Situated at the foot of the Mont Blanc, the traditional Italian resort of Courmayeur forms part of the Aosta Valley near the French border. The charming medieval village has a picturesque mix of French and Italian influences which can be seen in its cobbled streets, stylish boutiques and authentic cafes.
The resort boasts incredible views of Europe’s highest summit, lovely wide open pistes for intermediate skiing and some excellent mountain restaurants. Its close proximity to Gevena makes it an ideal destination for a ski weekend or short break.
skiing in Courmayeur
Located on the sunny side of the Mont Blanc, skiing in Courmayeur is divided into two sectors. The main ski area of Checrouit is best for sunny morning skiing whilst Val Veny on the opposite side of the ridge is popular in the afternoon so you can follow the sun over.
Absolute beginners have a couple of nursery slopes to get to grips with snow plough turns but ski holidays in Courmayeur are best suited to intermediates with the majority of the runs being red. Slopes are varied, treelined and offer stunning alpine scenery. Snowmaking facilities and grooming are also highly rated.
Advanced skiers have a few black runs on the Val Veny side, as well as the off piste runs from the summit of Cresta d’Arp. Forming part of the Mont Blanc ski area, you also have access to the Vallee Blanche, the world-famous off-piste run into Chamonix.
Courmayeur exudes a cosmopolitan atmosphere, especially at weekends when the resort is bustling with guests from Milan who have popped by for a weekend on the slopes.
The best apres-ski is in the town where you will find a handful of sophisticated bars and cafes dotted around the pedestrianised centre on the main street Via Roma. Restaurant options are plentiful and authentic bars boasting large sofas and fireplaces create the perfect setting for relaxing after a day on the mountain. Typical of Italy, the evenings tend to be low-key until the midnight hour approaches and then the town begins to liven up.
For more information about Courmayeur ski holidays, call 020 8939 0862 or make an enquiry.