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Located nearly equidistant from both Geneva and Milan, Champoluc is easily accessed and offers some of the best off-piste and mountain exploration in the Italian Alps.
This quintessential Italian hamlet has all the charm you’d expect and lying at just under 1600m in elevation, you’ll get the best of both worlds. You can ski back to town, but you don’t have to endure the brutal colds of the more exposed resorts. Protected on both sides by a steep valley, Champoluc is reasonably sheltered, and as such is the perfect town to meander around when the skiing is done for the day.
For the 2003/4 season, Champoluc saw some much-needed infrastructure investment and became part of the Monterosa Ski area. It was linked to Gressoney-La-Trinite and turned its 70k of accessible runs into 213km, adding a lot of variety, altitude, and possibility for ski-hungry holidaymakers.
The quaint Italian town has the best of both worlds, with its traditional feel and small, charming chalets and restaurants, combined with some of the most sought after freeriding and skiing in Italy. For those looking for the latter without wanting to head to a purpose-built resort filled with concrete constructions, Champoluc is a great choice. Providing you don’t mind the long lift connections to get to the neighbouring resorts.
Champoluc highlights: Small town feel with plenty of Italian restaurants and family-friendly accommodation options, as well as access to the stunning Monterosa Ski Area.
Champoluc is best for: Those not willing to compromise on the quality of the skiing, but prefer small, quiet resorts without a roaring apres-scene.
Champoluc doesn’t sit as high in the valleys as some of the more famous Italian resorts, but with its position under the Monte Rosa massif, with seven peaks topping out at over 4,000m (the highest of which is less than 300m shorter than Mont Blanc), Champoluc doesn’t suffer from a lack of elevation. Especially when considering its links to the Monterosa Ski Area and the high-altitude freeriding on offer.
From the resort, three lifts will take you up to 2,700 meters, and you’ll have a choice of skiing back down a long red towards Champoluc or cutting over towards Frachey, the next hamlet along in the valley. This is a good way to get your legs warmed up before you tackle the rest of the ski area included in your pass, and will be a necessary run unless you’re driving to Frachey and heading straight up.
Monterosa is famed for its long runs, and beginners willing to brave the linking reds will have lots of opportunities to sail down the wonderfully long green runs that flow beneath the chairlifts linking the valleys. A quick jaunt up from Frachey to Colle Bettaforca will allow you access to Stafal Tschaval, a little town in the centre of the Monterosa area. From here, you can make your way up to Indren at 3,275m and sample some of the best freeriding this side of the Alps, as well as dropping down the other side to Alagna-Vasesia.
Though remember how long it takes to get up and down as it’s a long bus-ride home if you strand yourself after the lifts close! With a mix of super-fast gondolas, long and easy greens, as well as a peppering of technical blacks, winding reds, and more powder than you could shake a ski pole at, the Monterosa area is a dream come true for accomplished and easily-bored skier who wants to see a lot of kilometres and doesn’t mind taking a few lifts to do it.
Champoluc for First-time and beginner skiers: The pistes around Champoluc are mostly reds, but there are beginner and nursery slopes above the town. Still, for those who’ve mastered the snow-plough, even the Champoluc pass which gives you access to just 15 pistes will satiate those looking to learn and progress, offering long, manageable reds through pretty, sheltered bowls.
Champoluc for Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will have lots of fun flying down the snaking reds and exploring the mountains. Even without venturing into the free-riding on offer, the valleys are easily traversable and the fast runs will stretch endlessly out before you, letting you clock up plenty of mileage and get those parallels to a tee.
Champoluc for Expert skiers: Monterosa offers lots to do for experts, with several long black runs carving through the mountains above Gressoney-La-Trinite. And if you’ve got the energy, you can tackle the V3 which stretches from Col d’Olen and flies down towards Alagna-Valsesia. Combine that with the seemingly-endless off piste, and Monterosa ranks very highly alongside some of the more famous resorts.
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From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Champoluc (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!). We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children. SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety. Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new. Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time. These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives. A private ski instructor in Champoluc can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons. For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions. A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Champoluc. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Champoluc designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!