The Monterosa ski area, including the 3 resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna, is famed for its quiet pistes, well groomed slopes and stunning scenery. It offers over 200kms of pistes, with a range of runs for all abilities making it, some would say, the perfect destination for a family holiday or short ski break with a group of friends.
Whilst Champoluc doesn’t have the largest choice of beginner pistes, we have always found this to be at the advantage of our skiers. The enclosed nursery slope at the top of the main cable car offers our beginners the chance to learn at their own pace without skiers from other slopes crossing through it – the beginner slope really is just for beginners and, even better, its located at 2,000 metres, so always has plenty of snow! There are no drag lifts to contend with either; the nursery slope is accessed by two ‘tapis roulant’ which are travellators that are easy to get on and off.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, we encourage you to get out on to some runs, rather than stick with the nursery slope for too long. We firmly believe that you learn best by skiing, not staying too long in one place. From the beginners’ area, skiers progress onto longer, more challenging runs which are accessed by gondola, until you’re able to make your first trip over to Gressoney.
By the end of a week, the majority of our beginners are able to ski at least half way across the extensive Monterosa ski area. Most of our beginner groups will ski ‘Goat Gully’ within the first half of their week in Champoluc – a particular piste that links Champoluc and the Frachey ski area. At the bottom of this short section is a wide open blue run which runs for another two miles and is a firm favourite among our clients.
This article in the Daily Telegraph recommends Ski 2 and Champoluc for beginner skiers.
For intermediate Skiers
Monterosa is an intermediate skier’s paradise and has been given a top rating by Where to Ski and Snowboard. Most runs are wide and allow you to cruise to your heart’s content – in fact 72% of the runs are red. Such is the choice and length of runs for intermediates, a trip to Gressoney and on to Alagna will take most people the good part of a full day.
For those who like a little rest en-route, the pistes have a great number of strategically placed bars and mountain restaurants but don’t stay too long – if you miss the last lift, it will take you four hours by road to cover the same distance! It’s this scale that makes Monterosa an absolute dream for intermediate skiers.
The great lift network and lack of queues allow you to explore the area at your leisure and enjoy cruising red runs that are both exhilarating and stunningly beautiful.
For advanced Skiers
There are plenty of tough runs for advanced skiers at Champoluc, but where Monterosa excels is its fantastic off-piste skiing that has long been attracting experts. It still draws skiers from across Europe and the recently improved lift system at Alagna means that adrenaline seekers can ski a decent of 2,500m.
Accessed by the higher lifts or helicopter, the acres of powder snow remain remarkably un-touched even days after a fresh fall. We can arrange helicopter skiing with an Italian guide at very reasonable rates or we can offer lessons for anyone still looking to master off-piste techniques.
If you’re still daunted by the challenges of off-piste there are plenty of chances to ski just off the edge of the marked piste where you can improve your off-piste skills or if you like covering as much ground as possible each day, the 17km run from Champoluc to Alagna will certainly leave you satisfied.
Need our help?
Our British Ski School, exclusive to Ski 2 clients, has an excellent reputation for assisting skiers of all abilities. We can offer private and group ski lessons for all ages and abilities and we pride ourselves on our instructors’ care. You can find out more by taking a look at our Ski School page or give us a call on 01962 713330 to discuss what you need.