If spectacular scenery is high on your list for a ski holiday, then you are in for a treat when you visit Aosta Valley. The ski area is home to not one, but three iconic peaks. Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and Monte Rosa all dominate the landscape in the Italian ski region.
There is a great range of ski resorts in Aosta Valley that offer a variety of slopes for all abilities. Whether you are an avid on-piste skier, a mogul fanatic, or enjoy a cruisy blue tree run, there will be a ski resort for all kinds of skiers and snowboarders.
In true Italian style, the mountain restaurants offer delicious dishes, prepared with high-quality local produce. Enjoy a long lunch in the sun sampling local delicacies made in the Aosta Valley. Or, explore the area in a different way, with many exciting non-skiing activities available in each ski resort. From fat-biking to paragliding, you’ll be sure to get your adrenaline fix one way or another!
Pila is just 90 minutes from Turin Airport, making it an excellent choice for a weekend break. Known by some as the ‘Rome of the Alps’, Pila is home to more than 70km of immaculate pistes, varying in difficulty. For those who enjoy skiing off-piste, there are acres of terrain ready to be explored. Plus an added benefit, the lift queues are virtually non-existent – even on the weekends!
Champoluc can be found in the Monterosa ski area within the Aosta Valley. The Monterosa terrain encompasses more than 100km of varied piste, perfect for beginners and experts alike. The ski resort is relatively undiscovered by Brits, making it a great choice for those wanting an authentically Italian escape. Visit Champoluc for practically empty pistes, virtually no lift queues, and excellent skiing. Off the piste, the ski area is known for its superb spas. Immerse yourself in total relaxation by choosing a unique (and necessary) treatment in one of the many fantastic wellness centres.
Neighbouring Champoluc, Gressoney is a charming Italian ski resort in the centre of the Monterosa ski area, with easy and direct access to the region. In both Gressoney-La-Trinité and Gressoney-Saint-Jean expect warm Italian hospitality, rich cultural tradition, and excellent skiing in one of the largest ski areas in Italy. The extremely short transfer time from Turin Airport (just 85 minutes!) and advanced ski terrain makes Gressoney a fantastic choice for a weekend break.
Found beneath the impressive Mont Blanc Mountain, Courmayeur is a ski resort that boasts exceptional skiing and remarkable history. The ski resort is ideal for those who love to explore off-piste, with excellent freeriding opportunities and some of the most beautiful trails in the entire Aosta Valley. Courmayeur is a charming medieval resort that extends a warm Italian welcome. If you have the chance, we recommend visiting the Pré Saint Didier Thermal Baths, a majestic 19th-century spa found at the foot of Mont Blanc.
La Thuile is a perfect choice for those who prefer a slower ski holiday. The tranquil ski resort is one of the most picturesque in the Aosta Valley and a great alternative to the mainstream European ski areas. With more than 160km of slopes and almost 40 lifts, there is plenty of terrain to cover. Or perhaps you would like to explore the unspoiled nature in a different way. Cross-country skiing and fat biking are some popular activities available to discover the majestic ski resort.
For fantastic border skiing, Cervinia is a great option, with Zermatt accessible in just a few chairlifts. There are 360km worth of slopes connecting the two ski resorts, offering skiers a plethora of challenging runs across the two. The Matterhorn Mountain is the impressive backdrop to the remarkable ski runs, giving exceptional views from all angles. We recommend descending Reine Blanche, the longest run in the region (22km!). It starts at Klein Matterhorn (3,883m in Switzerland) down to Valtournenche (1,524m in Italy). Cruise your way from one country to the next.
If you would like to know more about Aosta Valley and the fantastic accommodation found in each ski resort, speak to one of our ski experts on 020 7471 7700.