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Monterosa Skiing & Snowboarding

Monterosa Ski was rated number one ski resort in Europe for Powderhounds for very good reason. The range and scope of the terrain and quality of snow is outstanding.

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 (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 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 good 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!

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 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 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.

Monterosa 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.

Monterosa Ski 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 and not lift interconnected (Champorcher, Brusson, Gressoney St Jean & Antagnod).

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 and expert skiers only. Cheapest times to ski are midweek in mid December, mid to late January and 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 for the Powderhound

A high annual snowfall, a majority of 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 and 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.


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    Monterosa Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Monterosa Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,220m – 3,275m (2,075m)
  • 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 17/18)
    Monterosa without Indren Cable Car
    Adult - €40 to €48
    Child - €28 to€34
    Child under 8yr – Free

    Monterosa with Indren Cable Car
    Adult - €42 to €50
    Child - €30 to €36
    Child under 8yr - Free

    Champorcher Only
    Adult - €23 to €30
    Child - €16 to €21
    Child under 8yr – Free

    Antagnod & Brusson Only
    Adult - €20 to €27
    Child - €14 to€19
    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 & Piste Map

    Alagna Monterosa Freeride Ski Route Map
  • Alagna Freeride Ski Route Map

     Gressoney Monterosa Freeride Ski Route Map
  • Gressoney Freeride Ski Route Map

    Champoluc Monterosa Freeride Ski Route Map
  • Champoluc Freeride Ski Route Map