The Magdeleine is an interesting example of urban mountain organisation. It is a group of five small "hameaux" hamlets built following a simple, harmonious architecture in wood that is both people and nature friendly.
One of the most characteristic and interesting examples of a mountain settlement in Valle d'Aosta is the old centre in the hamlet of Vieu thanks to the layout of the buildings and their people friendly organisation and the working needs of those times.
Paleontological remains found at a height of more than 2000 metres on the slopes of Monte Tantané, give the idea that the site was already populated during the first iron age.
In Medieval times, La Magdeleine was part of the Cly Dominion and was economically linked to Châtillon.
One of the less well known aspects of this town is the presence of eight mills, powered by water from a small river, whose origins date back to the XVIII century.
In the hamlet of Messelod, there is a well known chapel dating back to the 1600's, dedicated to San Rocco.
La Magdeleine is a small ski resort at the foot of Monte Tantané, equipped with easy slopes descending for about 2 kilometres and nordic and excursion ski slopes running for 17 kilometres.
A well known holiday resort especially for its summer excursions, it is the departure point for those heading to Chamois, following the panoramic route lined with pine trees.
La Magdeleine is a launching base for hand-gliding flights; you can also go on mountain bike excursions from here, take walks that are not terribly strenuous through the surrounding forests and do some trekking on Monte Zerbion and Monte Tantané.
Alpine ski specialists hone in on Monte Zerbion, Tantané and Col Portola while the more expert cross-country skiers head for Chamois through Col Pillaz.