Monterosa Ski Resort

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Ski Monterosa
Ski Monterosa
The Monterosa ski town of Alagna.
The Monterosa ski town of Alagna.
Glorious skiing from Passo Salati (2971m) at Monterosa.
Glorious skiing from Passo Salati (2971m) at Monterosa.
Monterosa powder snow down to Stafal near Gressoney la Trinite.
Monterosa powder snow down to Stafal near Gressoney la Trinite.
Wonderful deep powder off piste above Orsia at Monterosa.
Wonderful deep powder off piste above Orsia at Monterosa.
Fabulous Monterosa feast at Stolenberg mountain hut.
Fabulous Monterosa feast at Stolenberg mountain hut.
The Gabiet-Passo Salati gondola rises from Gabiet at Monterosa.
The Gabiet-Passo Salati gondola rises from Gabiet at Monterosa.
Alagna is called a freeride paradise at Monterosa - we agree!
Alagna is called a freeride paradise at Monterosa - we agree!
Monterosa advanced piste includes the delightful Nera.
Monterosa advanced piste includes the delightful Nera.
The Stafal-Sant Anna cable car at Stafal above Gressoney la Trinite.
The Stafal-Sant Anna cable car at Stafal above Gressoney la Trinite.
Monterosa skiing is generally crowd free so powder is on the piste!
Monterosa skiing is generally crowd free so powder is on the piste!
Monterosa has a few strange beasts to meet.
Monterosa has a few strange beasts to meet.
Monterosa off piste powder above Alagna.
Monterosa off piste powder above Alagna.
Lots of ski & snowboard options on the huge Monterosa terrain.
Lots of ski & snowboard options on the huge Monterosa terrain.
Frachey-Alpe Ciarcerio funicle at Monterosa.
Frachey-Alpe Ciarcerio funicle at Monterosa.
Expansive Monterosa off piste freeride ski terrain below Indren (3275m).
Expansive Monterosa off piste freeride ski terrain below Indren (3275m).
Ski powder without the crowds at Monterosa.
Ski powder without the crowds at Monterosa.
Monterosa is not all freeride. Perfect piste above Alagna.
Monterosa is not all freeride. Perfect piste above Alagna.
Monterosa has many mountain huts (this one at Crest above Champoluc).
Monterosa has many mountain huts (this one at Crest above Champoluc).
Ski & snowboard Monterosa. Powderhounds favourite Europe ski resort.
Ski & snowboard Monterosa. Powderhounds favourite Europe ski resort.

Monterosa Ski Resort

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Monterosa

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Monterosa4 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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    Monterosa Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Monterosa Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,220m – 3,275m (2,075m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    5-10 + metres
  • Lifts (45)
    10 Gondolas / cable cars
    16 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late Nov to early May
    8:45 am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 132km (on-piste)
    Longest run – 12 km
    Advanced - 12%
    Intermediate - 58%
    Beginner - 30%
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Monterosa (excl. Indren cable car)
    Adult - €43 to €48
    Child - €30 to €34
    Child under 8yr – Free

    Monterosa (incl. Indren cable car)
    Adult - €45 to €50
    Child - €32 to €36
    Child under 8yr - Free

    Alagna Valsesia only
    Adult - €25 to €35
    Child - €15 to €25
    Child under 8yr - Free

    Champorcher Only
    Adult - €25 to 34
    Child - €18 to 24
    Child under 8yr – Free

    Antagnod & Brusson Only
    Adult - €23 to €28
    Child - €16 to €20
    Child under 8yr – Free
     Alagna, Champoluc & Gressoney ski trail & piste map
  • Alagna Champoluc & Gressoney Ski Trail Map
    Champorcher Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Champorcher Ski Trail Map
    Alagna Monterosa Freeride Ski Route Map
  • Alagna Freeride Ski Map
     Gressoney Monterosa Freeride Ski Route Map
  • Gressoney Freeride Ski Map
    Champoluc Monterosa Freeride Ski Route Map
  • Champoluc Freeride Ski Map

Monterosa Ski Resort Italy

Monterosa Ski area has a rightful reputation for deep powder, huge off-piste frerride and great adventures. Monterosa Ski in Italy is set across three valleys south of the ever-present Monte Rosa massif - the heavily glaciated second highest peak in western Europe.

We rate Monterosa highly in both best overall & best powder ski resorts in Italy & Europe (& the world). It is currently rated #1 in Italy for best overall ski resort & best for powder hounds. The mix of great snow, terrain, low cost & lack of people (read - freshies all day) create a PPEPP - Perfect Place for European Powder Pleasure!

Pros & Cons for Monterosa Ski Resort

Pros

  • Scored #2 Best Overall Ski Resort in Europe by Powderhounds in 2018.
  • Rated number 1 best overall ski resort in Italy in 2018, 19 & 20.
  • Rated number 1 in Italy for best ski resort for powder hounds in Italy for 2019, & number 2 in 2020.
  • Reliable deep snowpack and fresh snow.
  • Uncrowded.
  • Great value lift ticket price.
  • Superb, unfettered off-piste including tree skiing.
  • Great intermediate piste trails.
  • Fresh tracks available days after last snowfall.
  • Huge freeride and backcountry terrain to explore.
  • Massive skiable vertical with minor climbing effort.

Cons

  • Compared to other ski resorts, not the easiest place to get to in Europe.
  • Not much for beginner skiers at the three main interlinked areas (but there are smaller ones nearby).
  • Spread across an awfully long distance without a major single base area.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Relatively quiet nightlife.
  • Not a lot of high-end accommodation (although that is changing - CampZero).
  • For the vast majority, the backcountry requires a guide.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Monterosa Ski is a lift pass interlinked area comprising seven ski resorts. The huge ski lift interconnected area of most interest to Powderhounds comprises the three ski resorts of Champoluc - Frachey, Gressoney la Trinite - Stafal, & Alagna - Valsesia. The other four ski resorts are smaller & not lift interconnected (Champorcher, Brusson, Gressoney St Jean & Antagnod). Worth knowing that the notion of 'smaller' is relative. Champorcher has a skiable vertical of 1,050m and 7 lifts but is also nowhere near the other resorts!

