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Overview

This Italian resort is quite large and has retained its old world charm with a centre that is free from traffic and high on atmosphere. Mont Blanc provides the most spectacular views and the village bars are loved by all and for some are the reason for being here. The exciting shops are grouped around the Via Roma and attract the Italian Set at weekends to strut their stuff as they browse from the Salami specialist to the excellent bookshop. Be prepared to walk to the slopes or hire a car or select accommodation that is situated nearby. On the mountain there are lockers to store boots and skis and highly recommended.

Profile

There are 22 miles of cross country trails with the best at Val Ferret. The ski schools have an excellent reputation and the Guides Association have published a book identifying the best areas for on and off piste skiers. Facilities for children are good by Italian standards and for beginners it is adequate but can be a bit steep.

The plus is their area has good snow. There are about 30 mountain restaurants and range from a small hut to full blown self service and in true Italian style all cater to a high standard and excel with the pasta and pizza chefs on hand. For the more discerning try charcuterie and cheese with homemade myrtle grappa to wash it down — but watch the berries soaked in alcohol. No shortage of hotels about 50 with various star ratings. Self catering too for those who enjoy home from home.

Mountain Information

The pistes appeal to the intermediate skier with the Checrout area getting the morning sun. And in the afternoon the north west facing slopes at Val Veny are popular to follow the sun again. The slopes are not considered high and are between 5,600 ft and 7,400 ft. Those which are north facing have good snow but if there is a snow drought the snowmaking ensures good skiing throughout the holiday. For the experts the black runs are good but not too challenging but with powder snow between the trees a great time is had by all.

There are classic off piste runs from Cresta d’Alp and hell drops, especially good is the 12 mile run starting at the Ruitor glacier into France. Off piste with a guide is popular for the experienced skier but remember for new skiers it can be quite steep in the blue areas. Some good runs for the boarders too which will be mentioned in the guide book. There are 16 lifts and at weekends it can become busy when the Italians come to relax.

Apres Ski

Spoiled for choice when it comes to eating but try the raclette and fondue and spoil yourself with the anti-pasta. The village is buzzing at night with plenty of bars some with soft sofas and chairs to recover after a hectic day skiing and enjoy complimentary canapés. Many serve drinks and pizzas and all are friendly and good value. If you need to unwind the Sports Centre has a sauna and steam room or tone up in the gym, play tennis or put on your skating boots. If time allows hit the shops and buy some Italian chic or simply sip your cocktails and people watch.

Resort Information • Courmayeur

Resort Height Resort Height 1224m
Top Station Top Station 2755m
Bottom Station Bottom Station 1224m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 1531m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 11
Chair Lifts Chair Lifts 7
High Capacity High Capacity 9
Opening Dates Opening Dates Dec - April
Rating Expert Rating Expert 9
Rating Intermediate Rating Intermediate 9
Rating Beginner Rating Beginner 7
Apres Ski Rating Apres Ski Rating 8
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 8