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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Richard Weiss
Richard Weiss (Guest)
13/01/2020
Special free ride.Top resort. Fantastic stay in Alagna experience Resort!. Fabolus snow!! Top food at corno bianco!! See you in March!!!!










giova gio
giova gio (Guest)
18/11/2019
Alagna is one of the best resort in the Alps.
I skied last winter in Monterosa ski. Fes skiers, free ski slopes.
very traditional alps village with nice hotel like Alagna Experience Resort with ssssssuper PUB after dinner :)


nilsv
30/01/2020
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During the spring of 19 I received an email from a "Freeride-Anders" that I had won a trip to Alagna. It took me a while before I linked the suspected scam email with a contest entry at Freeride a few weeks earlier. Snow shortage and tight scheduling in the spring of 2019 got me and Xtravel's contact person to book the trip to January 2020 in the hope of better conditions.

Once arriving in Milan on a dark January evening, hours after Zlatan's second home game since his return, I will be picked up by the travel company's guide. During the transfer up to the dark mountains, the conversation went warm with the guide Hannes, who intensively tried to point out peaks that were barely noticed in the twilight. An evening pasta later, expectations were high for tomorrow despite many weeks since the last snowfall.

In the early morning, I woke up early and looked at the sleeping drunk over the still dormant village, surrounded by pointed, snowy peaks. When the powder shortage was a fact, the choice of carving skis fell under the clear blue sky. The guides showed engagement in the long, crowded slopes and occasionally pointed out potential powder puffs in "freeride paradise". The longing for that, on the forecast, the non-existent dump grew even stronger. Awesome pizzas, with extra parmesan, were mixed with some half-blown Italian lunch beer in the breezy and sun-drenched outdoor dining accompanied by eccentric Italian waiters.

Everyday evenings in Alagna do not offer any further wild after-ski but nice bars where large charcuterie and cheese trays of 200 Swedish riksdaler are served "free" as a snack to your beer, to say the least! The dinners with the guides and other skiers also never disappointed us. A retired Swedish couple with good local knowledge served both rabbit, tiramisu and local spirits in a beautiful old hotel room.

The last day was spent outside the slopes despite a lack of soft conditions. We took the lift to the highest station Indren, situated at an altitude of 3300 meters. There, the slope began a few kilometers and then toured up to one of the area's glaciers, wearing underwear. Several highly situated old "rifugios", ie cabins / cottages, are open during the latter part of spring for overnight stays and food intake. At a peak above a glacier is Europe's highest overnight lodge at an altitude of 4,554 meters, built for some old queen in the late 1800s. We bet lower but got a wonderful lunch in the sun at another Rifugio before going the over 2000 altitude down to the lift, dreaming of spring slush or pillows ... The possibilities for high alpine adventure or skiing near here will be many if you explore the area with hides under the skis.

Late in the evening, we rolled the roughly two hours back to Milan's airport with the bag filled by Aperol and Parmesan, dreaming of returning later in the winter when the ground is softer, sloppy or powdery.






Ivo
30/01/2020 (Modified: 30/01/2020)
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Alagna is a cozy village with really good skiing (in fine weather):
the big disadvantage is that there is quite limited skiing when it snows and is closed up at the top. (At least I haven't found any good forest skiing)

I recommend staying in Gressoney Trinite instead: there you have access to the magical, steep Jolanda forest. Clean the dream when it snows.
In fine weather you can easily reach the same ride from the top as from the Alagna team.

 

gvurt
gvurt (Guest)
28/01/2020
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Been in Alagna almost every year since I was 16 (am 30 now). In the beginning, it felt like it was just us and some old men with old overalls who mostly smoked at the whole plant. Lift queues were not available and residents were zero problems to solve, even at short notice. If it was snowing a lot or it was really sunny there could be some people from Milan over the weekend or some ski bums looking for snow but there was still no problem getting a seat. But in the last 5-7 years, this has gradually changed. Nowadays, the cabin is completely full (with Swedes having wide skis, colorful clothes and the latest avalanche equipment) every day. You can even have to wait 2-3 turns with the cabin to even come up on an ordinary day without particularly good conditions. It also feels like the little village has new houses every time I come down and prices have increased too.

From being a cheap little gem with popular slopes and endless off-piste alternatives, Alagna has now become a tourist destination for off-piste hunting Stockholmers. The food is and has never been particularly good (to be Italy) and the living situation is now starting to look like all other famous places in the Alps. If it snows properly, it is still perfectly easy to find good rides directly from the lift during the same day, but most things get up in the morning. However, the lift card is still quite cheap I must say.

Did not want to write anything about Alagna as I did not want to contribute to the hype and the increasing tourism (only for my own sake hehe). But the last time I was there (last year) unfortunately the drop was. Don't see how this could change any longer. Time for me to become a tribe in another place. thanks for these years Alagna and I hope we can see you again soon <3

moneysister
27/12/2018 (Modified: 04/03/2019)
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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 possibility to get out on the mountain from the small village, the sex is quickly formed and winds beneath the corner of the cafeteria. 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.

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. In retrospect, it might be better to live in Gressoney, to have more opportunities and to be "in the middle of the system" - but that idea is guaranteed not alone, the prices and the hotel occupancy are thereafter.

It really dumps a lot while we are there, and we who are just 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 on the associated terrace is filled with a new snow cover every evening. We still think we have to shave and give us the first day but decide as soon as we leave the lift that we have to stick to the piste. The view is non-existent and we know that there is a rock wall in the middle of a piste so it is important to avoid it and do 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 the blue sky for a whole day. We book a guide for the next day to drive the talked about Balma yoke. I doubt for a long time whether to hook the guys but decide to drive. Yes! It's one of the better decisions I've ever made regarding skiing.

Balma is one of my best rides ever and then I have been a couple of trips in Japan, various resorts around the Alps and touring some of Keb. We take the gondola up to the Indren and then slide slowly along the traverse until it is time to step over the mountain ridge and the fence and into the pot on the other side. Then begins an 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 and satisfaction when the guide announced that we were going into the house below 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 downhill did not directly appeal to pleasure. On one occasion, for example, we realized that we were going down a stubborn staircase, along with a cliff wall on one side and a drop that ended in a stream below. The whole journey down was narrow, winding and icy, sometimes over tree roots and small streams. 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 do go back to and explore more. Because there is absolutely more to do. And it suits anyone: for anyone 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 riders - 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" that you can otherwise do in a smaller alpby. Alagna's biggest drawback is the vulnerability of having only one option - a weather and wind-sensitive 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!



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