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Aosta Valley: snow, taste and well-being

A royal destination for winter sports lovers: the Aosta Valley wins the hearts of its guests with warm hospitality and the taste of pure alpine traditions

12 September 2022

3 minutes

This wonderful corner of Italy, where cities, towns and villages are perched on the highest peaks in the Alpine chain, may well best be narrated by its many food and wine products (wines, delicatessen meats, cheese) with PDO, DOCG and DOC designations. Or the numerous wellness treatments offered by the high altitude spas where - between one ski run and the next - you can treat yourself to relaxation in facilities where modernity has always had enormous respect for tradition. Yet, naturally enough and especially in winter, the Aosta Valley means winter sports and experiences to be enjoyed in every possible way and well within everyone's reach. Learners can take their first steps in the many official ski schools available on every slope and at every altitude. If, on the other hand, you are already a super ski expert, here you can also try the unique and daring off-piste experience on slopes not served by lifts, thanks to the heliski service. A helicopter will take you up and follow you in flight until you return to the valley. In short, if you are keen to plan a stay in the Aosta Valley, you will find suggestions below chosen from the infinite possibilities of adventure and discovery that this region has to offer for not to be missed experiences.

1. Cervinia: skiing... with wings

The slopes of Cervinia rise to over 2000 metres above sea level as far as Breuil-Cervinia: an elegant ski resort and base for reaching an altitude of 3480 metres at Plateau Rosà. A reality where everything is limitless, where new, fast and comfortable ski plant serve more than 150 km of slopes - that become 350 with the international connection with Zermatt, plus the 12 km of the legendary Ventina slope. Yet off-piste is one of the strengths of Cervinia, where the heliski service reaches isolated peaks covered with fresh snow before embarking on exciting descents (exclusively for experienced skiers). The helicopter service also offers purely panoramic flights to discover unthinkable views over a unique, magical scenario; this experience is within everyone's reach, as no one will be left atop a snowy peak.

 

2. Saint Vincent: spas close by the ski slopes

The Saint Vincent mineral water spring was discovered in 1770, and at the time was called Fons Salutis given its acknowledged healing properties. The spa complex, framed by superb alpine peaks, today embraces indoor pools - with water temperatures that vary between 25 and 34 °C - and outdoor pools where the water even reaches 36 °C. Treatments and other services also include saunas (Finnish, soft and Mediterranean), steam baths, emotional showers and ice cascades. If - after restoring yourself in the spa - you want put yourself immediately to the test on a pair of skis or a snowboard, simply set off from Saint Vincent to Col de Joux nearby: here, on an authentic panoramic balcony between the Ayas Valley and the central valley, there are many kms of snow-covered slopes served by a two-seater chairlift, a ski lift and three mobile walkways.

Kids will enjoy the Joux Park Giocaneve - a marvellous playground with various attractions for their entertainment.

3. Courmayeur: on dog-sleds over the snow

Things get going with the "dog sledding christening”, a tour on a husky dog sled offering every participant the chance to be the protagonist by personally driving this typical form of mountain transport. The setting where this adventure takes place winds through the wild nature surrounding Courmayeur in an uncontaminated landscape. The length and complexity of the route are also chosen in relation to the number of participants, their age and weather conditions. In any case, the tour lasts between one and a half to three hours.