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C is for Courmayeur on the sunny side of Monte Bianco (a.k.a. Mont Blanc).
C is for Courmayeur on the sunny side of Monte Bianco (a.k.a. Mont Blanc).
C is also for powder. Come and get some at Courmayeur.
C is also for powder. Come and get some at Courmayeur.
Courmayeur ski resort Checrouit area.
Courmayeur ski resort Checrouit area.
Courmayeur has a beuatiful 'old town'.
Courmayeur has a beuatiful 'old town'.
The stunning Skyway Monte Bianco climbs 2160m above Courmayeur.
The stunning Skyway Monte Bianco climbs 2160m above Courmayeur.
Courmayeur has plenty of steep off piste terrain.
Courmayeur has plenty of steep off piste terrain.
And room for children and beginners as well.
And room for children and beginners as well.
The Dolonne gondola moves skiers quickly to Courmayeur's slopes.
The Dolonne gondola moves skiers quickly to Courmayeur's slopes.
The Toula Glacier above Courmayeur usually has fresh lines.
The Toula Glacier above Courmayeur usually has fresh lines.
Courmayeur is overlooked by the spectacular Mont Blanc massif.
Courmayeur is overlooked by the spectacular Mont Blanc massif.
Courmayeur is a Powderhounds delight when it snows.
Courmayeur is a Powderhounds delight when it snows.
Courmayeur ski resort has an excellent range of mountain huts.
Courmayeur ski resort has an excellent range of mountain huts.
Courmayeur mountain hut cuisine is exceptional.
Courmayeur mountain hut cuisine is exceptional.
One happy Powderhound at Courmayeur.
One happy Powderhound at Courmayeur.
Courmayeur off piste & backcountry access from Arp (2755m)
Courmayeur off piste & backcountry access from Arp (2755m)
Apres ski at the Super G is a Courmayeur right of passage.
Apres ski at the Super G is a Courmayeur right of passage.
Courmayeur has 3 small but professional and effective learn to ski areas.
Courmayeur has 3 small but professional and effective learn to ski areas.
Freshies just off piste are always a bonus at Courmayeur ski resort
Freshies just off piste are always a bonus at Courmayeur ski resort
Courmayeur has intermediate piste terrain from top to bottom - 1414m vert.
Courmayeur has intermediate piste terrain from top to bottom - 1414m vert.
Glorious Courmayeur. Don't forget to get off the lift and go for a ski!
Glorious Courmayeur. Don't forget to get off the lift and go for a ski!

Courmayeur

Courmayeur Ski Resort Italy

Courmayeur ski resort in the famed Aosta valley Italy is perfectly located on the sunny side of the Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) massif. Courmayeur is a beautiful, refined town with an adventurous, big mountain spirit.

Excellent lift access from near the centre of Courmayeur provides both family friendly & action packed skiing within minutes of leaving your accommodation. The ski terrain combines 1545m descents from the main ski resort area and huge, challenging off-piste descents of over 2150m vertical from Punta Helbronner on the flanks of Monte Bianco.

Summary of Pros and Cons for Courmayeur Ski Resort

Pros

  • Set amongst the most breathtaking mountains in Europe;
  • A refined, but relaxed, friendly and adventurous town;
  • Great larch forest tree skiing on north facing slopes;
  • Diverse ski opportunities including Mont Blanc;
  • Long skiable vertical of 1545m in the resort;
  • Superb off piste and backcountry routes accessible via the lifts;
  • Amazing place to undertake some ski touring;
  • Delicious food and fun après on & off the ski hill;
  • Wonderful shopping from high end to outdoorsy.

Cons

  • Very little quality transitional beginner terrain;
  • Ski resort is relatively small when compared to others;
  • Whilst not busy on weekends, the local skiers have a superhuman ability to track out the best off piste areas in the resort early on a powder day. (Don’t sleep in!);
  • Upper cable cars in the resort are old and have limited capacity.

Courmayeur Skiing & Snowboarding

It is difficult to characterise the skiing & snowboarding at Courmayeur, other than to say it is diverse. Three small but adequate learn to ski areas exist, including one in the sheltered valley near the resort base. The mainly intermediate piste trails cover all aspects & include a nearly 1500m vertical valley run. Advanced skiers & snowboarders can ski piste, alpine powder & larch forest, all in the same run! Experts can play in the extensive off-piste routes or the most extreme terrain imaginable on Monte Bianco

Access to the resort is via three lifts - cable car from Courmayeur itself, an efficient gondola from the Dolonne base across the valley & the older Val Veny cable car (the sneaky way up!) from Entreves located a few km up the valley. Once in the resort numerous chairs gondolas & cable cars efficiently move everyone. The two uppermost cable cars in the resort are ancient. Luckily (or not!) they are usually only utilised by powder hunters & sightseers.

See our Courmayeur Skiing & Snowboarding for more information.

Monte Bianco Skiing & Snowboarding

The Skyway Monte Bianco is the world's best ski lift. With a good guide & safe snow conditions, some of the spectacular terrain on Monte Bianco is skiable by solid intermediate skiers & snowboarders. The descents of the Toula Glacier on the Italian side & the classic Valle Blanche on the French side are both accessible from Punta Helbronner at the top of the lift.

See our Monte Bianco Skiing page for more information.

