Visitor reviews for Alagna Ski Resort

Alagna Ratings

Overall: 3.5. Based on 18 votes and 14 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.1

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.2

(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.

Off-piste: 4.7

(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.

Scenery: 4.3

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.8

(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: 2.4

(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.

Accommodation: 3.9

(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: 3.1

(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: 3.8

(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.

Childcare: 2.5

(1) There are no child care facilities at Alagna, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 3.8

(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: 4.2

(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.

Shelter: 2.9

(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: 2.8

(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: 4.2

(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: 4.1

(1) The staff at Alagna are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Alagna are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.2

(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: 3.2

(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.

Beginners: 2.5

(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.

Intermediates: 3.4

(1) No intermediate terrain at Alagna, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.6

(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.

Cross-country: 2.9

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.8

(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.

Eating: 4.0

(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.

Apres-Ski: 3.0

(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.

Entertainment: 2.6

(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: 3.3

(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): 4.2

(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.

Show all 35 ratings

October 20, 2004
Natalie Howe from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
The skiing is unlimited without the crowds. The wine bar in the town of Alagna is as much a reason to visit as the miles of ski terrain with the option of staying up in a 'Rifugio' or in a hotel in Alagna.
November 09, 2004
jna from Ski Germany Germany
Incredible options to go off piste with a reasonable walking efford and an outstanding terrain with almost no crowds. hope they get the connection to gressoney finished. than its just perfect. we had a very good time there in feb. 2004
December 30, 2004
Urs from Ski Germany Germany
One of the best freeride resorts of the world. Incredible terrain for all kind of off-piste skiing. From nice runs to very dangerous steep coloirs and glaciers that require a lot of experience in the high alpine environment. Even after days of good weather you can find unbeaten tracks far beyond the crowds. Very good food (Italy !!!) and very nice people (very open minded). We are always staying there in March for two weeks.
July 04, 2005
Max Manganello from Ski Italy 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!
December 09, 2009
a top place from Ski United Kingdom 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). Enjoy
March 06, 2019
Noboru Kawai from Ski Japan Japan
I have become a regular visitor to Alagna and Monterosa Ski. For off-piste and day ski-touring, I normally work with a local guide for the sake of both efficiency of time use and overcoming sometimes demanding technical manoeuvrers (like entry into the Lost Valley or Malfatta run). I also regularly ski on the other side of the big mountain range in Swiss (Zermatt-Saas Fee). Compared with the other side, this Alagna side does not offer spectacular scenery. But the availability of big bowls, which are not over-worked, and long highly slippery descents on-piste and many other on-piste and off-piste features make you a repeater. 2019 has been a dry season but I gather that 2019 has been an exception. Check live web images. By the way, with the current set up of lifts, Alagna-Champoluc is about 100-120 min one way (not on school holidays, though). You come back as late as possible and get the final downward piste skiing from Saltati to Alagna (c.1800m vertical) with few other skiers. Stop at a bar towards the end but still a few slippery slopes to go thereafter. A wine bar in Alagna is also highly recommended for hospitality and for the selection of wine (local Gattinara wine, especially, as it is difficult to get them once you leave the region).
January 21, 2008
nick from Ski United Kingdom 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.
February 13, 2008
Reddi from Ski United Kingdom 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.
July 18, 2008
S from Ski United Kingdom 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!
May 25, 2011
Ian MacGregor from Ski New Zealand 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.