snuggled at the end of Italy's Aosta Valley next to the Mont Blanc
Tunnel to Chamonix, is a ski holiday, dream destination. It has, in its
collection all of the necessary ingredients for stardom. A read of the
remainder of the pages describing this resort will give you a basic
idea, and a look at the photos should give you even more info. What you
really have to do, dear reader is to visit the place. Courmayeur is more
than just a little bit special. It has an atmosphere of easy going
friendliness about it that is rare in this fast lane society. This
covers all aspects of holiday making in Courmayeur all year round.
Skiing is as you like it. Lots of easy
stuff for cruisers, but some high mountain and bumpy black is
available for better skiers. The same
Dolonne Hotel Courmayeur
goes for the après ski.
Disco 'til dawn, or sit back and sip some local wine. No matter,
you will enjoy it. People looking for outdoor Activelifestyle
pursuits need not be limited solely to alpine skiing. Cross-country skiers will find small,
but very beautiful trails in Val Ferret just outside the town in the
direction of the Mont Blanc Tunnel. A second possibility for cross-country
skiers is in Dolonne, again just outside town, but in the other
action also revolves around the magnificent Mont Blanc. Besides being
even more imposing in summer than it is in winter, the mountain is also
more accessible due the absence of snow, and roads that are more
available. The cross-country area at Val Ferret that we spoke of earlier
becomes a pleasant hiking and sightseeing area, with a 9-hole golf
course meandering alongside the river.
There is no way that this course
could be described as one which would attract "serious"
golfers to a golfing based holiday, but as a pleasant way to pass the
day, or an evening after a day's business, this is a cracker. If it is
challenge that you are looking for you won't find it in the conventional
meaning here, but when playing along those rough, narrow fairways and
greens, it is challenge enough just to keep the ball out of the water.
And imagine, all of this surrounded by the pulchritude of Mont Blanc and
the beautiful valley in her shadow.
this writing, we are not too sure if the summer skiing above Courmayeur
is in operation. At last report it was not, and more's the pity. But
never mind, even a sightseeing trip to the Funivie Monte Bianco is worth
the effort. It is a thrilling ride to 4,000m and one of the most
spectacular sights in the world.
back to earth, Courmayeur has an abundance of land-based sports besides
golf. Tennis, for one, horse back riding for another, super trekking
possibilities, bungee jumping, canyoning, hydro speed (bobsledding on
water), kayaking, canoeing, parachuting, mountain biking, and, for an
exercise in peace and patience, you can try your hand at trout fishing
in the river trout reserve. Got the picture? There's plenty of action to
be had in Courmayeur.
if no action at all is your cup of tea, then no action it shall be. Go
sit on the mountain and soak in the sun's rays by one of the two
swimming pools at altitudes of 1700m or 2050m. Or enjoy one of the many
restaurants or snack bars scattered over the mountain. The cable cars
run all summer, so you won't have to walk to all this "non
action". Lunching in the village or one of the valleys can be an
all day affair, or hey, just sit on your balcony and drink in the
beauty. You can be as active or as inactive as you want to be.
superb convention centre located in the centre of town has every
physical and communication facility needed to have your business
function running as smoothly as possible, regardless of size. There is
plenty about in the form of discos, bars, restaurants and the like, but
it is not overly rambunctious to the point that you cannot stand it. It
is, as the rest of Courmayeur, rather pleasant. Dining out is a real
treat, and runs the whole price range.
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