Fantastic Freeriding around Courmayeur

A guidebook for the Mont Blanc Massif’s powderhounds.



Fantastic snow and ambience in the heart of the couloir.

by Charlie Boscoe

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The open slopes at the top of the line.

by Charlie Boscoe

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It doesn't get much better than this!

by Charlie Boscoe

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The historic Italian resort of Courmayeur is located on the sunny side of the 4810m high Mont Blanc. Situated in the heart of the Aosta Valley, Courmayeur is a mere 20km from its neighbouring French resort Chamonix, and the two towns are linked by the high speed Skyway Monte Bianco cable car. Although Cormayeur’s skiable area is relatively small, what it lacks in groomed slopes it makes up for in fantastically challenging off-piste and heliskiing, and the local lift pass covers all the surrounding Aosta Valley resorts as an added bonus.

Courmayeur town centre is elegant and compact, with pretty cobblestoned pedestrianised streets, top-notch restaurants and stylish Italian boutiques. After a hard day’s skiing you can sit back in one of the many cosy bars, and take in the unadulterated mountain landscapes, with fourteen 4,000m+ peaks visible. Here’s a collection of freeride routes to help you find the finest powder on the mountain.



Coming back to Val Veny

A chilled way to end the day, or just a pleasant ride down back to the Val Veny cable station.

Pumba Run

Another secret hidden route with an awesome Lion King theme. With lumps and bumps through the forest and the potential for some gnarly drops.

Col D' Arp

A classic skier/boarder route; long, remote and starting from a stunning viewpoint.

Vesses couloirs from Arp

A great run from an amazing summit. There's potential for plenty of powder on varied terrain but snowboarders should be prepared for a walk at the end.


A superb variant from the Arp to join the Dolonne Couloir

Youla nera

A good offpiste run from the Youla when conditions lower on the mountain are bad.

Gabba woods

A fun, short off-piste run in the woods that is a good choice in bad visibility.

Bishop's Couloir

One of the best couloirs in the area, this is steep and straight.

Arp - La Balme

A long off-piste itinerary with no major difficulties. This line ends in another valley so take a taxi or bus to return to the start point.

Puffi (Smurf) Run

Short and sweet but certainly the most fun 100 metre section you will do for a while.