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COURMAYEUR

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Located in the Aosta Valley on the Italian side of Mont Blanc Courmayeur, ITALY has spectacular mountainous views and excellent terrain.

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Ski Courmayeur

Courmayeur Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The fantastic skiing and snowboarding terrain at Courmayeur is made up of huge open powder fields and bowls, challenging moguls, heavily treed areas, groomed fast trails and gentle beginner only areas.

It is possible to ski or snowboard from Courmayeur down the Vallee Blanche to the neighbouring resort of Chamonix.  For more information on Chamonix click here

Skiing and Snowboarding the Vallee Blanche

Set aside a full day to experience the thrill of skiing or snowboarding from Courmayeur down the world famous 20 kilometre long Vallee Blanche descending into the French town of Chamonix.

From Courmayeur catch the Mont Blanc Cable Car from La Palud that transports you to 3,000+ meters above sea level where the off piste descent of a lifetime begins.

The scenery is unbelievable so make sure you take your camera. Once you arrive in Chamonix buses or taxis are available to bring you back to Courmayeur via the Mont Blanc tunnel, just don’t forget your passport.

The Vallee Blanche is not just for expert and advanced skiers and snowboarders; confident intermediates could enjoy the run with an experienced guide. A guide is highly recommended as they know the safest way down the glacier fields in ever changing conditions.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Courmayeur

Advanced skiers and snowboarders head to the upper areas of the resort for off piste skiing and snowboarding. One of the most challenging off piste runs is Cresta D’Arp. It is 14 kilometres in length, unpatrolled and very steep and narrow. It should only be attempted with an experienced guide.

Be aware that while off piste skiing and snowboarding is approved at Courmayeur out of bounds skiing and snowboarding is highly illegal due to avalanche risk. Those who do venture out of bounds risk facing prosecution.

On the piste head to the long International trail starting in the Col Checrouit Area. After it has been groomed it is great for giant carving GS turns.

The heavily treed terrain under the Zerotta Chairlift is the place to go for fast moguls and challenging tree skiing and snowboarding similar to that you would find in the United States.

Whilst Courmayeur does not have a terrain park or halfpipe it has a fast boardercross course on the right hand side of the Plan de la Gabba Chairlift.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Courmayeur

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders can cover the entire resort of Courmayeur on long linking corduroy groomed trails.

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Courmayeur Skiing

From the top of the Cresta Youla Peak at 2,624 meters take the long Youla trail that winds through the powder fields all the way down to the base of the Checrouit Gondola. All the terrain around the gondola is perfect for intermediates as it is wide, open and often very sunny.

From the top of the Checrouit Gondola take the lengthy Lazey trail down to the Zerotta Area. This side of the resort receives less sunshine and has terrific fast trails cutting through trees.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Courmayeur

Beginner skiers and snowboarders can easily access wide gently sloping runs at Courmayeur.
In the Dolonne Area above the Village under the Courmayeur Cable Car there are a couple of really wide flat groomed trails suitable for young children and first time skiers and snowboarders to learn on.

Above the cable car in the Plan Checrouit Area beginners head to the flat and wide Chiecco trail and the long and winding Pra Neyron trail. For an extra long run take the Pra Neyron trail to link with the Val Veny trail ending in the Pre de Pascal Area.

The Courmayeur Ski and Snowboard School offer group, private and day long lessons for all ages and ability levels with professional bilingual instructors. Mountain guides and off piste powder lessons are also available.

Courmayeur Heli Skiing and Snowboarding

Heli skiing and snowboarding guided tours of the surrounding magnificent mountains and glaciers are available at Courmayeur. The tours are usually in groups no larger than four advanced skiers or snowboarders with one professional mountain guide.

Other Activities at Courmayeur

Other outdoor activities available at Courmayeur include ice skating, ice curling, snow biking, snowshoeing and tobogganing.

Indoor activities include playing tennis or squash, climbing walls and massage and beauty treatments.

Courmayeur Shopping

The Village at Courmayeur has many ski and snowboard shops stocking the latest equipment and rental gear, high fashion boutiques, children’s shops, art and photography galleries and gift and souvenir stores.

The Village has grocery markets, cheese shops, bakeries, butchers and wine stores.

Courmayeur Restaurants

Courmayeur has over 50 restaurants, pizzerias and cafes serving Italian cuisine.

The popular Ristorante Pizzeria Bellevue has some of the best wood fired pizzas you will ever taste along with hot steaming bowls of pasta.

Restaurant La Padella specialises in local cheese dishes, homemade sausages and beautiful desserts.

The family run Ristorante la Terrazza have ever changing menus serving both local Italian and international cuisine.

For fine dining go to the restaurant in the Cresta et Duc Hotel; they have daily specials and an excellent wine list.

Courmayeur Nightlife

Courmayeur has a very active nightlife with crowded wine bars and nightclubs scattered throughout the Village.

For après ski drinks go to Bar Roma or the trendy Cadran Solaire Bar for a great selection of Italian wines sold by the glass.

The Jimmy Night Café is one of the most popular night spots in Courmayeur. The café upstairs mixes delicious cocktails and has bar snacks while the loud disco downstairs plays music from the 70s and 80s all night long.

The American Bar and Poppy’s Pub are both open for dinner remaining open until late with DJs and occasional live bad performances.

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K Bates, Canada. I just did not want to leave, 2 weeks passed so quickly. What a beautiful, romantic, enchanting traditional old town. We stayed at a small hotel called the Meuble Laurent, everyone was so hospitable. The riding was terrific, while the resort is not huge it is large enough to keep you more than busy. On the Chamonix side there are great steep fast tree lined trails, while the upper areas offer wide open cruising trails, there are good tight treed sections to be found and lots of areas which are fun in fresh powder. You can even store your board at the top of the cable car at Plan Checrouit making the transit from the town to the slopes easy. The food was outstanding, I have never eaten so well, it was out of this world, with the cafes and restaurants in town and the restaurants dotted across the resort it's hard to stop eating! The night scene is relatively quiet but after an enormous dinner and a few vinos who wants to go out?

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
9,127
2,775
Base
3,963
1,208
Average Snowfall
Lifts
18
Trails
29
100 km
Terrain %
advanced
15
intermediate
60
beginner
25
Halfpipe
no
Terrain Park
no
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