“Courmayeur established its reputation as a climbing base for the forbidding granite peaks of Mont Blanc, and then as a popular nineteenth-century spa. Its role as an internationally acclaimed ski resort came only with the opening of the Mont Blanc tunnel in 1965, which linked the village with Chamonix and made Geneva airport a 90-minute drive away.The heart of the old village is a charming maze of cobbled alleys. It is largely traffic free and lined with fashion boutiques, delicatessens and antique shops."
Our first trip to Courmayeur was at the end of a week of snow, low cloud and unbashed runs in Chamonix so it was a breath of fresh air to find blue skies all days and carpetted pistes after a trip through Mont Blanc tunnel. We still use the comment from 10 year old Danielle "Are you coming or what?" - "I think I'll take or what" and "No way, no bloody way" - it's good fun taking kids through their first knee deep off piste.
Courmayeur 2009 was a lads long weekend where we got a bit frustrated with the fact that you have to get the last cable car down by a certain time or face a long walk down the mountain - no chance of a last beer when you've only got three days skiing. Some of us were quite happy though that the Midland boys booked a much better hotel than the Geordie contingent who paid a small fortune and had to be in by cufew :-)