Visitor reviews for Champoluc Ski Resort
January 12, 2018
walt from South Africa
Just back from this hidden treasure of a resort. Wonderful variety of slopes with superb views. Dead quiet with no lines for ski pass, lifts, restaurants etc. Many cosy restaurants on the slopes and very well priced. Stayed at the Le Rocher hotel: spotless, great food and comfortable. Also access to a super spa 5 minutes away.
This place is largely unknown. Go, you will not be disappointed. It's truly unspoilt and brilliant fun (way better than those faceless French resorts).
Overall: 4.3. Based on 21 votes and 21 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 Champoluc.
Public Transport: 3.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Champoluc, (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 Champoluc, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Champoluc.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.5
(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 Champoluc, (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) Champoluc is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Champoluc relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Champoluc, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Champoluc 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) Champoluc 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 Champoluc, 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) Champoluc 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 Champoluc are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Champoluc 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: 4.7
(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: 4.7
(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: 4.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Champoluc 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 Champoluc, (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: 3.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Champoluc, (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 Champoluc, (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) Champoluc 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: 3.6
(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: 4.3
(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: 4.2
(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): 4.5
(1) Overall, Champoluc 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): 4.5
(1) Overall, Champoluc 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.
February 28, 2016
Graeme from Italy
We have just been in Antagnod for the last week. We have skied the Monterosa area each day. The pistes are long and well groomed. Great fun for high speed cruising but there are limited options compared with the large French resorts. However, the off-piste is astonishing. It is equal to or better than anything I have seen anywhere in the world. Not much of a surprise really when you look up the valley at the highest continuous area of high alpine terrain in Europe. They even have a cable car that seems to only serve high end off-piste routes. Add to that the possibility of affordable heli-skiing, where we got first tracks after 10 days of the area being untouched due to the weather, and you have a pretty special place. To cap things off the locals are friendly, the food fantastic and the prices better then France, let alone Switzerland. I suggest that if you go and want to best enjoy the off piste ask for Francesca Farnia from Monterosa Mountain Guides.
October 25, 2012
Andy from United Kingdom
Champoluc .... skied since 2003 season when time allows ..... always something new to ski at Monterosa-ski. The food is awesome .... the skiing is thigh burning, well, if you are not so fit smiles, but hey, remember there's always a spot to ease them over a wonderful hot chocolate ... you know the one that your teaspoon stands by its self so so yummy ! ...... when you have skied from one end to the other and returned you know you have skied some of the most scenic trails in Europe .... met and spoken to the friendliest people in Italy .... Some names you may come across Marina, Max and Carla, Franko, Ruth and Simon and really so many that I apologise for not mentioning in this blog. Also, if you really want to get away from it all there's always ski touring and wonderful heli-skiing to be had as well .......
February 14, 2011
David Glitz from United Kingdom
Have just returned from a fantastic weeks skiing in Champoluc. Clear blue skies, fantastic snow conditions which held up well despite the warm weather. The Hotel Relais was superb with fantastic staff and great spa facilities in the basement. Champoluc is a great resort for couples and families, although as mentioned previously, those seeking lively apres ski should look elsewhere. It was the first time that our children have skied, and by the end of the week they were both coming down easier red runs (there are limited blue options at the resort). For the record, we experienced absolutely no queues for lifts and gondolas, apart from the weekend when we did have to wait 3 minutes for the main four man chair on the Frachey side of the slopes - big deal! It was our second time to Champoluc and had several people say to us that they wish they had found the resort years ago!
Simply cannot wait to go back.
December 30, 2009
David from Afghanistan
I am off to Champoluc for, I think, the 12th year running on 17th Jan. I think it is a fantastic resort. It is not full of pushing people who have no manners. The shops are helpful, the ski/boot hiring is of a great quality and good value. The hotel we usually stay in is The Champoluc - right next to the gondola! The hosts are so helpful and welcoming that it almost feels like coming home.
The ability to ski over the valleysand at Champoluc, have lunch far away and then come back during the afternoon is one of the great attractions. Last year we were a party of 12 all doing our own thing but meeting up at the great mountain cafes. There have been a couple of years when the snow has been poor but that is hardly the fault of the resort.
