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Champoluc

Champoluc Ski Resort Guide

Champoluc, Italy

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length43 miles
Highest Lift11,647ft
Resort Height5,249ft
 Nearest AirportsTurin Caselle and Milan Malpensa
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Champoluc

A quiet village with a few hotels and shops surrounded by wooded slopes at the western end of the Italian 'Three Valleys' or 'Monterosa' ski area.

Summary

The Italian ski resort of Champoluc is in the Italian Alps at an altitude of 5,249ft, with 43 miles of marked runs.

Champoluc is part of the Monterosa ski area with access to 132 miles of downhill skiing, with 64 marked pistes, served by a total of 52 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Champoluc itself (43 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Monterosa ski resorts of Alagna Valsesia, Antagnod, Brusson, Champorcher, Gressoney Saint Jean and Gressoney la Trinité.

The ski resort itself is at 5,249ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 11,647ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Champoluc?

The next notable snow forecast is 4in, expected on 8 November.

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Ski Area Stats

Champoluc Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1224 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 3 7 miles
Downhill
Total Length
43 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
4 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
10

Monterosa Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
37
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
14
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 8 
Downhill
Total Length
132 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
52

Altitudes

Champoluc Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift11,647ft
Lowest Trail5,381ft
Resort Altitude (Champoluc)5,249ft
Max Vertical6,398ft

Ratings & Suitability

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Champoluc Overview

The giant Monterosa ski area is one of the world's largest, and thanks to recent investment in new lifts you can now ski or board without needing to stop for 180km between the resorts of Champoluc and Gressoney and Gressoney on to Alagna across three valleys. The skiing extends almost up to 3000 metres and there are spectacular views across Aosta Valley and Piemonte.

The ski area was 'reborn' for the 2003/4 season when the spectacular Funifor cable car finally completed the long planned link in the circuit between the Valsesia and Gressoney La Trinite resorts (themselves connected to Champoluc).

The most internationally famous resort on the circuit, Alagna, is known for its old world charm and having been preserved from cement with its Walser buildings dominant. It was founded in the 12th century and is built around the local parish church. Although there's skiing for all standards, Alagna remains a haven for expert skiers, the village sits beneath one of the world's greatest lift-served verticals skiable by many off-piste descents.

At the other extreme of the pass, Champoluc at 1570m is the main resort in the Val d'Ayas. Surrounded by pine woods, it offers spectacular views of the Monte Rosa glaciers and the rocky buttresses of Mont Sarezza and the Testa Grigia.

Antagnod above at 1710m also has spectacular views as well as well preserved old buildings, including the famous maison Fournier once the stronghold of the counts of Challant.

Between them Gressoney La Trinite - which is linked to the Monte Rosa circuit and Gressoney St Jean beneath it, which isn't. The architecture is again beautiful, with chalet style buildings and again spectacular views.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Del Monte'.

Skiing

Skiers in Alagna can take the modern cable car from the village centre straight up to Pianalunga (a rise of nearly 850 vertical metres) and from there decide whether to take the new cable car a further 850 metres higher to Col d'Olen (2881m - a world beating 1,700m vertical ascent from two lifts!) - which opens up the links to Gressoney and Champoluc; or whether to take the chairlift to Bocchetta elle Pisse (2396) and the slopes used for competitions.

From there its possible to ascend to the Punta Indren Glacier and the full 2000m+ vertical.

The Olen and Bors Valleys offer fairly difficult skiing and spectacular off piste opportunities.

For beginners and early intermediates there's a special separate area, Wold, some 500m north of the village. Although low altitude it has full snowmaking cover.

From Gressoney, the central valley, lifts stretch up on either side to reach trails back down to Champoluc on one side and Alagna on the other. Runs of all standards descend on either side and back down to the resort.

There are many on and off piste itineraries in the area including the most popular Mount Rose Grand Tour which begins at 8.30 with a rendezvous at the Monterosa Ski offices in Champoluc. There's a coach link to Frachey from where participants can ski to the Gressoney Valley via Colle della Bettaforca (2701m) continuing on to the Passo dei Salati (2967m) and then descending along the Valsesia face of the slopes. An ascent to Punta Indren (3260m) follows with an off piste descent towards Gressoney. The tour ends back in Champoluc at 4pm.

Heliskiing is another popular activity given the wide range of high peaks in the area - and the proximity to France where heliskiing is banned. There's a wide choice of descents available to suit almost all ability levels. You can also take a helicopter to the top of the Lys mountain pass for a descent along the Grenz glacier down to Zermatt. Two or three day variants of the tour, staying overnight in Cervinia or Zermatt, are available.

Away from the main Three Valleys area, there are small separate ski areas on the Pass, including an area of mostly red and blue slopes above Antagnod, famous for their sunshine record, and at Gressoney St Jean there are famous slopes down through the old Swiss pines of Weissmatten.

Telemarking is also popular in the area and there' a special club for Telemarkers. Cross country skiers have valley and altitude routes (at 2025m high Pianalunga for example) around the area. However summer skiing ended here several seasons ago when work began on the lift upgrades.

Monterosa is included on The Aosta Valley pass which covers 800km (500 miles) of terrain served by nearly 200 lifts in over a dozen ski areas, including Cervinia, linked to Zermatt and other famous resorts in the area such as Pila, La Thuile and Courmayeur (a 30 minute bus ride away) which is linked to Chamonix (you need a special International variant of the ticket - see below - at an additional cost), but it's just about physically possible to ski over if you set off on the early bus.

There's no ski bus so your own transport is most useful to make the most of the pass.

There are many different versions of the Aosta Valley Pass. Variants include the six day 'International Pass' which is valid for two days in Chamonix or the Mont Blanc Snow Safari which is valid in the 4 Valleys region also.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

The free riding terrain in the Monte Rosa region is a dream for boarders. The opportunity to open up 2000 metres of vertical above Alagna with a couple of cable car rides up is a truly wonderful thing, and the wide open powder fields all the way down likewise.

There are plenty of off piste boarding and heli-boarding opportunities, but no terrain parks at the last report.

Location and Map

Where is Champoluc?

This ski resort is in the Italian Alps in Ayas, Aosta Valley.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Champoluc is Turin Caselle, 84 minutes drive away.

Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Turin Cuneo, Sion, Genoa, Geneva, Bergamo, Lugano and Annecy airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 10 ski lifts are able to uplift 21,200 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 17 miles of ski runs, with 518 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Champoluc open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November (Opens when snow cover adequate in late Nov or early Dec), and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Champoluc, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Champoluc Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Those seeking a buzzing Apres ski scene should look elsewhere, but there is fun to be had at several good spots in the area. The Café Rimbaud in the village is one of the most popular haunts and is famed for its great selection of cocktails. Or enjoy a beer at the Latin-American bar above the Crest Cabin. Rifugio del Lys above the Gabiet cabin is also worth a visit.

The Golosone pub often has live music, the Bistro has a disco twice a week and there is the Friday disco at the West Road Bar, which is out of the village towards Frachey.

Make sure you try the regional beverage called Fil d'Fer which is a sort of Creamy Mandarine Orange Punch with a hints of cloves and is served hot.

Champoluc