If your ski resort dream includes an Alpine backdrop appropriate for a muesli box, and a pedestrianised old stone village centre, then Courmayeur is for you. Everywhere you look it's charming. From the soft glow of old street lamps to the blazing fires within the chalets, enticing you in for some of the valley's liveliest après-ski. Accommodation wise the best places to stay in Courmayeur range from the budget Bouton d'Or to the luxurious Coeur des Neiges chalet complex.
As well as the 140kms of downhill runs Courmayeur has some great cross country skiing options. Some of which become walking or mountain biking trails in the summer months.
Until 1965 when a tunnel between Chamonix and Courmayer was opened, this was an Alpine spa town. Which is probably why Courmayeur looks so different to some of the more purpose built ski resorts.
If you like to mix a bit of sightseeing and culture into your skiing holiday, visit the Museo Alpino Duca deli Abruzzi and find out about the region's dramatic history.
The majority of Courmayeur's runs are beginner or intermediate level, but this is also a great base for experienced skiers who want to ski the rest of the Chamonix Valley and the exhiliarating Vallée Blanche.
With around 280kms of mapped walking or biking trails, Courmayeur is an excellent summer sports destination. There's also a golf course with spectacular views, birdwatching and kayaking.
A very cute hotel with basic rooms but fantastic views over the valley below. A range of accommodation caters to families, couples and friends. Sauna and steam room too. Really excellent value, both in summer and winter.
A contemporary hotel with an excellent Italian restaurant and spa. More family friendly, and less sophisticated, than its sister hotel Novocento. Rooms and family suites are light and airy with pine floors and cream walls. Great value.
A sophisticated Patrician villa with classical refined interiors, an excellent spa, and restaurant. Classy rooms and suites have elegant furniture, oil paintings, Baroque decoration and private balconies. Smart, traditional and grown up.
Chic and elegant chalet in a small hamlet with fantastic mountain views. Rooms and one suite in creams with oak floors and fireplaces. Cosy restaurant and excellent spa. A great choice for an all year round mountain holiday.
A lovely four star collection of chalets, petit chalets, and a few rooms. Cosy interiors - all wood, with fireplaces, fur throws and kitchens. Excellent spa, restaurant, and chefs on request. A great option for a very comfortable skiing holiday.