Courmayeur in Italy: the winter all-rounder
Discover how Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, the Italian family ski resort, has all bases covered for the perfect ski holiday
Ski holidays can become slightly tricky when there’s a discrepancy between how keen each family member is on the slopes. While one races down, effortlessly displaying their slalom skills before skidding to a smooth halt at the bottom, another may topple over before they’ve even got going or, worse, refuse to even put their gear on.
At Courmayeur, all bases are covered. Mountain enthusiasts are exceedingly well catered for, with a range of winter sports on offer including heli-skiing and off-piste adventures, as well as fat biking, hiking and snowshoeing. The resort is home to the new Skyway Monte Bianco, enabling a faster and easier connection to the resort of Chamonix, while the world’s longest lift-served run, Vallée Blanche, gives skiers the chance to marvel at spectacular views from the top before whizzing back down.
For those who aren’t as keen on the snow, there are a great range of options, whether it’s enjoying a blissful few hours relaxing in the spa, challenging each other to a heart-pumping game of volleyball or simply settling into an armchair and sipping on a signature cocktail. The Courmayeur Forum Sports Centre offers excellent facilities for indoor climbing, table tennis, golf and five-a-side football, while there are plenty of activities for foodies, too, from culinary tours to cheese tasting.
Children looking to take their first tentative steps on the slopes will find themselves gently introduced to the mountains by the experts at Ski School Monte Bianco. They’re widely recognised as some of Italy’s most competent instructors and offer both private and group courses all year round.
One area on which families are sure to find general agreement, however, is Courmayeur’s luxurious accommodation. Bringing together elegant Italian design and sophisticated alpine style, the bedrooms and living areas envelope guests in a cosy atmosphere. Family suites come with interconnecting rooms and large windows that open out onto blue skies.
When it comes to refuelling, families are spoilt for choice; exquisite dishes that pay homage to the region and its influences can be found everywhere, be it in the authentic Italian tastes at the Cervo Rosso Steakhouse or the gourmet dinner menu at La Loge Du Massif. So, whether a newcomer to the slopes, mountain veteran or self-confessed chillaxer, Courmayeur is the most all-round family ski resort in Europe.
Special family offers
Luxury new ski lodge, Le Massif’s fantastic all-inclusive package for kids brings an exciting itinerary of activities, while a children’s menu offers delicious and healthy meals. Included in the package is a range of baby equipment, including cots, bathtubs and bottle warmers.
The Snow White Point Experience is the Mini Club run by the Mont Blanc Ski and Snowboard School in collaboration with ‘Tata’, allowing grown-ups to ski in complete freedom, safe in the knowledge that their children are in good care with staff who are there to provide hours of supervised fun.
Skyway Monte Bianco
Discover the vertigo-inducing cable car, transporting visitors 3,466 metres into the air. Those brave enough to make it to the top are rewarded with breathtaking views over the snowy landscape, providing an unforgettable experience. Family return tickets start from £140.