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Alagna Valsesia Ski Resort

Alagna Valsesia Resort Guide

Alagna Valsesia, Italy

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Alagna Valsesia Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length15km9 miles
Highest Lift3,260m10,696ft
Resort Height1,191m3,907ft
 Nearest AirportsMilan Malpensa and Milan Linate
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Alagna Valsesia at a glance

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.

 When will it snow in Alagna Valsesia?

The next notable snow forecast for Alagna Valsesia is 5cm2in, expected on 23 September.

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Alagna Valsesia Facts, Stats and Ratings

Alagna Valsesia Rated

Ratings for Alagna Valsesia
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Alagna Valsesia?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Alagna Valsesia
Highest Lift3,260m10,696ft
Lowest Piste1,210m3,970ft
Resort Altitude (Alagna Valsesia)1,191m3,907ft
Max Vertical2,069m6,788ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Alagna Valsesia Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Alagna Valsesia
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 1 1km1 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 2 16km10 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 4 6km4 miles
Downhill
Total Length
15km9 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
5

Monterosa Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Monterosa
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
37
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
14
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 8 
Downhill
Total Length
213km132 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
52
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Alagna Valsesia Summary

The Italian Ski Resort of Alagna Valsesia is part of the Monterosa ski area with access to 213km132 miles of downhill skiing, with 64 marked pistes, served by a total of 52 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Alagna Valsesia itself (15km9 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Monterosa ski resorts of Antagnod, Brusson, Champoluc, Champorcher, Gressoney Saint Jean and Gressoney la Trinité.

With ski lifts as high as 3,260m10,696ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Alagna Valsesia Overview

The giant Monterosa ski area is one of the world's largest, and thanks to recent investment in new lifts you can now ski or board without needing to stop for 180km between the resorts of Champoluc and Gressoney and Gressoney on to Alagna across three valleys. The skiing extends almost up to 3000 metres and there are spectacular views across Aosta Valley and Piemonte.

The ski area was 'reborn' for the 2004/5 season when the spectacular Funifor cable car finally completed the long planned link in the circuit between the Valsesia and Gressoney La Trinite resorts (themselves connected to Champoluc).

The most internationally famous resort on the circuit, Alagna, is known for its old world charm and having been preserved from cement with its Walser buildings dominant. It was founded in the 12th century and is built around the local parish church. Although there's skiing for all standards, Alagna remains a haven for expert skiers, the village sits beneath one of the world's greatest lift-served verticals skiable by many off-piste descents.

At the other extreme of the pass, Champoluc at 1570m is the main resort in the Val d'Ayas. Surrounded by pine woods, it offers spectacular views of the Monte Rosa glaciers and the rocky buttresses of Mont Sarezza and the Testa Grigia.

Antagnod above at 1710m also has spectacular views as well as well preserved old buildings, including the famous maison Fournier once the stronghold of the counts of Challant.

Between them Gressoney La Trinite - which is linked to the Monte Rosa circuit and Gressoney St Jean beneath it, which isn't. The architecture is again beautiful, with chalet style buildings and again spectacular views.

Alagna Valsesia - On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'Olen'.

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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

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.

When is Alagna Valsesia open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Alagna Valsesia.

Usual opening is late November (Opens when snow cover adequate in late Nov or early Dec), and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Alagna Valsesia.

Snow Making

Alagna Valsesia is able to make snow, on 2km1 miles of ski runs, with 3 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The five ski lifts of Alagna Valsesia are able to uplift 4,220 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Alagna Valsesia?

Alagna Valsesia is in the Italian Alps in Monterosa, Aosta Valley, Italy.

How can I get to Alagna Valsesia?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Alagna Valsesia are Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate and Turin Caselle. There are six airports within three hours drive.

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