Positioned in a prime spot on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, the cosy town of Courmayeur is a hotspot for skiers from across the globe. The Alpine slopes here are ideal for both beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders. You’ll soon see why thousands head to the snow of Courmayeur every year. But there is far more to do in Courmayeur than simply plunging down the slopes. It’s an upmarket mountain destination, which more than rivals some of the well-known Alpine resorts such as neighbouring Chamonix. If you are heading to Courmayeur in the summer, the hills are brilliant for mountain biking or hiking. You can really test your endurance levels in the climb to the summit.
After a hard day of skiing or walking, Courmayeur is a great place to relax. There are plenty of spas and outdoor pools where you can ease those aching legs and take in the beautiful mountain views. Designer shops can be found in Courmayeur’s pedestrianised centre too, if you fancy some retail therapy. After the sun sets, there’s vibrant nightlife to enjoy, and also a big foodie scene. This is the Italian side of the Alps so expect hearty pasta dishes and stone-baked pizzas. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, Then Chamonix is just a short hop over the border. You can even head on a day trip further into France to explore the art, culture and history of Lyon.
Holidaymakers descend on Chamonix every year to hit the slopes. Found high in the mountains, you’ll hear languages from across the globe here. Chamonix is no hidden secret! But the short journey across the French border to reach Chamonix from Courmayeur is still well worth it. These scenic mountains attract skiers for a reason. If you’re looking to splash the cash on a souvenir, Chamonix also boasts some great shops.
Pré Saint Didier
The old arms and legs can feel a little stiff after a tough day on the slopes. Whether you’re on a pair of skis or the saddle of a mountain bike, it takes its toll. When you’re looking to ease those aches and pains, head to the nearby resort of Pré Saint Didier. A splash in a baking hot jacuzzi will make you instantly forget the fatigue. Just sit back and let yourself relax with one of the gentle hydro-massages that Pré Saint Didier is famous for.
Just two miles north of Courmayeur, Entrèves is a cute little village that is well worth a visit. If you’re looking for a little bit of peace and quiet after several days in Courmayeur, then Entrèves is a great option. It’s a good base for skiing, hiking or mountain biking through beautiful countryside. There are also a few delicious restaurants to sample here.
Picture the sense of achievement at reaching the top of an Alpine mountain and catching your breath as you look out over the surrounding hills. Experienced hikers relish the challenge of conquering some of the trails around Courmayeur. You can wander up the sides of Mont Blanc and then pick one more of the more manageable routes leading off the mountain.
It sounds fanciful to be talking about watersports in the Alps. The only stretches of water around Courmayeur would appear to be of the frozen kind. However, the river Dora Baltea begins in the heights of Mont Blanc before flowing down the hillside close to Courmayeur. Brave holidaymakers can book a place on a kayaking or rafting expedition on the river. It’s heart-in-the-mouth stuff, but great fun.
There are plenty of holidaymakers in Courmayeur who find retail therapy the best way of recovering from their physical exertions. Courmayeur is a vibrant hub for splashing the cash. The town centre is pedestrianised which gives window shoppers the opportunity to browse the boutique displays. You won’t come across many more scenic shopping experiences, as you wander through the cobbled streets with credit card in hand.
One of the best things about a holiday to Courmayeur is that it caters for all levels of skiers. There’s lessons on offer for beginners, while experts can make the most of the off-piste terrain. If you fancy a day on the slopes of Chamonix, then the new Skyway Monte Bianco cable car takes you there in no time. It’s worth the journey just to take in the views over the Alps.
Many of the locals in northern Italy make the short trip to the Courmayeur region just for the food. It’s as much of a foodie destination, as it is a resort for keen skiers. You’ll find plenty of restaurants serving up cuisine from across the world here, but some of the best grub available is local Italian dishes. There’s rich, meaty pastas and crispy pizzas cooked in stone-baked ovens. If you’ve ditched the diet, then order a portion of the zuppa valdostana. The traditional soup involves chunks of bread in a broth, with the whole dish smothered in melted cheese.
Restaurants in Courmayeur
Dining in ski resorts isn’t always the best experience for your credit card balance. It can be expensive to eat in restaurants that are so popular and boast such great scenery. But the good news is that restaurants in Courmayeur are generally very reasonable. They’ll leave you with a happy wallet as well as a happy stomach.
Courmayeur is a great alternative to the well-established resort of Chamonix. Whether you’re skiing, hiking or biking here, Courmayeur is a brilliant base to head off into the Alps. Booking with easyJet holidays is the best way of getting to Courmayeur. You can even save money on the cost of your holiday when you book a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. Still not convinced? Take a look at our other destination guides for the Italian Alps.