Courmayeur: the alpinists‘ capital
First and foremost Courmayeur got this praiseworthy byname, because the village is located in a mountain world of incomparable beauty. So it is no wonder that it is one of the most traditional and most famous holiday resorts throughout the Alps – in summer as well as in winter.
Today the village has about 3,000 inhabitants. It is located in a basin at more than 1,200 meters above sea level and nestles between dense forests and the impressive rock faces of the Mont Blanc massif. The 4,810 meter high mountain – by the way the highest one in the Alps – is situated circa ten kilometers north-west of Courmayeur. The well-known Mont Blanc tunnel leads from here through the mighty mountain range to the French village Chamonix.
The history of Courmayeur began as health resort with mineral spring water. Today it is an internationally renowned holiday destination, which is particularly popular among alpinists and skiers. Courmayeur itself is composed of several districts. Center in every sense is the narrow Via Roma, where you can find a lot of shops and boutiques. In the Casa delle Guide you can have a look on an interesting exhibition of relics and documents, as well as a collection of old mountaineer’s equipment, which often helped daring people to make alpine history.
Other lovely quarters are La Saxe with the mineral water sources, Dolonne with the first ski lifts in Aosta Valley and Entrèves, where there is starting a cable car connection over the whole Mont Blanc massif.
The most important meeting points for active vacationers in Courmayeur are the two valleys Val Vény and Val Ferret. There you can find for example the regional touristic fishing reserve, a golf course and a thousand and one tours for hikers, climbers and other mountain friends. Not forgetting the excellent snowy slopes of Chécrouit and Val Vény rightly ranking among the best skiing areas of the Alps.