Courmayeur by Mont Blanc in Italy’s Aosta Valley has announced 1.3km of new ski runs in the resort’s Arp sector which will eventually be accessed by a new lift, renewing access to an area decades after the Apetta ski lift, which used to serve it, was dismantled.
The Arp sector provides wonderful views of the southern side of Mont Blanc, but until this winter only freeriders have been able to ski there, setting off from the 2,750m-high Arp ridge on off-piste routes accessible from the Arp cable car.
The new groomed piste skiing will include a 700m red run, which in turn gives access to a north-facing slope with a very challenging 600m-long black piste with a gradient of 70%. The numerous off-piste routes that have long been in existence will continue to be accessible.
The construction of the pistes is the first step in a larger project of development in the Courmayeur Mont Blanc ski area, which will continue with the replacement of the Youla and Arp lifts, which are due to be replaced in 2021.