Access to the slopes is by cable car from Courmayeur to Plan Checrouit at 1704 metres or from Entrèves to Pré de Pascal at 1912 metres.
Beginners slopes are found around Plan Checrouit, at the top of the cable car and where the ski school is based, and at Pré de Pascal.
Intermediates can travel higher for access to longer challenging slopes. From Cresta Youla at 2600 metres there's a thigh-testing 1400 metres vertical descent to the valley - although stopping to enjoy the view, a drink and tasty snack is perfectly acceptable! Going to Mont Chetif gives access to the red and black runs facing Mont Blanc, above Entrèves, with long, scenic descents to Zerotta,
A small percentage of the marked runs are aimed at advanced/expert skiers and boarders. For advanced and expert skiers and boarders, looking for some real challenges, there are the off-piste runs, accompanied by a guide, either from Cresta d'Arp at 2755 metres, the top lift station above Courmayeur, or Punta Helbronner at 3470 metres above La Palud, close to Entrèves.
Punta Helbronner is also the starting point for the amazing 22 km Vallée Blanche descent to Chamonix on the French side of Mont Blanc, a descent which confident, advanced intermediates upwards can experience, with a guide.
Cross-country skiing is located at Val Ferret, above Courmayeur and Entrèves, where there are almost 20 miles of marked trails at over 1600 metres, in a dramatic setting.
Après-ski Italian style is energetic and lively, with lots of early evening bar hopping, and there's plenty of choice along the buzzing Via Roma. The terraces of the American Bar and Bar Roma are perfect for people-watching. the pub-style Red Lion is popular with boarders and Cadran Solaire attracts a more fashion conscious crowd, enjoying cocktails before and after dinner.
As a healthier option to bar hopping, the Thermal Baths in Pre St Didier are the perfect alternative to revive tired muscles. Soaking in hot thermal water under the moon and stars is a unique and beautifully relaxing experience.
Restaurants in Courmayeur and surrounding villages are very good, as might be expected in Italy. and there's no lack of choice.
Pierre Alexis and Cadran Solaire are considered two of the best, Mont Fréty serves excellent pizzas, and Maison di Fillipo in Entrèves will satisfy even the biggest appetites, with an astonishing array of more than 20 tempting dishes on the all-inclusive menu.
For late nights try Planet and Poppy's disco-pubs in Courmayeur, I Maquis in Entrèves, which is a stylish late night lounge & club, or Jimmy's club in la Palud, close to Entrèves.
resort 1225- 2755 metres
100km marked runs - 17 lifts |
blue 26% | red 63% | black 11% |
Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass is shared with Chamonix- covering 250km and 71 lifts |
cross country 30km |13 winter footpaths for walks and snowshoe excursions | snow fun park for children.
In a stunning setting on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur is one of Italy's top resorts. Most of the slopes lie at over 1700 metres and Courmayeur is a good choice for and intermediates, or advanced and expert skiers and boarders who can take advantage of the most amazing off-piste runs on the slopes surrounding some of Europe's highest peaks.
Old stone houses, narrow cobbled streets, lots of stylish shops, lively bars and very good restaurants give the resort real character and a wonderful atmosphere. It's lively by day and /night, so if you don't ski or board you can still enjoy the delights of winter holiday in Courmayeur, easily accessible in around 90 minutes from Geneva and Turin.