Events in the Aosta Valley this winter
The winter season is growing ever nearer, so we thought we would list some of our favourite events that are taking place across the Aosta Valley this winter.
Aosta – Piazza Severino Caveri – 1 Dec 2012 – 6 Jan 2013
A small piece of the Aosta Town of Piazza Caveri will be transformed into an alpine village from December until January thanks to the “Marché Vert Noël”. There will be plenty on offer during this time including local specialties, wines, handicrafts, gifts and plenty of Aostan inspirations. These lovely little bits and pieces really help to make the festive period in the Aosta Valley a truly wonderful experience. You can stroll through the market avenues and search for the perfect gift, or, simply gorge yourself on some beautiful food.
En Amit Hivèr La Thuile Food & Wine Market – 8 Dec 2012
This cracking little event is organised by a number of local restaurateurs and hoteliers and it features local craft stalls that are offering you plenty. You can indulge yourself in the Aostan gastronomy and wines and appreciate the magical atmosphere. There will also be folk music and dances going on to brighten your evening.
Images and Lives of the Mafia – 10 Dec – 16 Dec 2012
Mont Blanc is painted Noir as the world of mafia cinema and literature comes together to present their works of art on screen. There will be some famous names and faces gather to create this fantastically dramatic programme. There will also be a casting course for young actors to attend, so this event is well worth popping along to.
Rhémy de Noël, Father Christmas in Courmayeur – 24 Dec 2012
Why not spend Christmas eve with the big guy himself on Christmas Eve? And when I say big guy, I mean Rhémy de Noël, the chimney sweep who was born on Christmas Day. He only visits the valley once a year, on the 24th December, to dish out presents to all of the children so take your kids along and they can have a cracking time.
Winter Eco Trail in Courmayeur – 21 Jan 2013
The Winter Eco Trail will return for the sixth time! This brilliant and challenging mountain trail running race is not for the faint of heart but it is an event that you should most definitely attend. Whether you are competing or supporting, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of the Val Ferret, where the race is set.
Saint Orso Fair, Aosta – 30 Jan – 31 Jan 2013
The centre of Aosta will see its streets lined with craftsmen as well as wood, iron, glass, stone, leather and fabric professionals. They will all be displaying their creations as they have done for over one thousand years. There will be thousands of stalls that will attract over 120,000 visitors to Aosta for this splendid event. Make sure you check it out!
Click on the Mountain in Courmayeur – 26 Feb – 2 March 2013
This great photographic competition sees breathtaking jumps, spectacular scenes and enthusiasm across Courmayeur. For the duration of this event, four teams of riders, and photographers will have 84 hours to create a photo album, using everything that this ski resort at the foot of Mont Blanc has to offer freeride enthusiasts.
Cogne Cross Country Ski Marathon – 10 Feb 2013
Every February, cross-country ski athletes battle it out over this grueling 42km course, set in the breath-taking landscape of the Gran Paradiso Nature Reserve – a mecca for cross-country ski fanatics. If you are a fan of cross country skiing and you are in the area, then this really is an event that you should be taking part in.
Piolets d’Or – 3 April – 6 April 2013
Every year in Courmayeur and Chamonix, the ‘Oscars of mountaineering’ bring together the world’s cream of the crop in mountaineering circles, culminating in a final awards ceremony of the Piolets d’Or for the best climb of the year and the Piolet d’Or Carrière – the Walter Bonatti prize. The Piolets d’Or is always one to watch and always brings a real buzz to Courmayeur.
Mezzalama Trophy in Cervinia – 27 April – 28 April 2013
This is a tremendous ski race that begins in Breuil-Cervinia and ends, a day later, in Gressoney-La-Trinité off the peak of Castore (4,236 m). It is a brilliant and grueling race and is always a very entertaining spectacle.
By Iain Martin