Champoluc is the largest resort in the Monterosa region, a huge ski area also known as Italy’s very own “Three Valleys”. Surrounded by wooded terrain and based at one end of the Monterosa ski area (with Gressoney in the central valley and Alagna on the far side), Champoluc boasts spectacular views of the region’s dramatic glaciers and peaks. Those based here have access to the whole Monterosa circuit; renowned in particular for its uncrowded slopes and fabulous off-piste terrain.

What the experts say

  • A fantastic intermediate resort with the biggest plus point of hardly any queues but also with the most wonderful off-piste possibilities in some of the Alps. The Monterosa/Alagna area is known as the “free riders paradise”. Even in those busy periods like half term, I am sure you will find it quieter than many other ski resorts.
  • With more than 30 restaurants to choose from in the area on the slopes and a select choice of restaurants in the village offering both Italian and traditional Aosta Valley specialities. Try a starter of grilled tomino cheese with mocetta (a typical mountain cold cut made of beef or deer), followed by “carbonada”, a deer stew marinated in red wine and juniper berries.
  • Make sure you try some of the limited production Aosta Valley wines such as Sabla , Enfer d’Arvier or the award winning Chardonnay by Les Cretes.

Carole McKenna

Area Manager, Italy, Ski Total
www.skitotal.com

More About Champoluc

About the resort

Champoluc is strung out along a mountain road, and has a classic ski resort ambience, in contrast to other Monterosa resorts, which feel more like authentic little Italian villages. With more hotels than other resorts in the area, Champoluc is the largest base in the three valleys. Whilst it has less charm than the resorts of Gressoney and Alagna in the other two valleys, it still has some good old Italian character, and several older hamlets in its surrounds.

On the mountain

Ideal for intermediates and experts, Monterosa offers mainly red runs, and amazing off-piste and heliskiing opportunities. But Champoluc specifically is also the best choice in the region for beginner skiers, with easy-to-reach beginners’ slopes at Antagnod. Snowboarders will love the free-riding across all three valleys, and cross-country skiers are spoilt for choice too. There’s also plenty of good mountain restaurants for lunch in the sunshine or a quick fuel stop.

Off the mountain

Champoluc is a pleasant village with several craft shops, an ice rink, and good restaurants serving delicious Italian classics. Of all the villages in the Monterosa ski area, it’s the best place for après-ski cocktails and live music, although still relatively quiet compared to other Alpine resorts. Visitors can take in a bit of the area’s history in Champoluc’s satellite villages, and perhaps even buy a pair of traditional wooden clogs as a souvenir.

Where to stay

There are several lovely small hotels, many family-run, in Champoluc, either in the village centre or in the surrounding woodland nearby. To book or for advice, contact one of the Champoluc specialists listed below.

Packages and tour operators

A number of UK tour operators can assist with arranging all elements of your holiday to Champoluc including accommodation and travel from the UK and can advise you on the best accommodation options for you.

UK Tour Operators in the Aosta Valley