It’s easy to start rattling off numbers, heights, lengths, miles and snow density when talking about Aosta. Not only it represents the favourite destination for stars and big celebrities for their vacation. Valle d’Aosta is the perfect stop for all the snow lovers that intend to enjoy their time off, over 5000 smaller ski resorts to explore.
We start with Cervinia, one of the greatest and indeed the most beautiful place according to locals and numerous tourists that visit it each year. Cervinia and its slopes (the highest of the Region) offer the largest ski system in Aosta: Plataeu Rosa, with its 3480 m, has snow all year round; Mount Rosa and Mount Cervino (or Matterhorn), with more than 4500 m each, hold their supremacy of being called the ‘Giants of the Alps’.
Courmayeur, Mont Blanc and its sunny side of paradise for extreme skiing immediately follow Cervinia as the best places for entertainment. The legendary off-slope descent on Col di Toula is considered one of the world’s best off-piste. Cable car or helicopter, you pick. When you are at the Helbronner station at 3500 m up in the Mont Blanc’s heart, you got two choices to make your way down. Cruising the Glacier or performing a vertical drop of sharp 2000 m off-piste. Evenings are devoted to story-telling while enjoying fine wines and creamy pasta sauces in any of the famous Via Roma’s restaurants.
In the smaller, beginner-friendly ski resort of La Thuile in Val d’Aosta you can go riding through the little Saint Bernard Pass on the French side. The Pass, the usual route open only during summer, is one of the oldest known passages in the Alps. As early as in the Iron Age it was used by hunters during their hiking. Today, the most amazing thing to be haunted is the spectacular view of Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco in Italian) which with its 4800 m offers a truly, overwhelming experience.