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Visitor reviews for Courmayeur Ski Resort
April 18, 2015
Neil from United Kingdom
We drove through the tunnel to Courmayeur, on Easter Monday, to avoid the crowds as half of France seemed to be arriving in Argentierre, which was overcrowded that day.
Our Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass gave us access to Courmayeur, Verbier, etc, and a half price return ticket throughout the tunnel for 27 euros. April snow meant the lower pistes were beginning to show some bare patches, but the top was great and the cloudless day meant fantastic views of Monte Bianco. Felt like motorway skiing after Argentierre, with hardly any queues apart from the final cable car, which was at least 50 years old!
Food and service, on the mountain, was very good and much less expensive than in France.
I will definitely return to Courmayeur, although not sure if a whole week would be worthwhile.
Overall: 4.1. Based on 14 votes and 17 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Courmayeur.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Courmayeur, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Courmayeur, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Courmayeur.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.3
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Courmayeur, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Courmayeur is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Courmayeur relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Courmayeur, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Courmayeur are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Courmayeur is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Courmayeur, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.3
(1) Courmayeur usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.1
(1) The staff at Courmayeur are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Courmayeur are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.4
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.5
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.2
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Courmayeur has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Courmayeur, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.2
(1) Not even a kicker at Courmayeur, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Courmayeur, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Courmayeur has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.6
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.2
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.5
(1) Overall, Courmayeur is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.5
(1) Overall, Courmayeur is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 30, 2013
Matthew from Italy
No other skylines like the Courmayeur one.
The Monte Bianco and its chain are incredible.
The skypass is too expensive due to the unique panorama.
February 22, 2012
Michael Griffiths from United Kingdom
Drove to Courmayeur for the day from Chamonix last week through the Mont-Blanc tunnel (€48). Astonished at the price of lift passes for the day: €43 each with adult starting at age 15 and no family discounts. Also dismayed at the lift queues compared to Chamonix and the crowded slopes. Pistes were quite nice if a bit boring, views onto mountains great but won't be rushing back due to costs and queues.
November 22, 2011
alex from Greece
Pros: Good food, good for off-piste.
Cons: it is only 15 Km from Chamonix and it is easy to see the difference....
March 09, 2011
Tom Macknight from United Kingdom
Visited Courmayeur 27/2/11-6/3/11. and wanted to share some info on the region that might help others. Most intermediates will ski this resort in 2 - 3 days. However, there are endless opportunities to improve your technique among large areas of safe 'semi' off-piste that lie between the prepared pistes. Great opportunities to laugh at each others misfortunes as you learn to tackle the powder. Most hotels in town will involve approx a 10 minute 'yomp' to the gondola. There is a free bus from the bus station to the gondola but the walk from many hotels to the bus station is in the opposite direction so will often be a 5 minute walk anyway. Apres hounds beware, only 2 bars of any real substance and even then only on Thur, Fri and Sats (on our week). Many excellent restaurants, cafes and pizzaria's, however, for the foodies. Do not discount this resort on size, there are some excellent resorts nearby. 2010/11 ski pass price was 206 euro for Courmayeur inc 2 days elsewhere in the valley. However, for an extra 6 euro you can have unlimited Aosta valley pass. We travelled on the free skibus to La Thuille twice. Bus leaves the station at 08.40 and 09.25. Journey time 40 mins. Returns are at 16.05 and 17.15. Be prepared to ditch your 'Britishness' and scramble to load skis and grab a seat, especially at La Thuille on the way home. It is worth the effort though to ski the wide areas that La Thuille has to offer. Once there it is a must to 'go over the top' and experience La Rosiere in France. Some fantastic long wide cruising reds to be found here. You definitely won't ski these resorts in 2- 3 days. We also had a day out in Pila a bit further down the valley at Aosta. Another excellent day out. A service bus from Courmayeur station cost 5.50 euro return and takes 1 hour. Alternatively, a train is available from nearby (5k away) Pre St Didier down to Aosta, less than 10 euro return.
December 04, 2010
Paul from the Aloha State from United States
Loved it! Courmayeur is charming, quaint and the people are nice.
