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Courmayeur Ski Resort and Ski Holidays

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  Resort Information
Season Dec - Mid April
Nearest Airport Geneva (90 mins)
Ski Area 110km
Ski Lifts 16
Ski Runs 24
Longest Run 26km
Resort Height 1230m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 3 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 4 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Courmayeur offers an atmospheric and charming traffic-free core of cobbled streets and well-preserved old buildings. As the lifts close, the central Via Roma comes alive with people piling into the many bars and restaurants, or browse the classy clothes shops and tempting delis. At weekends the fur coats of Milan and Turin lend a sophisticated air. An Alpine museum and a statue of a long-dead mountain rescue hero add to the historical feel.

A huge cable car on the southern edge of the village will take you to and from Plan Checrouit, at the heart of the slopes. You cannot ski back to the village, but you can ski to the base of the alternative gondola from Dolonne (across the valley); parking is much easier there too. Buses serve both lift stations. Many hotels run shuttles, and most will take you to Dolonne. Drivers can also go to Entrèves, up the valley, where there is a large car park at the cable car. Most people leave their gear in lockers up the mountain or at a lift base.Buses, typically Italian, (infrequent but timetabled), go to La Palud, just beyond Entrèves, for the Monte Bianco cable car to Punta Helbronner and the highly recommended Vallée Blanche run to Chamonix. The high glacial slopes of the Mont Blanc massif overlook Courmayeur’s slopes. The views from the high points at Cresta d’Arp and Cresta Youla, especially, are stunning.

Courmayeur’s slopes are reasonably high – mostly between 1700m and 2250m. Those above Val Veny face north or north-west, so they keep their snow well, but the Plan Checrouit side is catches the sun in late season, so can get soggy! There is snowmaking on most main runs, including the red run to the valley. So good coverage in early and mid-season is virtually assured – we’ve been there in a bad season and enjoyed decent skiing entirely on man-made snow. Grooming is good. The skiing itself is good for intermediates and if the off piste is good then for experts as well, but not the best resort choice for beginners, unless dining on the mountain for lunch is your forte, in which Courmayeur excels.Though you will enjoy a weeks holiday here it is a fantastic ski resort for a short break, with its relatively short transfers of 90 mins from Geneva.

 

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