Visitor reviews for Macugnaga Ski Resort

Macugnaga Ratings

Overall: 3.9. Based on 7 votes and 17 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) Macugnaga is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.1

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Macugnaga has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.0

(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: 5.0

(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: 4.3

(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 Macugnaga.

Public Transport: 3.0

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Macugnaga, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.5

(1) No places to stay in/near Macugnaga, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 2.5

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Macugnaga.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.0

(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: 2.0

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

Snowmaking: 3.8

(1) Macugnaga relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.6

(1) There are no snow groomers at Macugnaga, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Macugnaga are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.0

(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) Macugnaga is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.6

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Macugnaga, 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: 4.5

(1) Macugnaga 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: 4.9

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

Crowds/Queues: 4.8

(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.

Beginners: 4.3

(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 Macugnaga, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.8

(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: 3.2

(1) Not even a kicker at Macugnaga, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.0

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Macugnaga, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Macugnaga has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.7

(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: 4.3

(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: 3.3

(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: 3.4

(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: 3.7

(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: 3.8

(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: 4.3

(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): 4.2

(1) Overall, Macugnaga 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, Macugnaga 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.

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March 20, 2004
Greg Botha from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We spent a week in Macugnaga over Xmas 2003 and had a fantastic time as first time skiers. The resort is geared for beginners with very patient and fun ski instructors. All the Instructors from Ski scuola macugnaga inparticular Claudio and Stef were absolutely brilliant. I recommend any family and couples to go. Make sure that you stay closer to the main ski lift because the walk in your ski boots is a killer.
April 03, 2004
Andy Wareing from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Spent a family holiday (first time ski-iers) in Macugnaga, end of March 04. Excellent ski school - well done Allesandro! The resort is small but all areas are close to the lifts with a great bus service. Accomodation (Girasolle) was shabby and unfriendly. Overall, excellent place for beginners to learn the basics - highly recommended for families.
September 15, 2005
Richard from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I spent March 2005 at this resort in the hotel Girasolle. I found the staff to be helpfull and polite. The main lifts where out due to a legal dispute however the holiday was not spolit. The resort I would describe as very, very, quiet. The slopes where maintained well with snow cannons and during the week only a small number of people use the slopes, however, weekends can pick up a bit. In my opinion, if you are looking for a holiday with a friendly family feel that you wish to return to each year, then this is the place. If you are a thrill seeker boarder, then give it a miss...Rich
October 03, 2005
Melissa from Ski Ireland Ireland
Four of us spent last Christmas (2004) in Macugnaga at the Hotel Signal and all agree it was the best holiday ever. The resort is perfect for beginners and anyone wanting to get away from commercial, over priced, crowded resorts, then this is the place to go. The locals are charming, friendly and helpful, prices are unbelievably low - we never paid more than €5 for lunch and the welcome and hospitality at Hotel Signal made us feel we had known the owners forever. It was so good that we are returning this Christmas - the hotel prices are unbeatable €420 for seven nights with a four course dinner every evening and six courses on Christmas Day!
November 13, 2005
Concetta from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have been going to Macugnaga every year for the last 5. Love it!! Everybody is really friendly and they all remember your name. We have followed Giorgio and Cristina from one hotel to the next (Either Dufour or Residence Cima Jazzi) Both Fantastic!! Highly recomend if you are bringing children or beginers, or if you just want to ski in a relaxed attmosphere.
February 07, 2006
Debbie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have just come back from our first week at the Hotel Signal at Macugnaga. The hotel was very clean and Claudio who runs the place could not be more helpful. The food was great with a couple of choices per course per night. The wine is reasonably priced and it is great to sit next to the open fire in the bar and enjoy a large G&T both before and after dinner! The hotel is really well placed. It is very close to the local pub (the Mignon Bar) which is popular with guests at most hotels. It is around 5 minutes from the Berky chairlift (in your ski-boots) and if you want to go shopping in Staffa, best put on your normal shoes as this is around 10 minutes walk on the main road. Didn't hear any bad comments about any of the places in Pecetto or Staffa. Cristallo is close to the chairlift but further from the Mignon and even further from Staffa. The Girasole, Defour and Cima Jazzi are in Staffa so are handy for the shops and bars in town but you have to rely on the ski-bus to get to the chairlift. We went to the local ski-school, in the beginners' class and by the end of the week we had come so far! The instructors were great and all the locals were really helpful. We never queued for a lift during the week and there was only a small queue at the weekend when the slopes get a little busier. There had been a little snow in the week prior to our stay but even if there has been no snowfall, don't be put off as their snow making machines do an excellent job! Saying that, you may struggle for variety if you are above intermediate level. However, we met many excellent skiers who were happy to keep on returning to Macugnaga each year.
February 16, 2006
Carolyne& Martin from London from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We've been going to Macugnaga for years and have nothing but praise for this great resort. We've tried other places but there's no place like it. The hotel Cristallo is wonderful and a very short walk to the lift (under the right conditions and provided the chickens are in their sheds, it's even possible to ski back to the hotel door). Don't know what we'd do if we couldn't go to Macugnaga each year. The instructors are the very best. Great mountain restaurants. Great instructors. No queues. A FANTASTIC PLACE!
December 10, 2007
Carolyne & Martin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Pleased to announce that there is now a company doing ski holidays to Macugnaga. and they've had a great start this year with plenty of snow.
August 18, 2008
nathaly from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I spent March 2008 at this resort in the hotel Dufour, with web site Highly recommend if you are bringing children or beginners, or if you just want to ski in a relaxed atmosphere. Nathaly & Mark
March 12, 2009
Michelle from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What another great stay in Macugnaga at Hotel Signal. Claudio is the best host ever. There was plenty of snow, infact I have never seen so much snow. People are great and food is excellent. Don't think we will ever stop going to Macugnaga. We took some of our friends who couldn't ski and they loved it. Great place for beginners. Easy to reach with loads of cheap flights available.