Champoluc

Overview

The resort of Champoluc is in an area known as the  Monterosa and is one of Snowfinders favourite resorts, the problem is that the more we promote Champoluc the more upset a lot of people will get with us because they want to keep it to themselves!! If you ever wondered where there is left to go with empty pistes and beautiful scenery this is the place for you.

The ski area is made up of three different towns Champoluc on the western side, Gressoney La Trinite in the middle and Alagna which is on the Eastern side.

Champoluc is not unattractive and is a traditional village with many of the properties owned by families from the nearby cities of Turin and Milan, due to this fact the resort is busier at weekends and the village can be lively and animated.

The resort accommodation is all hotels and a few apartments, we have two chalet hotels that we can offer in Champoluc.

Beginners are well catered for in Champoluc with the nursery slopes at Crest which is above the village. There are two moving carpets here and complete beginners will enjoy learning to ski/board at Crest. However they may have trouble finding suitable runs to progress to. 

For intermediates................ this is the area for you, when we were there we thought that some of the long cruises down into the valleys were what skiing should be about "well pisted .... wide .... long .... and empty". To blast down something like this on a beautiful sunny morning is our idea of heaven.

For experts if off piste is your thing (we must stress to all our clients the importance of only skiing off piste with a qualified guide) then in the Monterosa there is still untracked powder to ski days after its fallen. There are many off piste runs in the Monterosa that have earned legendary status and The Malfatta and Punta Vittoria down to Alagna from the Punta Indren starting point, has to be in this class and these have some of the area’s steepest couloirs, with gradients between 45 and 60 degrees,cutting through the cliffs above the Bors Glacier. These are serious off piste itineraries involving at best, good route finding and local knowledge, and at worst, a long rope and the skills to use it.
For those wanting the ultimate thrill, the heli-skiing is some of the cheapest and challenging in the Alps.

The apres ski in Champoluc could best be described as quiet certainly during the week. The Hotel Castor owned by an English guy call Herman is a great place to enjoy the evening. The bar Galion at the foot of the slopes is busy at the end of the day and an excellent place to talk over the days adventures. The restaurants in Champoluc are generally hotel based and of excellent quality. The Grange restaurant in the little village of Frachey, 3km up the valley from Champoluc is highly recommended and we had an amazing meal here last time we were in the resort. As of July 2015 there is a brand new health spa complex with indoor and outdoor pools for both children and adults, various hot tubs, traetment rooms, rehab pool, ambience or "emotional" showers, Thalasso baths, Turkish baths, relaxation areas, saunas, and even a climbing wall and conference facility; click here for details.

 

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Positive

  • Undiscovered gem
  • Quiet slopes
  • Excellent off piste
  • Relaxed Italian resort without pretentions
  • Brand new spa with superb facilities

Negative

  • Limited apres ski but getting better
  • Beginners will find it limited
  • Not many serious challenges on piste

Offslope/apres ski

The après ski is concentrated around a couple of busy bars at the bottom of the slopes, later on in the evening the après is more about the dining with a number of really excellent restaurants/Hotels offering fantastic Italian food. If you get a chance try La Grange in Frachey beautifully cooked, fresh, simple and honest food.

Our View

Don’t follow the crowd try something different we know you’ll love it.

 

 

 

At a glance

Chalets:
2
Hotel & Apartments:
21
Pistes:
180km
Resort height:
1580m
Top station:
3940m

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
5 stars
Beginners:
3 stars
Non-Skiers:
3 stars
Scenery:
5 stars
Resort charm:
4 stars
Nightlife:
3 stars