Alagna Valsesia - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Alagna Valsesia - Ski Resort in Aosta Valley, Italian Alps - 15km of Piste (1210m to 3260m)
One of the world's greatest lift-served verticals is reached by cable car from Alagna, as is the Monte Rosa ski area by marked off-piste descents. A haven for advanced skiers who have a heliskiing operation too to access yet more off-piste terrain.
Key Facts for Alagna Valsesia
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The Italian ski resort of Alagna Valsesia is part of the Aosta Valley ski area with access to 180 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Alagna Valsesia itself (15km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Aosta Valley ski resorts of Breuil-Cervinia, Courmayeur, Crévacol, Etroubles, Pila and Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses.
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Alagna Valsesia is able to augment natural snow, on 2km of ski runs, with 3 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 5 Ski Lifts of Alagna Valsesia are able to uplift 4,220 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Alagna Valsesia are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Alagna Valsesia
Skiers in Alagna can take the modern cable car from the village centre straight up to Pianalunga (a rise of nearly 850 vertical metres) and from there decide whether to take the new cable car a further 850 metres higher to Passo Salati (2971m - a world beating 1,700m vertical ascent from two lifts!) - which opens up the links to Gressoney and Champoluc; or whether to take the chairlift to Bocchetta elle Pisse (2396) and the slopes used for competitions. From there its possible to ascend to the Punta Indren Glacier and the full 2000m+ vertical.
The Olen and Bors Valleys offer fairly difficult skiing and spectacular off piste opportunities.
For beginners and early intermediates there's a special separate area, Wold, some 500m north of the village. Although low altitude it has full snowmaking cover.
From Gressoney, the central valley, lifts stretch up on either side to reach trails back down to Champoluc on one side and Alagna on the other. Runs of all standards descend on either side and back down to the resort.
There are many on and off piste itineraries in the area including the most popular Mount Rose Grand Tour which begins at 8.30 with a rendezvous at the Monterosa Ski offices in Champoluc. There's a coach link to Frachey from where participants can ski to the Gressoney Valley via Colle della Bettaforca (2701m) continuing on to the Passo dei Salati (2967m) and then descending along the Valsesia face of the slopes. An ascent to Punta Indren (3260m) follows with an off piste descent towards Gressoney. The tour ends back in Champoluc at 4pm.
Heliskiing is another popular activity given the wide range of high peaks in the area - and the proximity to France where heliskiing is banned. There's a wide choice of descents available to suit almost all ability levels. You can also take a helicopter to the top of the Lys mountain pass for a descent along the Grenz glacier down to Zermatt. Two or three day variants of the tour, staying overnight in Cervinia or Zermatt, are available.
Away from the main Three Valleys area, there are small separate ski areas on the Pass, including an area of mostly red and blue slopes above Antagnod, famous for their sunshine record, and at Gressoney St Jean there are famous slopes down through the old Swiss pines of Weissmatten.
Telemarking is also popular in the area and there' a special club for Telemarkers. Cross country skiers have valley trails around the area. However summer skiing ended here several seasons ago when work began on the lift upgrades.
Monterosa is included on The Aosta Valley pass which covers 800km (500 miles) of terrain served by nearly 200 lifts in over a dozen ski areas, including Cervinia, linked to Zermatt and other famous resorts in the area such as Pila, La Thuile and Courmayeur (a 30 minute bus ride away) which is linked to Chamonix (you need a special International variant of the ticket - see below - at an additional cost), but it's just about physically possible to ski over if you set off on the early bus.
There's no ski bus so your own transport is most useful to make the most of the pass.
Snowboarding in Alagna Valsesia
The free riding terrain in the Monte Rosa region is a dream for boarders. The opportunity to open up 2000 metres of vertical above Alagna with a couple of cable car rides up is a truly wonderful thing, and the wide open powder fields all the way down likewise.
There are plenty of off piste boarding and heli-boarding opportunities, but no terrain parks at the last report.
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Alagna Valsesia in brief
Alagna Valsesia Ski Resort is:
Excellent for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.
Alagna Valsesia Season Dates
Opened : November 30, 2013.
Closes : April 20, 2014.
Usual opening - Late Nov. Opens when snow cover adequate in late Nov or early Dec.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Alagna Valsesia.