Surrounded by the snow-capped spires of Mont Blanc, the winter wonderland of Courmayeur offers visitors far more than the simple ski slopes and bustling bars of usual resorts; the charming old town bristles with history and heritage while also offering fabulous facilities in the form of fashionable shops and refined restaurants. The resorts enviable location at the foot of Western Europe’s highest mountain means skiers can soar down vertiginous slopes while enjoying some of the country’s most stunning scenery.
Courmayeur is the ideal springboard from which to visit the Eden-like expanse of Pavillon du Mt Frety Nature Oasis, a perfectly picturesque protected park nestled amidst staggering glaciers and snow-capped mountain spires. Here, natural trails lead explorers into flower filled meadows, woodland wonderlands and exotic botanical gardens, an also afford opportunities to observe marmots, deers and ibexes in their natural habitat.
A ride on the smooth and sleek Funivie Monte Blanco cable car is an integral activity during your time in Courmayeur; swoop up the steep sides of snow covered peaks in order to enjoy stunning mountain vistas and a picturesque sense of natural perfection.
After a long day soaring over snow covered slopes, there’s nowhere more inviting to eat than the rustic Ristorante Chalet Plan Gorret. Lovingly furnished with regional art and warming wooden panels, the restaurant serves authentic delights guaranteed to satisfy Alpine appetites; sample the rich and robust flavours of home-made ravioli before enjoying stunning snow-covered vistas.(Strada Plan Goreret, 45, 11013, Courmayer)