Champoluc and the Monterosa area
Getting to know the valley
Whether you’re a first-time skier or need an adrenalin-filled challenge, the pistes in Monterosa never fail to disappoint. With over 200km of crisp clean runs, and plenty of tough off-piste routes, skiers and snowboarders get the chance to push out of their comfort zone and learn new skills amongst breathtaking scenery.
There are superb facilities for children throughout the Monterosa area – reflective of the Italian love of family. Parents can drop their little ones off at one of the six baby snow parks across the resorts (including one in Champoluc), knowing they’re safe and entertained for the whole day. Getting them to leave after they’ve experienced the magic carpet lift, bouncy games, sleds, rafts and trampolines is the slightly harder part.
The lift structure connecting Champoluc, Alagna and Gressoney is excellent and two lifts give the best access to Champoluc and the other resorts. You can take the six-person gondola that rises up to the beginners’ slopes and where our ski school starts. For more able skiers, there is chance to get the bus transfer to the Funicular railway in Frachey which gives faster access to Gressoney and Alagna.
Piste Information for Champoluc
As a beginner, you’ll get the chance to build up to some fantastic runs and Champoluc is a great resort to start. There is a dedicated nursery slope near the main gondola that is enclosed so you can learn without the pressure and interruption of other skiers.
Our exclusive Ski School is staffed by accredited instructors that know this vast landscape inside out. They’re used to working with skiers of all levels so will gently guide you through at your own pace, moving through different terrains to build confidence and knowledge of the area.
Wide-open runs with glorious views make this area one of the best for intermediate skiers. There are a variety of suitable cruising red runs, including the Pistone run, that at the end of the day takes you through the nursery slopes of the Crest, into the village and stops right outside our ski hire centre.
There are some gentle off-piste routes to navigate, and you can take the journey through Gressoney and Alagna over a full day. You also shouldn’t miss ‘Goat Gully’ – a concave piste that is steeper than average at the start, getting easier as you go head down, watched by the statue of an Ibex mountain goat that gave this unique piste its name.
Expert skiers are spoiled for choice, with the chance to cover lots of ground, stay on-piste with a variety of challenging runs or take advantage of the extensive off-piste skiing.
Surrounded by woodland, Champoluc has some great tree-lined routes that take you to Gressoney, the home of Italian off-piste skiing and Alagna famed for its tough runs and demanding off-piste terrain.
For the adrenaline junkies, the ultimate experience comes in the form of a Heli Skiing trip giving you access to high-octane descents on unspoiled, powder fresh snow.
No drag lifts and free-riding across all three valleys makes Monterosa a paradise for snowboarders. Whilst there isn’t currently a snowboard park as such in the Montersosa ski area, the region will appeal to those looking to enjoy the quiet, open pistes and the easily accessible off-piste valleys with their natural jumps and bumps amidst stunning scenery.
If you’re after some cross-country ski trails in the Ayas Valley then we can help advise you on your best options so ring us for a chat.
Making it easy
Most of our accommodation is close to the bottom of the piste and is, at most, a 9 minute walk to the main lift. Whilst it’s not ski-in ski-out, we’ve made it as easy as possible for you with free use of our purpose-built ski deposit, even if you bring your own equipment. It’s situated at the base of the main lift and you can store all your equipment (yes, even your boots) overnight. You won’t need to carry anything and all you’ll need to get to and from your hotel is a comfy pair of shoes.
If you have any questions about the piste please get in touch.