All the restaurants were good. Didn't eat anything I didn't like. The skiing was okay compared to North American standards. Whistler it ain't, but I suppose skiing in Europe for North Americans should be judged for the whole package.
Overall, it was a winner in my book.
Would love to go back with my wife again and make a week of it to visit Chamonix and Verbier also.
April 12, 2010
Tim Connolly from United Kingdom
Having just returned from the beautiful chique Italian town of Courmayeur after some wonderful spring skiing I just thought I would share some of the wonderful experiences from the last week.
Obviously, with the fabulous snow that the Alps has seen this year the pistes were in immaculate condition and the skiing, especially higher up, was the best our family has ever encountered. Every morning the piste bashers had done their job to present some great conditions.
Our favourite mountain restaurant at Courmayeur was the Maison Vialle with scrumptious food and a very reasonably priced house Rose. And in the evening you cannot go wrong by having a gigantic pizza at the Tunell Pizzeria!
Our only gripe 'the strength of the Pound versus the Euro'!!!
Back in Blighty now for more doom and gloom!
February 08, 2009
Killy Kid from United Kingdom
Courmayeur is charming and friendly and the cafes and deli's are fantastic. Also, when you think of the bad food one is served up in English hotels and the 'couldn't care less' attitude of British staff, I found Courmayeur a breath of passionate fresh air. People care about food. The scenery on the slopes is second to none.
February 17, 2008
Darth Vadar from United Kingdom
I could not disagree more with what Andrew Downes has written.
The town is charming, the people are delightful and very helpful, the lift system is good and skiing is good. The locals speak good English are are very happy to help at all times.
There are 3 routes up the mountain. The Courmayeur cable car which takes 133 people per trip, the Dolonne gondola which takes 10 per car and the Val Veny cable car which I did not use but appeared to be about the same size as the Courmayeur cable. We did not experience any queues for these lifts and we travelled during the English 1/2 term week. This may have been a week before the main Italian holiday, but I do not know this for certain.
It is possible and cheaper to hire the kit from the shops at the bottom. Lockers are provided in the hire shop free of charge if you hire their gear.
There is a good selection of slopes for all abilities. The pistes are topped up at night with snow cannon and immaculately presented in the mornings. The mountain restaurants are better away from the Plan Checrouit and are very good.
There are 4 express chairs, from which the vast majority of the ski area can be accessed. There are 3 older and slower chairs which provide a welcome break and an opportunity to catch your breath.
About half of the ski area faces SE and the remainder faces NW. Take the opportunity to hire a ski guide (office in town centre) and ski the Col D'Arp or the Vallee Blanche. Cost was 79 Euros in Feb 08. Both are very worthwhile day trips and excellent value for money.
The best restaurant we found was the "Travety". I may have misspelt this, but it is next to the pharmacy, down a flight of steps at the northern end of Via Roma (main street in town centre).
Another excellent day trip is to La Thuile. This is just 30 mins away by bus. Time tables are available from both the bus station and the offices of the lift company, which are just at the top of the access road to the Courmayeur cable. Skiing the black #3 piste is a must (gradient of 73%).
January 23, 2008
Gary Snow from Italy
Visited Courmayeur in early January 2008 - good skiing for beginner's and intermediates but the more advanced could easily ski the whole area in 2 days. However, superb scenery and fantastic mountain restaurants more than make up for any shortfall.
The ski area is located at Plan Checruit - a short cable car journey away from the town/residencies but be warned, as it starts at 8.45 every morning, early risers and fresh piste hounds should head for nearby Dollonne and catch the earlier running 4 person gondola to the top. It is well worth hiring a locker here for ease and convenience - we found the best restaurants at the top of the runs compared to those unimaginative and pricey ones at the base of Checruit. We found out later that the upper ones are largely run by the Italian locals-much, much better.
The town is very pretty and upmarket, with many high quality patisseries, pizzerias, local produce shops, coffee shops and designer label cloth shops - not too expensive as many claim. In all we had a good time and yes - we would definitely go back. Take full advantage of the lift pass and visit nearby Pila (ideal for beginner's) and through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Chamonix.
P.s. well done Sam Spray - you picked it all up well !!
Gary and the Redditch Mob