Valtournenche is located 1,524 metres above sea level; it is the birthplace of the most famous Cervino guides, commemorated in a stone located in the main square of the town.
The town spreads out over the beautiful vale overlooking the valley basin, among vast pasture and conifer woodland.
Tourist development is linked to the history of mountaineering and began towards the end of the last century with the opening of the passable roads; previously, however, climbers and scholars would reach the town on foot or by donkey.
In medieval times it belonged to the Lords of Cly and was then passed on to the Savoys.
The Saint’Anthony parish church, whose bell-tower overhangs the entire landscape, was built in 1856, on a building from the XV century.
During the summer period you can take numerous walks and excursions: the Cheneil excursion is not particularly difficult. From here you can have a splendid view over Valtournenche and Matterhorn, in a particularly picturesque, natural context among thriving woodland, rhododendrons and flowering pastures. Le Gouffre des Busserailles is another frequent destination for excursionists. It is a fearsome 35 metres deep and over 100 metres long abyss, dug into rock over time by Marmore River waters, which here overhangs a 10 metre cliff.
For lovers of skiing the Municipality of Valtournenche, under the picturesque Grandes Murailles chain, offers a large ski area between Mount Roisetta and the Gran Sometta, with marvellous views of Cervino. At 2,982 metres high in the white summits you can catch a connection to the Breuil-Cervinia and Zermatt resorts.
Cross-country skiing takes place on the Maen 6.5 kilometre piste and on that of Champlève, which is 3.3 kilometres.