Based at the centre of the Monterosa ‘three valleys’, Gressoney is actually two villages: Gressoney-La-Trinité and Gressoney-Saint-Jean. Champoluc and Alagna are also part of the Monterosa ski circuit, a large network of lifts and pistes, and some great off-piste terrain. Despite its excellent ski area, all three resorts are unspoilt and quiet, with a friendly, authentic Italian ambience. As such, Monterosa is considered by many to be one of Europe’s best kept secrets.

What the experts say

  • Enjoy dinner at the delightful Punta Jolanda panoramic mountain refuge, high on the pistes above Gressoney. Ask your hotelier to make the reservation with transport by snow cat.
  • Want to get away from it all? Join the locals and try some ski mountaineering by following the dedicated marked ‘Alpinismo’ path from Gressoney Staffal all the way up to Col Bettaforca and Col Bettolina. Enjoy the fabulous, winding descent through the Pian de Verra towards Champoluc.
  • Be sure to visit the Castore Lounge in the historic centre of Gressoney la Trinite for gourmet dining with a modern twist, and late bar...

Ruth Lawrenson

Echo Travel
www.echotravel.co.uk/

More About Gressoney

About the resort

Gressoney is ideal for those looking for somewhere peaceful and serene. Both Gressoney-La-Trinité and Gressoney-Saint-Jean are authentic Italian villages that display old Walser traditions and style, giving visitors have plenty of history to explore when they’re not skiing. Both villages have good access to the slopes, and several bars and restaurants, although the après-ski scene is quieter than other resorts.

On the mountain

From Gressoney-La-Trinité skiers can access the whole of the Monterosa ski circuit. Those staying in Gressoney-Saint-Jean have their own slopes to enjoy, including fabulous woodland skiing. Ideal for intermediates and experts, Monterosa offers mainly red runs, and amazing off-piste and heliskiing opportunities. Snowboarders will also love the free-riding here, and cross-country skiers are spoilt for choice too. There’s also a good choice of mountain restaurants.

Off the mountain

While other resorts may have more to offer keen shoppers and those looking for a lively après-ski scene, Gressoney still has plenty of attractions, local traditions and history to explore. Off the slopes there’s a sports centre, several shops, and some great restaurants and museums. But ultimately, both villages are best suited to visitors looking to spend most of their time skiing, and enjoying a relatively peaceful, quiet ambience after the lifts have closed.

Where to stay

The Gressoney valley is made up of two main villages, Gressoney St Jean and Gressoney La Trinite, a further 7 kilometres up the valley. The main ski area is at Stafal, which is another 3 kilometres north. Gressoney La Trinite houses the areas two main hotels and is the more developed of the villages. Gressoney St Jean also has some accommodation but suits those who prefer a low key resort experience. Recent hotel developments mean there is also accommodation at Stafal itself for those who don’t want to travel to the skiing each day. To book or for advice, contact one of the Gressoney specialists listed below.

Packages and tour operators

A number of UK tour operators can assist with arranging all elements of your holiday to Gressoney 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