Courmayeur, Italy Map
A CIVILISED ITALIAN DESTINATION
Courmayeur is just over 90 minutes from Geneva or Turin airport making it one of the easiest resorts to access and with motorways directly to the resort, with the added bonus of not one wiggly turn to throw one’s stomach. With over 100km of ski piste the resort is perfect for beginners and intermediates with possibly triple that in off piste skiing all at your fingertips.
Skier’s will learn the resort quickly making it familiar and an enjoyable time on the piste. Heli skiing is available for powder enthusiasts and let’s not forget the new Skyway – opening a whole new terrain up in Courmayeur. The gondola ride is worth a trip in itself – why not enjoy a panoramic lunch!
Courmayeur is a charming town for non skiers, with a good selection of shops for both actual shopping and window shopping – I don’t know about you but we didn’t feel the need to purchase the EURO 6500 dining table on display in one shop! Italian’s do apres skiing in very elegant form; one can hop from bar to bar picking on oysters, nuts, salami and much more. The main street (Via Roma) is incredibly popular and you’re never more than ten minutes away from any point in the town to it.
It’s cliff side situation means that private shuttle’s from many of the hotels drop you in you snow boots at the bottom of the lift station (on the other side of the town) – you ride the gondola up to the piste and swap snow boots for ski boots and ski’s – at the end of the day just do it in reverse. This encourages you to enjoy a ‘passeggiata’ on the way back to the hotel and visit one of the apres ski bars en route.
In truth what made it for us – was the brilliant customer service – there was always a smile. This is what made it for us, everyone we encountered on our recent visit smiled and was happy in their job and went out of their way to please their guests. Food was fresh, home made in most places and the pizza was just glorious! Would we order pizza in the French Alps anymore? Possibly not! It can’t be beaten.
Insider’s tip – Maison Vielle at the top of the chairlift with the same name is a must, book a day in advance.
WHERE IS IT?
Turin and Geneva airport is 90 minutes; Milan is 2 hours away.