Guide to Aosta Valley ski resorts in northern Italy

updated 10/16/2021
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Why ski Aosta Valley? It's in NW Italy. Close to France and Switzerland. Does cross-border skiing. It's home to nine ski resorts. And it contains three of Europe’s highest peaks. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Italy your essential guide for visiting Italy.

Dig deeper. Aosta is Italy's smallest region. But it's big on food. Offers excellent hotels. Comes good on traditions. And even has mountain vineyards.

It's also ski country. Snowboarders love Aosta. Telemarkers like it too. And it's an easy drive from Turin, Milan and Geneva.

A brief history of the Aosta Valley

Roman's conquered Aosta Valley in 25BC. They fortified peaks. Controlled strategic mountain passes. And left behind monuments.

Aosta only joined Italy in 1821. Before that it was Savoy. Savoyard traditions remain. And French and Italian are spoken

The area became autonomous after WWII.

Which ski resort should I visit?

Breuil-Cervinia for best snow in Aosta Valley

Visit Breuil-Cervinia (2,009m). Italy’s most snow-sure village.

  • Less busy side of Matterhorn. AKA Monte Cervino in Italian.
  • Small, mountain town.
  • Modern resort. Vintage hotels and apartment blocks.
  • A favourite with Italians.
  • 350km terrain.
  • Lifts to Plan Maison and Plateau Rosa.
  • Cross border Swiss/Italy skiing.
  • Access to Zermatt. Weather dependent.

Where to stay

Stay at Hotel Excelsior Planet. Walking distance to town. 500m from Plan Maison lift.

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View of the Matterhorn from Breuil-Cervinia Aosta Valley© Pecold/Shutterstock

Monterosa Ski for three linked valleys

  • Mellow Monterosa Ski links three valleys.
  • Over 180km of runs.
  • Undeveloped, all-terrain off-piste.
  • Plenty of glade skiing.
  • Mix of blues, red and black runs.
  • Family friendly all-rounder
  • Good choice of restaurants.
  • Passo dei Salati-Indren gondola to 3,275m.
  • Eight mountain resorts.
  • Try Champoluc (1,579m). Peaceful resort. Stunning views.
  • Gressoney-La-Trinité (1,637m). Champoluc's near neighbour.
  • Or Alagna (1,191m). Just south of Monta Rosa.

Where to stay

Book CampZero in Champoluc.

  • Lux eco-resort.
  • Restaurant, all-day bistro.
  • Finnish sauna. Hammam. Lap pool.
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls.

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Ski resorts Aosta Valley are linked by Monterosa Ski © Daniele Piserchia/Shutterstock

Courmayeur the famous Aosta Valley ski resort

Courmayeur (1,224m) is Aosta's lux resort.

  • Most dramatic landscape in Aosta Valley.
  • Luxury ski resort.
  • Linked to Chamonix by Mont Blanc Tunnel.
  • Over 100km of runs.
  • 14 peaks at 4000m plus.
  • Access to Vallée Blanche: world's longest lift-served run.
  • Access to Skyway Monte Bianco.
  • Access to Punta Helbronner (3,462m) viewpoint.
  • Popular with skiers from Milan.

Where to stay

Book Le Massif in Courmayeur. Lux eco resort with spa. Close to Mont Blanc. Outstanding views.

Aosta Valley weather is ski-perfect in Courmayeur © Nataliya Nazarova/Shutterstock

La Thuile the crowd-free Aosta resort (1,450m)

Historic La Thuile hides at 1,450m.

  • Mountain town on French border.
  • Nestles beneath Mont Valaisan.
  • Part of Espace San Bernardo ski area.
  • Access to 35 lifts.
  • Over 150km of pistes. Some above 2,600m.
  • Family friendly: gentle, north facing slopes.
  • Loved by extreme skiers.
  • Ski touring and heli-skiing specialist.
  • Roman ruins in La Thuile town.

Where to stay

Book Montana Lodge & Spa in La Thuile.

  • Luxury spa hotel with mountain views.
  • Indoor pool and spa.
  • Alpine style bedrooms.
  • Three minutes from ski lifts.

La Thuile, Espace San Bernardo ski area, Aosta Valley © Anton Poluektov/Shutterstock

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Mike MacEacheran is a travel journalist & guidebook author based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has reported from 108 countries for National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveller, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mail on Sunday, The Independent, Evening Standard, The Sun, The Globe and Mail, Scotland on Sunday, The National and South China Morning Post. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMacEacheran

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