On the Italian side of Mont Blanc you will find the amazing resort of Courmayeur. A fantastic resort for intermediates and experts for skiing and snowboarding. Read our resort review and find out why Brits come back year after year to enjoy the atmosphere and aprés ski in this famous ski resort.
If you ski Courmayeur you're set in the famous Aosta Valley. With a charming atmosphere, this ancient village is surrounded by fifteen 4,000-metre peaks, including Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain. There are over 100km of runs to enjoy, including a fabulous 20-kilometre run that allows you to ski across to Chamonix on the French side of the border. Access is easy from Geneva, Turin or Milan.
Charming old village, with car-free centre and stylish shops and bars. Dramatic scenery in which to ski in as it nestles on the southeastern slope of the Mont Blanc massif.
Intermediates are most spoilt here. Day trips to nearby Chamonix are also an option for different skiing and boarding at all levels.
Heli-skiing excursions available around the Aosta Valley offering some of the most extensive off piste skiing in Europe.
WE DON'T LIKE
Best for intermediates and experts, there is a lack of nursery slopes and easy runs for beginners to progress to
Few really tough pistes for skiers or boarders but great off piste. You cant ski back down to the resort and have to rely on a cable car or bus.
Slopes can be very crowded on Sundays if the weather is good. Only 90 minutes from Geneva and Turin so it gets very busy at weekends.
SUITABILITY RATINGS 1-5
On the Slopes
Intermediates will love to ski Courmayeur - almost 48% of the runs are graded intermediate. You may also like the famous World Cup downhill and the International run, six kilometres long and with a drop of 1,000 metres! If that's not long enough for you, try the 20-kilometre descent to Chamonix, where you'll find another 76 km waiting to be skied - something for everyone. Snow is almost assured every season too.
If you ski Courmayeur you are also in the ski region of Aosta Valley .
Off the Slopes
With its pedestrianised centre and ancient cobbled streets, the village of Courmayeur has a unique Italian Alpine charm. There are over 6,000 beds in accommodation ranging from fine quality hotels through to chalets. Although the après-ski isn't the world's most vibrant, there's around 60 bars and restaurants and two nightclubs to keep you busy after hours - enough for most! There is also a great range of other activities to choose from, including two cinemas, swimming, ice-skating, bowling, paragliding and hiking.
Who's it Best For?
Intermediates will love it here. But if you are an expert remember that Chamonix is nearby, an experts heaven, and very easy to get to.