Courmayeur, nestled in the Italian Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc, may be famous as an elegant ski resort but for those who want the snow and mountains without the high octane thrills, it also offers a range of other activities.
With exclusive boutiques and excellent restaurants scattered around the resortâ€™s pretty pedestrianised centre, combined with the short transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur, it makes a wonderful spot for a winter break, even without the skiing.
Mountain Views Without Skis
Restaurants and boutiques are all very well, but if youâ€™ve come to the Alps for stunning mountain views but donâ€™t want to do too much walking then youâ€™ll be thrilled to discover that the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car makes the mountains accessible to all.
First built as a way of connecting the Italians of Courmayeur with the town of Chamonix in France as early as the 1930s, the original cables were destroyed by French fighter planes during World War Two.
After the war, a station was opened at 3300m, but engineers were unable to reach the summit due to the shifting glacier ice. It wasnâ€™t until 2015 that the top station at Punta Helbronner was finally opened at 3466m.
Today the Skyway Monte Bianco takes visitors from Courmayeur, up through a series of stations, to the summit of Mont Blanc with views of many of the Alpsâ€™ highest peaks.
Spend Time at the Skyway Stations
Starting at Pontal, visitors are swept up the face of Mont Blanc to the first station of Pavillon du Mont FrÃ©ty.
Those who just want to feel they are at the heart of the mountain landscape will enjoy spending the day at the station here, enjoying the botanical garden (which specialises in Alpine plants) or relaxing in its restaurant, shopping area or cinema.
For a truly breathtaking view of the Alps, carry on up the cable car to the top station at Punta Helbronner. The modern structure (designed to look like a shard of ice) has a 360Âº viewing terrace and a crystal museum, as well as a cafÃ©, bar and restaurant.
Relax with a Skyway Spa
Put all thoughts of aching skiing muscles out of your mind and instead imagine staying at the PrÃ©-Saint-Didier Spa and indulging in its â€˜Spa and Cable Carâ€™ package. The deal includes days spent on Mont Blanc at the Skywayâ€™s beautiful stations, followed by relaxing, rejuvenating treatments in the spaâ€™s elegant therapy rooms.
How to Get There
Since relaxation and beautiful scenery is at the heart of your winter break to Courmayeur, itâ€™s good to know that getting there couldnâ€™t be easier. There are regular flights from the UK to Geneva, and a short, easy transfer of an hour and a half from Geneva to Courmayeur.
For the ultimate stress-free transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur, book an executive car with Shuttle Direct before you leave home and weâ€™ll be there to meet you at the arrivals lounge when you land and take you directly to your resort accommodation.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Geneva to Courmayeur transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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