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Courmayeur

Courmayeur Ski Holidays Italy

Courmayeur is a charming medieval resort that extends a warm Italian welcome and can be reached in just 90 minutes from Geneva airport. The journey time from Turin airport is only marginally longer. This resort makes a very attractive weekend ski destination and the Mont Blanc tunnel also makes day trips from here to Chamonix — possibly to ski the Vallee Blanche — very feasible.

On the mountain, skiers are sure to enjoy excellent conditions thanks to the high altitude, with pistes above 2,500 metres. There is something for everyone in Courmayeur making it a particularly good choice for families and groups with mixed abilities.

For those advanced off-piste skiers interested in hiring a guide, Courmayeur makes a very good base, with plenty of challenges in its surrounding mountains - particularly those accessed via Entreves, which include the Italian version of the Vallee Blanche and the Toula glacier.

The centre of Courmayeur, which was originally a medieval market town, is a cosy collection of narrow streets, some of which are notionally for pedestrians only. In the main square, several of the village worthies park their little three-wheeler Ape trucks in a semi-circle and brewing up vino Brule in huge cauldrons and then dispense it with great charm to all-comers. Everywhere in Courmayeur, the locals are all extraordinarily friendly towards visitors.

Transfer time
  • Geneva

At a Glance

Resort Altitude: 1,205m

Resort Skiing: 2,755m

Total Ski Area: 41.5km

Lifts: 17

Blue Runs: 16km

Red Runs: 21.5km

Black Runs: 4km

Ski Areas

Plan Checrouit is the main base of Courmayeur’s ski area and is reached by cable car from a station on the outskirts of the resort. The front of the ski area benefits from the sunshine in the mornings, but in the afternoons skiers can move over into the Val Veny side and ski many of the runs through the trees found here. There is also access to the Monte Bianco ski area with access to 42km of routes available. 

Courmayeur accommodations

Accommodation

Top Runs

  • Plan Checrouit - great for morning sun, take the Youla cable car up then a smaller cable car to Crest d'Arpe
  • Checrouit to Zerotta - perfect for intermediates, with a 700m vertical run
  • Entreves - beginners should start at the top here, where there is a magic carpet
  • Dolonne and the Val Veny - offering the best off-piste potential in resort

Skiing

The skiing in Courmayeur is especially good for intermediates, with brilliant red runs located across the Plan Checrouit and Monte Bianco areas. There is also a generous amount of off-piste skiing for the more advanced skiers in the group. Beginners will also be able to learn, with a number of moving carpet lifts and gentle slopes to ease them in.

Snowboarding

Although there is terrain for all boarders, Courmayeur is best suited to freeriders, carvers and beginners with its off-piste, tree-lined areas and wide, groomed slopes. There is also a terrain park by the Aretu Chair-lift with jumps and a giant airbag. 

Ski Schools

With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.

We’ve partnered with SkiBro, New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their services. All of our partners offer fantastic lessons for all ability levels.

Click here to book your ski lessons with our recommended suppliers.

If you’re traveling during a peak week be sure to book these well in advance.

Crèches

The main kindergarten in Courmayeur is the Kinderheim Biancaneve, which offers a mini club with ski lessons and daycare services for children up to ten years. The club is located in Plan Checrouit, next to the cable-car station. The club offer care on an hourly or daily basis. A supervised lunch may also be booked. 

Restaurants

Aria - offers an extensive wine list and innovative menu consisting of modern Italian dishes

Hotel Christiania - known for its famous pizzas, this is a great place to pop in for a quick break, located at Plan Chercruit

Maison Vielle - rustic Italian cuisine and fine wines

 

Après Ski

Prive - a great place to start your night, with delicious tapas and cocktails. Book well in advance

Caffe Della Posta - well liked by tourists and locals, this is the perfect place to grab a drink

Bar Roma - at the foot of Mont Blanc, this trendy bar has large antique sofas

Non-Skiers

Courmayeur is well geared to cater for non-skiers. The old village itself is very attractive and its streets are lined with shops, bars and cafes. It is very easy for non-skiers to go up to Plan Checrouit to meet skiing friends and family for lunch. There are some pleasant walks along the valley floor, not to mention excursions to Aosta. Day-trips to Chamonix, on the French side of the Mont Blanc tunnel, are also an option.

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