Gorgeous, picturesque villages nestled in the mountains of Europe, Italy and France are waiting for you to discover and experience beautiful moments skiing at the nearby ski resorts. For beginners or experienced skiers, teenagers and adults, these are ideal destinations for winter in snowy landscapes. Enchanting scenery, plucked from postcards unfold before your eyes.
Courmayeur is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway. It offers an exciting combination of a beautiful village, with fantastic views of the Mont Blanc, with a plethora of ski slopes for every taste. The village has a beautiful center with minimal traffic, narrow cobbled streets and beautifully preserved old buildings, home bars, restaurants and elegant stores. When the runs are closed picturesque streets of the village are filled life and the nightlife begins. The restaurants range from rustic mountain lodges, to luxury rooms, offering gourmet dishes. The Chiecco and Maison Vieille offer excellent cuisine and the Cadran Solaire, La Tarrazza Piazetta and are ideal for dinner.
In the village you will find many beautiful places for a drink before dinner, as the Bar Roma with comfy sofas, the Bar Privé with a great variety of cocktails and Caffe della Posta, along with complimentary cocktails offers a variety of snacks. Cheaper dining options include Courba Dzeleuna, but some pizzerias, like Du Tunnel. A small ski area of Courmayeur is best suited for amateurs, but there are areas ideal for professionals. The facilities and the ski slopes of the configuration are very attentive.
St Martin de Belleville, France
The Trois Vallées, the largest linked ski area in the world and the St Martin is a great base from which to explore, offering an attractive village and a value for money getaway, compared with neighboring Courchevel and St Meribel. Martin was upgraded from a rural village into a tourist resort, with access to the slopes Méribel and Les Menuires. Remains a picturesque place with a small square and a beautiful 16th century church, which is beautifully lit every night. The village has expanded with beautiful new buildings built of stone and wood in the traditional style of the St Martin Savoias. From there you can go to Tougnète, where you will explore from the Belleville valley and all the ski Les Menuires and Val Thorens, as and the slopes of St. Martin.
Alternatively, you can discover the extensive slopes of the valley Meribel. With 600 km of skiing areas and over 170 lifts, the area is the Trois Vallées ski paradise. Most of the tracks are easy, but there are more difficult routes. For such a small village, there is a surprisingly large variety of good restaurants, including the Montagnard, Eterlou and Voûte. The Ferme de la Choumette and Ferme Auberge Chantacoucou located just outside the village and serve delicious dishes of Savoy. On top of the price scale is the La Bouitte with gourmet kitchen and two stars Michelin.
By Nicole P.