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Courmayeur Ski Resort Guide

Courmayeur, Italy

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length50km
Highest Lift2,760m
Resort Height1,200m
 Nearest AirportsGeneva and Annecy
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Legendary ski and climbing resort, rich in tradition and natural ambience. Close to lifts over the border to Chamonix, which is included for one day on the lift pass, as is the fellow Aosta Valley resort of Pila. These lifts were renovated in a €110m four-year project completed for the 2015-16 ski season.


The Italian ski resort of Courmayeur is in the Italian Alps at an altitude of 1,200m, with 50km of marked runs.

Courmayeur is part of the Aosta Valley ski area with access to 352km of downhill skiing, with 180 marked pistes, served by a total of 62 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Courmayeur itself (50km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Aosta Valley ski resorts of Breuil-Cervinia, Crévacol, Etroubles, Pila and Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses.

With ski lifts as high as 2,760m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Courmayeur?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm, expected on 19 September, with around 16cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Courmayeur Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Aosta Valley Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Courmayeur Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,760m
Lowest Piste1,210m
Resort Altitude (Courmayeur)1,200m
Max Vertical1,560m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Courmayeur
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Intermediate Skiers

Courmayeur Overview

The historic mountain town of Courmayeur sits on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain. The mountain scenery around Courmayeur is spectacular, with 14 4,000m plus mountain peaks above. The resort is one of several internationally famous centres in the Aosta Valley which runs up Italy's north west border with France and Switzerland.

Unlike Chamonix, Courmayeur is a very atmospheric resort where ancient buildings huddle around cobbled streets so that the whole place oozes traditional charm. Planners have allowed a few ugly concrete blocks to appear (some of them four star hotels!) but these are on the outskirts of the town and don't detract from the ambience of the whole.

Courmayeur can boast three centuries of tourism, far exceeding its long history as a winter sports destination, with visitors originally coming to experience the benefits of local mineral springs. The clientele has always included the great and the good, including the Italian Queen Margaret of Savoy who was such a valued customer that the owner of the Royal Hotel in the village built a special annex for her visit in 1880, named The Queen's Pavillion.

There are other well known resorts in the area, such as Cervinia, lift-linked to Zermatt in Switerland, Pila and La Thuile (also lift-linked over a border, this time to La Rosière in France), all sharing an Aosta Valley joint lift ticket (your own transport a big advantage in making use of it).

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Courmayeur is 10km long and the most difficult run is the 'Competizione'.


Courmayeur can offer skiing for all standards, including famous runs such as the resort's World Cup Downhill and the International, a 6km (4 miles) run which drops 1000m (aprox 3500 feet) as it descends. Many runs are covered by snowmaking and the resort has a very good snow record.

There are two main ski areas. The largest, Chécrouit - Val Veny, directly above the resort, is largely suited to beginners and intermediates although there are some testing off-piste descents from top to bottom which may be undertaken with the assistance of a guide.

Serious skiers are likely to head for the more limited lift network of Mont Blanc, which serves steeper, more spectacular trails and links over to Chamonix which, along with Argentière further up the Chamonix Valley, is included on the Courmayeur lift pass.

Beginners have wide open slopes to gain confidence on, with tuition from the Mont Blanc Ski School, founded in 1936 and one of Italy's oldest and most prestigious. Intermediates are the most spoilt having both the wide open spaces and testing routes above Courmayeur and the ability to tackle the incredible runs that are unique to Mont Blanc.

There are several excellent skiing excursions on offer for skiers of intermediate standard and up, aged 10 or over, offered by the Alpine Guides Society of Courmayeur. The Guide Society was established in 1850 as a free association of Alpine professionals. The most famous run is the 20km (13 mile) descent of the Vallée Blanche down to Chamonix from Helbronner Point (3369m), reached in half an hour from the La Palud cable car station. The descent takes around 4 - 5 hours allowing for breaks for food, drink and photographs. Once in Chamonix participants traditionally enjoy a gigantic beer before returning to Courmayeur by bus through the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

For more experienced skiers there is a 2000 metre vertical descent down to La Palud which begins at Helbronner Point and continues over the Toula Glacier, after which it is named. Other popular runs are the Col d'Arp, l'Arp Veille and the Couloir of Dolonne.

Finally The guides offer heliskiing excursions to the best runs around the Aosta Valley, which offers some of the most extensive off-piste skiing in Europe. Finally, cross country skiers are also spoilt for choice with up to 35km (22 miles) of trails to enjoy around this part of the Aosta Valley.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


One of the last major resorts to create a snow park, Courmayeur's is located at Aretu Area, 2,000m up and features beginner and advanced rail areas, two double Kicker lines, a jib area and a Big Air Bag.

Location and Map

Where is Courmayeur?

This ski resort is in the Italian Alps in Aosta Valley.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Courmayeur is Geneva, 80 minutes drive away.

Annecy, Sion, Turin Caselle, Chambery, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Bergamo, Turin Cuneo and Grenoble airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 21 ski lifts are able to uplift 8,400 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 15km of ski runs, with 280 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Courmayeur open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Courmayeur Piste Map

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Courmayeur, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Courmayeur Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

The resort's main street is a joy for après skiers with numerous bars and cafes dotted around the pedestrianised centre. After the lifts close the Roma is a popular meeting point, whilst many just like to parade around window shopping for a while before getting ready for dinner. The buzz increases dramatically when well-dressed weekenders arrive from Turin and Milan on Friday through to Sunday to fill the resort.

There are many famous and popular bars including Bar Roma, American Bar, Caffé della Posta, Caffé del Centro, and the Cadran Solaire. There are a couple of nightclubs. Other possibilities include a trip to the casino in St. Vincent.