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Anyone stayed in Aosta City?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by gaz35, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. gaz35

    gaz35 One of Us

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    I'm trying to work out if this would be a good place to base if we wanted to ski a couple of the nearby resorts (Champoluc, La Thule, etc) Is there good public transport to these resorts or would I need a car?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Champoluc is 3 hr drive away, La Thule is just under an hour.

    We stayed in Entreves (Courmayeur) and skied Courmayeur, Vallee Blance and Chamonix, it's all at your doorstep.

    We did make a day trip to Aosta on a non-ski day, it wasn't a bad place at all, but is a small city, not a town or village. Has quite reasonable facilities, don't know about accommodation costs though
     
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    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    @CarveMan has stayed in Courmayeur but I'm unsure if he's visited Aosta. He may be able to comment though. Also @Heinz maybe
     
  4. climberman

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    I’ve driven past!
    It seems more like a small city than a ‘classic Italian alpine village’, as others have said.

    I suspect if you stayed nearby you’d find a way to ski and get around - there are a suite of little towns all over and small resorts.

    Beautiful area all around.
     
  5. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nice!
     
  7. CarveMan

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    Can't add much more as I've only driven through about half a dozen times, most recent with @climberman !!

    Can't speak to the charm of the place, but it would be a logical base to ski a few of the Aosta resorts in Monte Rosa and Courmayeur/La Thuile and also Crevacol up by St Bernard, also don't forget Pila, there is a gondola up to there from downtown Aosta that goes across the freeway.

    I would 100000% recommend a car. Maybe even chuck on a few more zeroes.
     
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    You could look at some of the smaller towns in the Aosta Valley,La Salle or St Vincent. You could ski Champoluc, La Thuile and Courmayeur from La Salle, 1and a half, 30 minutes and 20 minutes respectively.

    Cheaper apartments available on Booking.com
    https://www.booking.com/searchresul...lle&track_hp_back_button=1#hotel_2864130-back
     
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    And, if you stay too long, looks like Siiiiiiiiccccccckkk alpine MTB in summer!
     
  10. gaz35

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    thanks all for your help
     
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    My parents stayed in Aosta last year. Dad has been there 3 times and stayed in a chalet in town where they drive you to gondola for Pila and he really rates it. Great skiing, lovely food in the area and charming town. Parents are older in 70s but Dad is still great skier and had skied all over world.
     
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    Doonks, this looks like a decent plan but the price of the Mt Blanc toll for multiple trips to France looks prohibitive - is there some sort of multiple trip pass or did you just suck up the toll each day?
     
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    I think there’s a 10 trip cheaper option
     
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    I’ll be there at New Year and intend to ski (if snow is ok) Cervinia, La Thuille, Pila and maybe a day through the tunnel to Chamonix.
    Plenty to see in the area - Roman ruins, castles and a few mountains too.
     
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    This thread just became relevant to my interests.

    Car rental in Italy is cheap enough to make it worthwhile flying to Milan. We would then have a week before the Ski Test in Pila, so I'm thinking that Aosta region could be a good base for a week, then do the ski test, then head on through to Chamonix.
     
  18. sli1

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    CM - I've been considering a plan close to that too but can't get winter tyres on the car out of Milan.
     
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    OK good to know.
     
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    Means renting from the Swiss side of Geneva airport, skewing the cost, plus making it that much harder to drive past all the fantastic skiing possibilities on the way to Aosta
     
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    I'm looking at a 4x4 so I need to see what tyres it comes with as standard, could be OK.
     
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    WinRent offers guaranteed winter tyres and the rates seem reasonable.
    Champoluc is about an hour away and offers decent off piste apparently but I’m sure you have this covered.
     
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    I'm quite keen on the Hertz Mercedes GLE that's 3 grand for 2 months myself ;)
     
  24. sli1

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    Thanks Sbooker - will look into winrent. CM, for two months, you should have some clout. They should go out and change the tyres for you while you are at the counter.
     
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    *grumble, curse, galumph!!'
     
  26. Doonks

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    We had a small SUV out of Geneva Airport with standard winter tyres. Drove around Lake Geneva, down to Albertville, up to Val d'Isere, back down, up and over to Courmayeur via Megeve, down the Aosta Valley and back up, then all the way back to Geneva. Never had a moments issue with the tyres. Not even close.
     
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    That's why I want standard winter tyres! I've driven both 4WD with all weather tyres and front wheel drive with winter tyres. Front wheel drive with snow tyres is miles better. Obviously 4WD with winter tyres is even better!