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Peak Transfer | Courmayeur Winter Ski Guide
17th July 2016

Courmayeur Winter Ski Guide

Stunning Courmayeur lies in the Italian Aosta Valley just south of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps and the photo-worthy landmark that divides Italy from France and Switzerland. Courmayeur is an old village with a long-steeped ski culture similar to many of the great French and Swiss resorts but stays true to its Italian roots from  strong coffee, stylish fashion boutiques to passion for exquisite food. The skiing is often as good as some of these more well-known names with challenging off-piste trails, and it boasts rousing nightlife and world-class dining. What truly sets Courmayeur apart, though, is the weather, which is far sunnier than neighboring Chamonix, and its accessibility from both Geneva and Turin airports. It’s a small resort popular for long weekend ski breaks. In summer, hiking is the name of the game, as Courmayeur is strategically located along several Alpine hiking trails.

KEY FACTS

REGION: Aosta Valley, Italy

 

ALTITUDE: 1,224m

 

HIGHEST LIFT: Arp – 2,755m & Punta Helbronner – 3,466m

 

SKI TERRAIN: Groomed Piste: 41 km (11 Blue, 16 Red, 4 Black),  Off-Piste: 59 km, Cross Country: 30 km

 

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Geneva – 115km / 90 mins

SKI

The resort of Courmayeur is on the smaller side in terms of marked groomed runs at only 41km of designated piste. However, with an additional 64km of dedicated off-piste ski terrain available the resort caters for all abilities challenging even the most advance riders. Without a doubt, you’ll have more fun skiing off-piste here than on. The trails from Courmayeur are divided into two key areas, Val Veny and Plan Checrouit. The Val Veny runs can be accessed easily from the cable car at Entreves, and this area boasts a majority of the resort’s blue trails, along with some red and a handful or blacks.

Courmayeur is a great Winter Ski Resort for all abilities

Plan Checrouit can be accessed from Dolonne or Courmayeur, and from there it’s possible to take cable cars all the way to the summit at Cresta Youla. From Cresta Youla at just over 2km altitude, you can ski 1,400m vertical all the way back to the village along several fun reds and easy blacks. Perhaps the most exciting recent addition to the resort, though, is the cable car from Entreves to Punta Helbronner on Mont Blanc. This challenging off-piste area will require a guide, but is well worth it for advanced skiers. In fact, Courmayeur’s offers some of the easiest and most challenging freeride terrain in the Alps so an excellent location for both those new to off-piste terrain and well versed powder hounds. For more information regarding specific off-piste offerings check out our detailed Courmayeur Off-Piste Guide.

Peak Transfer explains why Courmayeur is the Best Ski Resort for Off piste Skiing

While this resort isn’t the most well equipped option for beginner skiers or boarders, there are a couple of free beginner slopes with lifts from Plan Checrouit. The two ski schools primarily speak Italian, while the third, Interski, requires that your holiday be booked through them in order to take lessons. For guided adventures, contact the Alpine Guide Society Courmayeur, and to see weather and webcams, head to the resort’s website.

EAT

As with any long-standing Alpine resort worth its salt, there are plenty of fine dining options in Courmayeur, and the food here is universally superb making a go-to resort for ‘foodies’. As you would expect the Italians take pride in their food and local produce so expect a plethora of fresh pasta dishes, mouthwatering pizzas and divine wines to devour some lunch or dinner. Courmayeur also goes out of it’s way to hold a number of Mountain Gourmet Ski Experiences where the best chefs in the world take to the local mountains to prepare fantastic gourmet dishes and deliver workshops.

Peak Transfer think Christiania has the Best Pizzas in Courmayeur

The most famous dining option is Michelin-starred Petit Royal Restaurant at the Grand Hotel Royal e Golf, where you will undoubtedly need to reserve well in advance. Also be sure to check out Chiecco, on the mountain, which serves up high-end Italian food. For cheaper eats, visit Refugio Christiania and Pizzeria du Tunnel, both of which are renowned for their pizza. Middle of the road restaurants in Courmayeur include La Terrazza, Maison Vieille, and La Chaumiere. To find out more about the gastronomic treats available and out top 5 favourite eateries check out our Courmayeur Guide for Foodies page.

