Naturally, the awe-inspiring peak of Mont Blanc is the top attraction at Courmayeur. That only makes sense, since this little ski resort village is located at the foot of the mountain, on its Italian side. Mont Blanc dominates Courmayeur, and it forms a spectacular backdrop for the entire area.
But, as magnificent as the mountain is, Mont Blanc isn’t Courmayeur’s only attraction. Neither is skiing, although it is the area’s most popular activity – at least in the winter.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Courmayeur that don’t involve skiing. Here are quick descriptions of five favorites with travelers:
- The Pavilion du Mt Fréty, located at the first mid-station on the breathtaking Punta Helbronner cable car. At an altitude of 2,173 meters (well over 7,000 feet), the views at the Pavilion are amazing. So are the walking trails. During the summer you can stroll through an Alpine flower garden or take a walk through the Pavilion’s Nature Oasis. This large protected area is nestled between glaciers and it’s the home of deer, ibex and other mountain wildlife. The Pavilion itself houses a reasonably priced, cozy café and bar, and features a sun terrace with deckchairs for taking in the views. Of course, the ride up the Punta Helbronner cable car is a must-do experience in and of itself.
- You can rent a mountain bike and ride through the beautiful hills and dales of the scenic Valle d’Aosta. One option is Noleggio Courmayeur, where it costs about 10 euros to rent a mountain bike for a day. Cheap transportation, good exercise, and great sightseeing!
- The Santuario di Notre-Dame de Guerison is a beautiful little church perched high on the side of the mountain. The spectacular views are almost impossibly beautiful. A serene place to go for a little quiet time.
- The Golf Club Courmayeur et Grandes Jorasses combines a high-altitude round of golf with some of the most beautiful panoramas of any golf course located anywhere.
- If you’ll be traveling with kids, check out the nearby Fun Park Dolonne. Some visitors might think it’s a little pricey and crowded, but children up to seven or eight years old always seem to love it. Fun Park Dolonne is like a winter theme park for kids. Open from mid-December to mid-April, it features short bobsled runs, trampolines, snow tube pistes and other activities for small children to enjoy. For 15 euros you can get an all-inclusive pass, or you can pay the 7-euro basic admission fee and then pay individually for different activities.
These are just a few of the sights and experiences that Courmayeur offers, and none of them involve skiing!Google+