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Overview

Gressoney - La Trinité is one of the three main resort towns of Italy’s Monterosa Ski area — The Italian equivalent of the infinitely more famous Trois Vallees region in France. The village is a quaint, traditional place, consisting of cobbled streets and old wooden buildings and is reportedly a very friendly community. It is situated about 800m from the first lift that gives access to the slopes and accommodation is in rather short supply. This is not usually too much of a problem as the village is pleasantly quiet during the week.

Surprisingly, the resort is not high on the list of destinations for British winter sports enthusiasts and yet the local scenery coupled with the excellent range of slopes available, make it an excellent choice for a skiing holiday. The village has a number of good restaurants although most eating out is done at the various hotels in the village and the surrounding, nearby resorts of the region.

Profile

Gressoney stands at 1640m and has a good snow record. There is something on offer for every level of skier and snowboarder. Although some of the black runs are a little tame, experts have a huge expanse of off piste areas to conquer. Intermediates will enjoy the long cruises from the top ridges down into the valley itself and the more advanced intermediate also have a good range of off piste areas to suit them.

Snowboarders will find a vast area for free riding and there are some excellent trails at St Jean and at Brusson, for the cross country skier. Beginners do have a choice of nursery slopes on which to learn, but there is a shortage of suitable slopes on which to progress. The ski schools have received some mixed reports, although they are believed to be of a good standard. There is a mini club for the children in the village and a children’s ski school and snow park near to Champoluc. Heli — skiing is available.

Mountain Information

The Monterosa Ski area has 180 km of piste and is served by a total of 36 lifts. The slopes are situated between 1200m and 3260m and there are snowmaking facilities over 70 km of runs.

The majority of runs are categorised red and there are very few blue or black slopes. Some of the best off piste tracks are to be found above Gressoney and at Alagna. There are a number of mountain restaurants, although the facilities are said to be somewhat basic.

Apres Ski

If a lively après ski scene is essential to you, do not come to Gressoney — La Trinite. There are a few bars, but the village is generally very quiet.

Resort Information • Gressoney

Resort Height Resort Height 1638m
Top Station Top Station 2861m
Bottom Station Bottom Station 1638m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 1223m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 10
Chair Lifts Chair Lifts 4
High Capacity High Capacity 3
Opening Dates Opening Dates Nov - April
Rating Expert Rating Expert 7
Rating Intermediate Rating Intermediate 10
Rating Beginner Rating Beginner 6
Apres Ski Rating Apres Ski Rating 6
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 7