Ski Holidays in Champoluc
Just below the highest Mountain within Italy, Monte Rosa, lies the unspoilt village Champoluc. Together with Gressoney, Antagnod and Alagna Valsesia it forms the Monte Rosa Ski Area, all covered on the same lift pass.
Champoluc itself is a charming and unspoilt village with traditional architecture at the top of the Ayas valley. A real effort has been made to keep ugly, modern developments away from this hamlet and it looks like a real blast from the past in places. Don’t let that fool you, however, as ski holidays in Champoluc offer most of the conveniences you would expect from a modern resort and a whole lot of charm.
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Skiing in Champoluc
Although Champoluc resort itself is reasonably small, the whole area is vast and has a number of vertical descents over 1000m. The area also offers amazing open bowl skiing as well as tree-lined runs that are perfect on bad weather days.
Champoluc also has a smaller area of skiing on the other side of the resort above Antagnod which is worth a day trip.
The 150km of slopes in the Monte Rosa ski area are uncrowded with an emphasis on long and wide reds which are ideal for more confident intermediates. For those at the early stages of intermediate level, there are some easier slopes in Antagnod and above Gressoney. The Goat run and the red going back into Champoluc can be too much for less experienced skiers.
Beginners have a few nursery runs at Crest to amuse themselves on during their ski holiday in Champoluc, but there isn’t much scope for progression onto easy reds or long blues. Antagnod across the valley does however have some easier cruising runs.
Experts on ski holidays in Champoluc will find that with a guide some of the best powder in Italy suddenly appears under their skis, as well as a host of challenging pisted runs. A great off the beaten track area when the weather turns bad is the Mandria forest above Frachey. It also is picture perfect when it has just snowed and the trees are snow-capped. There is also more challenging terrain in Gressoney such as the tough Gialla run.
Snowboarders will like the wide slopes and freeriders will find plenty to do, there are little jumps here, there and everywhere. There are also very few drag lifts.
Champoluc and its surrounding area has 16km of cross country skiing trails with further trails 15 minutes down the valley in Brusson.
Snow conditions in Champoluc
Champoluc’s average slope altitude is fairly high so its snow reliability overall is good. Its high runs Colle della Bettaforca and Colle Sarezza have the best snow conditions in the resort. Champoluc also has extensive snow making capabilities.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Champoluc
Champoluc doesn’t have a great deal of activities for non skiers, however there is ice skating and its outdoor ice rink, snowshoeing, parapenting, tobogganing and heliskiing as well as winter walking opportunities towards Saint Jacques, further up the valley.
Despite its limited activities and quiet feel, its apres ski is fairly lively at its bars. Recommended bars are Lo Bistrot and Atelier Gourmand. The resort also has several restaurant options, with most being part of hotels. The centre of the resort village does have some stand alone options such as the Osteria II Balivo.
Transfer times to Champoluc
Turin (TRN) - 1 hr 30 mins
Milan (MXP) - 2 hrs 5 mins
Geneva (GVA) - 2 hrs 30 mins