Courmayeur is in Italy. Courmayeur is an Alpine resort in northwest Italy, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It’s known for the SkyWay Monte Bianco cable car, offering views of peaks like the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. The Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden has medicinal and high-altitude plants, plus a swath of Alpine pasture. In town, the Duca degli Abruzzi Alpine Museum documents the history of mountain guides with photos and climbing equipment.

Elevation: 1,224 m

Courmayeur is the halfway loop around the Tour du Mont Blanc for those that start in Chamonix. Courmayeur will be co-host with Cortina for the 2024 Olympics.

The Planpincieux glacier Courmayeur

linked by a dramatic cable-car ride to its cross-border cousin in Chamonix, Courmayeur is an activity-oriented Aosta village that has grafted upmarket ski facilities onto an ancient Roman bulwark. Its pièce de résistance is lofty Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain – 4810m of solid rock and ice that rises like an impregnable wall above the narrow valleys of northwestern Italy, igniting awe in all who pass.

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Refugio Elisabetta Courmayeur

The vast number of trails in the mountains surrounding Courmayeur, a landscape steeped in history and legend, allow hikers to discover the most magical, and often least known areas of the Italian Alps.

For expert walkers there are challenging itineraries involving long climbs along gravely gorges or traverses across the great Roman Roads built 2,000 years ago.

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