Monte Bianco Lifts & Terrain

Monte Bianco Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded
    Courmayeur Piste & Trail Map
  • Courmayeur Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,210m - 2,755m (1,545m)

    Skyway Monte Bianco
    1,306 - 3,466 (2,160m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5 to 15m
  • Lifts (20)
    6 Gondolas / cable cars
    8 Chairs

    Skyway Monte Bianco
    2 Gondolas / cable cars
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to mid-April
    8:25am to 5:00pm
    Courmayeur cable car until midnight

    Skyway Monte Bianco
    Dec to late May
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 41km (on-piste)
    Longest piste run - 7.5km
    Advanced (piste) - 14%
    Intermediate (piste) - 55%
    Beginner (piste) - 31%

    Off piste routes - 100km
    Longest off piste run - 8 - 22km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Courmayeur only
    Adult - €50 to 55
    Child - €35 to 38.50
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Skyway Monte Bianco only
    Adult - €55
    Child - €38.50
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Courmayeur + Skyway Monte Bianco
    Adult - €60 to 65
    Child - €42 to 45.50
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Vallee Blanche route map
  • Vallee Blanche Route Map

Monte Bianco Skiing & Snowboarding

A few kilometres up the valley from Courmayeur and just near the base station of the ski resort's Val Veny cable car, one of the world's most impressive ski lifts rises up the flanks of Monte Bianco. Better known as Mont Blanc, on the Italian side the mountain is scaled in comfort on the brilliant Skyway Monte Bianco.

From the valley at 1306m elevation, the first stage of the Skyway finishes at Pavillon (2173m). Passengers immediately notice the clever design features of the cars. Floor to ceiling glass and a full 360 degree rotation during each stage of the climb, the Skyway Monte Bianco provides unparalleled panoramas of mountain, glacier and valley. From Pavillon, the second stage rises to Punta Helbronner at a lofty 3466m. The views are stupendous and it is here that the fun really begins.....

Prepare yourself for a descent of the Toula Glacier down to Val Veny or perhaps the classic Vallee Blanche into Chamonix France.

Toula Glacier Descents

The classic ski descent on the Italian side of Mont Blanc is from the Col di Toula (3440m) down the Toula Glacier to Pavillon or all the way into the valley, exiting near the entrance to the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Depending on snow conditions, a descent of the Toula Glacier can involve a full 12km & 2000m vertical, taking around 1-1½hr with a guide (longer if doing it yourself for the first time!).

The Col di Toula is a short ski & climb north of Punta Helbronner.

Skiing the Vallée Blanche

The legendary Vallee Blanche is what skiing in Europe is all about. In good snow conditions it will be an unforgettable day. The full 24km descent, 2500m vertical descent to Chamonix takes around 5hr and can only be undertaken in full winter conditions (i.e. snow in comparatively low elevation Chamonix). A lack of snow near Chamonix will mean some walking near the end. More usually though the descent would involve an early exit and climb up from the Mer de Glace to Montenvers, where the train can be used to reach Chamonix.

From Chamonix, the return journey to Courmayeur is with taxi or bus via the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

Colouir Marbrees

The lesser known Colouir Marbrees is a another descent on the Italian side when snow conditions are good. Heading skiers right from Punta Helbronner across the lacier Geant Glacier, the run starts at the Auguille Marbrees. The 1800m vertical run is quite steep at the beginning and ends at Rochefort, about 4km walk (or ski) from the base of the Skyway. Allow at least 3hr for the entire journey.

Other Descents

There are host of other descents from Punta Helbronner, including numerous extreme chutes and steeps. Unless you are a pro, they are best scoped out with a guide.

Skiing Courmayeur Resort

For more information see the Courmayeur Skiing & Snowboarding page.