Skiing in the Aosta Valley in Italy

Written by on October 6, 2020 in Skiing & Snowboarding, Sport and Adventure

ski resorts in the Aosta valley

Skiing in the Aosta Valley in Italy is a great choice! There are so many great ski areas and resorts in Europe, so what is it that makes the Aosta Valley worth visiting?

It has a great winter climate with many sunny days and as good a snow record as anywhere.

Single resort or multi-resort holidays

Within 1 hour’s easy drive of Aosta town you can reach three of the most iconic mountains in the Alps, Monte Bianco, The Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. You can ski at all of the main resorts of Courmayeur, La Thuile, Pila, Cervinia, Champoluc and Gressoney. This makes the Aosta Valley a great place for a multi resort holiday. The weekly all-valley lift pass is reasonably priced. It covers a total of 18 ski resorts, offering a total of 800 km of some of the best maintained slopes in the world.

At the same time, each of the fore mentioned resorts is large and varied enough for a week-long stay. For all but the most accomplished, energetic or adventurous skiers.

ski resorts in aosta valley

Five excellent ski resorts in the Aosta Valley 

Each of the Aosta Valley resorts have their own special character.

Courmayeur, on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, is chic and cosmopolitan. Blessed with some long, challenging mogul and off-piste runs. But still also good for families.

La Thuile and Pila are excellent, down to earth and very well run. Perfect for beginners and intermediates, as well as for families. La Thuile is connected to La Rosiere in France. Pila has a cable car linking it directly with the town of Aosta.

Cervinia is world class. High and lively with endless long intermediate pistes. It has a brilliant late season snow record plus has summer glacier skiing which it shares with Zermatt, across the border in Switzerland.

Champoluc & Gressoney are linked via chairlifts. They are also connected to the off-piste mecca that is Alanga in the neighbouring region of Piemonte. Both Champoluc and Gressoney are charming and also great for intermediates and families.

Not usually too crowded

Apart from on some weekends, Italian public holidays and UK spring half-term, Aosta Valley ski resorts are rarely too crowded.

food for the mountain

Great Italian food, very reasonable prices

The food on the mountain here in Italy is always deliciously prepared with love and care. And is very reasonably priced. Prices are basically the same as you pay down in the valley, maybe plus a little bit. So skiers on a tight budget, you can eat well here in the Aosta Valley. You can safely treat yourself and your mates to a proper lunch with extra chips, beers, wine and cokes, then coffees and a grappa or two. If you do go cheap and simple then pizza, pasta or a panino and una birra media will do the job perfectly.

Hotels & self-catering apartments, rather than ski chalets

The Aosta Valley is not really the place to come if you are looking for catered or self-catered chalets. There are one or two but accommodation here is mainly cosy and comfortable family run hotels & B&B’s. Or apartments. All of the resorts offer some ski in / ski out accommodation but the majority of places to stay require a walk or short drive to reach the lifts.

relaxing atmosphare on the ski slops in Aosta Valley

Kind, easy going & fun

Each ski country has its own unique ski mood coming from the style, culture, language, traditions and behaviour of the locals. I have skied quite a lot in France and in Austria and have loved every minute of it. But since 2014 when we moved to Italy, I have skied almost exclusively in the Aosta Valley, mostly in Pila. And I have grown to really appreciate the easy going Italian ski mood.

I have heard from my younger friends that a really fun time can be had if you know where to go. But the apres ski here does feel less intense and possibly a bit more natural than I remember it being elsewhere.

The Italians here are kind and generous hosts, extremely tolerant of their international visitors and of less accomplished skiers than themselves. Italian skiers are generally considerate and sunny and all the instructors and lift crews I have come across are charming and extremely professional.

Quite a few of our friends who have come here to visit have more of less adopted the Aosta Valley as their go-to ski destination and come back every year. They are usually very surprised by how good the skiing is and delighted by everything else. All of them are amazed at what good value for money skiing in Italy represents.

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