Monterosa is a region known around the world for its great snow, authentic villages and spectacular high mountain scenery.
Champoluc, at 1570m, is the largest village in the region with Gressoney in the central valley and Alagna on the far side, the trio creating a huge ski area also known as Italy’s very own “Three Valleys”. This includes 180km of pistes and nearly 1800m of lift-served vertical between 1200-2970m.
Monterosa’s ski slopes are world famous for their extensive off-piste terrain and huge lift-served verticals, but there are of course runs for beginners too and intermediate level slopes, mostly through woodland terrain, which regular skiers can access to get around this big circuit. These are generally quiet through the week and a little busier at weekends. Champoluc is the best choice in the region for beginner skiers, with easy-to-reach beginners’ slopes at Antagnod.
The big news from Monterosa Ski area this winter, when lift prices are being forced up by high energy bills at ski resorts across the world, is that there are no price rises and the ticket cost is the same as last winter. Daily prices range from a minimum of 38 euros to a maximum of 60 euros.
If you choose the FREERIDE formula at the time of purchase, which also includes the ascent to the Punta Indren glacier, the increase in the ski pass is 2 euros (40 euros minimum and 62 euros maximum).
The villages of Monterosa including Champoluc and Gressoney offer charming accommodations and great restaurants both on and off the piste serving mainly Italian fare. Champoluc is a pleasant village with several craft shops, and is the best place for après-ski cocktails and live music in Monterosa, but still relatively quiet compared to big name Alpine resorts!
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