If you like the combination of high altitude skiing, quiet slopes and stunning scenery then the Monterosa ski area is for you. The area is relatively un-commercialised and on the slopes you will discover friendly mountain restaurants, offering excellent food and drinks and at very reasonable prices.
The ski area spreads over 3 valleys and the backdrop is a spectacular range of mountain peaks which straddle the Swiss-Italian border, including the Breithorn, the Castore and the Dufour which is the main summit of the Mont Rosa at 4,633m. It is a perfect base for all abilities of skiers and boarders who like to try something new and appreciate all of the good things in life.
Our accommodation is in Gressoney-La-Trinite which is a small traditional village with plenty of character and there is a ski-lift just next to Chalet Hotel Valverde.
Gressoney-La Trinity is a charming village and although small, has a selection of bars and restaurants. Its central position in the Monterosa ski area makes it the perfect base to discover the region. Adjacent to the Chalet Hotel is the Punta Jolanda chairlift and there is a ski run on which you can ski virtually back to the doorstep of the Chalet Hotel. The main nursery slopes for beginners are at Stafal and from here progress on to the Castore blue run which is ideal for gaining confidence. The local ski school has an excellent reputation and most novices should be able to ski over in to the Champoluc valley on their first week of skiing.
The Monterosa ski area is really a paradise for intermediate skiers with many wide runs, most of which are of a good length with plenty of well placed restaurants and drink stops on the way. Plan your day and travel between the different valleys, soaking up different spectacular views in each valley and skiing down to pretty villages on the largely tree-lined lower slopes. There is a great selection of red runs and you can really blast the Olen piste from Passo Salati towards Alagna and then the Alagna run, which together covers 1,759m of vertical drop (all in one go if you want!)
The powder potential in the Monterosa area is a great attraction for advanced and freeride skiers and boarders. In the area above Gressoney is a further cable-car whisking you up 300m to Indren from where you can drop off-piste in a number of directions as well as a marked itinerary run down 1,000m to Gabiet, the midway station of Gressoney lifts. There is also an easily accessible off-piste route beside the long run from Passo Salati towards Alagna. Heli-skiing is also allowed in this area and is a popular way to discover the less tracked high altitude off-piste slopes.
The lovely villages of Champoluc, Alagna, Stafal, Frachey and of course Gressoney-La-Trinite, to give the ski area character, something not always available in a ski area of this size.