WEsayA fashionable Italian resort with great food and good skiing. Perfect for intermediates, similar to Chamonix but less crowded.
Courmayeur lies at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, close to the French border in the Aosta Valley. It is a characteristic Italian village of cobbled streets, stylish shops and excellent cafes and bistros, all set within an attractive medieval centre. For those wishing to know more about the resort there is a rather charming museum paying homage to the area's heroes.
The main skiing area is at Plan Checrouit and, with over 80% of the skiable terrain covered by snow cannons, snow here is virtually guaranteed. From here slopes fan out in all directions and are especially good for improving intermediates. Powderhounds should instead head for the trees or the three classica runs from Cresta d'Arp - the Arp Vielle to Val Veny, the deserted valley to Dolonne or Pre St Didier and the Youla gorge to La Thuile. Or alternatively get the cable car from La Palud all the way up to Punta Helbronner to access the famous Vallee Blanche run on the Chamonix side. Parklife in Courmayeur is still in its infancy but offers a boardercrooss run with plans for further development.
Back in the resort there is a sports centre and plenty of shopping opportunities. The nightlife is good, with the usual selection of bars and pubs as well as a few nice restaurants.
New for 2016/17
The Dzeleuna double chair linking the Checrouit side to the Val Veny side will be taken place by a triple, increasing carrying capacity by two-thirds. The fourth Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience arranged by Momentum Ski and Heston Blumenthal will be held from 17 to 20 March 2017.
New for 2015/16
The new two-stage, 80-person Skyway Monte Bianco cable car from near Entrèves to Punta Helbronner at 3460m on Mont Blanc opened. The cabins rotate 360 degrees during the journey to make the most of the stunning views. It starts lower than the old cable car and has a new underground car park.
New for 2014/15
A new 5-star hotel, the Grand Hotel Courmayeur Mont Blanc, opened.
New for 2013/14
The resort hosted the inaugural Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience featuring Michelin-starred chefs. The 2015 event will be held from 9 to 12 January.
New for 2012/13
The slow, inadequate Bertolini chairlift on the Val Veny side of the hill was upgraded to a muchmore efficient fast quad. The cable car to Plan Checrouit now runs all evening. A new terrain park and airbag opened at 2000m.
- Charming old village; car-free centre with stylish shops and bars Breathtaking views of Mont Blanc
- Some good off-piste and heli-skiing
- Comprehensive snowmaking Some great mountain restaurants