August 24, 2009
Bob Slattery from United States
We visited Champoluc for as week in March 2009. We stayed at the Breithorn Hotel and really enjoyed it. We had about two and a half feet of snow while there so we had plenty of fresh tracks. We were more than happy with the terrain and the assortment of mountain restaurants. The town was small but we were able to visit a different restaurant each evening and did not have a bad meal. Apres-ski is relatively quiet so if you're looking for that you may want to look elsewhere. We didn't have any issues with the ski map and wait times at the lift were non-existent. We would happily return.
March 18, 2009
JENS JØRGEN EGEDE from Greenland
Thanks for a wonderful week (9) in Champoluc. We stayed at Hotel Castor and the service was perfect. The skiing at Champoluc is also perfect with a lot of snow and sunshine everyday. One more very important thing - red wine, nice.
March 25, 2008
David Powell from United Kingdom
We have recently had a wonderful week in Champoluc from March 2 to March 9. We were a family of eleven: four children and seven adults. We stayed at the Hotel de Champoluc and enjoyed that very much. There was plenty of snow and very good weather: the best combination. Everywhere people were friendly and helpful. Our only complaint would be the ski school. The children were between four & nine and had never skied before, likewise three of the adults. Ski school is supposed to be for two hours a day which is not very long, but it was made even shorter as it never started on time at 10.00 hrs and always finished at 11.45 hrs. The instructors were very friendly but lacked direction; as an example two of the adults should have been moved to a more advanced group after two days, but were not & the nursery slopes are pretty tame once you have got the hang of it, & the third adult gave up after two days & went walking instead, as he was bored stiff. I personally have been in many ski schools over forty years, so have some experience & the best ones carry out a short test right at the start to separate the wheat from the chaff, and they always give you at least your full time entitlement, after all you are paying for this.
However, everyone loved the resort, and said they would return.
February 09, 2008
Petter from Norway
A week has passed already since we left Champoluc and the Monterosa ski system in Italy. Man, life sucks afterwards! Champoluc is one of the three valleys that build up the Monterosa ski system. From what I could see, it was also the largest, not that it was any larger compared to towns in Austria... I liked it; small and cozy. Not many late night party places, but still, Panachama was all I needed (after ski). Food was good as well, though the pizzas were not good. Maybe I was unlucky, but the lasagna was brilliant no matter where you ate it. Also, I can say that there is a police force skiing, for security, emergency assistance and anything else you could imagine. I talked to one, and he said there were 221 across the Italian part of the alps!
Skiing in the Italian part of the Alps is different from the Austrian, to a large degree, I would say. In Austria, you could go skiing to the peak/maximum top of every mountain (nearly) while in the Monterosa ski system that is a no go. The mountains are very steep and somewhat rocky. Intense, massive and wonderful. This reflects the skiing opportunities; some places I would not want to fall as you would fall 300 metres right down. Hopefully the fences will stop you, but I did not test them.
Someone had written here that you can find powder no matter what, somewhere in the system. Me and my friend found wonderful powder after 4 days. We spent the last 2 days there. Hint: go skiing where the sun barely/does not appear, hehe ;)
The Champoluc side of the Monterosa ski system is good in the afternoon/evening as then there is sun and not that many people. If the crossings over to the other valleys close, some queues might appear in the morning but as the day passes by they nearly disappear. The crossings to the other valleys were open 5/6 days whilst I was there. It takes a little more than an hour to get to the top of Alagna/Gressoney peak. The last loooong gondola takes forever, but you get transported a fantastic long bit.
Why I decided to travel to Champoluc I do not know, but I do not regret either. I know I will travel back when I'm finished with my studies, as it is somewhat expensive. Not compared to the prices here in Norway, but generally across the Alps.
We stayed at Hotel Ayas, a very nice hotel with helpful owners. I could not imagine anything better than that hotel. If you wish to travel to a ski destination where there is nearly always sun (at least in one of the valleys), huge, challenging and long pistes (both on/off) and few people in your way; Monterosa ski system with Champoluc (as your accommodation) is the place for you!
January 06, 2008
nina and george from United States
We have just been to Champoluc for Christmas and we found it terribly disappointing. We have skied over much of the Alps in all countries. Although Champoluc is hidden and as someone has already said a 'hidden gem' and although there is skiing, it is almost non-existent in terms of numbers of runs. I think it is unfair on the true Trois Vallees to be likened to it. Also given the fact that we come from America, it pales into insignificance to what we have on offer back home. All in all, over hyped and over priced....a definite miss.