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Visitor reviews for Gressoney-la-Trinite Ski Resort
March 31, 2015
c roberts from United Kingdom
Got to be some of the best on-piste skiing I've had in 30 years on the slopes. Don't go if it's nightlife you're looking for but if it's top notch skiing with no lift queing you're after try it out. Stayed at the Valverde with Esprit; a 1st class holiday. Only down side: having to walk between lifts at Stafal at the bottom of the valley. Skiing in France you find all the runs get moguls and carved up by lunchtime; here the pistes stay clean all day due to the sometimes spooky lack of people.
Overall: 3.9. Based on 17 votes and 28 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 Gressoney-la-Trinite.
Public Transport: 3.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Gressoney-la-Trinite, (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 Gressoney-la-Trinite, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Gressoney-la-Trinite.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(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 Gressoney-la-Trinite, (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) Gressoney-la-Trinite is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Gressoney-la-Trinite relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Gressoney-la-Trinite, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Gressoney-la-Trinite 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) Gressoney-la-Trinite is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Gressoney-la-Trinite, 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: 4.2
(1) Gressoney-la-Trinite 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: 4.5
(1) The staff at Gressoney-la-Trinite are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Gressoney-la-Trinite 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: 4.4
(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: 4.3
(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: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Gressoney-la-Trinite 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 Gressoney-la-Trinite, (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: 2.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Gressoney-la-Trinite, (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 Gressoney-la-Trinite, (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) Gressoney-la-Trinite has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.6
(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: 2.7
(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: 3.7
(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: 4.4
(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): 4.3
(1) Overall, Gressoney-la-Trinite 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): 4.7
(1) Overall, Gressoney-la-Trinite 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 04, 2013
Tom Peters from Ireland
A great place for a week of skiing. Lift lines at the base were never more than 5 minutes and the longest wait at the Alagna tram was about 10-15 minutes.
Pistes were groomed every night without fail.
Piste terrain was never boring with lots of undulating and twists to the shape of the slope. Some good steeps and run-outs. Not a place for moguls except for narrow chimneys off-piste. Off-piste is extensive as advertised but watch out for snow snakes.
Stayed at the Hotel Gressoney, a very pleasant lodge with wonderful dinners; 3 choices for main course and a superlative antipasti buffet and a dessert table to die for.
I would gladly return for more of the same. Great people and a lovely set of beautiful villages nestled in nearly hanging wall valleys.
Crystal ski was our host and the rep was sometimes hard to track down.
November 01, 2012
Simon from United Kingdom
Some of the worst ice climbing I have come across in 30 yrs of climbing, have visited the area several times just to make sure! Terrible place, way too quiet, like 28 days later! and no real shops to speak of, stay in Chamonix for sure. I for one will not be returning again,....at least not until February.
October 25, 2012
Daniel from United Kingdom
Thanks for the reviews people. So looking forward to the skiing in Gressoney Jan 2013. I only learned to ski 3 years ago in Switzerland, then went to Bansko, and last year Morzine and loving it. Looking forward to my first black run as bottled it in Morzine. Will let you know if the resort and skiing are still as good ahhhh! mean bad.... but sure it will be perfect.
P.S good website Snow-Forecast Cheers.
March 12, 2012
Bill from United States
I spent two weeks at Gressoney-la-Trinite in early April 2011 and had a great time. Uncrowded (if not oddly deserted) slopes, no liftlines, fantastic corn snow on the pistes, and friendly people made it a great place. They did suffer from a lack of snow in the valley so the pistes to the town and Stafal were sporty. The lift company did shut down most of the lifts during my last week and only the lifts to the east of Stafal and up to the Passo Salati. This was a disappointment as it was a bit of a surprise and no real notice was given as far as I could tell. After a day or two of moping about it, a gentleman from Britain said "You are skiing in the sunshine in Italy for free and enjoying a beer at lunch. Stop whining." Excellent advice. All in all, one of the best areas I have skied and I hope to return soon.
February 25, 2012
Sarah from United Kingdom
I learnt to ski in Gressoney when I was 10. Have been to many other resorts over the years but always go back to Gressoney every year as it really is fabulous. Such a pity that my favourite wine bar at the top of the Alps has burnt down, it will not be the same without it. I will surely shed a tear when I get there in a few weeks time.
Still, I hear we have a new bar in town now so let's see.
January 28, 2012
Nick from United Kingdom
Oh, such an awful place. Not sure why we're going back again with 24 friends to a high mountain hut!
January 13, 2012
massi from Italy
It is a wonderful place, snow, skiing, stunning views. Unsuitable for those looking for clubs or who just want to go shopping.
December 16, 2011
ronald coia from United Kingdom
I agree with the sentiments of all of the reviews: lets try and keep the resort a secret. This will be my 4th consecutive visit in January 2012. We are staying at Lo Scoiattolo again. Great hotel, great food, great staff, standard of cleanliness: triple A.
December 13, 2011
Paul Again from United Kingdom
Gressoney (Gressoney-la-Trinite) got a listing as "one of the best resorts you've never heard of" in the Guardian this October - but what do beardy sandal-wearing muesli-munchers know ???
Won't be at the Squirrel again in March 2012...