Courmayeur is a ski and mountaineering resort in northern Italy near the top of the Valle d’Aosta. It has a magnificent site at the foot of Mont Blanc at 1224 m height (called Monte Bianco in Italian). Because of its sulphurous springs, the settlement has been inhabited since Roman times and was a spa destination as early as the 18th century. It grew during the 19th century’s alpinism craze, and it was here that Italy’s first alpine guide club was founded. It grew as a ski resort in the twentieth century, and the Mont Blanc tunnel, which opened in 1965, substantially enhanced road access from northern Europe.
Courmayeur’s on-piste skiing will suit intermediates the best, but there is also a fantastic choice of off-piste and heli-skiing for more skilled skiers and boarders. The views of the massif are breathtaking. The ski region on the Italian side of Mont Blanc is serviced by three cable cars, all of which are off-piste and prohibited zone without a guide.
The Toula Glacier and the Vallée Blanche, with its 15 miles (24 km) of intermediate off-piste from the Punta Helbronner (3,462 m) all the way down to Chamonix, are among the descents accessible here. Courmayeur also has some of Europe’s greatest heli-skiing, with the choice of skiing glacial or non-glacial terrain.
Courmayeur is a fantastic resort for mixed ability groups due to the small structure of the ski domain, and it has lots of central meeting and dining spots that most abilities of skier will be able to access. With so many fantastic mountain restaurants to choose from, this is the spot to go for lengthy lunches more than anyplace else!
The restaurants are not only plentiful, but they also represent everything that is great about eating in the Italian mountains: hot chocolate so thick that you must finish it with a spoon, risottos with truffle shavings, succulent fresh pasta, lavish spreads of home-made desserts, and south-facing sun terraces teeming with Italians.
Courmayeur is also a wonderful medieval town with cobblestone streets, old stone cathedrals, and the greatest designer shopping in the Aosta Valley. In the evenings, the streets come alive, and there are lots of elegant pubs as well as some superb restaurants in the heart of town.