Nipping to Italy for a quick ski break 

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3 short days skiing in Italy and it was amazing! I have never skiied in Italy before, but this trip took us to the very pretty Courmayeur. This great little resort is just through the Mont Blanc tunnel and, even more fantastically, just a little over an hours drive from Geneva airport. An early evening flight from Luton meant we were in the resort by 11.30pm that day, ready to go for the morning.

We stayed in a hotel called Hotel Bouton d’Or. Very friendly, helpful and they provide shuttle runs to the lifts in the morning and afternoon. Can’t recommend enough.

With only three days to hit the pistes, we got up nice and early and made our way to the slopes. Lift passes are easily bought from the first lift. Ski hire was more random, this was up the mountain at the top of the first bubble. We used a company called ski in, again very helpful and oh so easy.

Blue skies the entire day, and the pistes were completely empty! It felt great to be back on the slopes and racing down.

We had lunch in a restaurant called La Grolla.  While the service wasn’t amazing, the view over the two glaciers definitely made up for it. If it’s a sunny day, sitting outside is a must.

After the first day on the slopes, we had a great and easy meal at the Tunnel.

Included in the three day lift pass for Courmayeur is one day to spend in the neighbouring resort of La Thuile. As we had covered all of the Courmayeur runs by the afternoon on our first day, we decided to take advantage of this on our second day. The resort was only 20 minutes away in the car and was so worth it. A large ski area, which we definitely couldn’t cover in one day, and also links with La Rosiere in France.  We skiied over the boarder, spent the morning in another country, had some lunch and headed back. Amazing day, with some great, quiet runs.

 On our way back into La Thuile we took the 11km long piste 7 which meanders it’s way down the mountain. Definitely worth stopping at Lo Riondet on the way down for the most delicious hot chocolate ever, I swear it was just liquid chocolate. Just before the end of the run you can take the black piste 2, unbelievably steep and exhilarating.  

We had walk around Courmayeur that evening, with a little bit of shopping and a nice evening meal.

 Then up bright and early for our last day skiing. Spent the morning skiing though the trees and racing down more lovely big red pistes.

After a final lunch with amazing views at Maison Vieille it was time to head back down the mountain and home.

 We arrived back in London that evening, with it feeling very surreal that I had lunch in the Alps that day. Perfect few days away, and Courmayeur was so handy for a short break. As fairly advanced skiiers we got everything we could from the resort in just under two days. I definitely want to go back, absolutely have to take advantage of a guide to hit all the off piste around.

Already can’t wait for my next ski holiday!

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