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Courmayeur, a diamond nestled among the majestic peaks of the Alps with the magnificent Mont Blanc as a backdrop, offers ski enthusiasts an unforgettable experience in an extraordinary Italian ski resort.
With its 18 ski lifts connecting the slopes of Checrouit and Val Veny, Courmayeur offers 33 perfectly groomed pistes, immersed in a natural setting of forests and sunny valleys.

Situated less than two hours by motorway from Milan and Geneva, Courmayeur offers the possibility of tackling a difference in altitude of 1,550 metres between Arp and Dolonne. Thanks to the innovative snowmaking system, which covers more than 80% of the skiable area, skiing enthusiasts can enjoy quality snow.

The village of Courmayeur awaits you much lower down, at an altitude of only 1,224 metres. The village is situated on the slopes of Mont Blanc, where you will find authentic traditional villages along the course of the Dora Baltea river, which runs through the village and the entire Aosta Valley.

The village of Courmayeur is noted for its great sense of hospitality and the attention to detail that has always distinguished and characterised its many accommodations, from the luxury hotel to the alpine hut, from the historic cafés in the centre to the hostels on the slopes.

Courmayeur: a unique experience, skiing at dawn

Courmayeur offers a unique skiing experience: skiing at sunrise on the slopes of the majestic Mont Blanc. Immersed in the silence of the morning, the first rays of the sun caress the summit of Mont Blanc, delicately tinging it with pink.
This exclusive experience is dedicated to a maximum of 50 people who wish to get up early for this
to get up early to experience this exciting adventure at dawn.
The meeting point is at the Dolonne cable car departure station at 7.25 am. Guests must present themselves directly at the entrance turnstile with a valid ski pass and the receipt of their online purchase. They can then take the Checrouit gondola lift and ski down the Checrouit piste until the resort opens. In case of bad weather conditions, a refund is guaranteed.
This experience is not offered every day. There are three Sundays to ski with the first rays of the sun in Courmayeur (4 February, 25 February and 10 March).

Innovation and sustainability at the Courmayeur ski resort

We know how important it is to invest in growing snow, which is why the work recently carried out on the snowmaking system increased the percentage of slopes with an investment of approximately 6.5 million euros, one of the largest in the sector in Italy. To complete this intervention in the 2023-24 season, high-production, low-pressure snow cannons were installed at strategic points of the ski area: these are cutting-edge, energy-efficient systems.
These are cutting-edge, energy-efficient systems, which allow snow to be produced with a higher yield for a lower energy consumption.

“OVER THE LAST DECADE, WE HAVE INVESTED CONSIDERABLE RESOURCES IN ORDER TO OFFER OUR GUESTS THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPERIENCE WHILE MAXIMISING ENERGY SAVINGS AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT”

Over the past ten years, Courmayeur has devoted considerable resources to optimising energy consumption and the impact on the environment. The supply of electricity by CVA Energie, a CVA Group company focused on sustainability in the Aosta Valley, is an example of this commitment.
As of this year, the energy diagnosis system of the facilities (ski lifts, snowmaking systems and snow grooming) will be fully operational with energy meters that allow constant monitoring and optimisation of consumption.

The water used for snowmaking is not extracted from reservoirs, but exclusively from groundwater in the water table, via wells, so as not to impact the landscape. It is extremely pure water which, when it melts, is returned to the environment with the same characteristics it had when it was extracted from the ground.
They also have another technological system that allows them to constantly check the thickness of the snowpack on the slope in order to be efficient in the distribution of snow and to better manage the production of programmed snow with a view to optimising energy and water consumption.

For the winter opening, the general overhaul and technical modernisation of the Courmayeur cable car will be completed for the winter opening of the next season. The reliability and safety of the installation has become imperative by upgrading to the latest ropeway technology.

Events in Courmayeur (updated in 2024)

Design week

From 1 to 4 February, Courmayeur will host Design Week, with meetings and exhibitions. Leading design brands will animate the Dolonne cable cars, and enthusiasts can challenge themselves on the piste in the historic Skicad, a giant slalom race dedicated to architects and designers.

Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience

From 21 to 23 March, Courmayeur will offer an extraordinary sensory experience on the snows of the ski resort in a new format. Visitors will be able to enjoy a barbecue with après-ski and a star-studded dinner, as well as other initiatives in the village, thanks to the presence of multi-Michelin-starred chefs such as Jean Philippe Blondet of the Dorchester’s Alain Ducasse restaurant (3 Michelin stars) and Claude Bosi of Bibendum (2 Michelin stars), who is returning to Courmayeur for the third time.

The most demanding ski slopes in Courmayer

For thrill-seekers, Courmayeur offers two thrilling slopes. These slopes start at an altitude of 2,750 metres in Arp and offer moments of pure fun for the most experienced skiers. The slopes in question include a ski run of about 700 metres, a steep north-facing slope (beware that in the early hours, it can sometimes be very hard/frosty), on which a black run of about 600 metres in length has been marked out, characterised by a 70% gradient. These descents are a real challenge and promise thrills and adrenaline in its purest form.

