Champoluc is a traditional Italian ski village with plenty of rustic charm, tucked away above the Aosta valley in the northwest of Italy. Three parallel valleys house the resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna, and share a ski network called Monterosa Ski, a fairly small 75km of largely intermediate piste, with some great off-piste.
The resort is close to the high border with Switzerland, and surrounded by the 4000m peaks of the Monterosa range that turn pink at sunrise and sunset (hence the name). It’s a dramatic place to be. Champoluc is at 1580m, a mellow, friendly place that is small enough to walk everywhere, but big enough to have decent options for food, drink and lodgings.
Monterosa Ski’s small number of pistes are spread over a fairly large area – in many cases there is just one run coming down from a lift. This relative lack of development is perfect for off-piste skiing, for which the area is known, and there is also great heli-skiing nearby. Alagna, known as ‘Free Ride Paradise’, is superb for advanced off-piste skiers and snowboarders.
Pistes are well groomed and largely uncongested, perfect for families and intermediates, and including some glorious long top-to-bottom runs. There’s not much for on-piste experts though. The area has benefited from many recent lift upgrades; it has Italy’s only funicular and has no button lifts or T-bars.