Courmayeur is one of my favourite ski resorts in the world.
Some people are surprised by this, so a couple of years ago I wrote this blog post about why Courmayeur is my favourite ski resort.
There are a number of things to look for in a ski resort and for me, Courmayeur checks them all. I’ve been regularly visiting for over 30 years, and this year sees the City Ski Championships 20th Anniversary in Courmayeur!
So, without further ado, here are five of my favourite things you can enjoy in Courmayeur:
1. Après-Ski on the Mountain
The cable car in Courmayeur has been replaced with a snazzy panoramic one, surrounded by glass. It now runs until 11.30pm.
Not only does that mean you can eat in seven restaurants up the mountain during the evening, but there’s also no more pressure in taking the last cable car down.
As a result, the queues have disappeared and, better yet, après-ski exists on the mountain as well as town.
2. Skiing Across Borders
You’re skiing the Vallee Blanche from Courmayeur and when getting out of the Punta Helbronner cable car, you see the word ‘frontiera’ displayed with the Italian and French flag.
That’s exactly what happened to me the first time I skied across borders. It was the strangest feeling, having just left Italy, to finish skiing and walking with ski boots into a French town with cars which had French number plates, French-speaking people, and a champagne and oyster bar.
Courmayeur is located in the Aosta Valley, which lies between France, Italy, and Switzerland. It’d be possible to have breakfast in Courmayeur, lunch in France (Chamonix is just on the other side of the Mont Blanc), and dinner in Switzerland! Just make sure to get back before dark 😉
3. Mountain Food Like Nowhere Else
The extended opening times of Courmayeur’s mountain restaurants only seems to have improved the resort’s strongest asset.
There is so much to chose from, and at 12 Euro for a pizza, it’s still great value. If you know where to look, there are some real gems too.
Here’s an offer you can’t refuse: book a holiday with us this season, and I’ll personally send you my little black book of unmissable mountain eateries.
To start you off, here’s my list of mouthwatering dishes no Italian ski trip should be without.
4. Luxurious Skiing Among Royalty and Celebrities
Every winter, celebrities, business moguls, and people like you and me enjoy staying in some great hotels, eating amazing food and appreciate the fresh alpine powder in Courmayeur.
The heart of the Courmayeur, Via Roma, is lined with chic boutiques, innovative bars, charming antique shops, and plenty of restaurants to tantalize your taste buds. The amazing food is surprisingly affordable compared to other European luxury ski resorts and just as good.
Auberge de La Maison, our favourite, is a charming wood and stone hotel perfect for understated luxury.
5. Get Your Heart Racing with Heli-Skiing
There are some serious heli-skiing opportunities nestled away in the Alps. I think it’s the best way to experience what the Alps have to offer!
While Switzerland has a wider range of options, Italy is cheaper and home to many wonderful heli-skiing opportunities.
Courmayeur has great heli-skiing for first timers thanks to its easy, non-glacial terrain.
One of its major draws is that you can be picked up by the helicopter from right in the heart of the main piste area in the morning to do your drop and still be back for lunch to meet with the rest of your group.
If you’re interested in heli-skiing, you should read our guide to heli-skiing in the Alps.
And If You Don’t Like Skiing?
There’s also plenty to do if you don’t like skiing. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why I love Courmayeur so much – there’s something for everybody.
What about the thermal spa at Pre St Didier, or taking that snazzy cable car I mentioned up Mont Blanc for incredible panoramic views and a glacier walk with a guide?
Personally, I really enjoy snow bikes too! We can organise this for you on the Dolonne nursery.
Other non-skiing activities in Courmayeur include dogsledding, fat bikes, ice driving, and more. The opportunities are truly endless!
Want to Try Courmayeur for Yourself?
Interested in experiencing Courmayeur as your next ski holiday in the Alps? We can make it happen for you.
And have I mentioned already that you can have a perfect ski getaway in only a weekend? Here’s what my ski weekend in Courmayeur would look like.
Get in touch today and we’ll start planning your tailor-made trip to this world-class destination.
I’d love to hear your feedback, too. What’s your favourite thing about Courmayeur?