Where is Courmayeur, Italy?

Courmayeur is located 150km north of Turin in the Valle d’Aosta, Italy. The town and ski resort are on the ‘sunny side’ of Monte Bianco 35km west of Aosta and 22km south east of Chamonix via the Mont Blanc tunnel.

Closest international gateway airports are Turin, Milan or Geneva. Turin airport is available to Europe or UK based Powderhounds. Those from further afield are best to use Milan Malpensa or Geneva in Switzerland.

Transport options to Courmayeur from wither airport include car rental, private transfers and public train/bus combinations.

For detailed information see our Travel to Courmayeur page.

Courmayeur Accommodations

Courmayeur is known as a stylish town akin to Cortina d’Ampezzo, but just like its Dolomites analogue, that doesn’t mean it is only for those with cash to splash. Courmayeur hotels, apartments & guesthouses have as much variety as just about anywhere in the world & can easily cater to any budget.

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Courmayeur accommodation is split between 4 main areas, all with their own lift access to the resort. A couple of fabulous 'ski-in’ hotels at Plan Checrouit are convenient & worth a stay for a true ski resort experience. The Super G Hotel is the absolute pick of them with its pumping après session, huge views & modern facilities. Does get quiet after hours though.

The main town of Courmayeur has superb hotels in & near the old town including the 5 star Grand Hotel Royal E Golf, well placed Hotel Courmayeur & best value Hotel Walser. A few options close to the cable car include the village's best apartments, the Au Coeur Des Neiges & SPA, plus the well placed Hotel Triolet.

Across the river at Dolonne, there are several hotels & guesthouses a short walk from the gondola base. Old stone buildings are characteristics of the wonderful Hotel Lo Campagnar & Hotel Dolonne. The village of Dolonne is a 10 to 15min walk to the main town centre.

Only 3km up the valley toward Monte Bianco, Courmayeur’s other base area, Entreves & La Palud has numerous quality 2 & 3 star hotel options including the excellent Hotel La Grange & Hotel Funivia. Entreves is also at the base of the Skyway Monte Bianco, but also has access to the Courmayeur ski resort via the Val Veny cable car.

Courmayeur Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available in all of the Courmayeur village areas; however the most convenient location is up on the mountain at Plan Chécrouit. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Courmayeur at Plan Chécrouit here.

Other Activities

For non-resort skiers, Courmayeur has numerous extracurricular activities. Cross-country skiing, scenic cable car rides (on both Courmayeur and Monte Bianco), shopping and dining will fill in your days. The aprés ski fun kicks in most nights, particularly in the cobbled old town and numerous quality restaurants are worthy of culinary exploration. The nearby village of Pre St Didier has a beautiful pool & spa complex open to the public.

For skiers and snowboarders, the ski mountaineering & heli ski opportunities at Courmayeur are world class.

Nearby Ski Resorts

At the head of the Aosta Valley, Courmayeur is an easy day trip to the excellent La Thuile, Pila and Crevacol. Other Valle d’Aosta ski resorts further down valley make the area an excellent ‘ski safari’ location and include Cervinia Valtournenche & Monterosa.

The French Chamonix ski areas are close via a short bus or car drive. If driving, the cost of the Mont Blanc Tunnel may come as a shock.


Tours in or near Courmayeur

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Chamonix Mont Blanc Powder Skiing Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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Based on group of 7 for min 7 nights.
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Price p/p
USD 2,249
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski off-piste for 6 days around Mont Blanc, discovering the largest glacial ski area in Europe. Ski descents of between 1500 & 2800m in virgin snow via the most beautiful summits & passes in Chamonix France & Courmayeur Italy. Custom tours only, get a group of 4 together for 7 nights of adventure.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Chamonix Alps Ultimate Women's Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | WOMEN ONLY
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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Price p/p
USD 2,995
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski 3 countries in one week with an all female group based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier & Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps.
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Chamonix Ultimate Experience Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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Price p/p
USD 2,995
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski 3 countries in one week based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier & Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps.
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    Courmayeur Piste & Trail Map
  • Courmayeur Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Courmayeur
    1,210 – 2,755 (1,414m)

    Skyway Monte Bianco
    1,306 – 3,466 (2,160m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5 to 15m
  • Lifts (20)
    Courmayeur
    6 Gondolas / cable cars
    8 Chairs

    Skyway Monte Bianco
    2 Gondolas / cable cars
  • Ski Hours
    Courmayeur
    Late Nov to mid April
    8:25am to 5:00pm
    Courmayeur cable car until midnight

    Skyway Monte Bianco
    Dec to Late May
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 41km
    Piste – 41km (31 runs)
    Longest piste run – 7.5km
    Advanced (piste) - 14%
    Intermediate (piste) - 55%
    Beginner (piste) - 31%

    Off piste routes; 100km
    Longest off piste run – 8 - 22km
  • Lift Pass Price (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Courmayeur only
    Adult - €49 - 54
    Child - €34.50 - 38
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Skyway Monte Bianco only
    Adult - €55
    Child - €38.50
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Courmayeur + Skyway Monte Bianco
    Adult - €59 - 64
    Child - €41.50 - 45
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Mont Blanc Unlimited (min 2 day)
    Adult - €128
    Child - €108.80


    Vallee Blanche route map
  • Vallee Blanche Route Map