Ski resorts in Italy
Italian Alps - Aosta Valley
The decision to spend a skiing holiday in Valle d'Aosta, is a … natural choice: there are 753 km of downhill slopes served by extremely modern ski lifts and scheduled artificial snow systems (without the use of chemical substances) which let you discover different views , at everyinstant. There are 23 ski resorts in total including 5 largeresorts and various smaller yet no less interesting, fully-equipped ones.
Aosta - Pila
Pila dominates the town of Aosta, with which it is connected by an 18 km-long panoramic road accessible at all times and by a telecabin that allows skiers to leave the car behind and get to the ski runs in just 18 minutes. A fully skis-on resort, Pila grants skiers direct access to the ski-lift facilities from all hotels and residence complexes. The 70 km of ski runs (22 of which are covered by scheduled artificial snowing) range from an altitude of 1,800 m up to 2,750 m in Couis, affording guests a breathtaking 360° view ranging from the Mont Blanc to the Grand-Combin, from Mount Cervino to Monte Rosa. 12 ski-lift facilities for an overall carrying capacity of 18,900 people per hour grant access to an extremely varied resort, making it possible to cater to the needs of novices as well as of the more expert skiers. Pila also boasts a timed slalom run, with a standard launch spot, gates and arrival photocell, whereas the owl, the fox, the squirrel and the rabbit indicate the presence of areas dedicated to the Kids'Adventures all along the runs: jumps, bumps and humps to test the skills of the youngest skiers in complete safety.
Breuil - Cervinia
Within the setting of the "most noble rock in Europe", there are 130 km of ski runs connected with Valtournenche with a total of 27 ski-lift facilities and an international connection with Zermatt, via the Cime Bianche Laghi - Plateau Rosà cable-car and the Bontadini chair-lift for a total of 350 km of ski runs served by a total of 59 ski-lift facilities with an overall carrying capacity of 78,782 people per hour. From Plateau Rosa, you can ski down towards Zermatt, or take the Ventina run: 11 km downhill from the 3,480 m altitude at the top to the 2,050 m altitude in Cervinia. The Cime Bianche Laghi area (the pick-up point of the 140-people cable-car to Plateau Rosa) offers a selection of fantastic downhill runs from the Goillet, the access gate to the Valtournenche resort. The Domaine del Carosello boasts runs amid the pine trees, served by the Cieloalto chair-lift.
The slopes run down two sides, from the 1,525 m altitude of Plan Vény on one side and the 1,709 m of Plan Chécrouit on the other, right up to the 2,763 m altitude of Cresta d'Arp. The resort is run by the Società Courmayeur Mont-Blanc Funivie cable-car company and it is accessible via two cable-cars, the terminals of which are situated in the regional capital (hourly capacity of 1,667 people) and in Entrèves (hourly capacity of 1,100 people) respectively. Both cable-car pick-up points have a car park. A wide run featuring scheduled artificial snowing suitable for all levels of skiers connecting Plan Chécrouit to the village of Dolonne, connected to the regional capital by a shuttle bus, without using the cable-car. Dolonne offers a play area equipped with moving belts for beginners and young skiers. Off-piste skiing is possible directly on the slopes of the Mont Blanc, the peaks of which can be admired thanks to the Mont Blanc cable-cars leaving from La Palud. The facility climbs to an altitude of 3,462 m, where the runs of the Toula and Vallée Blanche depart. The latter takes you all the way down to Chamonix.
One of the largest ski resorts in the Valle d'Aosta. From the top of its 150 km of ski runs, you can admire the Rutor glacier and the Mont Blanc. With your skis on, you can leave La Thuile and ski as far as La Rosière (France) for international skiing. La Thuile (1,441 m altitude) is a large basin dominated by the Rutor glacier, on the international road to France of Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo. The ski resort, called "Espace San Bernardo" thanks to its international "skis on" connection to the French resort in La Rosière, offers 150 km of runs (25 of which are covered with scheduled artificial snow) served by 38 ski-lift facilities. You can therefore ski on both sides of the Alps, up to an altitude of 2,612 m with the new Belvedere chair-lift, using a single skipass. The runs in this resort offer an extraordinary amount of variety: ranging from children's runs and play areas to the fantastic sights offered by the landscape runs for relaxing skiing, right through to the mythical Berthod run, formerly used for downhill races during the World Cup, with a maximum gradient of 73%!
Monterosa Ski - Ayas-Champoluc
Its large number of ultra-modern ski-lift facilities rise up to an altitude of 2,727 metres in the pass of Bettaforca, at the heart of Monterosa Ski, where they join those of the Gressoney valley. From the Crest (1,935 metre altitude), which features a winter refuge, the ski-lift facilities rise up to Mount Sarezza, at an altitude of 2,820 m. The Champoluc resort is part of the Monterosa Ski circuit; its slopes are interwoven with ski runs for all levels of ability, allowing them to host every type of skier, from the novice to the expert. More specifically, one of the most charming skiing itineraries departs from Champoluc, leading "skis on" to Alagna and Gressoney, the centres of the other two valleys that complete the Monterosa Ski complex. The ski runs boast a modern artificial snowing system that guarantees skiing is possible all throughout the winter season right up to late spring. Champoluc is also the ideal destination for "surfers" who can use the half-pipe track.
Monterosa Ski - Gressoney-La-Trinité
Situated at the foot of the Monte Rosa, popular with tourists every season without fail. In its very essence, it features some notable history and an unusual balance between a modern tourist resort and an old Alpine village enriched with typical Walser buildings. The ski resort here is part of the Monterosa Ski complex, amid the most extensive and the most modern in the world, with 200 km of ski runs and ultra-modern ski-lift facilities; it is the home of Italian off-piste skiing. Skiing in Gressoney means benefiting from the use of ultra-modern and fast ski-lift facilities, of powerful scheduled snowing plants and a large number of refreshment points all along the ski runs. From Gressoney, you can get as far as Alagna and Champoluc (also part of the Monterosa ski complex) with your skis on at all times.