The Monte Rosa is Italy's second highest mountain and Gressoney resort lies in a valley on the opposite side of the mountain range to Champoluc (also featured on our website) so the skiing possibilities are enormous. The village of Gressoney-Saint-Jean lies at an altitude of 1387m whilst Gressoney-la-Trinite is at 1837m and it is from here that most lifts start and link into the whole of the Monte Rosa ski region covering 180km of slopes.
Lifts rise to Punta Jolanda (2278m) and Seehorn (2390m) with links on one side to Col d'Olan (2881m) and Passo Salati (2971m) with a link down to the resort of Alagna Valsesia (1212m. Alternatively i n the direction of Champoluc there is access to Sant'Anna (2180m) and onwards and upwards to the Colle Bettaforca (2727m) from where you can ski down to Ciarcerio (1992m) and then down to the villages of Frachey (1623m) and Champoluc (1579m).
There are some exciting black runs, plenty of intermediate red pistes and around 18 easy runs in the whole area. Gressoney claims 7 easy slopes for beginners.
The region enjoys the Monte Rosa glacier and affords skiers spectacular views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Gran Paradiso and usually gets good snow coverage throughout the winter. When winter weather is "unusual" there are numerous snow cannon (220) to ensure more than 80km of slopes are covered at all times so skiers need not worry about not finding any of the "white stuff!"
For beginners the Punta Jolanda chair offers very suitable slopes with a manageable run back to the village once you have found your skiing legs! However on day one some "raw beginners" prefer to come back down on the chair. For intermediate skiers Gressoney is ideal with many enjoyable red runs to explore and even ski down to the neighbouring valley Ayas with some lovely long pistes and if you feel confident enough there is a black piste down to Stafal Tschaval just above Gressoney-la-Trinite.
For advanced skiers the Monte Rosa region offers fantastic opportunities with six difficult pistes with the longest ski run in the region being 9km long. The area has been ranked as one of the best in the Alps and really confident winter sports fanatics can enjoy off-piste deep powder and views of the Alps possibly unsurpassed.
The resort offers plenty of apres ski entertainment in local bars and cafes and even has draught beer and locally made apple cake. There is a natural ice rink at Saint-Jean and helicopter tours are avaialble from the area./ For something really different and to talk about when you get home, how about a night out in a mountain refuge with dinner and breakfast. This can be arranged through the local tourist office for around Euro 40,-
If you enjoy eating out there are good local restaurants offering a choice of local specialities.
If you are self-driving from Calais, you head for the Mont Blanc Tunnel (south of Geneva and just before Chamonix) and once through, you drive down the Aosta Valley highway and watch for a sign on the left. Flying to local airports from the UK means a transfer time of around 1hr 45mins (from Turin).