Courmayeur is a great place for a short midweek break or for a day trip to escape bad weather in Megève and Chamonix - we have used it for this several times. Excellent restaurants both on and off the mountain plus village bars among the most civilized in the skiing world are important factors for us too. The piste skiing is tricky to recommend for more than a day or two, though, because it best suits competent intermediates, who are likely to have an appetite for mileage that Courmayeur will arouse but not satisfy. Courmayeur is a traditional old mountaineering village that has retained much of its character. 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

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