24 hours in (SNOWY) Champoluc
Are you planning a trip to the Italian resort of Champoluc next season? With a cult status among free riders due to vast untouched powder fields and the variety of back country routes, it’s one of the most exciting places to visit if you love a lot of snow and empty pistes. If you are truly in it for excellent skiing and boarding and not so much for the vast hangovers (but don’t be fooled, there are plenty of delicious Italian wines available) this is the ski resort for you to visit next winter. With our launch of the destination for next winter season we did some research on how to best spend 24 hours in resort. Here’s my itinerary for 24 hours in Champoluc.
9:00: QUICK PRE SKI COFFEE
It’s 9am and you have finished your breakfast, got dressed, double checked your backpack three times and are heading out to face the day up on the mountains. Prepare for your first hours of skiing with a quick coffee Italian style in the Atellier Gourmande. This charming place hosts traditional wooden features and excellent coffee. Located next to the lifts this should be a definite stop for all skiers and boarders. A quick coffee here and you’re ready for the day – andiamo!
10:30: HEAD TO FRACHEY
After a few warm up runs it’s time to head out and explore the Monterosa Ski Area. You can access this vast area from Champoluc via 2 lifts – a small gondola from the village centre or you can jump on one of the ski buses and head to the hamlet of Franchey. In Franchey a funicular railway will take you up (in a much more fun way) to the Gressoney and Alagna Ski Areas and you’re in the perfect spot to start exploring.
13:00: LUNCH TIME IN RISTORO CAMPO BASE
Head back to Champoluc for lunch time and eat a tasty lunch in the Ristoro Campo Base (based at the arrival of Mandria chair-lift). This great little place serves traditional local Vallee d’aosta dishes with focus on local products, classic Italian cuisine and a taste of ethnic cousin. You also have a great assortment of wines to choose from if you are feeling extra thirsty and perfect to drink while eating the delicious local cheeses. They have a large outside area for sunny days and a view to die for. Make sure you don’t miss out on this great little lunch spot.
14:00: GO HELI SKIING LIKE A PRO
The resorts of Champoluc is famous worldwide for their record snowfalls and their amazing heli skiing so it would be silly spending a week in the region without jumping on a helicopter and get your adrenaline pumping. Heli-skiing is an everyday occurrence in the area and unlike other countries in the Alps, heli-skiing is not only for those with money. Prices are much lower in the area and make it much more affordable. The variety of terrain and breath taking views makes the experience extraordinary. Make sure to pre-book this at the start of the week – speak to your Ski Total Resort Representative at your arrival.
16:00: APRES TIME
Ok, so you’re done for the day and it’s time to give your achy body a good rest with some drinks and some good live music Italian style by heading over to Bruno’s Bar. This place is a hot spot for locals as well as tourist skiers and boarders. Bruno’s is located in the woods besides the Del Bosco red run and has an excellent choice of drinks, live music once a week and hosts an excellent après ambience. Fancy a bit of an après crawl? Continue to the sunny terrace of Atelier Gourmand which is one of the locals’ favourite. There are plenty of bars in the village to continue your quest if needed.
19:00: DINE ITALIAN STYLE
Staff day off and you need to drag yourself out of the comfort of your onesie and chalet couch and spend the evening in a restaurant? Well lucky you! You are in Italy, home to some of the best food in the world. Book yourself a table in the La Sapin. This classic restaurant serves gorgeous Italian meals such as steaks, meat in hare sauce, veal and delicious Italian desserts. Filled with locals (which is always a good sign) dine here and the ambience is fantastic. The Chocolate Brunet for Dessert is to die for, yum!
21:00: CHAMPOLUC BY NIGHT
Let’s face it – Champoluc is not Val d’Isere or Tignes. You will not get rowdy groups of party animals, big DJ’s, festivals and plenty of clubs. But Italians love a good boogie and the resort has a happy, laid-back vibe and if you’ve got your party feet on, head to Golosone. This is the main destination for locals and holiday makers. Very close to our chalet hotel and right next to a pizzeria if you fancy a late snack on your very short walk home. Great lively and friendly vibe – a great end to a great day!
To book your own Champoluc Chalet Holiday for next winter click here or call us on 01483 791 933…