Information & Facts
There is plenty of winter and summer action to be had while on
holiday in Courmayeur, but also plenty for those seeking some
inactivity in beautiful surroundings, such as extensive lunches,
cable car rides or soaking up the sun at high altitude swimming
pools. Besides the skiing and snowboarding in winter, there is also
cross-country skiing, heli-skiing and heli-boarding, snowshoeing,
dog-sledding, snow biking, ice skating, paragliding and curling. A
sports centre has tennis and squash courts, a fitness club and
climbing wall. In summer there is hiking, parachuting, mountain
biking and trout fishing available.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is
understood in the larger cities but not in the more remote parts of
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into
100 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain
Euros through any bank, ATM or bureaux de change. ATMs are
widespread. Travellers cheques can be exchanged with ease in the
large cities, not so in the smaller towns. Credit cards are
accepted in upmarket establishments and shops around the cities.
Banks are closed on weekends, but tend to have better rates than
casas de cambios.
On weekends the waiting time for lifts can be long.
Visitors on holiday will find that the après-ski in Courmayeur
is a drawn out, rather laid back affair with bars spilling out onto
the main street, such as the old-world Bar Roma that serves free
snacks and the fire-warmed Café della Posta. The newer Cadran
Solaire caters for the ritzy folk from the big cities, while the
Red Lion and American Bar are more traditional bars. Late night
options include discos such as Poppy's Pub, the Jimmy Night Café
and Planet Disco Bar.
Like most Italian ski resorts, evenings begin with the
passeggiata, a stroll down the main street before a late dinner
that typically lasts late into the night. The holiday destination
of Courmayeur has numerous restaurants, cafes, pizzerias and
trattorias to suit all tastes and budgets, and eating out is almost
as popular as time spent on the slopes. Most establishments are
informal, relaxed and fabulous, but restaurants like Pierre Alexis
offer more romantic and exclusive dining. One of the best spots for
traditional Valdostana fare is the charming Leone Rosso, while the
popular Pizzeria Tunnel has great pizzas.
Many stylish little shops and speciality shops make shopping an
Italian experience for holidaymakers in Courmayeur and there are a
variety of goods to choose from.