If shopping, exceptional Italian dining and skiing all rolled into one sound like a dream vacation, then Courmayeur should be your next ski trip. This picturesque Alpine village is situated in Italy’s Valle d'Aosta region and lies at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain. Courmayeur is close to both the French and Swiss borders. The village exudes coziness with a warren of narrow cobblestone streets, small bars and fabulous restaurants. Courmayeur skiing, which is comprised of 62 miles of terrain, can be found just above the town, which is connected by two cable cars and a gondola that stretches across the valley; it’s a short return to town by bus.
With views of Mont Blanc from just about every direction, the scenery can't be beat. Partiers will be pleased with Courmayeur’s collection of lively discos. There are plenty of other off-mountain activities on a Courmayeur ski vacation, including an open-air ice skating rink and quintessential Italian boutique shopping on Via Rome. But its star quality is found in the restaurants, where the Italians seem to spend far more time than on the slopes.
At Courmayeur-Mont Blanc there are slopes for absolutely every level of skier, from beginner to expert. Experts looking for a challenge will likely prefer Courmayeur’s off-piste offerings. However Val Veny’s moguled black runs will surely get anyone’s blood pumping. Courmayeur’s best off-piste routes are found off the top of the resort's chairlift network and can be explored in a clockwise loop from Arp Vieille to Val Veny, or skiers can head east from the summit to Dolonne or Pre-St. Didier, or south to the Youla gorge. An experienced backcountry guide is highly recommended for optimal safety and enjoyment. Intermediates will find plenty of wide-open red and blue runs to keep them occupied, especially in the Col Checrouit area. First-time skiers have a magic carpet and learning zone at the top of the Entreves tram. Cable cars, gondolas, chair lifts and poma lifts offer remarkable efficient connections to every part of the mountain.
If you can envision yourself schussing next to Mont Blanc, enjoying classic French apres-ski and rubbing shoulders with some of the world's best skiers and mountaineers, make a ski trip to Chamonix a reality this season.
Ski.com guests will explore the Chamonix Valley, Courmayeur, and Verbier alongside veteran guides who know exactly when and where to find the best conditions. After skiing, stay in top flight accommodations at La Folie Douce.
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Food & Wine on the slopes
Amazing restaurants all over the mountain. Espresso bars and great wine lists and great apres ski. Steep runs, long lift lines during New Years week. Italians have no manners in line, pushing and shoving and will ski right over your skis. That took some getting use to and no one working the lift lines. Once up on the top it was great. No snow for the week but sunny everyday. No real grooming and with the sun it promotes icy conditions felt a lot like east coast skiing.
Love the mountain, the snow, the skiing, the town & the convenience/ amenities