Courmayeur is the capital of Italian mountain tourism, dating back to 1908. Situated an hour and a half north of Turin, down the stunning Aosta Valley, it is a sophisticated resort that has endless terrain for snowboarders. If you hate coffee, pizza, powder, wine and smiling, carry on travelling. Chamonix folk can make a day trip across the border via the Mont Blanc tunnel, but while the high mountains and steep terrain are familiar, the cultural contrast couldn’t be greater. Courmayeur is blessedly free of crowds – especially off piste – with more tree runs and, at times, very different weather (it can be cloudy in Cham but sunny over the mountain). This really is the yin to Chamonix’s yang.
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Dogged gumshoes and femmes fatales take note: every December the resort celebrates crime fiction and film noir with the Courmayeur Noir Festival.