Courmayeur Trail Map
Courmayeur has a relatively small ski area (36km) but is a great option for a weekend break, especially since its 90mins from Geneva Airport. Courmayeur’s ski slopes are mainly wide open and excellent for intermediates practising carving. There are also some wooded areas and some challenging off-piste. The skiing is divided into two main areas: the Checrouit area with its wide open runs and morning sun; and the Val Veny ski area with its wooded and open runs, afternoon sun and striking views of Mont Blanc.
Beginners: The beginner ski areas are found at Plan Checrouit and at the top of the Entreves cable car. A good first day can be spend at the top of Entreves where you’ll find a magic carpet and easy long runs.
Intermediates: Courmayeur is best suited to confident intermediates and has plenty of varied red runs (although not many blues). For morning sunshine, take the Courmayeur or Dolonne lifts to the Checrouit side of the mountain to practise carving on the wide open runs. Highlights include two great long runs: from Col Checrouit to Zerotta and from Cresta Youla to Dolonne. In the afternoon, follow the sun over to the pretty tree-lined runs of Val Veny with the mighty Mont Blanc towering above you.
Advanced/Experts: There isn’t an awful to entice the experts on the pistes, but there are a few blacks on the Val Veny side, where you’ll also find some moguls. Most confident skiers come to Courmayeur primarily for the off-piste.
Off-piste: There’s plenty of challenging off-piste from the Cresta d’Arp, at the top of the mountain, where you can access great steeps and trees. But if you’re heading up to Cresta, get up early to miss the queues. With a Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass you can also access the ski areas of Chamonix and Argentiere – Chamonix has some awesome off-piste. Take the Mont Blanc cable car up to the 20km Valle Blanche with its 2800m vertical. Heliskiing is also an option, particularly the 20km run from the Ruitor glacier to near Ste Foy in France.