Guidebook

Fantastic Freeriding around Courmayeur

A guidebook for the Mont Blanc Massif’s powderhounds.

Description

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.

Sources
http://aosta-valley.co.uk/destinations/courmayeur/
https://www.ski.com/blog/7-reasons-to-ski-courmayeur-this-winter/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/resort-guides/Courmayeur-piste-guide/

Cresta Youla Capre (Goat) Couloir
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Cresta Youla Capre (Goat) Couloir

Courmayeur
449 m
46 °
0 m
1.1 km
A tricky entry followed by a steep couloir and an open field.
Severe
Private
Coming back to Val Veny
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Coming back to Val Veny

Courmayeur
223 m
36 °
NE
10 m
1.2 km
A chilled way to end the day, or just a pleasant ride down back to the Val Veny cable station.
Easy
Private
Pumba Run
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Pumba Run

Courmayeur
221 m
29 °
NW
0 m
0.8 km
Another secret hidden route with an awesome Lion King theme. With lumps and bumps through the forest and the potential for some gnarly drops.
Difficult
Private
Col D' Arp
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col D' Arp

Courmayeur
1,537 m
39 °
4 m
5.4 km
A classic skier/boarder route; long, remote and starting from a stunning viewpoint.
Difficult
Private
Vesses couloirs from Arp
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Vesses couloirs from Arp

Courmayeur
1,293 m
46 °
53 m
6.5 km
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.
Difficult
Private
Dolonne Couloir from Le Greye
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Dolonne Couloir from Le Greye

Courmayeur
973 m
40 °
NE
6 m
2.8 km
An excellent offpiste when Youla cable car is closed
Difficult
Private
Finestre
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Finestre

Courmayeur
597 m
41 °
7 m
1.5 km
A superb variant from the Arp to join the Dolonne Couloir
Difficult
Private
Youla, Skiers Right
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Youla, Skiers Right

Courmayeur
198 m
39 °
3 m
0.8 km
Keep it simple and easy - a great way to start off piste.
Easy
Private
Youla nera
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Youla nera

Courmayeur
434 m
37 °
3 m
1.2 km
A good offpiste run from the Youla when conditions lower on the mountain are bad.
Difficult
Private
Dolonne Couloir from Youla
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Dolonne Couloir from Youla

Courmayeur
886 m
43 °
NE
38 m
2.6 km
The Old Freeride World Tour Official Competition Area. Test your abilities against the athletes.
Difficult
Private
Vesses couloir from Youla
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Vesses couloir from Youla

Courmayeur
782 m
37 °
0 m
1.7 km
One of Courmayeur's classic off piste lines for good skiers
Difficult
Private
Gabba woods
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Gabba woods

Courmayeur
276 m
33 °
N
0 m
0.9 km
A fun, short off-piste run in the woods that is a good choice in bad visibility.
Difficult
Private
Bishop's Couloir
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Bishop's Couloir

Courmayeur
694 m
48 °
16 m
2.1 km
One of the best couloirs in the area, this is steep and straight.
Severe
Private
Arp - La Balme
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Arp - La Balme

Courmayeur
1,446 m
36 °
10 m
7.7 km
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.
Moderate
Private
Puffi (Smurf) Run
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Puffi (Smurf) Run

Courmayeur
47 m
14 °
E
0 m
0.3 km
Short and sweet but certainly the most fun 100 metre section you will do for a while.
Moderate
Private
Bertolini woods
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Bertolini woods

Courmayeur
249 m
37 °
N
0 m
0.6 km
One of the first offpiste lines to be skied after snowfall.
Moderate
Private
Pra Neyron woods
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Pra Neyron woods

Courmayeur
262 m
37 °
W
0 m
0.6 km
A nice, testing off-piste line through steep woods
Difficult
Private