zoomThe “Pearl of the Alpes”: This is the experlative that Courmayeur merits for its extraordinary beauty, the harmony of its mountain scenery and it long tradition for hospitality. It is also the oldest and most famous of the Italian alpine ski resort looked over by the majestic scenery of the Mont Blanc chain of mountains.

Situated in a splendid valley at 1224m , Courmayeur was born to tourism at the end of the 17th Century as a centre of thermal baths for the well-being of its mineral enriched waters. Today it is one of the most important ski resorts in the world, giving off a sense of exclusivity and magic.

Courmayeur offers first class hospitality: About seventy hotels offering over 3,000 beds, apartaments, some 90 restaurants and pizzerias and other café, bars, discopub, piano-bar and a modern sports centre.

zoomIt is been the winter sports capital since the mid-century, offering those passionate the priceless opportunity to ski at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe. From here the off piste descent on the Toula Glacier (10km) and the famous Valley Blanche with its 22km of descent the majority of which is on glacier through seracs and gullies finishing in Chamonix. In the area of Checrouit and Val Veny there are 300 artificial snow cannons covering the majority of the 100km to guarantee the opening of the ski season. In Val Ferret, at the foot of the Grandes Jorasses, you will find the most beautiful cross-country ski pistes in all of the Aosta Valley, with routes covering a variety of difficulty.

Courmayeur offers her story, her traditions, and the pride of an ancient village. Her picturesque centre still shows some of the original architecture. Nor should you forget the fashionable side of the village: Take a stroll along the long central street and view the numerous and elegant shops.

The two lateral valleys, Val Veny and Val Ferret, are universally known to be a real alpine paradise, adjacent and parallel to the Mont Blanc chain of mountains and are crossed by the most famous and frequented walking tour in the world: The Tour of Mont Blanc.

Courmayeur stands alone in its massive contribution to the history of climbing, to this day it receives climbers from around the world. The local society of guides - the second oldest in history constituted in 1850 – offers an extraordinary programme of activities for both summer and winter to all levels, children included.

The Funivia (lift) Monte Bianco, containing 6 spectacular sections between Courmayeur and Chamonix skimming above 4000m, is considered the eighth wonder of the world.

In Val Ferret during the summer, there is a 9 hole golf course which is the highest and most spectacular in Europe.

In Courmayeur it is possible to participate in a multitude of sports to the highest of levels: A climbing wall amongst the highest and most complete in Europe, a regional swimming pool (25m), tennis (indoor and outdoor), squash, covered 5-a-side football pitch, , Olympic sized ice rink, indoor golf driving range, gym, a range of rock climbing areas and an outdoor swimming pool. Other activities include: walking, summer and winter mountain biking, via ferrate, ice climbing, hand-gliding, parapont, diving in alpine lakes, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, freeride, extreme skiing, heliskiing and snowshoe walking... Not to mention hunting and fishing.

Courmayeur also has available tended gardens, a conference centre, a cinema and two fun parks for children open in the winter and summer.

And to stay satisfied it is enough to take a walk and look around inside.
Courmayeur is approximately 3 km from the Mont Blanc tunnel connecting Italy and France.

Activities in Courmayeur
• Sports and excursions
• Shopping and restaurants
• Fitness and well-being
• Craftsman and folklore
• Miniclub and childrens fun park
• Cinema

Exhibitions in Courmayeur
• Film Festival “Noir in Festival”
• International Alpine ski races
• Visits to wineries “Route des Vins”
• Traditional festivals
• Conferences, exhibitions and museums
Sports Summer and Autumn
• Rafting, canoa, hydrospeed
• Climbing
• Trekking single and multi-day trips
• Walks and excurions in the mid moutain range (a range of difficultness)
• Mountain bike
• Parapont
• Sports centre: Gym, tennis (Clay and internal), squash, football, ice skating
• Horse riding
• Golf 9 hole

Sports winter and Spring
• Alpine skiing and snowboarding
• Cross-country skiing
• Ski touring
• Heli-skiing
• Off piste (Toula e Vallée Blanche)
• Snowshoe walking
• Ice climbing
• Sports centre: Gym, tennis (Clay and internal), squash, football, ice skating
• Hunting and fishing
To see in Courmayeur
• Monte Bianco lift
• Monte Bianco mountain range
• Tunnel del Monte Bianco
• Botanical garden Saussurea
• Alpin museum
• Visite alle miniere
• Alpine swimming pool
• Nearby attractions: Roman city of Aosta, numerous castles, Saint Vincent Casino and others in Chamonix (France)

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Hotel Restaurant Lavachey - Località Lavachey 11013 Courmayeur (AO) - Italy
Tel/fax: +39 0165 869723 - E-mail: - C.F. e P.IVA 00583080072
Uff. Reg. Imp. Aosta n° 00583080072

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