See the Monterosa ski trail map here.

The main interlinked Monterosa Ski area spreads west to east from the mountain village of Champoluc, east to Gressoney la Trinite and Alagna - nearly 20km as the crow flies. Above the lowest part of the resort, Alagna (1212m), the ski area rises to a lofty 3275m on Indren where the view goes to nearby Cervino (Matterhorn) and the distant Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc). Long perfect groomers access all areas at Monterosa except Indren which is strictly off-piste only.

For Powderhounds, several skiing & snowboarding highlights include the 1,000m vertical of epic freeride terrain from Indren, or the north facing slopes of Passo Salati, down to Gabiet; the 1,700m vertical from Passo Salati to Alagna; and the various permutations for tree skiing above Gressoney la Trinite and Orsia. And that is just within the resort boundary.

The Monterosa backcountry & named freeride routes extend in all directions and into all the valleys. By far the majority begin or end above Alagna, known as Freeride Paradise for good reason. Ski descents of a staggering 3000m vertical are possible. The classic La Balma descent (and its variants) is a 2,000m vertical back into the valley near Alagna.

The lifts of the Monte Rosa ski area range from the ancient (e.g. cramped Champoluc-Crest gondola) to the modern (various hooded chairs, gondolas and the Frachey funicular).

A single Monterosa Ski pass covers all seven ski resorts, or one can purchase cheap local ski passes to ski the 4 smaller resorts or just the Alagna sector. Lift tickets are cheaper on weekdays. Access to the Indren cable car costs an additional €2 at the time of ticket purchase.

For more information see the Skiing & Snowboarding Monterosa page.

Monte Rosa Snow & Weather

Monterosa ski resort is blessed with a prime location on the flanks of the highest peaks of western Europe. An annual snow fall of over 10m in the elevated areas makes it a powder haven with a long season running to early May in good years.

Local weather is heavily influenced by the bulk of the mountains to the north. On bad weather days the upper resort including Indren, Passo Salati & Colle Bettaforca can be a windy, whiteout hell - just the way we like it! Luckily, ski terrain above Gressoney & Champoluc is in the trees providing vision on the bad days.

Where is Monterosa Italy?

The Monterosa ski area is only about 20km 'as the crow flies' from the classic Italian mountain city of Aosta, but over 50km by road to the closest base area at Champoluc. Monterosa ski resort is about 110km north of Turin & 150km northwest of Milan.

The main international gateway airports are Turin (TRN) (UK or European flights only) or Milan Malpensa (MXP). The quickest way to Monterosa, particularly Alagna, from either airport is private transfer or rental car.

Bus transfers are available from Turin and Milan airports. Rental car companies are located at all the airports & city centres but Milan Malpensa airport tends to be the cheapest & easiest. Cars can also be hired from Aosta.

For more detailed information see the Travel to Monterosa page.

Monterosa Ski Accommodation

Spanning three main valleys, the Monte Rosa ski region has a plethora of accommodation options in the ski resort villages of Champoluc & Frachey, Gressoney la Trinite & Stafal, plus Alagna Valsesia. Each valley has its own merits depending on what one is after.

Search & book all Monterosa Ski Accommodation here.

In a nutshell, for the nest access to the best freeride & backcountry terrain, stay in Alagna. For the best access to the ski lifts in either direction, stay in Stafal. For the liveliest* village atmosphere, stay in Champoluc (*not lively as in an Austrian version, but livelier than the alternatives!).

For detailed information on the best places to stay, see our Monterosa Ski Accommodation Info page.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available from our partners in great locations at the lift bases in the Monterosa villages of Champoluc & Gressoney Stafal. Receive a discount when you search & book your Monterosa Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

For the ultimate Monterosa experience get a ski instructor or guide to explore the off-piste & freeride backcountry or try heli skiing on the Monte Rosa & around Zermatt. Join a tour or see our Monterosa Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

Après Ski at Monterosa

The more traditional mountain culture of the three Monterosa valleys tends to produce tame après ski. Whilst it will not lead to partying all night, the number of quality mountain rifugi & small bars attached to each hotel provide ample after ski shenanigans. In the villages, we love the ski-in Bar Walsertal at Stafal & the walk-in Bar Miacceria at the Hotel Monterosa in Alagna. Other good ones are the Castore lounge in Gressoney & Freerider in Alagna. Champoluc has several bars just at the bottom of the steps at the end of the valley trail that look lively………..well at least until 5.30pm!

Reviews

The Powderhounds reviewed Monterosa in 2017 & 2018. We love it for all the right powder-seeking freeriding reasons. We will be heading back soon. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

See how Monterosa compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Monterosa

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Monterosa Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This guided tour takes in some of Italy & Switzerland's iconic alpine ski areas (Zermatt, Cervinia, Monterosa) in the upper valleys of the Monte Rosa massif among 4,000m peaks such as the Matterhorn. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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AUD 3,169
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Alagna Italy Freeride Paradise Ski Tour
GUIDED SKI TOUR | IMAGE QUEST ATHLETE CAMP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
For those with a passion for photography & action sports, combine it with the amazing Monterosa massif in Italy on a classic European freeride powder experience. Based in beautiful Alagna, there is endless skiing surrounded by glaciers & dozens of Europe's highest alpine peaks- perfect to get the best photos.....
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AUD 4,021
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