In summer, nature lovers and sports fans will find a whole host of leisure activities to enjoy in the Valtournenche. There are plenty of walking routes suitable for all, from the easy trips up to the numerous alpine lakes to the more challenging trails that lead up to the Great Balcony of the Matterhorn, where you might well run into marmots, chamois, squirrels, hare and foxes.
If you prefer to take the easy way up, there are plenty of lift facilities that offer a quick route up to some of the mountain's most spectacular beauty spots.
If you enjoy trekking or mountaineering ascents, you can try the Tour du Cervin, the paths of the Alta Via 1 High Mountain Route, or the trails that lead up to the mountain huts scattered throughout the area.
At Valtournenche you can also have a go at the “Gorbeillon” Via Ferrata equipped route, while at Antey-Saint-André you will find an adventure park that offers hours of fun in contact with nature, sport and recreational areas of varying difficulty and an artificial rock wall where you can practise climbing.
At La Magdeleine you can make your way along the "sentiero dei mulini", a path linking up eight recently renovated mills, all located along the banks of the same watercourse.
Breuil-Cervinia offers the chance to ski on the Plateau Rosà Glacier, as well as the opportunity to try a round of golf on the brand-new eighteen-hole course right at the foot of the Matterhorn. And then of course there are superb natural balconies you can paraglide off from, a large network of paths you can travel along by mountain bike or on horseback, picnic areas and parks for children, all designed to make sure you enjoy your summer holiday in the Valtournenche.
The Matterhorn ski area is one of the largest in the Aosta Valley and is set within a unique landscape. The slopes above Breuil-Cervinia link up with those of the Valtournenche, offering a total of 150 km of runs, which can rise to 350 for skiers that make use of the cross-border link with Zermatt.
Here visitors will undoubtedly be spoilt for choice, but one run that should certainly not be missed is the Ventina, which sweeps down from the 3480 metre altitude of the Plateau Rosà to the centre of Breuil-Cervinia; and then of course there is the “Reine Blanche”, which runs from the Klein Matterhorn (3883 m) down to Valtournenche (1524 m.).
The most daring snowboarders will find plenty to chew on in the "Indian Park", the highest snowpark in Europe, equipped for freestyle. Chamois, La Magdeleine and Torgnon offer smaller ski areas, popular with families, beginners and those looking to take their holiday at a more leisurely pace.
For younger visitors, fun and games are assured at the superb baby snow parks, equipped with plenty of activities and magic carpets.
Fine cross-country trails can be found everywhere in the area, with something to suit even the most demanding skiers. Especially satisfying are the trails around Torgnon, which also offer some splendid views.
Those looking for an alternative to skiing can try walking trips on snow shoes, or ski mountaineering surrounded by the silence of the mountains; or perhaps enjoy careering down the slopes by mountain bike, paragliding, kiteskiing, airboarding or a thrilling heliskiing experience. Other fun activities include motorised sledge trips and go-karting along frozen trails.