Are you coming to Champoluc on a special family ski holiday? Want to give your children something to remember the trip by or take home to their friends? Lucky for you there is plenty to interest the little ones around the town centre. Take a short walk (or ask Ski 2 for a minibus ride) about 5-10 minutes down the road from the Ski 2 office and you will find an array of toys and souvenirs.
Does your child like to snuggle up warm in slippers or a cosy blanket? Or perhaps they fancy a trinket for their bedroom or some fancy chocolate? They might like to check out L’Emporio, on the left on the way down the hill.
If you love to write postcards together, you’ll find a stationery shop a little further down on the same side, but watch out because it also sells lots of toys, children’s helmet covers, irresistible fluffy onesies and games galore.
Near the sometimes frozen tree (it thaws out towards the end of season) you might have fun perusing the selection at Livres et Musique, a book and music shop with the biggest selection of postcards in town, loads of kids’ picture books and other fun souvenirs.
Maybe, like I was, your child is a rock and gem aficionado? Ask in the office and we can direct you to a hidden gem (excuse the pun) of a shop. If you’re staying in La Rouja, rock delights are just a stone’s throw away!
Enjoy shopping with your little ones, but if you don’t find the right souvenirs this time, you could always go for an ice-cream at Dolce e Salato!
Thank you to all the staff at Cartoleria – Giornali – Giocattoli di Fassin Roberto, L’Emporio and Livres et Musique for being so welcoming and allowing us to take pictures of your beautiful shops.
Jenny and Christina have gone snowshoeing in the sunshine…
It’s a sunny Thursday morning in March and we are waiting with great anticipation for our guide, Marzia, and her energetic dog, Majul. Marzia arrives and starts by orientating us in the valley, driving us through the old villages, pointing out the boundaries of Ayas and describing the other municipalities that make up this beautiful area.
We arrive at the pretty patterned town hall of Antagnod and Marzia shows us how to kit ourselves up with snow shoes and poles. Off we go!
Ascending up through the trees, we feel invincible as we glide across the top of snow that would thwart the everyday snow boot. We emerge amongst attractive stone houses, which Marzia explains would have been used in the summer. Only houses with wooden parts were used in the winter, as the wooden sections were where fodder for livestock was stored.
Continuing on upwards, we are greeted with spectacular views as we wind our way up to the Barmasc area, known for summer hiking and mountain biking and once frequented by Pope Jean Paul II.
Diving back into the woods, we walk along the banks of a 600-year-old hand built aqueduct, constructed in a time of drought to provide locals with the necessary water supply to survive in this mountainous environment.
Excited for the descent, Marzia explains that the best method is to walk like Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, adding a touch of dynamism to our steps and forging our own tracks through the fresh snow so as not to sink. It feels like a good bum workout and makes for a very attractive gait!
After a wonderful morning of exploring, we remove our snow shoes to find our feet feel as light as feathers. At Marzia’s recommendation, we take a short stroll through Antagnod and have a delicious bowl of Valle d’Aostan soup, followed by a well-earned ice cream. A morning well spent and a great alternative to skiing or snowboarding.
If you’d like us to help you organise an excursion, please let us know when you arrive in Champoluc. It is not possible to pre-book outings as we have found guests have the best time when we discuss the possible routes and weather/snow conditions together in resort.
The authentic, family-run 3* Hotel Petit Tournalin is one of our most popular hotels in Champoluc. It’s situated just next to the Hotel California and Hotel Le Rocher in a clearing in the pine trees, an easy stroll to our ski deposit at the bottom of the main gondola. Excellent home-cooked food using locally sourced ingredients, make this hotel a favourite amongst our guests – who have given it rave reviews this season.
March 2017 Availability
Sunday 19th March 2017 x 3 nights – based on 2 adults sharing 1 x twin or double bedded room – £598 per person x 2 people, with free ski equipment hire
Included with the price:
3 nights half board accommodation, based on 2 people sharing – breakfast and dinner
The Hotel Castor is a family-run hotel just a short stroll from the ski deposit and the bottom of the lift. It is very popular with our regular guests and is especially suited to family groups.
Champoluc offers great snow around Easter time, with most pistes situated above 2,000 metres.
Prices below are for 2 adults and 2 children using a family room or 2 adjacent rooms.
Saturday 8th April 2017 x 7 nights
Based on 2 adults and 2 children aged 11 or under sharing an open-plan family room. £1,105 per adult, £420 for the first child and £320 for the second child
Recent guest review
A fabulous hotel. Friendly, charming – rooms are cosy, warm, plenty of hot water! Staff are incredibly friendly, cheerful and helpful. Food is amazing – and amazing value: four courses every night for dinner, brilliant breakfast spread with home made cakes etc. We stayed over new Year and enjoyed the special meal – six courses, champagne, all the trimmings. Everything home made and delicious. Champoluc is a lovely village too
This price includes all of the following benefits:
Return transfers between any of the 6 airports listed on our website – Turin (90 minutes to resort), Milan Malpensa (2 hours to resort), Milan Linate (3 hours to resort), Milan Bergamo (3 hours to resort), Geneva (3 hours to resort), Genoa (3 hours to resort), Chambery (3 hours to resort) and Sion (2.5 hours to resort).
Half Board accommodation – breakfast and dinner.
Full area Monterosa lift pass covering the resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna.
Snack lunches each day at a choice of mountain restaurants. Vouchers are valid in 6 mountain restaurants spread across the ski area and are valid for one dish from a choice of four or five – typically something like a bowl of pasta, toasted Panini, large hot dog or similar, all served with a hot or cold, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. Unused vouchers can always be used to buy après-ski drinks in the bar at the bottom of the main gondola.
Free use of our own ski deposit at the bottom of the main lift.
The services of our friendly and experienced resort team – 24 hours a day.
Consistently one of our most highly rated hotels in Champoluc, the 4* Relais des Glaciers is situated just a short walk from our ski deposit and close to the centre of the resort. Its extensive spa facilities will appeal to mums and dads, whilst younger guests can enjoy the large outdoor hot tub after a day on the slopes.
April 2017 availability:
We still have availability for families for the last week of the season based on adjacent rooms – mum and dad have their own double bedded room with en-suite bathroom and the kids share an adjacent twin or triple room, again with their own bathroom. Prices for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children aged 11 or under) would be £1,185 x 2 adults, £487 x 1 and £553 x 1
This price includes all of the following benefits:
7 nights half board accommodation, based on 2 people sharing – breakfast and dinner