout the day according to when openinghours exposed to the at the entrences (Courmayeur, Entrèves, Dolonne).
Number of slopes: 25, 4 black (10.84% of the skiarea), 14 red (61.58% of the skiarea), 7 blue (27.58% of the skiarea).
Snowmaking: 252 snowcanons with 389 placingpositions. total length snocovoered slopes: 20,798 meters
Snowcovoered surfaces: 977,514 sq m , approximately 57.43% of the area.
...on the slopes of the Val Ferret (Courmayeur)
For lovers of cross country skiing Val Ferret offers, along with wonderful trails, an great alpine environment , between beautiful forests and magnificent stretches of snow from November until May.
Reachable Planpincieux (1580 mt.) By bus or by car (check openinghours of the Valley). The slopes goes from Planpincieux, winding along the valley, to the place at Lavachey and, for the more daring skilovers, all the way to Nouvaz ARPA. The slopes, always tracked and signed on all the maps, provide many deviations with which you can lengthen, or decrease, the chosen routes, covering as 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 kilometers on land particularly suitable for this kind of sport. In Planpincieux there are bars, restaurants, all kinds of service for skiers with ski rentals, skiwaxing, and ski school.
Round Planpincieux - Lavachey 9.00 km (easy)
Round (variants) Planpincieux-Lavachey km 10.00 (medium difficulty)
The stalactite-formations with special light reflections that create the rich colors and cool that distinguish them, are the characteristics of ice falls which affect strongly all that sees them. You will learn that the mountain in winter is not just skiing but there are other possibilities, such as ice climbing, where everyone can feel new emotions and sensations. The recommended period is from mid-December to mid March depending on the conditions of the falls.
One can aslo enjoy Ice Skating, Curling, Tennis, Squash, Football 5, climbing wall, indoor golf, GYM, table tennis, spa & VIDEO GAMES
C / o Courmayeur Forum Sport Center.
In the Valley of the Mont Blanc you can experience the unforgettable experience to lead a pack of huskies on the routes of the high valley, admiring the beautiful scenery. Can be arranged day / night, weekends, days, slides and videos, advertising services, excursions for children, baptism of the sled dog.
With the start of ski season (December-April) one can also try the new sport Snow-Biking, a new sport that involves the use of mountain bike on snow. Particularly appreciated by those who enjoy cycling in extreme situations, but without danger. Snow bike is practiced in a group and with an expert. The routes are established in advance, and have almost always stops for refreshments and to let the participants to enjoy the scenery and local specialties. It is suiteble to dress as one does for skiing, with ski suit, or if you prefer trousers (fleece) and windproof jacket, and ski gloves and hiking boots.
In the Valley of the Monte Bianco you can experience the unforgettable experience to lead a pack of huskies on the routes of the high valley, admiring the beautiful scenery. It can be arranged day / night, weekends, slides and videos, advertising services, excursions for children, and sled dog baptism.
Hang gliding and paragliding
L'A. S. Free Flight Mont Blanc offers you the opportunity to go into the magical world of "gliding/flying", but above all to make the first flight into the fantastic Valdigne, one of the most fascinating places in Europe. The real first flight in paraglider is flying in tandem with the professional instructor, who will be able to offer experience, fun and excitement. For the tandem jump requires no special preparation and experience accessible to all. You start with taking off with the pilot then enjoying all the excitement of the flight sitting comfortably in your seat. The gentle slopes of the mountains seen from above in an overflight is a memorable experience to enjoy safely.