Website: courmayeur.com

Located on the Italian side of Monte Bianco, the highest peak in Western Europe, Courmayeur is tough to describe. On weekends you'll feel like a slob as the moneyed fashionistas from Milan blow smoke in your face for wearing neither fur nor leather to shred, but they'll bring the party. Hit it mid-week and you can ride some of the raddest steep trees on earth, open it up in the alpine, and basically have Chamonix-quality pickings with way fewer rippers competing for it. Amazing food in town, and French, English, and Italian all do the trick here.

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