«A small pearl that expresses a world of emotions»: this is how Jean-Pierre Guichardaz, Aosta Valley Councilor for Cultural Heritage, Tourism, Sport and Commerce, presented the region at the last Skipass fair in Modena. A season of restart, albeit with a thousand cautions, that the Valley is ready to face with new projects and many ideas.
“There are three strategic directions that we are developing – explained Luigi Bertschy, Vice President of the Region and Councilor for Economic Development -: being inclusive both towards those who ski and those who do not ski, investments to make the ski areas better and better and attention to bringing children back to the slopes, who are the tourists of the future ».
These are the conditions for the Aosta Valley to face the new winter, with skiing obviously in the foreground. We are in the land of the four thousand, and this is an added value: around Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Gran Paradiso and Monte Rosa you can live unique experiences. On and off the track. Given the times, in the Aosta Valley areas (in total 19 stations for over 800 km of slopes and 151 ski lifts) maximum attention will be placed on safety: to ski you can take advantage of the Teleskipass which allows you to go directly to the lifts without having to pass from the ticket office.
The possibilities are endless. You can choose to do an international skiing crossing from La Thuile to La Rosière, in France, or from Cervinia to Zermatt between Italy and Switzerland; you can have fun on the Monterosa Ski slopes, which unite the Gressoney Valley, the Ayas Valley and the Valsesia in Piedmont; or enjoy the view of Mont Blanc from the Courmayeur tracks. From the capital of Aosta in a few minutes a cable car takes you up to the slopes of Pila, with a view that sweeps from Mont Blanc to the Grand Combin, from the Matterhorn to Monte Rosa. Open Ski Day takes place here on Sunday 12 December: a whole day on the snow at half the price. For accommodation, ski passes, ski lessons, rental and excursions with guides there is a 50% discount.
The small valley stations, on the other hand, are more family-friendly and have their advantages: fewer people and lower prices. They are the lesser-known districts of Valtournenche, Torgnon, Chamois, Champorcher, Brusson, Cogne, Antagnod, Gressoney-Saint-Jean and Crévacol, together with other smaller towns such as Valgrisenche, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame, Ollomont and La Magdeleine.
Of course, skiing and outdoor sports are not everything in the Aosta Valley: even in winter there is much more to discover. Tourism has become seasonally adjusted over the years: “We offer a 360-degree idea of mountains – underlines Councilor Guichardaz -: sport, culture, food and wine, well-being are our main assets”.
And then the story. Aosta is the second Italian city for the number of archaeological finds after Rome, and the territory is still rich in monuments and testimonies. The castles scattered throughout the valley are an example of this. By the way: that of Aymavilles will reopen its doors in preview from 22 December to 9 January 2022, pending the definitive inauguration in April. Do not miss the Christmas markets, the only ones in Italy to combine folklore and urban archeology. It will also be an opportunity to visit the fascinating city of Aosta, too often bypassed by tourists who rush to reach the ski resorts.