Alagna

Ski resorts in Italy
Alagna belong to Monterosa Ski.

Alagna is part of the Monterosa Ski system, which many know as Freeriders' Paradise. The name obviously has marketing purposes, but there is a reason why it has also been taken on by the freeriding visitors. Alagna is located at an altitude of almost 4000 feet, and the highest point of the system is close to 10,800 feet. In between, there are many high altitude areas to choose from which provide all types of terrain that one can expect to find in the Alps, and some types of terrain that do not usually appear in the Alps. As if this was not enough, there are several 10,000 foot peaks to go to in the area for those who like to go off on their own. It is simply a ski paradise for all freeriders.

The best thing about it is that this is also in Italy, a country known for its well-maintained, wide and relatively empty slopes. Of course, this also applies to Alagna, which makes this place an obvious choice even for people who may not be attracted to the bold claim that is their slogan.

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moneysister
27/12/2018
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In early March 2014, we, three guys and I, went to the small village of Alagna. The small ski resort runs "Freeride Paradise" as a slogan and holds its promise. Every morning we drag ourselves up the street and turn to the left, up a narrow staircase that continues almost all the way up to the gondola. Sometimes we choose to haul the car road, but it is both slippery and boring. Just before the gondola, the only opportunity to get out on the mountain from the village, the sex is quickly formed and winds beneath the cafeteria's corners. Every day I stick my nose and take a quick espresso and see some older gentlemen sit and plan the day's ride in peace and quiet. I like to eavesdropping on them because they like to talk loudly about all tourists' expensive equipment, wide layers and colorful clothes. They probably carry the same garments that they once bought in their youth's glory days - nothing to try, I think impressed.

The ski resort Alagnas ski system is connected with Gressoney and Champoluc, together they form a huge system. One of our last days of the trip, we spend over an hour, actually closer to two - though we have no hurry then - to explore the system. Under the blue sky and the heat of the sun, we slide down wide fine pistes to take the next lift up in a zick-zack pattern until we are at the far end, at the top and can see the Matterhorn from the highest piste in Champoluc. Then we whiz along the entire system back home and stop for lunch or be carried occasionally. It is such a day simply. So afterwards it is perhaps better to live in Gressoney, to have more opportunities and to be "in the middle of the system" - but then you are guaranteed not the only ones who think so, the prices and the hotel occupancy is thereafter.

It really dumps a lot while we are there, and we who just came home from Japan are lyrical - because even though we booked the trip while it was roaming down in Hokkaido, it was mostly because we otherwise had not had anything else to look forward to well back in Sweden. We had no idea that it would snow really so much, here too!

But we back the band and take it from the beginning. The first day we have a really lousy view, it snows a lot almost all the time but the first few days dump the most. We have a room on the ground floor, and the associated terrace is dressed every evening with a new snow cover. We still think we have to go out and give us out but decide as soon as we leave the lift that we have to stick to the piste. The view is lousy and we know that there is a rock wall in the middle of a piste - so it is important to avoid it and not take any detours or hikes down for unexpected downs. Disappointed and a little "sea sickness" because of the view, we decide quite quickly to take us home again and wait the next day. On the other hand, we are not disappointed by the food once, neither by the pizzeria, the hotel restaurant nor the very best jewel: the picturesque house near the lift where we one evening served horse fillet (which is probably still the best meat I've eaten).

The following days we can travel a lot, the visibility is definitely better and the last gondola up to what is called Indren opens up to let us go untouched powder under blue sky one day. We book a guide for the next day to drive the talked about Balma yoke. I doubt for a long time if I should hook up the guys but decide to drive - Yes! It's one of the better decisions I've ever made regarding skiing. Balma is so far one of my best rides ever and then I have been a couple of turns in Japan, various places around the Alps and touring some of Keb. We take the gondola up to Indren and then take the traverse before it is time to step over and into the pot on the other side of the comb. Then begins the infinite yoke that continues in undulating shapes. When I look back at the pictures from Balma I cannot really understand how the route looked. However, I remember the euphoric feeling of satisfaction when the guide announced that we would enter the house to eat a piece of food. There in the middle of the valley there is a small cottage where hungry skiers can stop for warmth and good food. After a long break it was time to move further down, just when we got comfortable in the cottage. The rest of the route down was narrow, winding and partly icy, but it was just to fight on. At one point we realized that we were going downhill on a stingy staircase, farthest by a cliff wall on one side and a drop that ended in a stream below! When we realized that the landscape started to level out and open up, it was time for a final effort before a minibus picked us up a bit along the road.

