Essentials for runners on Mont Blanc

Essentials for runners on Mont BlancCourmayeur ski resort might attract skiers more than runners; however, for those who are dedicated to running and do not want to give up one day without a good run, they will find plenty of wonderful mountain trails to run in Courmayeur.  Running on Mont Blanc mountain is an experience that runners enjoy but an experienced runner knows that running in the hills is much different from running in a lower altitude.  If you plan to do some running during your Courmayeur holiday, be prepared for running in the mountains. Continue reading

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Courmayeur to co-host Piolets d’Or awards

For those who come to Courmayeur ski resort to climb Mont Blanc are probably familiar with the Piolet Awards.  The Piolets d’Or awards are given each year to the best mountain climbs of the previous year.  For 2012, six high-altitude climbs were nominated for the prestigious award.  Each of the six climbs included summits over 6,000 meters and five of the climbs included a traverse over the top of the summit to descent down another route.  The awards are being presented this year in a festive in Courmayeur, Italy and Chamonix, France in April.  A four-person panel will review the nominated climbs before choosing the winners. Continue reading

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5 Things to See and Do in Courmayeur that Don’t Involve Skiing

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. Continue reading

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