Courmayeur is just on the other side of Monte Bianco from France’s Chamonix – the Mont Blanc tunnel takes you through the mountain and across the border. The resort is a refreshing alternative to the mega resorts of France, intent on style and sophistication. This is a prime short-break destination for those who like to ski, but also for those who don’t, thanks to the attractive village, 60 great restaurants, grown-up bars and nightlife, and top-end boutiques. Celebrities come here, but the mountaineering heritage of the place keeps things from getting too swanky – it’s a cheerful place, and good value.
There is enough skiing for a fast intermediate for a few days, but not much more, hence the reputation for short breaks. There’s not a lot for beginners or experts either. In recent years the resort has become sought after by off-piste fans as Chamonix veterans realise that Mont Blanc has an Italian side. There are off-piste runs off the top lifts, and a new gondola that accesses the famous Vallee Blanche glacier run above Chamonix – skiers descend to Chamonix and get a bus back.
The resorts of Chamonix, Megeve and La Thuile are all easy enough to reach for day trips or make good options for a longer break with several centres.
We caught up with Momentum Ski’s Amin Momen at the Ski and Snowboard Show to find out why Courmayeur is one of his favourite ski resorts.