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Auberge de La Maison   

 

4 star hotel offering comfortable rooms with a wellness center and restaurant on site. 

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Hotel Berthod 

 

 

3 star hotel with 25 rooms, 5 which are suites offering breakfast with your stay.   Amenities include a small jacuzzi swimming-pool and a sauna; “La Crotta”, a fitness room and massages services available.

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Hotel Aigle

 

2 star hotel with 14 rooms and your stay includes a buffet breakfast and an evening meal.

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Chateau Branlant

 

Chiecco

 

Christiania

 

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Courmayeur
Description:

The historic mountain town of Courmayeur sits on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain. The mountain scenery around Courmayeur is spectacular, with 14 4,000m plus mountain peaks above. The resort is one of several internationally famous centres in the Aosta Valley which runs up Italy's north west border with France and Switzerland. Unlike Chamonix, Courmayeur is a very atmospheric resort where ancient buildings huddle around cobbled streets so that the whole place oozes traditional charm. Planners have allowed a few ugly concrete blocks to appear (some of them four star hotels!) but these are on the outskirts of the town and don't detract from the ambience of the whole. Courmayeur can boast three centuries of tourism, far exceeding its long history as a winter sports destination, with visitors originally coming to experience the benefits of local mineral springs. The clientele has always included the great and the good, including the Italian Queen Margaret of Savoy who was such a valued customer that the owner of the Royal Hotel in the village built a special annex for her visit in 1880, named The Queen's Pavillion. There are other well known resorts in the area, such as Cervinia, lift-linked to Zermatt in Switerland, Pila and La Thuile (also lift-linked over a border, this time to La Rosière in France), all sharing an Aosta Valley joint lift ticket (your own transport a big advantage in making use of it).

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Posted

Pros: Excellent mountain restaurants, good intermediate terrain, good lift system, pleasant town.

Cons: Limited, no true beginner terrain, little very challenging terrain, expensive drinks.

I haven't visited as a tourist yet (so to speak), however, have spent a few weeks doing temporary instructor jobs and have had a couple of good free-skis to check out the slopes and a wander around the town.

 

The skiing at Courmayeur is nothing special. This is a small-to-mid sized resort (by European standards), and there is little variation. There are plenty of wide open, steep red runs which are well groomed, and a few nice blue runs around the resort. The only truly challenging run is a 1.5km bumps run (with no escape route) - make sure your legs are well prepared before dropping into that one! I couldn't even find a terrain park, but there are a few features dotted around. There are, however, a few options for those looking to head out for a spot of alpine touring on the large glaciers lining the many 4,000m plus peaks surrounding the resort.

 

Courmayeur is not designed for beginners. A new skier, if sporty and with little fear, does have plenty of easy intermediate terrain to move onto quite quickly, but for nervous or uncoordinated beginners, the learning curve is steep (as are the beginner runs).

 

The lift system is generally good. A gondola and cable car service the slopes from the town, providing two main upload points which meet at the same mid-station. The chairs are mostly high speed quads, with a new six pack serving some of the best terrain. There is a further gondola and cable car higher up and two old double chairs from around the mid-station (the only non-detachables in the resort).

 

Courmayeur has some excellent restaurants on the mountain, providing really good food at reasonable prices. When in Italy you naturally have to have the pasta (great carbo boost for skiing too) and you won't be disappointed with any of the offerings.

 

The town is a collection of pretty stone buildings along a main pedestrianized zone, with further buildings spreading from the centre. More excellent restaurants are to be found here, as well as a few nice bars. Bar Roma is one of my favourites, despite the €8 price tag for a large beer, as there is always a good spread of excellent food at no extra cost (it explains the high price tag though - something that is ever present in European resorts anyway). Away from food and drink, there is also a small selection of good ski shops, and a large selection of fashion stores (again, we are in Italy...)

 

All in all, a very pleasant resort for a relaxing week of skiing, it's just not particularly big and doesn't offer great variation. The views are phenomenal though!

Posted

Pros: Reasonable prices, friendly atmosphere, good food and coffee

Cons: Slow lifts, small resort, minimal vertical drop

An ideal resort if the weather conditions are right to start your kids skiing. In flat light the tree lined runs are great. The locals are also friendly with delicious reasonably priced food and great coffee. Advanced skiers will get bored quickly without any difficult black runs, slow lifts and minimal vertical drop. There is some hidden away powder under the trees if you can find it.

In short 4 stars or 5 stars for family holidays with young children.

Posted
Courmayeur is lots of fun.  Its a small ancient village at the base of the Mountain with incredible views, fantastic food, and the world's best hot chocolate