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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

Monterosa Ski Resort Italy

Monterosa Ski area has a rightful reputation for deep powder, huge off-piste 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. 

Monterosa rated number 1 as the best European ski resort for Powderhounds in 2017. The mix of great snow, terrain and lack of people (read - freshies all day) create PPEPP - Perfect Place for European Powder Pleasure!

Monterosa 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, & Alagna-Valsesia.  The other four ski resorts are smaller and not lift interconnected (Champorcher, Brusson, Gressoney St Jean & Antagnod). Worth knowing that the notion of 'smaller' is relative. Champorcher has a skiable vertical of 1050m and 7 lifts, but is also no where near the rest of the resorts!

The main interlinked Monterosa ski area spreads west to east from the mountain village of Champoluc, east to Gressoney la Trinite and Alagna - a distance of 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 and snowboarding highlights include the 1000m vertical of epic freeride terrain from Indren, or the north facing slopes of Passo Salati, down to Gabiet; the 1700m vertical from Passo Salati to Alagna; and the various permutations for tree skiing above Gressoney la Trinite and Orsia. 

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

An exciting 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 is a tasty one indeed!

A single Monterosa Ski pass covers all seven ski resorts, or one can purchase cheap local ski passes to ski and snowboard in the 4 smaller resorts. Children under 8 years ski for free when with a paying adult.

For more detailed information see the Skiing & Snowboarding Monterosa page.

Monterosa Snow & Weather

The Monterosa ski resort is blessed with a prime location amongst 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 mountains to the north. 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!

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.  

The main international gateway airports are Turin or Milan in Italy and Geneva in Switzerland.

Bus transfers are available from Turin and Milan airports. Rental car companies are located at all the airports and city centres. Cars can also be hired from Aosta. 

For more detailed information see the Travel to Monterosa page.

Nearby Ski Resorts

The Aosta valley (Valle d'Aosta) has numerous fantastic ski resorts. We can recommend Courmayeur and La Thuile, but Cervinia and Pila are also very close.

Heli Skiing Monterosa

For the ultimate Monterosa experience try heli skiing which operates out of Gressoney.


The Powderhounds visited Monterosa in February 2017. More information about this great European ski resort is coming soon.


Tours in or near Monterosa

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Monterosa Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing
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USD 1,848
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This guided tour takes in some of Italy & Switzerland's iconic alpine areas in the upper valleys of the Monta Rosa Massif among 4,000 metre 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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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Monterosa Ski Touring Safari DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED SKI TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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USD 1,864
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
This is the ultimate ski touring safari passing through two countries, Switzerland and Italy, and four world-class resorts renowned for their off-piste: Zermatt, Cervinia, Alagna and Saas fee.
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    Monterosa Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,220 – 3,275 (2,075)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10 + metres
  • Lifts (45)
    10 Gondolas / cable cars
    16 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Late Nov to early May
    8:45 am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 93
    Longest run – 12 km
    Advanced - 12%
    Intermediate - 58%
    Beginner - 30%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 16/17)
    Adult - €48
    Child - €38
    Child under 8yr - Free