Alagna is really special in many ways, a ski resort that I more than happy to go back to and explore more. Because there is absolutely more to do. And it suits anyone, for the one who wants to go skiing, for the slider who wants to sit somewhere and jaw and drink well, for the family and for the more advanced skiers - there is something for everyone here. The advantages are many: the snow first and foremost, the picturesque minimal village, the available rides both off-piste and in nice wide pistes, good food and that, after all, you do not feel so silly touristy as you can otherwise do in a smaller alpby. What is, however, to Alagna's biggest disadvantage is the vulnerability of just having an alternative - a gondola - as the only way to get out on the mountain.






risto virkkunen
risto virkkunen (Guest)
11/12/2018
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Offpiste, people, food, wine and sun. Need more?

Michael
Michael (Guest)
29/10/2018
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Best skiing / food / wine ever!

blastran
10/03/2018
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There is very little queue and lots of easy-to-reach offpiste, cheap and good food on the mountains.
The northern sides, however, are few and sometimes a little flat, which resulted in 50% of the yard being used to get up or down. Went to take them schysta ride early in the morning before it got too hot when the sun shone.

Lundmark78
15/12/2017
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Great city if you like small scale. A place for after skiing, a few restaurants that deliver. The ride is great when there is snow, especially the Alagnaside where there is unlimited space. Last seasons have been snowy when other places in the vicinity had good conditions.
Sergio's B & B Montagna Di Luce provided both for accommodation and food!



Pontus
Pontus (Guest)
14/12/2017
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Alagna is one of the Alps's best freeriding areas, many nice high peaks and unspoilt yachts that are reached for a while on skins. The village is also a gem, with soft lovely après ski, shady wine bars and authentic Italian restaurants. A place for those who are in the Alps for skiing.

jespersundstrom
25/01/2010
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As the slogan sounds: Freeride Paradise

Alagna is probably one of the world's best off-pistons, and at very snow, it's really unlimited, unfamiliar with everything from the off-piste interested ski enthusiast to the extreme skier. Fantastic simply!

The resort belongs to the Monterosa masy system, and Gressoney and Chamopluc are easy to get to.

Have been there when there's not been much snow too, wide, well-prepared and never boring slopes that you can burn crazy on and one day move thousands of altitudes up and down.

For a week's stay at the resort, you can almost guarantee a good google burn, but you can recomend that on sunny days the beautiful burns the road from the top all the way down to the village as they often get a bit sour in the afternoon.

Too bad to share this amazing and relatively unknown gem but DO IT!

EricS-700
09/04/2009
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Thought it was a fun place to go. Had not found pillows for a long time when I was there but still it was possible to find a pillow if you went a little. The slopes were beautiful and it was very sunny. Because I do not know what it's like when there is a lot of snow and because it's terribly hard to go to the big cabin, no more than 4 will be alienated.

Patrik Jonsson
Patrik Jonsson (Guest)
11/02/2009
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Alagna is like an Altar's diamond. However, it has become increasingly ground to fit rich Milanese in recent years. The "livestock lifts" and the glorious dieseling tree trunk to Punta Indren are unfortunately a mere memory. Some of the Alps' best rivers now lie a few hours on hides and require good locomotion. Congratulations to those who like to go for a walk. Earn your turns. Alagna has also become better for beginners and average riders because it is combined with Gressoney through the new super cabin that goes to Passo Salati. A new pist leads back to Alagna. If you are wild, you choose to drop under Stolemberg to go to Balma, but be prepared for up to 4 hours of hiking back to Alagna. Only when there is plenty of snow. Go somewhere in the middle of January. Other tips are to try trekking in Val de Otro and Val Vogna. Eat in San Antonio. Book a Saturday evening dinner in Dosso on Fum Diss and buy some cheeses on the market in Varallo. And drink at least three rovinati at Cafe del Centro. Viva Italia, Viva Alagna

Nosskire
03/09/2007
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Alagna - Freeride Paradise

Meet a dump so you can go untouched for a week without stopping yourself too much. endless possibilities exist. But if you want to go out there is not much to cry for: P But who wants it?

Large system with little lifts = good

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