MONTEROSA SKI AREA

SKIING IN ALAGNA AND GRESSONEY - MONTEROSA FREERIDE PARADISE

 

The Monterosa Ski and the Monterosa Freeride Paradise are one of the most important ski complexes in the Italian Alps, formed by three valleys straddling the region of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta, on the slopes of the great massif of Monte Rosa.

There are 3 alpine villages: Alagna Valsesia, Gressoney, and Champoluc. They are united by a vast network of ski-lifts and long ski slopes, as well as countless, freeride routes, to be faced in lonely valleys, canals, and long slopes.

The single ski pass is valid for the entire Monterosa ski area. Otherwise, you can buy a ski pass for a single ski area, limited to the place where you stay (Champoluc valley, Gressoney valley, and Alagna Valsesia valley).

 

 

When you buy your ski pass you can specify if you want to ski with the single ski pass, valid for the entire Monterosa ski area, and include the access to the cable car of Punta Indren, which allows you to reach an altitude of 3275m from where you can have fun along many itineraries of ski mountaineering and off-piste.

At the ticket office are delivered 2 maps, one relating to all the lifts and the slopes of Monterosa Ski and one relating to the long off-piste routes possible in Monterosa Freeride Paradise.

NUMBERS: 132km of slopes, 20 lifts, from 1212m to 3275m - Various itineraries for Freeriders with gradients of over 2000m.

 

 

"A real circus of Freeride, powdery snow, slopes and valleys, which we have descended several times, both sleeping in Alagna and Gressoney.” The lifts are of a high standard, especially the new cable car of Alagna and the impeccable organization.

The off-piste tracks have various difficulties and in some cases even long-isolated valleys, all to be covered while having fun, but with caution, which for avalanches and orientation is never too much. For some years now, there have also been routes of ascents with sealskins, in safe areas, a much-appreciated innovation.

 

The area is very large and frequented by tourists from all over Europe, especially from Scandinavian countries. During peak hours, some facilities can cause a bit of a queue, especially when moving between one valley and another. Refuges and kiosks complete the offer on the slopes, but the valleys covered by car offer many other places and products to be discovered calmly, especially in the summer season.

Climbers on their way to Monte Rosa can use the gondola and cable car to Punta Indren and then walk or ski to the glacier and the peaks of the massif. Have fun! "

Lorenzo e Paolo

 

 

FREERIDE AND ELISKI ON THE MONTEROSA FREERIDE PARADISE

The Monterosa Freeride Paradise is a must-see destination for off-piste skiing and skis touring lovers. Freeriders can find an outlet for their impulses, descending entire valleys in powdery snow, with gradients of over 2000m (from Punta Indren to Alagna the gradient reaches 2060m).

Most of the freeride or off-piste itineraries can be reached by ski-lifts, in particular by the Alagna cable car, the Gressoney cable car and the final cable car of Punta Indren, which reaches an altitude of 3275m.

 

It is also possible to continue and reach higher altitudes through ski mountaineering itineraries (ascent with sealskins) towards the glacier of Monte Rosa. In spring, from Punta Indren, you can reach with skis and sealskins the Margherita hut and the peaks of Monte Rosa.

The local mountain guides offer numerous off-piste and freeride itineraries, with helicopter transfers, Heliski al Monterosa, and connections with lifts, to venture safely between the valleys and the areas of Monterosa Ski and the nearby Cervinia and Zermatt.


SNOW REPORT MONTEROSA SKI AREA

 

 

SAFETY AND AVALANCHE DANGER

The altitude reached by the Monterosa Ski area, the technical difficulties of the freeride routes and the harsh environment of the high mountains, require a lot of caution, because of the danger of avalanches and in some cases, for the necessary alpine passages.

We strongly advise you to tackle these well-equipped routes, with Artva, shovel, probe, airbags, and GPS and, if necessary, with abseiling kits (rope with harness and carabiners), possibly in the company of a mountain guide.

The technical quality of the off-piste routes and the length require good experience and training in off-piste skiing. In case of emergency, contact the emergency number 112 and provide your GPS position.

