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COURMAYEUR, ITALY
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Snow Trip: February 19-27, 2005
$1,199
Post Trip Notes:
What a crazy trip, eight resorts and three countries in five days! We had a great time, The hotel (Cresta et Duc) food was outstanding and the staff were great. We finally figured out they had free h’ordurves after skiing in most bars as a kind of après ski. We WILL do this trip again (we could do different resorts from the same location!) after we Ski/Ride Austria and France. Get on the mailing list if your interested.

Sunday - Arrival party, checked out the town and the various trips.
Monday - Ski/Board all of Courmayeur, Good !
Tuesday - Bus to La Thuile, Italy. Ski to La Rosiere, France and had lunch then skied back to La Thuile. Great !
Wednesday - Ski/Ride Pila, Nice !
Thursday - Ski/Ride The Valée Blanche Glacier run from Italy to Chamonix France. Had a few drinks and lunch in Chamonix then back to Italy via Mont Blanc Tunnel. We can say "Been there and done that !"
Friday - Ski/Ride from Cervinia, Italy to interconnected to Zermatt, Switzerland, Checked out the ice grotto in the glacier.
Saturday - Ski/Board Courmayeur again (Had a great time and despite what we have seen on the net, no lift lines) - Partied all night
Sunday - Got on the bus to Milan Airport - Fly home - Sleep!

Package Details:
  • Round trip international air Boston, USA to Milan, Italy on Lufthansa
  • Motor coach transfers to/from airport/hotel in Italy
  • Welcome party and Orientation meeting
  • 7 nights lodging at the Hotel Cresta et Duc Courmayeur, Italy
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • Daily four-course gourmet dinner with house wine
    • Center of resort, 300 yards from lift
    • Friendly, family owned and operated hotel with exceptional food
    • Restaurant, bars, sitting rooms, game room & billiards
    • Great reviews on the Internet
  • Price based on double occupancy
  • $500 deposit secures your spot
  • Lift tickets and tax not included

About Courmayeur:
Courmayeur, Italy, is located in the western end of the Valle D’ Aosta on the border of France. The old village is perched under beautiful Mt. Blanc (15,780 feet), the highest mountain in Europe. The locals are friendly, the skiing/riding and snowfall abundant, and the nightlife lively. Because of its location, on the border of France and near Zermatt, Switzerland, skiers/boarders have the opportunity to ski/ride 3 different countries in one week! Your ski pass is valid in over 20 ski areas around the Aosta Valley and includes a free shuttle service to La Thuile, Italy, which is interconnected to La Rosiere, France. Courmayeur is world famous for combining Italian and French ambiance and charm. The locals are multilingual in French, Italian, and English. Skiers enjoy fresh pasta and the local red wine at the many cozy slope side restaurants. Evenings are spent strolling the winding cobblestone streets, exploring the many shops, and relaxing in cafes and restaurants.

COURMAYEUR Bar on the slopes

Extra Features:
Buses and excursions from Alpine Holidays a local Courmayeur company.
Great Location ! Available day trips to Geneva, Switzerland; Chamonix, France; Italian castle tours; Turin; Pila/Aosta; Cervinia/Zermatt; La Thuile/La Rosiere; Annecy, France; Flaine, France; Cooking classes; Dog sledding; Hot air ballooning; Guided Heli Skiing and Guided Vallee Blanche Glacier Run

What to expect:
Travelers check out the trip FAQ. I expect it will be about $1,600 for the package with all taxes and lift tickets. The only extras should be lunch and nightly entertainment for those that partake. It will be a cheaper trip than our Interlaken, Switzerland trip in 2004 as any extras will be less. We expect allot less travel time to the slopes. The cable car to the ski area at Courmayeur is a 2-3 minute walk from the hotel. There are many options for ski passes, from a four day non-consecutive holder pass (can be used by anyone) for €131.50, to a six day International Ski Pass "Autour Du Mont-Blanc" at €220.00

For the crazy Skiers / Boarders, we should be able to Ski five ski areas, in four days, in three different countries (Italy, France & Switzerland), in sight of two of the world's most famous mountains (the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc). We can actually ski seven areas in six days! We may have to pay for transportation to some areas and purchase an International ski pass . Also, for all interested, we will do the Valée Blanche run, an 11 mile glacier run starting in Italy and ending in Chamonix, France, and come back from France via the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Valée Blanche Trip report, note; the tunnel is now open.

For the sane people among us, there are some great trips available because of our location. Be sure and check out what Alpine Holidays offers. You may also want to travel using the public transportation to the many great towns and cities nearby. You may even opt not to ski!

Why Courmayeur ?
  • None of us have been there before
  • We like the possibility of skiing five ski areas, in four days, in three different countries
  • Good spot for the casual or non-skiers among us!
  • Reasonable prices and we can get air from Boston on a prime ski week
  • Nice village with excellent restaurants and good nightlife

Links:
Courmayeur Weather
Go Ski article on Courmayeur. It has a brief note from a group that stayed at Hotel Cresta et Duc.
Info from ifyouski.com
Journalist Risa Weinreb ski trip to Courmayeur
Info from Ski-Europe.com
Courmayeur.com Web Site
Courmayeur on SkiSnowBoardEurope.com
Official Courmayeur Web Site
Valle d'Aosta info.
Valle d'Aosta lift ticket info.
Courmayeur Mountain guides
 


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