The charming and lesser known ski villages in the Aosta Valley

Written by on February 3, 2021 in Skiing & Snowboarding, Sport and Adventure

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Discover the charming and lesser known ski villages in the Aosta Valley!

As well as the main ski resorts of Courmayeur, La Thuile, Pila, Cervinia, Champoluc and Gressoney, the Aosta Valley is full of other charming little ski villages and stations. Most have only two or three chairlifts and a handful of pistes but they also tend to offer excellent cross-country skiing and ski touring possibilities. The marked pistes that they do have are always very well prepared. The views are always spectacular. They always have at least one very nice bar/restaurant serving delicious home cooked Italian food and of course great coffee.

Here is a look at each of them, one by one. All are included on the Aosta Valley – All Valley ski pass.

Antagnod

In the beautiful Val D’Ayas, just across the valley from Champoluc which you can see clearly in the distance. It is in a gorgeous and sunny setting above 1,700m. It has two chair lifts and 11km of pistes – one black, two reds and four blue. The main run is challenging enough to host some high-level local GS and SuperG ski races, but at the same time the long winding blue from top to bottom is a very pleasant cruise interspersed with some steeper pitches to keep you honest. There is a Baby Snow Park for the little ones served by two moving carpets, one for skiers and one for kids just there to muck about in the snow.

Brusson

Also in Val d’Ayas, Brusson is a lovely old mountain village with lots of facilities, set beside a large lake. The Brusson Estoul Palasinaz is a sunny ski station up above 1,700m with 9 pistes – 6 red and 3 blue. There is also a Baby Snow Park with two moving carpets, one for skiers and one for tobogganing. Down in the village, Brusson has over 30km of prepared cross country skiing tracks which are used for important competitions. In addition, from December to March there is ice skating on the lake which is even floodlit for night time skating.

Chamois

Famous for being the only Comune in Italy without cars driving about, it is also the highest Comune in the Aosta Valley, situated at 1,800m. It is only reachable by cable car from down in the bottom of the Valtournenche valley at Buisson. The old village at the foot of the ski slopes has plenty of charm, with some nice restaurants. It is a great place to come for an excursion on snow shoes, with a trail that goes all the way to the town of La Magdelaine. Chamois has 17km of ski pistes, 2 blue and 8 reds. It is well known also for ski touring, with famous routes towards the Becca di Nana and Becca Trecare peaks being the most notable.

chairlift in sunset - The charming lesser known ski villages in the Aosta Valley

Champorcher

The pretty ski station of Champorcher would be the first one you come to if you are arriving from outside the Aosta Valley from the direction of Torino. It is found in the Mont Avic Natural Park area in the Champorcher Valley. It has 2 blue pistes, 13 red pistes and a black run and offers something for everyone, no matter your skiing ability. There is lots here too for cross-country skiers, with some learning tracks as well as the Bosco track which is used for training by the national cross-country teams. Lovers of freestyle skiing and snowboarding are catered for at the snow park up at 2,000m which has some serious jumps. Baby Park Laris looks after the little ones and Champorcher is also a mecca for ski touring.

Cogne

Cogne is a classic old mountain village in a beautiful setting on the edge of the Gran Paradiso National Park. It has lots of nice hotels and restaurants. It has 7 downhill pistes, 2 blue, 4 red and a black served by 2 chairlifts and a telecabin. Down in the village there is a Baby Park with a moving carpet where you can learn to ski and also slide down on various inflatables. Cogne is a very important cross-country skiing venue, hosting lots of important national and international competitions. It is great for beginners as well as experts and has more than 80km of tracks with 12 circuits. In the central piazza there is also a nice ice-skating rink. Also a brilliant place for excursions on snow-shoes and in hiking boots.

Crevacol

Crevacol is a great little sunny ski station not far from the town of Aosta, located in the Gran San Bernardo Valley on the way towards Switzerland. It offers 22km of downhill pistes, 3 blue, 8 red and a black. The 18km cross-country track starts in nearby Etroubles and goes through Saint-Oyen on the way to Saint-Rhemy-en-Bosses. At Flassin there is a Baby Park with sledges, bobs and bicycles. And Crevacol is a very popular place for ski touring.

ski lift and ski piste - The charming lesser known ski villages in the Aosta Valley

La Magdeleine

This is a beautiful, quiet place in the Valtournenche valley, ideal for making your first attempts on skis, whether you are a little kid or a grown up. The perfect 1km gentle blue slope is served by an easy to use moving carpet. And for non-skiers there is a fantastic Baby Park with slidey things to ride on. For snow shoers and cross-country skiers there are some pretty trails to follow, not least the trail that takes you to Chamois. For ski touring, the Monte Zerbion and Col Portola routes are on most enthusiasts to do list.

Ollomont

Another great little sunny place to have your first goes on skis, or to work on some technique on a nice quiet piste. The single blue piste is 1km long and is served by a unique ‘sciovia’. However Ollomont, located in Valpellina is more famous for its serious ski touring routes.

Rhemes-Notre-Dame

The gorgeous village of Rhemes-Notre-Dame is situated at 1723m in the Val di Rhemes, in the spectacular Gran Paradiso National Park. There are two ski areas. One at Chanavey has a chairlift and a moving carpet serving 6km of pistes. The other, in a location known as Capoluogo, is a Fun Park with three moving carpets. Cross-country skiing rules here, with a 20km course that is divided into 5 circuits of varying difficulty and which pass through beautiful woods, along the Dora river, past Lake Pellaud and through charming villages.

Ski lifts in Torgnon - The charming lesser known ski villages in the Aosta Valley

Torgnon

Torgnon is an attractive village in the Valtournenche valley that runs between Chatillon and Cervinia. It is a sunny place, protected from cold winds so is a perfect place to ski with very little ones. It has 2 blue, 14 red and 4 black runs. It also has the Winter Park, the biggest Baby Park in the whole Aosta Valley region, with giant slides and lots of other exciting attractions. For the bigger kids there is also an impressive Snowpark with jumps and rails. For ski and snow board beginners there is a special 250m long learning piste. Torgnon has plenty to offer cross country skiers as well, with 40km of tracks going in two directions, one going towards Valtournenche (Grandes Montagnes) and one towards Col des Bornes (La Maisonnette).

Valgrisenche

One of the most beautiful valleys in the region, not far from Aosta, Valgrisenche offers a some downhill beginners’ pistes but is more visited for its stunning cross country trails, outstanding ski touring routes and guided heli-skiing excursions.

More about skiing in the Aosta Valley, here.

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