Local facilities 4
(i.e. Restaurants, hire shops)
Slope conditions 5
Lift system 4
Skiing / boarding experience
Apres ski 4
Courmayeur is in the Aosta Valley of Italy located on the Italian side of the iconic Mount Blanc. We flew into Geneva and from there it was only a 1.5 hour transfer up to the resort.
We stayed in a fairly small hotel which was on the edge of the town but still only a 5 minute walk in to the town. Courmayeur has all the traditional charm you could look for. With a large church and square at the heart of the town with lots of shops, although a little bit pricey so for me mainly window shopping! I think you quickly feel at home here.
During our visit the mountain had a few dumps of snow, conditions were mainly perfect, snow just getting a little bit lumpy at the end of the day as they had so much of it! A few grey mornings but overall great. I am an intermediate skier so found Courmayeur a fabulous place to build confidence. My favourite part of the mountain was Plan de la Gabba and favourite run was Internazionale. It was fairly quiet, wide and long- perfect! Courmayeur was also the first place I took on a black run so it will always have a special memories for me!.It was the Black run alongside Internazionale called Rocce Bianche. As far as first goes- I can recommend it!
Our favourite place to stop for lunch was a restaurant called La Chaumiere located at Plan Checrouit. Fantastic views on the terrace, delicious and traditional food. It is split on two levels, a bistro style smaller room upstairs which is where we ate and a more fancy restaurant downstairs.
I did feel the mountain was quite small, my partner is very experienced so we had skied the majority of the mountain within a few days. Luckily Courmayeur is great for accessing other nearby resorts. La Thuile and Pila are a short bus ride away, so we took a day over at Pila. It lacks all the charm of Courmayeur as it overlooks the city of Aosta but great just to add an extra 70km of pistes to the trip. And of course for the more advanced the Vallee Blanche can be accessed.
Apres-ski is not like Austrian resorts which we have mainly visited. It is definitely more family friendly and laid back, more a lively café culture. There are of course a few pub type bars with music and beer. But we tended to head for the bars with the great Italian wine! Bar Roma was our first choice every time. Loads of big sofas to relax on and even though we were half board there was a large buffet table to help yourself to nibbles. There was so much choice that If you went bed and breakfast you could probably fill up here and not bother with dinner!
Overall one of my favourite ski trips yet!