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

Written by Redazione , 26/09/19

Courmayeur is also known as the "Pearl of the Alps", and is one of the most desirable and renowned ski destinations in Europe.

Let us help you discover how to organize your perfect holiday in Courmayeur in order to fully enjoy its beauty: the snow and the uncontaminated nature of its landscapes; the relaxing experiences especially for families; and the typical products of the Alpine gastronomy.

Courmayeur -  the "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. Neverthesless, it also contains the beauty and the activities offered during the summer as well.

Courmayeur is international, elegant, exclusive, but at the same time it is versatile and welcoming to families. 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 your guarantee to experience an unforgettable holiday with friends, as a couple, or with the family: there innumerable attractions available that can be personalized to meet all tastes: you can decide on an active holiday or a relaxing, tasty, purifying, traditional or unusual one in Courmayeur -  anything is possible!

Skiing in Courmayeur

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. You can do this both at top-notch ski slopes and among the many wonderful landscapes present where the combination of sun and abundant snow creates a winter sports paradise and so much more in this corner of Valle d’Aosta.

Alpine ski lovers and those who want to spend the entire day on the fresh snow can enjoy the slopes of Col Chécrouit and Cresta Youla: 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 lifts and all kinds 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 at the highest peaks of entertainment;  the legendary off-slope of Courmayeur which takes you to the borders of the glaciers and where the gradients seem to never end between the mythical Vallée Blanche and the Toula Glacier.

Do you love cross-country skiing? No other sport has many beneficial effects for the body which are amplified by total immersion in the pristine mountain of Courmayeur.

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 winter 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 bats in the thermal waters of Mont Blanc.

Having a Typical dinner in a chalet in Courmayeur

Experiencing the mountain life - you know - opens up your appetite ... what could be better than concluding a day of skiing in Courmayeur with 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 which is the 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'Aoste cheese 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 is welcomed in Courmayeur and throughout the Valle d'Aosta.

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