The American bar also airs many of the major sporting events throughout the season, and is another popular choice which is open until late. SPECTACULAR DESCENTS TAKE YOU THROUGH SHINING BLUE AICE, GLACIERS AND UNTOUCHED SNOWFIELDS LAYING BELOW VERTIGINOUS SLOPES AND GREY GRANITE PILLARS THAT TOWER UPWARDS TO THE SUMMIT OF MONT BLANC. On a clear day it is well worth taking the three stage ride in the cable car from La Palud up to Punta Helbronner (3,462m). It's a hive of activity around 5 o'clock and later into the evening when a lavish, complementary spread is laid out, and after a drink here you may not actually need dinner! Non-skiers are allowed in both directions on the Maison Vieille chairlift and there is a fabulous restaurant/bar with indoor and outdoor tables at the top. Registered office address: Mountain House, Station Road, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1EX, Secure your holiday for just £75pp deposit, Courmayeur beneath the towering mountain range of Mont Blanc, Guided routes beside the Planpincieux glacier, Skier smashing through some serious powder, The Skyway lift ascending you to 3446m high, Heliskiing is a great way to see and ski more of the mountain, Best Chalet/Winter Sports Accommodation Provider.

Heliski-Courmayeur Elisuperficie Franco Garda Loc. The runs above Zerotta offer more of a challenge, as do the lower runs down through the trees.

Both the Maison Vieille and the Petit Mont Blanc organise evening meals for groups on request and will arrange for your transportation with snow mobiles and snow cats. For more information, please speak to the local tourist information centre who will be able to assist. Courmayeur’s cobbled streets are full of luxurious shops, stocked with the most upmarket and stylish clothes and accessories. In the border region between France and Italy, runs with vertical drops of 1000 m to 1600 m are open to us a big variety of off freeride terrain. La Thuile is easy to visit, being just 20 minutes drive or 40 minutes away by local bus. Wide open pistes and lots of off-piste possibilities around the Youla and Gabba; plus the snowpark in Dolonne.

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Shops are varied and interesting with plenty of high quality clothing, sportswear and equipment shops alongside more traditional antique shops, galleries, delicatessen and other specialist food stores.

In many cases, and especially at weekends, advance booking is advised.

The main ski area is situated directly across the valley from the town of Courmayeur and can be roughly divided into two areas, conveniently illuminated by the path of the sun.

The famous 'Maison Vieille' restaurant is situated at the top of this chairlift and at the end of the day beginners can take the lift to return to the Plan Checrouit area. Cookies policy Courmayeur Mont Blanc Funivie S.p.A. Strada Dolonne - La Villette 1b (Dolonne) CAP 11013 Courmayeur - Italia tel. The heliski area is located southwest of Courmayeur and south of Mont Blanc.

An Italian style 'passegiata' with optional shopping, is a popular evening pass time, and there is also an Alpine Museum.

All is not lost for determined piste skiers who are here for longer though, because La Thuile has more runs and is less than half an hour away, with a good ski bus link and lift pass sharing arrangement. On a clear day it is well worth taking the trip, even without planning to ski, just to admire the spectacular views from the top.

Its mountain restaurants are not only plentiful, they represent everything that is great about eating in Italy: hot chocolate so thick that you have to finish it with a spoon, risottos with shavings of truffles, succulent fresh pasta, lavish spreads of home-made desserts and south-facing sun terraces full of Italians enjoying La Dolce Vita. The easier blue runs for beginners are accessed from Plan Checrouit.

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Beginners can purchase a daily pass which covers the cable car to Plan Checrouit and use of the easiest blue runs in that area.

There are four lifts from the valley: the main Courmayeur cable car, on the western fringe of the town; the Dolonne gondola from the hamlet of Dolonne; the Val Veny cable car, close to the hamlet of Entreves; and the Monte Bianco Skyway also at Entreves, which accesses the separate off-piste skiing area below Punta Helbronner.

For those seeking an adventure, there is heli-skiing available in the resort which can be booked directly with the appropriate company. The fast Aretu chair might only achieve 380 metres of vertical but eases the pressure on the main lift and is good for a few quick runs. There is a large ice skating rink in the sports centre in Dolonne.

Europe's highest botanic garden is to be found part of the way up, but needless to say there is not much to see during the winter months! An Italian style 'passegiata' with optional shopping, is a popular evening pass time, and there is also an Alpine Museum. Though the area can become busy at peak holiday periods and some weekends, for the most part queuing is not an issue. On bad weather days, the tree skiing around Col Checrouit is a must. Tel: +39 0165 843330, Hidden up a narrow side street off Via Roma, the Pierre Alexis is an excellent restaurant serving traditional Italian dishes and some good vegetarian options.