- Half Board
- Friendly local ambience and stunning scenery.
- The off-piste skiing is awesome.
- Heli-skiing opportunities
The Italian resort of Gressoney is part of the Monterosa ski region and is an emerging resort with a reputation for some superb off-piste skiing.
The Italian resort of Gressoney is part of the Monterosa ski region and is an emerging resort with a reputation for some superb off-piste skiing. Huge, deserted off-piste snowfields and scenic, wooded descents set in impressive scenery. There are also some great heli-skiing opportunities.
5 full days off-piste instruction plus 1 'freeskiing' day when no instruction is provided.
The principal aims of this foundation level off-piste course are:
• To provide first class tuition and instruction from professional, friendly Ski Intstructors to radically improve your off piste skiing technique.
• To give practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated with skiing off-piste particularly for avalanches.
• To provide the opportunity to ski the best off piste in the Monterosa ski region.
Itineraries vary depending on the composition of the group and the weather and snow conditions.
The Monterosa Ski area has a wonderfully genuine Italian atmosphere with a friendly local ambience and stunning scenery. It is accessed from three charming alpine villages; Alagna, Champoluc and Gressoney, which are all linked by 200 km of pistes. The off-piste skiing is awesome with great runs from the top of all the lifts and the slopes are usually completely deserted. The highest lifts give you 2000m vertical. There are also some excellent heli-skiing options and day tours to Zermatt and Cervinia.
A new level for 2008-2009. These courses are aimed at skiers with some off-piste experience (e.g. completed a Performance Foundation course or similar) and who are looking for further intensive off-piste instruction. These weeks will be run by Ski Instructors and the focus will be on selecting terrain that will really challenge you and take your skiing to the next level.
For these courses you need good fitness and stamina so that you can ski all day for 6 consecutive days.
Accommodation and meals
You will be staying in twin-room accommodation in one of the many hotels in Gressoney. Our preferred hotel is the Hotel Dufour in Gressoney La Trinite. This is a very pleasant 3* hotel just fifty metres from the lift and ideal for quickly accessing the ski area each morning and skiing back to the door at the end of the day. Food - breakfast and evening meals - is excellent.
Both parts of Gressoney, Trinité and St Jean, have access to the Monterosa Ski area. St Jean is a short drive away from the lifts, while you can ski to your door at Trinité. St Jean is the prettier and larger of the two, but Trinité has been described as "a pleasant, friendly little resort with a lot of character", while the "surrounding area is lovely, with great scenery and picturesque villages".
St Jean also has more restaurants, shops and accommodation. Both are good value. Generally, après-ski is quiet in the 2 resorts. This isn't party territory - you won't be able to buy cigarettes anywhere in Trinité, so you'll just have to try this whole “health” thing…
Gressoney has some of the best skiing in the Monterosa (200km of runs). Snow reliability is very good, thanks to the high altitude and machines. There is great terrain for intermediates, while better skiers have access to the excellent off-piste at Alagna. Beginners have lots of good slopes, but they are located all over the ski area and not particularly well-linked. There are minimal queues, due to excellent lifts and good links to Champoluc.
If you should happen to find yourself stuck up in the mountains, there are some great refuges where you can eat and sleep until the next day. Trinité and St Jean are great for accessing fun, varied terrain, while both have different strengths and weaknesses.