Courmayeur Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

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 make it a superb weekend trip. 

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 is also a range of exhilarating descents offered from the mid station, including the famous Vallée Blanche.

There are several good nursery slopes situated at the Plan Checrouit and Maison Vieille. The resort is perfect for intermediate to good skiers with a good choice of testing runs and treeless bowls.

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.

 

 

Offslope/apres ski

Lots of stylish après ski especially at weekends when the resort livens up considerably. You can now stay up the mountain for apres and catch the cable car down. In the village, the American Bar has good live music, and there are three nightclubs which are open till late.

The resort attracts many non-skiing weekenders, who focus on showing off their togs and buying more of them - so there are some tempting shops. There is an indoor ice rink, sports centre, walking and cross country skiing also available. 

Overview

Pretty resort nestling between the peaks of Mont Blanc. Excellent long weekend destination, with piste skiing best suiting competent intermediates.

At a glance

Pistes:
40 kms
Resort height:
1225m
Top station:
2755m

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Positives

  • Stunning views of Mont Blanc
  • 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
  • No queues

Negatives

  • Very small area of pistes
  • No really tough pistes for experts
  • No runs back to the village, only to Dolonne (where you catch a bus)
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In a resort that screams 5-star luxury, comes a hotel to match, the Grand Hotel Courmayeur Mont Blanc. Sat perfectly in a tranquil and sun-kissed area of the resort, you...

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Le Massif REF: BFL0026

Situated slopeside and set within the heart of Courmayeur, Le Massif is a hotel offering every comfort afforded by a modern, luxury ski hotel. Part of The Leading Hotels of...

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Hotel Dolonne REF: AI0463

Hotel Dolonne is full of character – it’s a traditional 16th century building with tonnes of original features. The stone walls, arched ceilings and spiral tower staircase almost makes it...

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Hotel Pavillion REF: BFL027

A world of old school Italian charm is a welcome respite to the metal and glass clad modern boutique hotels. The Hotel Pavillon puts its service at the forefront of...

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Hotel Cristallo REF: CH0463

You won’t find brand new, modern features in Hotel Cristallo, but instead you’ll be greeted by a hotel full of quirky, chalet-style charm. Its old, rustic features epitomise how Alpine...

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Hotel Gran Baita REF: AI0465

Hotel Gran Baita is perfect if you’re after a more luxury hotel. It had a refurbishment just last year and has a modern alpine décor with stylish rooms and public...

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Hotel Cresta Et Duc REF: AI0464

Hotel Cresta et Duc is just steps away from the charming cobbled streets in Courmayeur’s centre. What’s better is that the main cable car is only 250 metres away so...

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Hotel Courmayeur REF: AI0466

Hotel Courmayeur offers great value for money in what’s usually an expensive resort. It’s been running for over 50 years so you can be confident that you’ll get a relaxed...

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Hotel Del Viale REF: SSB0340

Excellent 3 star family run hotel within a 5 minute walk to the village centre. Buffet breakfast, 4 course evening mealwith a menu choice and salad buffet. Christmas and New...

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