The 8th most popular snowboarding destination in Italy.
Saturday 30 December 2017 06:14 GMT
North of Turin and northeast of Aosta, the Alagna - Valsesia ski domaine has 5 pistes served by 3 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,700m. It has amazing vertical and backcountry to explore. At Alagna, it is all about the off-piste snowboading routes and huge descents. Alagna is a small 14th-century farming village known for its off-piste freeriding within huge open bowls. As a bonus, there is heli-boarding options including Colle Ippolita, Valley of the Black Horse, and Col D’Olen. With all the backcountry available, it would be smart to hire a snowboarding guide for a couple days -- ask about exploring Col d'Olen. Snowboarders come from around the world to freeride lines like the Vitoria Couloir and the Malfatta Couloir. The Malfatta offers a 2,000m descent to the valley floor, but it usually requires a belayed drop into the top of its massive bowl (a guide is recommended). Luckily, it ends at Rifugio Pastorle for apres ski!
The Alagna - Valsesia ski domain is part of the greater Monterosa Ski Consortium that interconnects four valleys with 7 resort villages. The valleys include Ayas Valley, Champorcher Valley, Gressoney Valley and Valsesia Valley. The resort villages include Alagna, Antagnod, Brusson, Champoluc, Champorcher, Gressoney-La-Trinite and Gressoney-Saint-Jean. There is one ski pass that provides access to a total of 88 pistes totalling 180km served by 32 lifts.
If you are looking for some apres ski action in Alagna, try either The Bacher, Caffe del Centro or the Caffe Bar delle Guide.
The town of Alagna makes a great base and is known to be quite charming. If you are looking for an authentic dinner, try checking out either Unione Alagnese or the Montagna Di Luce in Pedemonte.
Overall, Alagna-Valsesia is the 8th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 43 snowboarding resorts in Italy. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Alagna-Valsesia including Gressoney-La-Trinite, Champoluc and Alpe di Mera.