10 things to do in Courmayeur
If you are looking for a mountain resort where Italian style and Alpine tradition meet, and at the same time a place full of attractions and sports, we can only recommend you to visit Courmayeur. The town is located in the Aosta Valley, nothing less than at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif. Corumayeur, the westernmost town in the valley, can be easily reached not only through the entrance of the Aosta Valley motorway but also through the Mont Blanc tunnel. The town is, in fact, the last town you meet before arriving in France. Let’s see in detail 10 things to do in Courmayeur and surroundings to spend a wonderful holiday!
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Discover the best 10 things to do in Courmayeur:
Skiing in Courmayeur aka “I’m coming down from Aretu”
Let’s start with sport, since Courmayeur offers various activities and high level. The Courmayeur Mont Blanc ski resort is beaten every year by skiers from all over the world. The ski area extends on two slopes: the first, the Chécrouit slope, and the second, the Val Vény slope, offering over thirty slopes for all levels of difficulty, reaching an altitude of 2,750 metres at the Cresta d’Arp. The slopes of Courmayeur can be reached from the village by two cable cars, one near the village centre, the Courmayeur cable car and one in Entrèves, the Val Veny cable car. Alternatively, you can take the Dolonne cable car from the village of the same name.
We’ll bring you the cherry on top: if you need the equipment, the ski rental is discounted by 15% if booked online on Snowit… after which you’ll be ready to sing along with Il Pagante!
Going off-piste and snowshoeing at the foot of Mont Blanc
The ski area on the French border is also very famous for its spectacular off-piste routes. The most famous descent is the Vallée Blanche, which reaches Chamonix via the Mer de Glace glacier, so freeriders from all over Europe choose Courmayeur as their winter holiday destination. The panoramic exit of the Vallèe Blanche requires some organization as the final arrival will be in Chamonix and it will be necessary to organize a return transfer, certainly it is a unique experience with its 20 km off-piste between legendary peaks and glaciers in front of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe with its 4,810 meters. Two more classic routes that can be reached directly from the slopes are the Toula glacier or the Val Vény groves. In short, if adrenaline is your thing, keep an eye out for freeride activities in Courmayeur or in nearby La Thuile!
In addition to the thrill of descending immaculate snowy slopes, Snowit also offers you the opportunity to take a fantastic and fun snowshoe hike in Courmayeur, an impressive experience at the foot of Mont Blanc with a trip on Courmayeur’s super-innovative Skyway. What are you waiting for?
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Relaxing at the Pré Saint Didier Spa
Imagine plunging into warm water, surrounded by snow and cold temperatures, and overlooked by Mont Blanc, which silently watches you. Well, know that this is possible at the Pré Saint Didier spa, which is only a few minutes from Courmayeur. Whirlpools, waterfalls, saunas, salt rooms, lounges dedicated to relaxation, activities and events… In short, everything you need to pamper yourself after a day in the cold and, above all, in a truly suggestive space!
Visit the eighth wonder of the world: the Skyway
Observing the Mont Blanc massif up close for some years now is possible thanks to the cable car that takes you from Pontal to Punta Helbronner at an altitude of 3,466 metres directly at the foot of the glaciers and the great peaks of the Alps. It has been baptized with the name Skyway and considered as the eighth wonder of the world because of the indescribable views it offers: absolutely not to be missed! A treat: at the last station (highly recommended) the Crystal Hall, where you can admire the beautiful jewels of the mountains that the various Aosta Valley enthusiasts have extracted from the Mont Blanc massif over the years.
Take part in an Après-ski on the Courmayeur slopes
Sip a spritz in company after a day of skiing is almost a must on a respectable Italian holiday. Courmayeur’s offer is also very wide on this front. However, in addition to aperitifs in the many pubs and cafes in Via Roma, we recommend you stop on the slopes to enjoy the DJ set parties at the famous SuperG that take place every day from dusk onwards on terraces overlooking the ski slopes. Evenings not to be missed! For those who want to continue with after-dinner evenings, Courmayeur’s nightlife is definitely a must thanks to the many clubs and discos such as Shatush, Club Haus and The Club.
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Have fun at the Mont Blanc adventure park
If you want to admire Mont Blanc from everywhere, we recommend another point of view: the Mont Blanc adventure park, located in Pré Saint Didier on the road to La Thuile. As well as giving you a different view of the majestic mountain range, it offers fun trails of varying difficulty, for young and old alike, ready to put your skills and courage to the test! Reservations are compulsory in winter.
Near the park, you can find the 160-metre-high footbridge overlooking the gorge of the famous Orrido de Pré Saint Didier: you can observe it in complete safety and also enjoy the waterfall and the thermal spring grotto from afar. Unfortunately, it is closed in winter, but this place must be one of your mandatory destinations from spring onwards!
Dine in a chalet in Courmayeur
In the list of our recommended activities in the different mountain resorts, you can never miss a nice dinner in the hut. For us it is, in fact, essential to indulge in the pampering of a meal on the slopes at nightfall. Thanks to the Courmayeur cable car, open every day until midnight, you can comfortably reach your risto-chalet Christania, a high altitude restaurant in Courmayeur to enjoy an alternative evening! If you don’t want to miss this activity, keep an eye on Snowit’s experiences: we always organize new ones!
The Christiania is also a great way to organize your New Year’s Eve dinner in Courmayeur or for special events.
The damsels will surely be the most interested in this activity. Courmayeur and, in particular, Via Roma, is the queen of shopping. You will find clothing stores, fine boutiques, fashionable clubs and shops with typical products. Walk through the streets of the village to get a taste of tradition and style!
Visit Val Ferret
Whether summer or winter, Val Ferret always offers great relaxation and, guess what, beautiful views of Mont Blanc. Access to cars is forbidden in winter from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; however, the valley can be reached by shuttle buses that leave from the village of Verrand all day long. A real corner of paradise. Val Ferret is a spectacular valley of over 20 km perfect for cross-country skiing, trying out fat bikes or enjoying walks and snowshoeing in the mountains.
Skiing in La Thuile
La Thuile is only 15/20 minutes drive from Courmayeur and offers 150 km of ski slopes, an ideal solution for those who choose Courmayeur for long stays and want to try new ski slopes during their mountain holiday. Many tourists based in Courmayeur choose to alternate the two destinations to spend their days on the slopes of Aosta Valley.
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