North of Turin and northeast of Aosta, the Gressoney ski domaine is known for its awesome snowboarding glades, winding cruisers and tons of backcountry snowboarding. The Gressoney ski domaine has 20 pistes with a maximum vertical descent of 1,220m (4,000 feet). There is good freeriding opportunties off the Cresta Rosa Lift. The best Gressoney snowboarding can be found during the months of January and February.
The Gressoney ski domain is part of the greater Monterosa Ski Consortium. Monterosa spans 20km across three major valleys to interconnect with lifts the villages of Alagna, Gressoney and Champoluc. In addition, there are several smaller ski areas that are interconnected by bus (Champorcher, Frachey, Brusson, Antagnod). With the lift and bus interconnects, there are 88 pistes totalling 180km that are served by 32 lifts and are accessible under one ski pass. While there are plenty of groomed intermediate slopes, the real attraction Monterosa to snowboarders is the extensive off-piste freeriding routes spread across the three valleys, such as the 1000m descent off Indren. Make sure to pay attention to the winds and forecasts during the day since high winds will close the interconnecting lifts between valleys.
Overall, Monterosa is not well known for deep snowpack, but it is very powdery when it comes due to the high elevation of the pistes. The villages are known to be quiet during the week with limited nightlife even on the weekends.
The villages of the Monterosa region can be a challenge to access by train and bus. While by car it only takes a couple hours from Turin or Milan, the combination of public trains and buses takes around 5 hours. When coming by air, the closer Turin airport is served by smaller European airlines, but keep in mind the train transport requires an odd change of stations in the city center. The Milan Malpensa airport is served by major international airlines and has convenient train access. The trains will get you about two-thirds of the way to the base villages and one or more buses will be needed to get the rest of the way. For overnight stay at Milan Malpensa, consider the Sheraton Hotel at Terminal 1 or the Moxy Hotel at Terminal 2.
Located in the Gressoney Valley, the main villages are Gressony-Saint-Jean, Gressoney-La-Trinite, Orsia and Stafal (Tschaval), but only the later three are close to the lifts. Many freeriders tend to choose Stafal since it is the highest and centrally located to the lifts interconnecting with the other valleys. Further down the Gressoney valley, there is the bus interconnected ski area of Bieltschocke located on Weissmatten mountain.
The Gressoney-La-Trinite area is not really known for nightlife, but you can try checking out the Hirschstube. The village of Gressoney-St-Jean, which is not lift connected, is known to be quite charming.
To reach the snowboarding in Gressoney by air, the two nearest airports are Turin Caselle (TRN) and Milan Malpensa (MXP). The Turin airport is served by European airlines, and the Milan Malpensa airport is served by both European and major international airlines. While a rental car is fast and convenient with a sense of independence for getting to the ski resort, it can be a huge source of stress with complex road network navigation, locating the expensive resort overnight parking, and challenges with narrow roads during poor winter weather. But, unlike the easy public train and bus options for Swiss and Austria ski resorts, the public transport options out of Milan and Turin are very complex with difficult connections from multiple non-integrated transportation companies. While driving can be a couple hours, the public transportation options stretch into 4-7 hours of additional travel.
From Milan Malpensa airport, the only train option is the Malpensa Express leading into downtown Milano Centrale (45 minute ride every 30 minutes). From Milano Centrale, take the train to Chivasso (may require a connection) where you will change trains leading up into Valle d'Aosta. The main train stops in Valle d'Aosta for public buses up to ski resorts provided by Arriva Savada (savda.it) include Pont St Martin (Alagna and Gressoney). So, in all, it could take five trains plus a final bus. Alternately, if your time works right, there is bus service that skips the trains directly to the final train stations mentioned from Arriva Savada (savda.it), which runs three times a day during winter months. At the Point St Martin train station, there is a bus heading into the Gressoney valley all the way up to Stafal (75 minutes).
From Turin Caselle airport, there is a metro train from the airport leading into downtown Turin (Madonna di Campagna). Unfortunately, the train station needed for Valle d'Aosta destinations requires a taxi or ride from Madonna di Campagna to the Torino Porta Susa or Porta Nuova train stations. Alternately, it is possible to take a bus from the airport direct to the train station. Then, there is a train to Ivrea where you'll connect for the train into Valle d'Aosta. The main train stops in Valle d'Aosta for buses up to ski resorts include Pont St Martin (Alagna and Gressoney). So, in all, it could take a minimum of a bus, then two trains and a final bus. As a final option, there is a direct bus from the airport to Aosta train station Arriva Savada (savda.it), which runs three times a day during winter months. From Aosta, you can take a regular train back down the valley to the aforementioned train station to catch a bus up to the ski resorts. At the Point St Martin train station, there is a bus heading into the Gressoney valley all the way up to Stafal (75 minutes).
Overall, Gressoney is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 55 snowboarding resorts in Italy. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Gressoney including Alpe di Mera, Alagna Valsesia, Champoluc, Champorcher, Weissmatten and Antagnod.
Local Contacts: Gressoney (39) 1025-355185; Monterosa Ski Promotion Office (+39) 0125-303-111.
Best Season: Feb. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Difficult
Base Camp: Hotel Dufour, La Trinite
Luxury Loding: Hotel Gressoney, St. Jean
Reference Source: click here https://www.visitmonterosa.com/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 45.831647, 7.82306
Date Published: 1/2/2016
Date Updated: 9/12/2019
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