A picturesque Italian village with its ski area across the valley, Courmayeur is famous for its fantastic restaurants. In fact, there are more restaurants at the resort than ski lifts! It sits in the Aosta Valley at the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy - and is a beautiful old village with charming cobbled streets and twelve giant peaks surrounding it. The resort has 100 km of pistes to explore, mainly suited to intermediate skiers and boarders.
Intermediates will be right at home here. You'll love the long cruising runs like the piste from Cresta Youla all the way down to Plan de la Gabba. There are also many semi-steep reds to help you progress. Experts will be able to ski much of the piste in a couple of days, but will find a lot to play with on the good, steep off-piste which is partially on Mont Blanc itself. If you are looking to branch out, the resorts of Cervinia and La Thuile (Italy), Chamonix (France) and Verbier (Switzerland) are all reachable.
With a charming, cosy ambience, après-ski here is lively (some of the best anywhere), and the quality of the restaurants is unbeatable. Roam the narrow streets and check out the old stone churches, bars, delicatessens, butchers and pastry shops. Try the fondue, truffle risotto, carbonade, fresh pasta, country soup, mocetta, home-made desserts and leg of chamois on a sunny outdoor terrace. A fashionable retreat, the shopping is also great, with major designer shops like Hermes and Cartier dotted around the village. Courmayeur is a fantastic destination if you like a well rounded holiday, fun après-ski and a beautiful romantic setting and if you are a hard-core skier you can definitely have some fun too.