Courmayeur Posh Italy? A recent article in the English Newspaper "The News Of The World" gives the Mont Blanc resort of Courmayeur the title of Italy's poshest ski resort. Hmmmnnnn. This article points out that the Aosta Valley resort has all kinds of designer shops on the main street and the high prices for the articles therein. The report also takes under consideration the fact that the Milanese (folks from Milan) visit Courmayeur over the weekend. It goes on to say that the ladies especially are well turned out and that they hardly ever ski. Really? Naturally enough the story covers the skiing in and around Courmayeur, including the Vallee Blanche run to Chamonix in France. We cover the skiing pretty well on this site so I won't go into that here. What really makes me sit up and take notice os the awarding of Courmayeur with the title of Italy's poshest. Did anyone tell this to the folks at Cortina d' Ampezzo?
The entire article can be seen at
http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/lifestyle/99099/COURMAYEUR-Italys-poshest-ski-resport.html
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Financial shots: Italy Skiing It is true that the global financial situation is not helping, but this year the downturn was offset by great weather condition in terms of snow & sun. It has been so long since the last Christmas & NYE with so much snow both in the Alps & the Appennines (usually Christmas is bizarre... if it snows on the Alps, it is too warm in the Appennines.. or viceversa... snow in the Appennines but it is too cold up in the Alps).
All italian ski resorts were invaded by skiers, almost no vacancies during the two busy weeks. Hoteliers & tourism board say they have reached a number of presences that they were not seeing since years.
It is also true that Italy is cheaper compared to Austria & Switzerland... perhaps situation in those two countries might have been difficult.
Also, temperatures are still low... which means that we expect the good base of snow to keep 'till Easter.


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Languages in Courmayeur What languages can one speak in Courmayeur? Gosh, many is the answer. There are two main languages, Italian and French, with either of these you can address almost anyone. English is also widely spoken in Courmayeur and most locals are pretty good at that. There is also one that very few people know, Patois, which you may know is, I think, a mixture of Italian and French and known mostly by locals. If I am wrong let me know please.
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Webcams Courmayeur There are a few great webcams on Courmayeur. They show different locations on the mountain; Plan Checrouit at about 1700 meters, another is a view (I think) from Hotel Lavachey at around 1600 and yet another great shot looking up to Point Helbrunner at about 3,500mum (meters above sea level). To round off this cinema extravagenza there is one more from Foyeur du Fond at 1700mum. Get your popcorn and view at
http://www.aiat-monte-bianco.com/webcam.aspx
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Helicopter Ski Courmayeur Heliskiing in and around Courmayeur is also a possibility for better skiers. By renting a helicopter with a group of good skiing friends you will be able to ski in many paces where few have tracked before. Heliskiing will leave you with the energy to do what you came for...ski. It is a great way to ski amongst the glaciers and unmarked trails that are plentiful around the Mont Blanc chain. A word to the wise tho. when you are investing in a helicopter pay a bit more and hire a qualified guide.
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Getting To Courmayeur Is Courmayeur easy to reach either from Italy or Switzerland? Not really. If you go with a recognized ski tour company its easy enough, but if you are on your own you might have a problem if you do not rent a car. Easy enough if there are a few of you but fairly expensive from, say, Geneva airport if you are on your own. Thee are however transfer firms vying for your trade, look them up on your favorite search engine. From Milan in Italy, the about 250km is slightly easier; after all you are in the right country, Italy. Take the train to Aosta and from there the bus is your best bet to Courmayeur. Good luck and if you know a better way let me know please. By the by if you are in a car the resort can be reached through the Mont Blanc Tunnel from Chamonix.
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Courmayeur Valee Blanche Is the name Vallee Blanche (white valley) simply a marketing label? You be the judge. Really the run known as te Valle Blanche is all accomplished on the Mer de Glace (the sea of ice) from Point Hellbronerin Italy to Chamonix in France. The skiing journey runs a course of 12kms and starts at aroung 3,500 meters in Courmayeur. On the way down on skis one takes in some of the most staggering scenery in all of the alps. One should never make this trip, no matter how good you may be, without a guide. Nonetheless this is one 12km, cravasse-pocked ski run from Courmayeur that you wil always remember. Hope for a sunny day.


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Skied in Forni di Sopra Even heard of it? I have brother I have. I had some great times skiing in Forni di Spora even though it has only around 16 skiable KMS. No its not very challenging but who cares after a night on the Italian red? I love Forni. It is close to Udine and over the mountains from Cortina. Forni di Spora is translated to the oven above and is 900M above sea level. Wanna bet it is not that high on anyone's list. It should be.
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Matterhorn Cervinia The Matterhorn is probably the highest free standing mountain in Europe. Er, what does free standing mean? Anyway it is shared by the Italian, Aosta Valley resort of Cervinia and the Swiss resort of Zermatt. Cervinia offers 150km of skiing whilst Zermatt offers 200. Together, 350. The food is great in Cervinia and the Italian atmosphere unforgetabe.
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Pila Ski Italy near Aosta Pila is an Italian ski resort just above the famed Italian city of Aosta. As such you have the unique opportunity to stay in the resort or the city. Aosta has a lot going on, not least of which is the Casino in St. Vincent, not too far away. If you choose to stay in Pila you will be ensconses in a typical (read great) Italian ski resort.
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Espace San Bernardo Never heard of it? Well it comprises the Italian Ski Resort of La Thuile with the French Ski Resort of La Rossiere. So there. Anyway skiing Italy and France is unique and a great idea as one gets to sample two different cultures. For skiers there is a combined total of 158 KM of skiing. For lovers of such things there is Italy and France and of course the distinct foods. Yum, yum.
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Italy, Pizza, Pasta,Wine and Skiing Italy dear skier is more than a country of Pizza, Pasta and great wine. It is a land of mountains, snow, skiing and snowboarding. Mountains? Courmayeur in Italy's Aosta Valley shares Mont Blanc with France. Cervinia, also in the Aosta Valley shares the Matterhorn with Switzerland. And who has not heard of the beauty and skiing in the Dolomites. Cortina anyone? Italy"s Sud Tirol speaks German and other areas speak French but one langusge is dominent. Snow, winter, skiing.
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