Courmayeur in Italy Resort Guide
Courmayeur has retained its traditional old mountaineering village core despite the modern sprawling hotel developments which are inevitable given its accessibility and consequent popularity with skiers and boarders from Milan and Turin. The Mont Blanc tunnel is an essential link with Geneva which becomes only a 90 minute drive, there is also access from France via the Grand St Bernard tunnel but it takes much longer . The middle of the village is charming, cobbled and car free with a church and renowned Alpine museum. Otherwise the traditional streets are lined with one or two fashionable shops, specialist delicatessen, bookshop, and dozens upon dozens of bars, cafes, and restaurants. Here is another Italian resort where skiing and boarding often assumes a lower priority to people watching. Especially popular with the Milanese and Turinese, the range of friendly mountain restaurants ranks alongside the best in Europe for choice and quality, and lunch is a serious business here. The bus service around town is not good, but timetabled, and a car is a distinct advantage other than having to park it.
We visited Courmayeur in April 2016 and were delighted to have a private trip on the fantastic Mont Blanc SkyWay, a brand new cable car that ascends the Italian side of Mont Blanc in two stages, with the amazing cabin revolving 360 degrees - this offers the most stunning views. Facilities at each of the two stages include a cafe, wine shop, restaurant and viewing platform. Worth the trip for this alone!
Accomodation & Après Ski
Apres ski, predictably, is lively from the minute the ski wear gives way to fur and glittering trinketry late afternoon, until the last bars finally empty. Accommodation should be sought near the lift station and close to the centre of town. There are certainly plenty of hotels around and most offer their own shuttle service to the lifts.
Born 2 Ski offer some excellent hotels, available for short breaks or a week and all with their own special character, friendly and helpful staff, and great food - Courmayeur is well worth a visit
|RESORT HEIGHT||1224||VERTICAL DESCENT||1100||OPENS||Dec - April|
|TOP STATION||2624||DRAG LIFTS||23||EXPERT RATING||9|
|BOTTOM STATION||1224||CHAIR LIFTS||8||INTERMEDIATE RATING||9|
Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : Euros
- Adult Six Day Pass : Euros
- Child One Day Pass : Euros
- Child Six Day Pass : Euros