Best Italian Ski Resort for Advanced Skiers

What is the best Italian skiing resort for advanced skiers? Well, that is Alagna Valsesia! The untamed nature residing in the pristine surroundings seems to captivate the most passionate expert at first sight itself.

Its intact slopes, small scenic hamlets, stone church, stunning ancient wooden farmhouses, and ancient water mills have certainly made Alagna Valsesia a superb Alpine destination for the adventurous and curious.

Alagna Valsesia ski resort, Piedmont, Italy
Alagna Valsesia ski resort by Nicola Buosi

The village is a small Italian resort in Valsesia, which resides at the base of one of the highest European mountains called the Monte Rosa.

This attracts the adventurous skiers from different parts of the world, who are interested in thrilling winter sports amidst the typical alpine charm.

Monte Rosa, Piedmont, Italy
Monte Rosa, Pennine Alps, Piedmont by Christoph Koch

Winter Fun in Alagna Valsesia

Winter Skiing is the best in Alagna Valsesia, while off-piste routes are among the most interesting and longest ones in the Alps. Away from the restricted local pistes, the stunning snowfields offer nonstop entertainment and challenges for advanced skiers.

From 1212 meters above sea level, the lifts here take you to a height of 2,970 meters in Passo dei Salati (matchless vertical ascent) that links to the Aosta Valley.

Passo dei Salati, Valle d'Aosta / Piedmont, Italy
Passo dei Salati, Valle d’Aosta / Piedmont by Semudobia

The skiers can catch the cable car from the downtown to reach Pianalunga at 850 vertical meters. From here, you can move further to Passo dei Salati opening up to Gressoney-Saint-Jean and Champoluc through a new cable car or go to Bocchetta delle Pisse (2396 meters) for enjoying competition on slopes, through a chairlift.

From the central valley of Gressoney, the lifts extend up to reach down to the trails of Champoluc on one side and Alagna on the other.

Skiing in Champoluc, Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Skiing in Champoluc, Valle d’Aosta by Ruth Hartnup

Of the several off piste itineraries, the most famous one is the Mount Rose Grand Tour in Champoluc: A coach link to Frachey facilitates skiing to the Gressoney Valley and continuing on to the Passo dei Salati (2967m) from where you then descend to the face of the slopes.

The difficult ascent to Punta Indren at the height from 3260m is then followed by an off piste descent in the direction of Gressoney-Saint-Jean.

Gressoney-La-Trinité, Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Gressoney-La-Trinité, Valle d’Aosta by paolo mutti

Heliskiing is another thrilling activity enjoyed due to a variety of high peaks and proximity to France, a fascinating skiing destination where heliskiing is prohibited.

Descents of different levels are available. You can even wish to take a helicopter ride atop the Lys mountain pass for descending to Zermatt (Switzerland) along the Grenz glacier.

Grenz glacier, Valais, Switzerland
Grenz glacier, Valais, Switzerland

On the pass, small separate ski spots exist, including the one with red and blue slopes above Antagnod and those at Gressoney-Saint-Jean. Cross-country skiers can enjoy on valley trails surrounding the Alagna.

Heliskiing, off-piste powder skiing, snowboarding, and cruising on the open piste followed by a treat of mouth-watering Italian wines and pasta are likely to keep you coming back.

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