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Visitor reviews for Alagna Ski Resort
May 25, 2011
Ian MacGregor from New Zealand
I stayed at St Jacques this year and Gressonay La Trinite last year and thoroughly enjoy the Monte Rosa ski area.
Another reviewer is wrong when saying that you cannot get from Alagna to Champoluc and return in a day. I did the reverse this year easily. I made sure I started early, had good weather, good conditions, and had time to spare at the end of the day.
If need be keep an eye on your watch and set a turn around time that will give you say an hour to spare in getting back to your base.
Overall: 3.4. Based on 15 votes and 13 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Alagna.
Public Transport: 2.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Alagna, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Alagna, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.9
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Alagna.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Alagna, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Alagna is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Alagna relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.3
(1) There are no snow groomers at Alagna, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Alagna are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Alagna is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Alagna, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.1
(1) Alagna usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.9
(1) The staff at Alagna are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Alagna are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.1
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.1
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Alagna has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Alagna, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.1
(1) Not even a kicker at Alagna, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Alagna, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Alagna has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.9
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.7
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.6
(1) Overall, Alagna is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.1
(1) Overall, Alagna is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 09, 2009
a top place from United Kingdom
Alagna is superb. If you are an advanced piste skier who likes a little bit of off-piste at the side of the run, then I would recommend staying in Gressoney La Trinite or Stafal. The quality of the pistes is high in the Gressoney/Champoluc valley; quiet, wide, trees lower down, good snowmaking and very long. There is not much obvious off-piste. As noted in previous comments, at weekends, given the proximity to Milan, the queues can get big at the bottom gondola first thing.
However, if you have AT/tele gear, and a lot of experience, this place is wonderful. Wonderful!! Early in the season with good snow cover, there are some really good itineraries - behind the Bochetta del Pisse chairlift, amazing view into Alagna once you have done the 20 minutes traverse/walk. Skin up the Passo Zube and down the Giachetti Couloir, looking onto Pianalunga. Walk behind the top station at Salati and ski down the short chute into La Balma, then all the way down past the Refugio Pastore. Walk above the top station at Salati for about 50m climb, to enter the large bowl below the unfinished new top lift station. Skin up Punta Vittoria and have a choice of 3 couloirs of varying difficulty.
The lines are endless. A local guide (Find them through Lyskamm Viaggi in the village) is well worth EUR 250-300. If there are 4 of you, it is a small price to pay for an amazing day or two.
Two good places to stay - Residence Mirella (right beside the lifts) and Refugio Guglielmina (top of the Col'D'Olen).
March 10, 2009
Telereverent from Canada
We cancelled a trip in the Canadian Rockies to head for Alagna from January 28 to February 9, 2009. The quantity of snow was amazing: 2 meters at the base, and more than 5 on top. No rocks, no cliffs, no crevasse, just plain snow everywhere. We've been granted with close to 2 metres of new snow in a week. But most of Alagna's domain is exposed to the south, so it gets crunchy very fast. Despite more than a meter of new snow the week before, we were touching a hard bottom, even with >50cm of very light Utah's quality new snow.
Be aware, when it snows or gets cloudy, the high altitude at Alagna creates white-out conditions. When it happens, very little of the terrain is accessible because you're unable to see where you are going and can't even say if you're going up or down. Off-trail becomes impossible even for very experienced top shape skiers and you don't go to Alagna for the trails; only one trail from top to bottom plus one in a mid-station bowl (Bolchetta del Pisse). More terrain is accessible in the other valleys, but you have to access the summit to switch to the other valleys (including excellent tree skiing in Gressonney), and the summit is frequently closed (wind, avalanche control). So, in bad weather conditions (assuming a lot of snow is bad) almost nothing is accessible if you're in Alagna. Despite this, the village is amazing and among the most beautiful places of all within the Alps (go have a glass at the fantastic Vineria). You'd be better served to sleep on Gressoney's side. However, the distances make it impossible to access all of the terrain. Just getting to Champoluc and back to Alagna would take more than a day (represents more than a 7000 metre drop day). The ground distance makes it almost impossible by car. This provides very limited terrain if you compare it with Jackson Hole or Fernie. If you can access all of the terrain, expect a few large bowls and long valleys, with straight consistant drops (600-800 meters) and very little travelling that will keep you busy for a while.
