Courmayeur is Major Fun for all the Family |
Originally built up around two age-old churches based at the foot of Mont Blanc, the Courmayeur of today is a beautiful old village soaked in history. Very charming but with all the mod-cons you’d expect from a family-friendly resort, it also offers great skiing. The slopes in the resort are more suited to intermediates, so families with older children will be perfectly catered for here. It is conveniently located a mere 22km from Chamonix should you want further skiing options, and a transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur will only take you around 90 minutes door to door— so you’ll have more family fun than transfer troubles.
Mountain Museums: An Alternative Winter Adventure While you may think that a visit to a museum might not seem like young children’s cup of tea (or delicious Italian hot chocolate!), think again! Learning about the history of the mountains and mountain guides in the very area that they are enjoying a winter ski adventure adds another level to their enjoyment of the ski holiday.
National Museum of the Mountains "Duca degli Abruzzi"
Since its founding in 1874, the National Museum of the Mountains has become the most complete museum on the planet dedicated to mountains. After its complete restoration, it reopened in 2005 in the Guides’ House, which is home to an impressive collection of mountain implements and memorabilia of epic expeditions, guides’ hard work and the mountain rescue service’s origins.
You can see equipment from through the ages, botanical examples, and mementos from the most renowned expeditions to the North Pole and the Himalayas made by the Courmayeur guides. The exhibitions also include plastic models of mountain ranges from all over the world, a model of the Similaun man, and skiing relics. It’s really interesting to see how far the technology and design has come on — ask your kids to imagine skiing with some of the equipment on display and see their reactions!
The museum’s terrace boasts stunning panoramic views over 450km of the Alps, and the ambience of the place is something special in itself. It really is worth visiting if you have even the slightest interest in mountaineering.
How to Get There
Courmayeur really is a fantastic option for families, as there are several budget airlines offering daily flights to Geneva from airports across the UK, with a short flight time of around an hour and a half. To transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur will take another 90 minutes, and Shuttle Direct offers both private and shared services to cater for all budgets. A local driver with plenty of experience will pick you up at Arrivals and help make your transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur a smooth and pleasant ride. Don’t forget that if you let us know about your ski equipment at the time of booking we will transport it for free!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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