Lying at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, Courmayeur is close to the French border in the Aosta Valley. It is a characteristic Italian village of cobbled streets, stylish shops and excellent cafés and bistros, all set within an attractive medieval centre. The main skiing area is at Plan Checrouit and, with over 80% of the skiable terrain covered by snow cannons, snow here is virtually guaranteed.
There are several gentle nursery slopes situated at Plan Checrouit and Maison Vieille. Tuition is very good and the wide beginners slopes are ideal learning grounds in beautiful surroundings.
Courmayeur is the perfect resort for intermediate to good skiers, with an abundance of testing runs, including a huge choice of treeless bowls, challenging mogul fields, steep gullies and wide open pistes.
The challenging descent from the Cresta Youla to Val Veny entails a long run of 9kms and the Competizione - unpisted, fresh snow or moguls is a must.
f you are into freeriding then Courmayeur is worth checking out. There are plenty of trees to play around in on the lower sections and steeps around Cresta d'Arp to get the heart going. Freestylers will find enough interesting natural terrain for jumping and jibbing all day long.
Approx Transfer Time Turin 2 hrs Village Height 1,224m (4,040ft) Highest Lift 2,763m (9,065ft)
There is a good range of friendly bars, with something for all tastes. - Cocktails at the American Bar, Video games at Ziggy's or the Guides Bar with cosy log fire. Most favoured is the Bar Roma. For the more energetic there is dancing on the tables at Poppy's Disco pub and Jimmys in our Hotel Astoria, open at weekends with free minibus transport.
Sports centre facilities include: Indoor ice rink Curling Fitness centre Squash Tennis Indoor football and climbing wall In addition there is heliskiing Swimming pool (in next village) Cross country skiing Ski touring and snow shoe walking (with a minimum number of 6 participants).
An excellent range of no less than 50 restaurants and cafés to choose from, offering delicious local Valdostana and Italian cuisine to suit all tastes and budgets. - 3-course set menu from 16 Euros - Pizzas from 8 Euros - Le Tunnel for massive pizzas and pasta, Pierre Alexis for excellent Italian cuisine, Piazzetta for pasta and seafood and the Vieux Pommier with its old apple tree, for local specialities.
Weekly market Cinema (Italian films) Shops and boutiques Local buses to Chamonix and Aosta