Snowshoeing in the Aosta Valley

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.

stone house in the aosta valley

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.

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March 2017 at the 3* Hotel Petit Tournalin

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

Hotel Petit Tournalin

Included with the price:

  • 3 nights half board accommodation, based on 2 people sharing – breakfast and dinner
  • Return transfers between any of the 6 airports listed on our website
  • 3 day full area Monterosa lift pass covering the resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna
  • Snack lunches each day at a choice of mountain restaurants.
  • Ski guiding – available on the first morning of your holiday (for parallel skiers) to explore the Monterosa ski area
  • Free use of our own ski deposit at the bottom of the main lift
  • Free use of the Ski 2 Night Bus for transport around the village until midnight, 7 nights a week
  • One free entry to the new indoor swimming pool in Champoluc during your stay
  • The services of our friendly and experienced resort team – 24 hours a day
  • FREE ski equipment hire if required – Standard skis, boots, sticks and helmet

These prices do NOT include

  • Flights. Details of which airlines service which airports found here.
  • Ski lessons. If required, please find out more about our British Ski School
  • Nursery care. The Ski 2 Penguin Club comes with our own British staff – £47 per day and £32 per half day.
  • Wintersports insurance
  • Drinks with evening meals

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Easter at the 3* Hotel Castor

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

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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.

 

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April at the 4* Hotel Relais des Glaciers

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
  • Return transfers between any of the 6 airports listed on our website
  • 6 day full area Monterosa lift pass covering the resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna
  • Snack lunches each day at a choice of mountain restaurants.
  • Ski guiding – available on the first morning of your holiday (for parallel skiers) to explore the Monterosa ski area
  • Free use of our own ski deposit at the bottom of the main lift
  • Free use of the Ski 2 Night Bus for transport around the village until midnight, 7 nights a week
  • One free entry to the new indoor swimming pool in Champoluc during your stay
  • The services of our friendly and experienced resort team – 24 hours a day
  • FREE ski equipment hire if required – Standard skis, boots, sticks and helmet

Not included:

  • Flights. Details of which airlines service which airports found here.
  • Ski lessons. We run our own British ski school in Champoluc and offer full day ski lessons for our younger guests
  • Nursery care. The Ski 2 Penguin Club comes with our own British staff – £47 per day and £32 per half day.
  • Wintersports insurance
  • Drinks with evening meals

Relais des Glaciers

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Monterosa Terme Spa Complex

This week Christina and Jenny, part of our resort team in Champoluc, went on a little mission to check out the Monterosa Terme Spa and report back to you. If you’ve chosen to stay in Champoluc with Ski 2 you too will have access to Monterosa Terme – a luxurious spa with heated pools and relaxation rooms nestled in the valley at the end of the village.

Entering through the reception area, the girls’ first impression was of the local contemporary art hung around the walls. The reception staff are all multi-lingual and ready to help you to hire a towel, robe and slippers for just five euros or you can bring your own from your hotel.

Once inside, Christina and Jenny began with the thermal pool journey, dipping their toes in the salt water pool, then they stretched out in the large heated pool and dived under the water to emerge outside surrounded by snow and ice.

Monterosa terme spa

Next to the pools is a relaxation lounge where you can curl up with a good book and enjoy a view of the snowy mountains. There is a café/bar too, where you and your family can enjoy the complementary buffet or purchase something special with a tap of your wristband and pay later.

For just 12 euros, Ski 2 customers can escape the children and venture into the adults only ‘wellness suite’, where two wood-lined saunas, a Turkish aromatherapy steam room and a Hamman with salt scrub await you. Not to mention a circular hot tub with a domed ceiling, monsoon showers and hot and cold therapy pools. The girls would particularly recommend the second cosy relaxation room, which offers you a further quiet space with unbeatable views, free tea and fruit, loungers and swinging egg chairs to while away a few more hours in.

Jenny and Christina loved it so much that they treated themselves to membership for the season! So if you’d like to give the Monterosa Terme Spa a try, just pop into the office in Champoluc where the team will sort you out with your spa voucher.