Monterosa Lifts & Terrain

Monterosa Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Aosta Valley Ski Resorts

La Thuile

    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 Skiing & Snowboarding

Monterosa Ski was rated number one ski resort in Europe for Powderhounds in 2018 for very good reason. The range and scope of the terrain and quality of snow is outstanding. Whilst its ranking was usurped by other European Resorts in 2019, it still rated numero uno for both best overall ski resort & best for powder hounds in Italy (the tiny, but awesome, Santa Caterina usurped the best powder resort in Italy in 2020!)

The main interlinked Monterosa Ski area spreads west to east. From the mountain village of Champoluc, east to Gressoney la Trinite and onward to Alagna - a distance of nearly 20km as the crow flies. Above the lowest part of the resort, Alagna (1,212m), 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 intermediate groomers access all areas at Monterosa, except Indren which is strictly off-piste only.

Families any find the smaller Monterosa ski areas of Brusson, & Antagnod a great alternative if staying near Champoluc. Both have 430m and 587m vertical respectively, quality snow, and a range of learner and intermediate terrain. If staying in the Gressoney valley, the small ski resort of Gressoney St Jean is an alternative to the main fare. It has nearly 700m of vertical, a reasonable beginner area, plus intermediate and advanced piste. Worth knowing that the notion of 'smaller' is relative.

The Monterosa ski resort of Champorcher has a skiable vertical of 1050m and 7 lifts but is also nowhere near the rest of the resorts! In fact, it is 1½hr drive south of Gressoney la Trinite in winter.

Monterosa Ski Lifts

Monterosa Ski has the full gamut of modern ski lifts (various hooded chairs, gondolas and the Frachey funicular) and classic relics of the past (like the cramped Champoluc-Crest gondola). Of the three main interlinked ski areas, Alagna has the most modern and efficient ski lifts. The Indren cable car accesses off piste and backcountry terrain and is appropriate for suitably equipped advanced and expert skiers only.

The newest chairlift was introduced in season 2017/18 for beginner terrain high above Alagna from Cimelegna to Passo Salati. The chair avoids an often-long wait to load at the previously used cable car mid-station.

An exciting, but perhaps controversial, development in the offing is a lift connecting Frachey to the Colle Cime Bianche in Cervinia-Valtournenche. The possibility of skiing and snowboarding to Zermatt from Monterosa via ski lifts is a tasty one indeed.

Snow & Weather

By virtue of its prime location near the ‘spine of Western Europe’, Monterosa Ski is blessed with an abundance of the cold white stuff called snow. On bad weather days the upper resort including Indren, Passo Salati and Colle Bettaforca can be a windy, whiteout hell – just the way we like it!!

Nevertheless, when the snow gods are less than forthcoming, snowmaking facilities make up for any shortfall on the piste trails and down low. Full snowmaking facilities exist in two of the three main Monterosa Ski areas. Champoluc Frachey and Gressoney la Trinite have 100% of piste trails covered by snowmaking, whereas Alagna has a lower level of snowmaking covering the main trails only.

Lift Tickets & Passes

The Monterosa Ski lift ticket gives unfettered access to all 7 resorts that make up the skiing area. The huge ski lift interconnected area of most interest to Powderhounds comprises the three ski resorts of Champoluc-Frachey, Gressoney la Trinite, & Alagna - Valsesia. The remaining 4 ski resorts are smaller & not lift interconnected (Champorcher, Brusson, Gressoney St Jean & Antagnod).

A new lift ticket just for the Alagna area has been recently re-introduced. Significantly cheaper than a full ski pass, the Alagna ticket is perfect for anyone just skiing the long off-piste routes from Passo Salati.

Pricing of lift tickets varies markedly depending on the time of the season, whether a weekday or weekend, or inclusive (or not) of the Salati - Indren cable car. The Indren cable car is for advanced & expert skiers as it accesses off-piste terrain only. Cheapest times to ski are midweek in mid-December, mid to late January & early March until the close in April.

Whilst a single Monterosa Ski pass covers all seven ski resorts, one can purchase cheap local ski passes to ski and snowboard in the 4 smaller resorts. This makes sense if skiing Champorcher, which is located a hour drive south of the main resorts. It also makes sense for families which may find the smaller Monterosa ski areas of Brusson & Antagnod a great alternative if staying near Champoluc. If staying in the Gressoney valley, the small ski resort of Gressoney St Jean is an alternative to the main fare.

At all Monterosa ski resorts, lift passes for children under 8 years of age are free when skiing with a paying adult.

Monterosa Ski Trail Map

The Monterosa ski trail map provides a reasonable representation of the lifts & pistes of disparate ski areas. It should NOT be utilised for serious backcountry planning. Read below.

Monterosa for the Powderhound

A high annual snowfall, most of the terrain above 2000m, low crowds and easy access to inbounds off piste and backcountry terrain make Monterosa Ski a Powderhounds paradise.

Each of the three main ski areas has its merits, but for Powderhounds, Gressoney & Alagna would be the pick. Several skiing and snowboarding highlights include the 1000m vertical of epic freeride terrain from Indren, or the north facing slopes from Passo Salati down to Gabiet; the 1700m vertical from Passo Salati to Alagna plus the various permutations for tree skiing above Gressoney la Trinite and Orsia.

Off-Piste Freeride & Backcountry

From the top of the Indren cable car or any other upper ski lift, with a little bit of upward effort on skins & boot pack, the freeride & backcountry ski options at Monterosa are endless. Rather than devote an entire website to it, check out the basic route maps & carefully explore the area yourself. If in doubt get a guide.

To get a sense of the ski-touring & backcountry freeride options check out the maps for each sector below. Note they are not for navigation purposes, but are a wonderful way to map out the possibilities in this sensational mountain environment.

See the Alagna sector freeride ski map here.

See the Gressoney sector freeride ski route map Gressoney sector freeride ski route map here.

See the Champoluc sector freeride ski route map here.

Mountain Guides & Lessons

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 for other options.