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Resort guide to Courmayeur - Italy

Charming Italian ski resort with cobbled streets and 'old world' feel - great for a ski weekend

Overview

Courmayeur resort guide - a general overview

Courmayeur is an old traditional Italian mountaineering town that, despite the nearby Mont Blanc tunnel road and modern hotels, has retained much of its old-world feel. The town has a charming traffic free centre with cobbled streets, many attractive shops, bars, restaurants and many a lovely hotel. Courmayeur's centre comes alive for apres ski, with people filling up the bars and others wandering in and out of the many shops before heading back to their accommodation. Courmayeur town is quite large, and its huge cable car to Plan Chercrouit (mid-station) is found on the Southern Edge. Ski holidays in Courmayeur are made easier staying as close to the cable-car station as possible as this will make your life much easier, there are a few places to choose from including some great hotels. Courmayeur has only one other alternative way up the mountain which is to take the cable car from Entreves, a short car or bus ride away. Up at Plan Chercrouit (mid station) you will find ski hire shops, ski schools, the lifts and various bars and restaurants. We recommend leaving your skis and boots at one of the shops up here to make things a little easier while on your ski holidays! Courmayeur's pistes mainly suit intermediates (experts should head off-piste) and although the area is rather limited it is the perfect place to spend a long weekend.

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Resort statistics

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Charming old town, with car free pedestrian area with stylish shops and bars
  • Heli-skiing is possible from here
  • Very good mountain restaurants
  • Day trips and the Vallee Blanche run possible into Chamonix
  • Effective snowmaking facilities

Cons

  • Short runs with relatively small ski area by jumbo resort standards
  • No tough pistes
  • Can get crowded on the weekends
  • It is not possible to ski back down to resort level
  • Accommodation will mainly be in a hotel (Courmayeur has limited chalets)

Courmayeur Resort Restaurants

Where do you start? Courmayeur has some of the best restaurants of any resort in Europe. Some of our favourites are Pierre Alexis, Cadran Solaire, the Terazza, the Mont-Frety, The Padella and the Vieux Pommier. To really make your ski holidays Courmayeur special then go to The Tunnel - they serve the best pizza, ever! In Entreves a short taxi ride away you could try the famous 36-dish feast at Maison de Filippo, or the giant steaks at the Brenva.

Courmayeur Mountain Restaurants

You will be spoilt for choice as there are 27 establishments ranging from large self-service places to rustic little huts and chalet. Courmayeur 's Chiecco is a fine spot as is Christiania and the Courba Dzeleuna. We recommend Maison Vieille with its delightful owner Giacomo serving homemade pastas in a rustic atmosphere. On the other side of the Mountain at Val Veny we recommend trying the friendly Grolla, where you can sit on the sunny terrace in front of the Mont Blanc. The Fodze is a good snack bar, as is the Zerotta and the Petit Mont Blanc.

Courmayeur Apres Ski

Stylish bars with comfy sofas or arm chairs to relax in are the order of the day. Our favourite the Bar Roma serves free canapes in the early evening while the Caffe della Posta and the bar delle Guide are also worth trying. The Cadran Solaire is where the hip from Milano hangs out, while the Prive makes some great cocktails, the American bar has good music and a fine selection of wines. Most will be a short stroll away from your accommodation! Courmayeur has a lovely pedestrianised street too, so it is very pleasant to walk from each bar back to your home for the week.

Courmayeur Nightlife

The evening scene is lively - at the weekends anyway! There are plenty of stylish bars . The Prive serves lovely cocktails and Poppy's is a popular place for drinks. For those looking for good music at the end of the evening before heading back to your hotel, Courmayeur's American Bar is god fun.

Courmayeur Resort Map

Courmayeur Ski Hire Shops

Location Name Stars Discount
A Skiset: Noleggio Sci Lo Chalet
Up to 45%

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The star rating for the ski hire shops is an indication of the level of service; quality and variety of stock, and the space and decor of the shop. It is also a reflection on the price. A five star rated shop will offer great service and equipment but also will charge the highest price. Ski hire shops with a two star rating have less variety and older, poorer quality of stock but are cheapest.

Courmayeur Ski Schools

Ski School Courmayeur