Luxury Ski Holidays Courmayeur
A charming Italian village with bundles of character, Courmayeur is a popular weekend spot with the fashionable Milanese and English skiers. At the foot of Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, the setting is stunning. Running through the centre of the village, the pedestrianised Via Roma is lined with boutique shops, delicatessens, lively bars and enticing restaurants.
The ski area offers plenty of blue and red runs for intermediates and challenging off-piste for more experienced skiers.
The ski area is accessible by the Courmayeur cable car, with 31 groomed runs and 100km of challenging off-piste that is excellent after a snowfall. Best suited to strong intermediates with mostly red runs, there are also ski schools and nursery slopes by Plan Chécrouit for beginners.
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Alice, Ski Expert
“When it's sunny, I recommend skiing the Chécrouit area in the morning and the Pré de Pascal and Val Veny in the afternoon to avoid icy slopes."
The sophisticated five-star Hotel Le Massif is conveniently located opposite the main ski lift. Despite the proximity, they offer an in-house ski concierge and ski valet service. Rooms are sumptuous and the Chétif restaurant combines the best of French and Italian cuisine in a warm yet elegant setting.
Grand Hotel Courmayeur Mont Blanc has a chic, modern design and is located 500m from the main street. The shuttle service between the hotel and the lifts makes getting to the slope hassle free. Dine on traditional Italian cuisine at La Fourchette and relax in the Elysium wellness centre.
Dining in Courmayeur
Courmayeur prides itself on fantastic cuisine. Whether you want a huge pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven from the Pizzeria du Tunnel or local cuisine and Valdostana wine at the rustic family-run La Terrazza, there’s plenty of choice.
On the mountain, we love restaurant Maison Vielle run by a cheerful Tuscan called Giacomo. Try the polenta with local sausage or beef steak. In January the Taste of Courmayeur event is a great opportunity to get your fill of local delicacies.
See Courmayeur from above on the Skyway Monte Bianco gondola, by hot air balloon or on a helicopter ride over the Alps and glaciers. Unwind in the nearby Pré Saint Didier outdoor thermal baths that overlook Mont Blanc and have temperatures of up to 37 degrees.
There are scenic walks around Courmayeur, and visits to the Roman town of Aosta can be organised. Other activities include dog sledding through the valley, ice climbing up frozen waterfalls in Cogne and snowshoeing to a mountain hut for an evening meal.