The off-piste terrain can only be accessed by experienced mounteneers. Finding your way is difficult, avalanche control measures are mandatory and the off-piste itinerarys brings you far in very remote terrain. It's a lot more hostile and technical than in Western Canada or the US. Get a good map before because we didn't find any in Alagna. The ski resort map is clearly insufficient and gives no information about off-piste. Unless you can afford a guide at 250euros a day everyday, get well documented before you arrive.
Despite these inconveniences, we skied 600-800 metres drop powder fields and valleys, with snow up to our belly, most of the week. After years of ski trips in Austria, France, Italy, USA and Canada, we have had the best ski trip of our lives. However, the quality of lodging in Alagna is unbeatable. Baita Walser Realty reach a very high standard of hospitality for a more than reasonable price.
Add to this that we never waited a single minute for any lift (high quality gondola and super fast cable car) in all of the week, including the week-end. The only old equipement is the double fixed Bolchetta chair, but it has little influence and doesn't impair your journey. The installations seems ready to put the Punta Indred lift in service. That will unfortunately give very easy access to some of the most remote backcountry terrain at Alagna. They will no longer be the dreams powderfields we have experienced this year with a little hicking.
January 23, 2009
TS from United Kingdom
Alagna is a fantastic area with great skiing for all abilities and great access to off-piste. Best suits adventures intermediates to experts, but also offers 180kms of good cruising pistes. Alagna can get busy at peak times because of its proximity to Milan/Turin but very quite the majority of time. Punta Indren replacement should be in operation next season giving access to more great off-piste. We stayed down the road - www canosta co uk - we'll be back.
July 18, 2008
S from United Kingdom
Visited end of Feb 2008
Despite a month without new snow, and it being 20 degrees in the village, the pistes were still in reasonable shape, and very very quiet. Short queue for the gondola in the morning, but only a minute or two, once up there no queues at all.
The pistes area limited (esp when snow is so sparse!), but there was still plenty to keep us busy for 4 days, and with a day of off-piste guiding we had a great time.
I will return without doubt, hoping for more snow next time though!
February 13, 2008
Reddi from United Kingdom
Just returned. The skiing is fantastic, although it is a big shame the Punta Indren run in Alagna is not working. However, the queues were awful, particularly at weekends. The queue for the gondola was at least 40 minutes, then we had to queue for a further 30 minutues to get the cable car to the very top! Then some chairlifts had queues of 20-30 minutes - all became too much and took away the enjoyment. Feb 2008.
January 21, 2008
nick from United Kingdom
This may once have been undiscovered but it is now well and truely discovered. We went for a weekend away and the queues were incredible. It took over an hour to get up the first lift. From there your choices are to ski down and rejoin the queue or join another 45 minute queue to get in the cable car to get into the next valley. The skiing is pretty good with wide, well groomed pistes and some nice off-piste, although you have to be pretty adventurous as there are some big drops. The town is charming and pretty but lacking in night life. This would be the perfect weekend away with cheap flights to Milan and Turin but the local weekend crowds make this impossible. Stay in one of the other valleys, unless you are here midweek.
November 24, 2007
Terry Rutter from United Kingdom
This is the "special" one! Relatively unknown but enjoys over 180 kilometres of skiing and three valleys, together with their unique villages, this place is fabulous. It is, however, well-known to hardened skiers and mountaineers for its off-piste challenges and high mountain terrain (4554metres). More recently, with new lifts, the area is now realising its true potential and is being discovered by recreational skiers who are able to enjoy the area's special charms. The people, scenery,food and wine combine to produce a truly wonderful,atmospheric ambience. I would like to thank all at www.ski-monterosa.com for introducing me to this unique village. Go now!
March 09, 2006
Doug Mellin from United States
Great skiing in Italys 3-Valleys, Alagna village brings one back in time -quiet, basic, good food and people, reasonable prices. Everyone is complaining that owners have shutdown the top lift to Punta Indren, thereby closing half of the off-piste terrain. Rumour is they may build a new lift in a couple of years ?! This makes it difficult for local busines. For now stay in the Gressoney or Champoluc valleys to maximize ski opportunities. I'll certainly be back (when Indren peak opens ) !
July 04, 2005
Max Manganello from Italy
Guys, it is an amazing place... snowboarders and skiers are very welcome in here. I organize ski trip in this location... because I am a Gressoney "dude". www.skiwithmax.com check it out and let me know. Last year we had a fantstic time!!! Gressoney and Chapoluc are included in the package. Night in a refuge at 3000 mt (Refuge Guglielmina is like an hotel with a restaurant and the view that you will remain gobsmacked!!!) Great Fun.. check www.skiwithmax.com. Ciao for now!