The Italian ski resort of Courmayeur is at the foot of the 4,808-metre-high Mont Blanc, which is the highest mountain in the Alps. It has a ski area encompassing over 40km of pisted slopes. Courmayeur ski resort is a charming medieval resort that extends a warm Italian welcome. The skiing in Courmayeur offers excellent conditions thanks to the high altitude, with pistes above 2,500 metres.
Courmayeur can be reached in just 90 minutes from Geneva airport, making the ski resort a very attractive weekend ski destination. The Mont Blanc tunnel also makes day trips from here to Chamonix very feasible.
There is something for everyone in Courmayeur ski resort making it a particularly good choice for families and groups with mixed skiing abilities. There are green runs, wide cruisy blues as well as challenging black runs and off-piste. For those advanced off-piste skiers interested in hiring a guide, Courmayeur ski resort 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 for pedestrians only. Courmayeur comes alive in the evenings as glamorous Italians walk between boutique shops, vibrant bars and restaurants.
Here's our guide of what to expect when skiing Courmayeur. Call our ski experts today to find out more about Courmayeur ski resort.
Resort Altitude: 1,224m
Resort Skiing: 2,755m
Total Ski Area: 41.5km
Green Runs: 0km
Blue Runs: 16km
Red Runs: 21.5km
Black Runs: 4km
Travel date 21/03/2019
Booked by: Mark Fotheringham
Travel date 02/03/2019
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Travel date 16/02/2019
Booked by: Steve Graham
Travel date 14/03/2019
Booked by: Sophie Wylam
Travel date 07/02/2020
Booked by: Lowri Williams
Courmayeur ski resort is in the Aosta Valley ski area. Neighbouring ski resorts include Cervinia that is linked with Zermatt in Switzerland. As well as Pila and La Thuile, linked with La Rosière in France. These Italian ski resorts are all skiable with the Aosta Valley Skipass. Plan Checrouit is the main base of Courmayeur ski resort. The front of the skiing 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.
With 11 blue runs, 17 reds, five blacks and some epic off-piste, intermediates can improve and develop their style in Courmayeur ski resort, while advanced skiers can find slopes to test themselves on. Courmayeur skiing 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.
Although there is terrain for all boarders, Courmayeur ski resort is best suited to freeriders, carvers and beginners with its off-piste, tree-lined areas and wide, groomed slopes. Between the wide blue runs and off-piste, snowboarders can also find snow parks with jumps and features.There is also a terrain park by the Aretu Chair-lift with jumps and a giant airbag. Off the side of the blue runs, boarders will find nooks, crannies and chutes to jib and descend.
With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.
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The main kindergarten in Courmayeur ski resort 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.
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
Prive - a great place to start your night, with delicious tapas and cocktails. Book well in advance
Super G - enjoy champagne, vibrant beats and some of the best food in the Italian Alps
Bar Roma - at the foot of Mont Blanc, this trendy bar has large antique sofas
Courmayeur ski resort 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.