Courmayeur is a charming medieval resort that extends a warm Italian welcome.
Courmayeur can be reached in just 90 minutes from Geneva airport. The journey time from Turin airport is only marginally longer. This resort makes a very attractive weekend ski destination and the Mont Blanc tunnel also makes day trips from here to Chamonix — possibly to ski the Vallee Blanche — eminently feasible.
On the mountain skiers are sure to enjoy excellent conditions thanks to the high altitude, with pistes above 2,500 metres. There is something for everyone in Courmayeur making it a particularly good choice for families and groups with mixed abilities.
For those advanced off-piste skiers interested in hiring a guide, Courmayeur makes a good very base with plenty of challenges in its surrounding mountains, particularly those accessed via Entreves, which include the Italian version of the Vallee Blanche and the Toula glacier.
The centre of Courmayeur, which was originally a medieval market town, is a cosy collection of narrow streets, some of which are notionally for pedestrians only. In the main square several of the village worthies park their little three-wheeler Ape trucks in a semi-circle and brewing up vino brule in huge cauldrons and then dispense it with great charm to all-comers. Everywhere in Courmayeur the locals are all extraordinarily friendly towards visitors.