5 Experiences for Non-Skiers to Enjoy in the Italian Alps
Courmayeur Mont Blanc, situated on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, is a traditional yet sophisticated resort surrounded by spectacular scenery and full of history and charm. Renowned for its warm Italian welcome and fabulous winter sports scene, the resort is ideal for families, friends, skiers, and non-skiers looking to spend time outside in the fresh mountain air. With Covid-19 still providing plenty of uncertainty as to whether the ski slopes will open this season, Courmayeur Mont Blanc offers the ultimate winter break for those looking to reconnect and get moving with an abundance of non-ski related activities.
Please see a breakdown of activities available for the non-skier at Courmayeur Mont Blanc – ideal for the domestic market, and international when travel bans permit.
Courmayeur Mont Blanc offers a breadth of peaceful snowshoe walks, tailored to suit any ability and perfect for those looking to reconnect with nature – without the need for skis. Gentle scenic walks in Val Veny and Val Ferret provide beautiful snow-clad summit views. High altitude snowshoeing to the Toula glacier, or up the Mont Blanc, is also available with the help of an expert alpine guide pointing out the local wildlife on the way. Those looking for a bit more of an adventure can enjoy walking tours of the local picturesque villages or even try out a nocturnal snowshoeing experience.
2. Fat Biking
Non-skiers still looking for an alpine adrenaline high can head cross country and enjoy the latest snow trend: fat biking. Described as ‘waterskiing on a mountain bike’, these brave cyclists will pedal through the flat alpine valley of Val Ferret and take in spectacular views of the Mont Blanc or Grandes Jorasses with a pair of XXL wheels. Snow biking is also on offer so those missing the ski slopes can trade in their tyres and both guided experiences are available at night.
3. Ice Climbing
The winter version of rock climbing: Courmayeur Mont Blanc boasts incredible ice waterfalls designed to frighten even the true adventure seeker. With majestic, sky-high, and vertical ice barriers available, guides will train their clients into an ice-climbing pro – comfortable with ice axes and traction cleats alike – and ready to safely enjoy this natural adult playground in all its beauty.
4. For Families
A veritable playground for families, Courmayeur Mont Blanc provides plenty of child-friendly activities for those who didn’t want to hit the slopes in the first place. Families can check out the two Kids Winter Parks on offer both situated a few minutes from the centre of the resort – perfect for little ones taking their first steps on the snow, kids can try out bob sledging or snow tubing. Alternatively, children can burn off some steam and test out ice climbing, ice skating, or visit the local fun parks which include train rides and educational farms.
5. Skyway Monte Bianco Experience
A state-of-the-art cableway connecting the Italian Alps to the French, the Skyway Monte Bianco Experience transports visitors 3,466 metres above sea level. Boasting four spherical cabins, the crystal-clear spaceships hang in the air gently rotating to offer 360° panoramic views of the peaks and the summits of Valle d’Aosta, Cervino, Gran Paradiso, Monte Ros and Combin. Bringing man and mountain closer than ever before – without any skis required – the newest Punta Helbronner station, set at 3,400 metres, can drop beneath -40°C. Skyway boasts a wide variety of experiences for everyone to enjoy including a historical museum, a sun terrace, mountain delicacies, wine tasting in the Cave Mont Blanc and a traditional bookshop. Skyway also plays host to exceptional events including ‘New Moon’ parties (Covid-permitting) and cinema screenings at the auditorium with 150 seats.
Discover Italy at its peak in Courmayeur Mont Blanc: a unique combination of fine food, culture, adventurous sporting activities, sophisticated relaxation and prime shopping in an incomparable Mont Blanc setting.