Courmayeur is a characterful Italian town buzzing with chic Italians and boasting a lively après-ski scene, great activities and plenty of opportunities to relax in style.
The skiing isn’t bad either. Courmayeur really comes into its own with its range of off piste, from La Cresta d’Arp (which suits first-timers) to the truly terrifying Punta Helbronner. For serious thrill-seekers, heli-skiing is also available; there are several fixed drops on to the Val Veny.
Courmayeur is also strong on its challenging intermediate runs, with some exciting reds against a stunning backdrop. Beginners enjoy the nursery slope at the top of the Entrèves cable car, where there are easy longer runs to put lessons into practice.
Just a 10-minute drive from Courmayeur, Pré Saint Didier is known for its thermal baths, where you can soak those piste-weary muscles. In Courmayeur itself, the Forum Sport Center has an ice rink, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and an indoor climbing wall. Other activities on offer in the resort include dog-sledding and quad biking.
Courmayeur extends its chic atmosphere to après ski in a range of bars and hotels, including Bar Roma, Bar Americano and Guides Bar. Nightclubs change names almost every season – our hotel staff are always happy to point you in the right direction.
Famed for its cuisine, Courmayeur has a fantastic choice of restaurants for all budgets. The unique, unmissable Maison Vieille serves regional dishes in an old shepherd’s hut up the mountain – you get there by cable-car, with optional snowmobile excursions and/or torchlit descents on skis.
In the resort centre, we recommend Mont Frety for its authentic atmosphere and excellent local dishes, and La Piazetta and Du Tunnel for their pizzas. For a more experimental take on regional cuisine, try Cadran Solaire or La Terrazza.