The Checrouit and International descents are not to be missed either, offering unique thrills thanks to their steepness and the evocative backdrop of Mont Blanc.
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Learning to ski at the Courmayeur ski resort

The ski area of Courmayeur Mont Blanc will satisfy both experts and beginners in the world of skiing or snowboarding, for a carefree experience, with all the services at your fingertips. From the beginner ski pass to rentals and ski lessons with ski instructors.
With the beginner ski passes, which give you access to three ski lifts, you are entitled to discounts on equipment hire at the Ski In, Alpineve and Lo Chalet high altitude rentals (adult rental rate €18.00 – junior rental rate €12.50).

Family holidays in Courmayeur

Children under the age of 8 ski free with the purchase of an adult, junior or senior ski pass.
Attractive discounts are also available for children under 14 and 18 years of age.
Children who are too young to enjoy a skiing experience can accompany their parents on the slopes and have fun with the babysitters at the Snow White mini-club, just a few steps from the arrival of the Plan Checrouit ski lifts.

Gourmet experiences in Courmayeur

More than 20 restaurants at the foot of the slopes will delight the most demanding palates and refresh those in a hurry to get back to the slopes.
Start the day with freshly baked croissants and creamy cappuccinos to give you the energy you need to hit the slopes. After an unforgettable morning’s skiing, stop for a delicious lunch at one of the resort’s restaurants (prices are more affordable than in resorts in France or even Spain). From traditional Alpine cuisine to gourmet options, there’s something for everyone.

The Courmayeur experience doesn’t end with the sunset. After skiing, a good plan is to stop off at Plan Checrouit for a refreshing afterski or a live musical performance. In the evenings, the resort transforms into a gastronomic paradise with restaurants offering a wide selection of fine wines. On the Checrouit side, thanks to the Courmayeur cable car open until midnight, you can savour gourmet cuisine prepared by top chefs. It is the perfect time to relax and share unforgettable culinary experiences with friends and family.

Those looking for an experience that combines the pleasures of the palate with an adrenaline-fuelled experience can reach some of the restaurants on the Val Veny piste by snowmobile.

Two souls in one ski resort: chic and wild

Courmayeur is chic, but also wild: two opposing souls coexist in the same ski area. For those in search of charm and elegance, the Checrouit piste,
hides gastronomic and innovative restaurants, après ski and relaxation between runs. Those who, on the other hand, are looking for the uncontaminated and wild side of Courmayeur should not miss the Val Veny piste which offers descents in the magic of the forests and unique views of Mont Blanc. You will find cosy huts where the warmth and aromas of local products welcome the guest for a complete experience.

If you are one of those who go down hard and want to test your skills on skis, we recommend you to try the Speed check at full speed. The speed check run on the Checrouit piste is designed for speed lovers. For a challenge down to the last second, on the piste you can in fact time yourself to discover your performance on skis.

For freeride lovers, the upper part of the ski area, from the arrival stations of the Youla and Arp cable cars, offers unique off-piste itineraries, which in the past have also featured in some stages of the Freeride Word Tour. In fact, Courmayeur is one of the few ski resorts that offers adrenaline-filled corridors, interesting slopes and virgin pistes with optimal snow conditions and breathtaking views of Mont Blanc.
One unusual piste is the “Pista dell’Orso” (Bear Piste) is the exception to the rule of the ski area as far as grooming is concerned. This piste is not groomed by snow groomers, the piste offers entertaining descents between ‘moguls’ on a piste that varies between 40% and 70%.

Courmayeur Snowpark

The playground for lovers of acrobatics, in the heart of the ski area, designed for lovers of acrobatic skiing and snowboarding, but also for those who want to take their first steps in the speciality.
Situated at an altitude of 2,000 metres, the park has been designed down to the last detail and is equipped with a progressive zone with four lines for all levels of rails, whoop and funbox, two easy jumps and two jumps – easy and medium level – and very easy rails, suitable for children and beginners.

The first cable lifts were installed in the Coumayeur ski resort.

It is in Courmayerur that the history of ski lifts began: in 1908 the Donzelli, Gilberti and Lora Totino families had the first cable lift built. In 1939, this pioneering idea gave birth to the Monte Blanco Company, which built the cable car from La Palud to Punta Helbronner. From then on, the mountain gradually went from being the destination of only a few climbers to becoming a place accessible to all.

Today, with more than 100 kilometres of pistes, Courmayeur is one of the top winter sports resorts in Italy and Europe. The alpine ski resort of Courmayeur is visited by skiers from all over the world.

For lovers of Nordic skiing, there is nothing better than a pleasant stay in Val Ferret, which even has slopes suitable for less experienced skiers.

Conceived as a thermal village, the area offers Spas and Spas, thanks to the thermal waters of the area.

There are 17 lifts, including cable cars and gondolas, which allow us to enjoy the surroundings in total comfort, and we recommend Freeride enthusiasts to take the Vallé Blanche glacier and the Toula glacier.

From this pleasant resort in the Aosta Valley, many excursions are available, ideal for those who do not just want to ski. By cable car: crossing the Mont-Blanc massif or the Cresta d’Arp. By car: Val Veny, Val Ferret, the Testa d’Arpi or the Petit-Saint-Bernard-Bernard route, one of the main passes in the Alps, which was already used by the Romans.