We recommend that you also bring with you a front battery and a thermal sheet, very useful in case of difficulty and emergency.

 

 

 


WHAT TO DO IN ALAGNA, GRESSONEY AND IN THE NEARBY REGION

 

IN THE ALAGNA AND VALSESIA

1. Enjoy the slopes and ski itineraries of the Monterosa Freeride Paradise ski area.

2. Walk through the rural center of Alagna, among the typical Valser.

3. Visit the Valser House Museum in Alagna.

4. Rafting along the river Sesia.

5. Tour of Monte Rosa, a spectacular and long walk of several days between Italy and Switzerland.

6. Monterosa MTB, summer MTB routes on the Monterosa Ski slopes.

7. Immerse yourself in nature in the Alta Valsesia Nature Park.

 

IN GRESSONEY AND VALLEY

1. Reach the peaks and refuges of the Monte Rosa group and the famous Capanna Margherita.

2. Nordic skiing, cross-country skiing in the 22km circuit of Gressoney.

3. Visit the Savoy Castle with its Botanical Garden.

4. Quality aperitifs and dinners in the center of Gressoney.

5. Relax with your family at Lake Grover.

6. Taste and buy the Toma di Gressoney, the typical cheese of the valley.

7. Heliski between Italy and Switzerland with the Alpine Guides of Val d'Aosta.  

 

IN THE NEARBY REGION

1. Don't miss the castles of Valle d'Aosta and the Fortress of Bard.

2. Cervina and Matterhorn ski resorts, mountaineering and high altitude skiing.

3. Discovering the Roman archaeological remains in the center of Aosta.

4. Val Grande and Val Formazza wilderness in their purest form in the Piedmontese valleys.

5. The Fontina, the typical cheese of the Aosta Valley, visits the visitor center.

6. Enjoy the DOP products, the delicate Arnad lard, and the tasty Jambon De Bosses.

7. Mountaineering and tradition in the characteristic valley of Macugnaga.

8. Trip to Lake Orta and the island of San Giulio.

 


WHERE TO SLEEP IN ALAGNA AND GRESSONEY - HOTELS, B&B, APARTMENTS

 

Alagna is a characteristic village in the upper Valsesia, in Piedmont, famous for the Monterosa Ski area and its historic wooden buildings, the Valser. The village is not very large, but well preserved and equipped, for the weekend and weekly stays.

Gressoney and Champoluc are two Alpine villages in the Aosta Valley, separated by a ridge and reachable by car through their respective valleys. Of the three villages, the largest is certainly Gressoney, where there are many hotels and tourist facilities.

 

Thanks to pictures, facilities informations and reviews, You can check easly the availability of Hotels, B&B and Holiday Houses in Alagna, Gressoney and Champoluc and book the best solution for You, using this link:

 

BOOKING - HOTELS B&B HOLIDAY HOUSES IN ALAGNA AND VALSESIA

 

BOOKING - HOTELS B&B HOLIDAY HOUSES IN GRESSONEY

  

BOOKING - HOTELS B&B HOLIDAY HOUSES IN CHAMPOLUC

  


HOW TO GET TO ALAGNA AND GRESSONEY

 

Alagna is a characteristic village in the upper Valsesia, in Piedmont, famous for the Monterosa Ski area and its historic wooden buildings, the Valser. The village is not very large, but well preserved and equipped, for the weekend and weekly stays.

Gressoney and Champoluc are two Alpine villages in the Aosta Valley, separated by a ridge and reachable by car through their respective valleys.

 

TO ALAGNA: by Car or pubblic bus from Borgo Sesia (exit A26), a large parking area is available outside the village.

 

TO GRESSONEY: by Car or pubblic bus from Pont Saint Martin in Valle d'Aosta (exit E25), large parking areas are available in Gressoney Tache or Gressoney Staffal.

 

TO CHAMPOLUC: by Car or pubblic bus from Verres (exit E25), parking areas are available in Champoluc and Frachey.

 

  

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