The centre has a great atmosphere, as the lifts close, people pile into the many bars, some of which are very civilised. The village is quite large and its cable car is on the southern edge, it is handy to have accommodation close by as there is no bus to the lift and some hotels are a fair walk away. From 2006/2007 you will now be able to drive or catch a bus to anew gondola up from Dolonne. You can leaves skis, boards and boots in lockers up the mountain, which is highly recommended.
The main skiing area is at Plan Checrouit and, with over 80% of the skiable terrain covered by snow cannons, snow here is virtually guaranteed. Most people go to the Northwest facing slopes of Val Veny in the afternoon. These slopes are tree lines and varied with great views. The connections between the two areas are complex, with many routes available.
Generally there are few challenging pistes. Although, the challenging descent from the Cresta Youla to Val Veny entails a long run of 9kms and the Competizone unpisted, fresh snow or moguls is a must. There are off-piste opportunities and lots of cross-country to enjoy. In addition heli-drops are available.
Courmayeur is the perfect resort for intermediate to good skiers, with an abundance of testing runs, including a huge choice of treeless bowls, challenging mogul fields, steep gullies and wide open pistes.
Although Courmayeur is not well suited to beginners, there are several gentle nursery slopes situated at Plan Checrouit and Maison Vieille. Tuition is very good and the wide beginners slopes are ideal learning grounds in beautiful surroundings. However, there are few easy runs to progress to and the area can get crowded.
The Skiing for children who are beginners will be limited to the nursery slopes at first with few opportunities to progress onto easy slopes. Local childcare is available and we recommend the Kinderheim at Plan Chercrouit who will care for children over four all day.
If you are into free riding then Courmayeur is worth checking out. There are plenty of trees to play around in on the lower sections and steeps around Cresta d’Arp to get the heart going. Freestylers will find enough interesting natural terrain for jumping and jibbing all day long. It is all a bit steep for absolute beginners and there are some flat areas in Val Veny.
Courmayeur has a lively evening scene at the weekends - stylish bars with comfy sofas or armchairs. Some even give away free canapés in the early evening! There is a good range of friendly bars, with something for all tastes.