Monterosa - Reviews

Still number one for Powderhounds

Powderhounds Europe
29/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
We returned to Monterosa in 2018, skiing the off piste between Stafal and Alagna. It hadn't snowed for a week, but we found wind blown fresh without too much issue. Monterosa has such wonderful off piste opportunities, but it is starting to attract an increased following of freeriders which is pushing skiers further and further afield. That said, during our visit, crowds were non existent.

If visiting Monterosa for the first time, the off piste and backcountry is best learnt with a guide.

A new chairlift in Alagna improves high altitude beginner terrain from Cimelegna to Salati which was previously only served by the mid station of the often full Salati cable car. Sadly we never saw it running. Not sure why.

Had a good sampling of the apres in Stafal and found it fun, but finished too early. Bombardinos, aperol spritzers and negroni were delicious.

We stayed a few nights in a sensational BnB in Lillianes, down valley from Gressoney. Bar Le Petit Coin was fabulous for apres and snacks.

Monterosa is awesome for its diversity. From high altitude glaciers, tree skiing, long piste trails, good apres and mythical beasts! Then off the mountain there are gorgeous villages and fascinating geological features. There aren't too many places in the world that one can ski powder in the morning and then stand on a Roman bridge built in the year 25 (yep ...... that's 25!) in the town of Pont St Martin.

We are looking forward to returning in late March 2019 to explore the terrain above 4000m!

Free ride paradise indeed

Anthony
25/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
The Name says it all, endless lines both off the lifts and hike to areas. We arrived on a Sunday and the place was pretty crowded but all of mid week was quiet enough to hear the diesel in my hire car slowly change viscosity from normal to a thick sludge.

While free riding is what it is known for there is plenty there for all standards of snow rider (didn't see a terrain park but that's not needed). And of course the scenery is magnificent

Is Monterosa Ski Italy's (or even Europe's) best ski resort?

Powderhounds Europe
22/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
Monterosa Ski could well be Italy's (and maybe even Europe's) best all round ski area. There are so many reasons why.

Located in the shadows of the highest mountains in western Europe, the high altitude means reliable snowfall and regular deep powder.

The ski area is uncrowded and has real and interesting villages at its base (Alagna, Champoluc & Gressoney), The huge linked lift system, beautiful on piste, vast off piste and some wonderful tree skiing make this a skiers paradise. The ski touring opportunities are huge, with 2000m vertical descents the norm.

Some old lifts let it down in some places, but when you see how cheap the lift tickets are, all is forgiven. 

The mountain huts are all wonderful. Food and drink are top notch.

Ski Monterosa before realises what they are missing out on.