APRÈS

Alongside the fabulous food, nightlife is easily one of the top draws in Courmayeur, thanks, in part, to the fact that the lifts run until midnight. While the après-ski scene is certainly lively, the vibe is thoroughly down-to-earth, with arm chairs and open hearths playing a central role in several of the village’s best bars.

The Courmaclub is the Place to be Seen Come Night time in Courmayeur

For a budget-friendly drink and free hors d’oeuvres, visit Bar Roma, which is bustling at all hours. For a slightly more elegant (yet still comfortable) atmosphere, Caffe della Posta is an equally popular après-ski spot, which also offers aperitivo, an Italian tradition. Also be sure to give Le Prive or Cadran Solaire a try in the early evening. For a late-night party, Courmaclub is your best bet, we’re you’ll find DJs spinning into the wee hours. The American Bar is another late-night option if you’re looking for a more laid-back alternative.

SLEEP

For the most part, accommodations in Courmayeur are hotels and apartments — unsurprising, given that it’s largely a weekend destination. Rifugio, or mountain huts, are also common around Courmayeur, along the trails on the slopes of Mont Blanc. For those who fancy a spot a bit closer to the centre of the action, though, hotels will be the way to go.

Courmayeur has fantastic hotels and great food in resort

The best luxury hotels in the area are easily 5-star Grand Hotel Royal e Golf and the historic Hotel Villa Novecento, which feels more like a chalet than a hotel. At the Grand Hotel Royal e Golf, you’ll find a luxurious hotel dating back to 1854, where luxury and history go hand-in-hand. In addition to its Michelin-starred restaurant, the hotel also offers a relaxing spa.

Mid- to high-end options abound, including 4-star and highly reviewed Auberge de la Maison and Au Coeur des Neiges. Bouton d’Or is a comfortable and family-run 3-star hotel. Hotel Edelweiss is an excellent budget option along with the Checrouit Apartments, which are just a few minutes from the cable car and have a cafeteria.

ACTIVITIES

While skiing is the main draw in Courmayeur, there’s plenty more to keep you busy in the winter. Whether you ski or not, the recently opened cable car up Mont Blanc is absolutely not to be missed. The panoramic views are absolutely gorgeous. A close second in the list of must-sees is Terme di Pre-Saint-Didier thermal spas, which are the ideal way to recuperate after a long weekend of skiing. The thermal park also has a host of saunas and whirlpools. Of course, you will also have plenty of other spa options within the village along with shopping. For the outdoorsy type, other winter sports in Courmayeur include cross-country skiing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and even dog-sledding.

Peak Transfer cant wait for Courmayeurs Mountain Gourmet Ski Event

Film buffs, be sure to catch the Noir in Festival, a film noir festival held every December for over 20 years. Taking place in March, the Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience is quite as delicious as it sounds. The three-day festivities include days full of skiing and delicious dinners.

GETTING HERE

Courmayeur is situated just 115 km away from Geneva International Airport which is the closest and most convenient choice with a transfer time of approximately 90 minutes by road via the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Turin airport to the south of resort is also an option at 150 km. Peak Transfer run private door-to-door transfers throughout the year from €235 for up to 8 passengers in our modern well equipped passenger vehicles.

Peak Transfer can do all the work for you with their low cost, reliable transfer service to Courmayeur. Travel in style with your dedicated driver ready to meet you in airport arrivals and drive you straight to your destination so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy your well deserved holiday.

Courmayeur is the Best Ski Resort for Foodies

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USEFUL LINKS

Ready to plan your Courmayeur vacation? Head to the resort’s website for all the information you need, along with ski passes. You can also find a tourism office on Via Monte Bianco and a list of helpful phone numbers here.

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