Courmayeur is perfect for combining modern skiing with a traditional atmosphere. The resort lies at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, close to the French border in the Aosta Valley. The attractive village with its boutique shops, cobbled streets, and bars ensures enjoyable après and relaxing evenings. The resort perfectly suits those looking for a stylish destination - you're likely to be able to eat at some of the best restaurants in the Alps here, with three Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal gracing the kitchens each year. It's proximity to Turin and Geneva also makes it a superb weekend trip. 

Don't image the chic crowd the resort attracts implies underwhelming skiing however - far from it. Situated only 22km from Chamonix, it attracts serious skiers (and climbers in the summer) looking to take advantage of excellent off piste offerings. With the Italian aspect of Mont Blanc giving completely different weather to the French side, Courmayeur also serves as an excellent escape when other resorts are experiencing white outs. 

A three stage cable car built in 2016, the Skyway Monte Bianco provides unparalleled 360 degree views as it ascends to the highest publicly accessible point of the Mont Blanc. Not for the faint hearted, but there are also a range of exhilaration descents offered from the mid station, including the famous Vallée Blanche

La Thuile is an easy drive or bus ride away; Aosta/Pila and Chamonix are not far, and Cervinia and Monterosa are reachable; all are covered by various lift passes.

Pros

Charming old village; car-free centre with stylish shops and bars

Stunning views of Mont Blanc, which can be reached by a new (for 2015/16) rotating cable car

Some good off-piste and heli-skiing

Comprehensive snowmaking

Cons

Very small area of pistes

Lots of drawbacks for beginners

No really tough pistes

No runs back to the village, only to Dolonne (where you catch a bus)

Getting there

  • Geneva airport: 1.5 hours
  • Turin airport: 2 hours
  • Pré-St-Didier train station: 30 minutes

Resort Discounts

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Off The Slopes
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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