Mountain systems of the Aosta Valley have sketched a natural skyline where 4 peaks, well known to mountaineers, are easily recognised: Mont-Blanc (4,810 m), a mountain sculpted in granite and second only in Europe after Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus mountains; Mount Cervino or Matterhorn (4,478 m), with its characteristic pyramidal form; Mount Rosa (4,634 m), second highest mountain in the Alps; and mount Gran Paradiso (4,061 m), the only 4,000 m mountain to be entirely located on Italian land.
With a surface area of just 3,266 km² — 1% of Italian soil — Aosta Valley is the smallest region in the bel paese. Shaped by ancient glaciers and encircled by some of Europe's highest mountains, Aosta Valley is also a typically alpine region, with over a third of it lying at an altitude of over 2,600 metres. This region is divided into 7 tourist areas, each with very particular and unique features.
Skiing in the Valle d'Aosta, for those who love downhill skiing, means exploring 23 ski resorts, 800 km of runs and 10 snowparks, and exhilarating off-piste itineraries that can be reached with ski lifts or by helicopter from heli-skiing bases. Also, on the runs at the foot of Mount Cervino you can even ski in the summer!