VERBIER - SWITZERLAND Like Chamonix, Verbier is a magnet for extreme skiers, to get the best out of this place, hire a guide and hit the off-piste. This is not a great on-piste resort but people say one of the best challenging areas in the world. I only came here for a day and didn't really get the best out of it.
COURMAYEUR - ITALY Just the other side of Mt Blanc from Chamonix yet a world apart. Strongly Italian in character, its way more laid back and quaint. Not as challenging as Grandes Montets but you are more likely to make fresh tracks here and enjoy excellent Italian food on the mountain. You'll also get friendly Italian service with a smile.