"A place where you can find all the happiness you're looking for"
When the snow melts, each year, the mountains of Courmayeur reveal a new form of wonder. The slopes on the two sides, Checrouit and Val Veny unveil their paths, the colours of the lakes and the breathtaking views. Skis put away in the attic, it's time for hiking boots, maps and mountain bikes. Within minutes, the cable cars carry you to the centre of a place full of charm and possibilities: the tastes of the mountain restaurants and refuges, breathtaking descents and paths of the most beautiful peaks of the Alps are ready to welcome you and to give experiences that will never be forgotten.
The dense network of paths for hiking is a treasure for hikers: the summit of Mont Chétif, the Checrouit lake and the Monte Bianco refuge are just some of many possible destinations, capable of satisfying both a hiking beginner and the most expert mountaineer. On these same paths the Tour du Mont-Blanc passes, an unparalleled 200 km hike through Italy, France and Switzerland, to get to know the area of the highest mountain range in Europe. In the saddle of a mountain bike (transported free on the cable cars) you can discover routes full of dense colors: the emerald green of the meadows in spring, the deep blue sky, the white glaciers and the chromatic explosion of wildflowers.
The queen of the area is the pool, with heated water, of Plan Checrouit, open between July and August: the bar, sunbathing area and sauna complete the package of an exceptional place for wellbeing in sight of the most wonderful view of the summit of Mont Blanc.
"A centennial tradition of alpine skiing"
It is the beginning of the twentieth century. The mountain is changing: the people who live there and the few brave hikers are joined by new faces, those of travellers and tourists. In Courmayeur, in 1908, some people understand what the future holds: the Donzelli, Gilberti and Lora Totino families have pioneering ideas on the construction of cable cars. Years pass with experiments and successes: in 1939 Count Dino Lora Totino founds the Society of Monte Blanco, and constructs the cable car from La Palud to Punta Helbronner. The mountain,instead of just being for climbers, becomes accessible for everyone.
Between 1941 and 1945 the first rotoslittovia is built from Dolonne to Plan Checrouit and Colle Checrouit: three years later there's also the summer ski lift that reaches the Colle del Gigante. The ski area is growing: in 1952, the first Courmayeur -Plan Checrouit cable car is constructed, which opens a new area, and a few years later the Youla cable car and other lifts as well.
In the seventies a new project takes shape: to develop the slopes of the Val Veny, side, connecting it to the area that already exists. And it is in 1978 when Piero Savoretti, who loves the mountains, and who is capable of making great advances, decides to build the largest cable car in the world: 133 places, with a capacity to carry 1,500 people per hour. The future has arrived.
The Nineties saw the majority stake of the company pass from the hands of the Savoretti group to the Pavan group, changing its name to Courmayeur Mont Blanc Funivie. In 1996 the Compagnie des Alpes regains the majority and plans major new investments. In April 2010, the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta acquires the entire quota of Compagnie des Alpes and part of the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, thus becoming the majority shareholder of Courmayeur Mont Blanc Funivie.