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Nordic ski, walks with snow rackets and romantic ambiance in Cogne

November 18, 2009

Gran Paradiso National Park. Photo by Max Franceschini on Flickr

Winter sports are not only about Alpine skiing and I know that there are lots of nordic ski fans. I tried only once, and had a lot of fun by trying not to lose balance having only my foot tip hooked up to that tiny ski. Besides, you can enjoy a lot more the nature and scenery surrounding you.

Ghiacciaio della Tribolazione. Photo by Grivola05 on Flickr

In Aosta ValleyCogne offers a 80 km circuit for every cross-country skier level and gorgeous views on the Gran Paradiso massif.  Besides, if you’re looking for a total immersion in the nature, trying to spot foxes, chamois and ibex best thing is having a long walk with snow rackets with a local guide. And if you want to treat yourself of something special, what about sled dog? This is something I never did and should definitely try…

Cogne is perfect for romantic ambience and great food. Accommodations range from luxury hotels with spa to simpler but cosy chalets.

Valnontey. Photo by Vin60 on Flickr

  • Luxury: Hotel Bellevue is the most famous luxury accommodation in Cogne. Opened in 1925, it has 28 elegant rooms in alpine style, 7 suites with jacuzzi and fireplace and three chalets with fireplace that seem to have directly come out from a fairy tale. Hotel Bellevue Wellness Oasis has been awarded with 2006 Relais & Chateaux Trophy and you can choose among one of the three restaurants.
  • Cheaper but cosy: in the charming Valnontey, just 3 km from Cogne, you can find more affordable options for you stay. My favourite ones are the 2 stars Petit Dahu and La Barme, both in traditional stone-built chalet and full of charme.

Gnocchi di polenta

To enjoy great traditional cuisine a couple ofgood addresses are Lou Resignon, where a must is tasting “soupetta“, a risotto with fontina (the Aosta Valley local cheese) and whole-wheat bread croutons, and Brasserie du Bon Bec, for a great romantic dinner tasting traditional cuisine in a warm ambience.


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