At the foot of Mont-Blanc sits Courmayeur: a charming 17th-century spa town. Pretty buildings with slate roofs line the traffic-free, cobbled streets of the old town. The central Via Roma is bursting with bars and upmarket clothing and jewellery shops. You’ll also find some of the best restaurants in the Alps both on and off the mountain. Courmayeur is a popular weekend destination for skiers and boarders. The ski area, although not that big or high, offers scenic views and good snow cover due to the north and north-west facing slopes. The skiing is divided into two main areas: the Checrouit area with its wide open runs and morning sun; and the Val Veny ski area with its wooded and open runs, afternoon sun and striking views of Mont Blanc.