Gorgeously located at the foot of Mont Blanc in the in the Aosta Valley ski area, Courmayeur takes a very Italian approach to skiing, with long leisurely lunches in addition to great snow, varied terrain and fabulous scenery.
Courmayeur’s excellent snow record is backed up by an impressive snow-making system and very efficient lift system. The ski area has a selection of easy and intermediate runs sprinkled with welcoming huts, each with a panoramic sun-deck and spectacular views.
For stronger skiers, the seemingly endless possibilities include famous off-piste runs such as the Vallée Blanche into Chamonix and the Toula Glacier in the shadow of Mont Blanc, and access to some of the best-value heli-skiing in Europe (in the company of a a mountain guide). The Vallée Blanche glacial descent into Chamonix is one you'll never forget. It’s worth noting that those booking ski holidays in Courmayeur have the opportunity to venture into two other ski areas as well – from La Thuile you can ski to La Rosière in the Espace San Bernardo.
A popular weekend chose with Italians driving up from Milan, Turin and Genoa, Courmayeur has the advantage of being uncrowded during the week, meaning you have a good chance of having the slopes all to yourself.
|Ski resort facts||Suitability for skiers||Number of runs||Number of lifts|
|Resort altitude: 1224m
Skiing altitude: 1702–2775m
Intermediates: Very good
Suitability for non-skiers: Good
Cross-country trails: 32km
Half pipes: 0
Cable cars: 5
Drag lifts: 7
Tucked away in a quiet side street just off the main Via Roma through the heart of the village, our Chalet Hotel Cristallo is just a five-minute walk from the main cable-car lift. And ski lockers by the cable-car entrance mean you don’t even have to carry your ski gear with you…
This cosy 27-room hotel oozes charm, with beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and antique furniture, plus honey-coloured, wood-panelled guest rooms. The property is child-free most of the season – kids seven and up are welcome in school holidays but there’s no childcare.