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Amphitheatre of The Alps

Sophisticated urbane skiing for the foodie and culture vulture.

Skiing the amphitheatre is all about the mix of culture with snow. Out in the wilds of the mountains by day and in a civilised urban environment by night. The resorts are typically Italian, with style and great food. The roads are good and the distances not so great that it is not possible to explore a little.
From Aosta the first gondola of the day does not leave from a small old village or a new purpose built one, but from the centre of the city, filled with all the history, art, culture and life that you might expect from an old Roman town. 18 minutes in a gondola from the centre of town and you are on the slopes of Pila.

Located throughout the beautiful Aosta Valley this area is home to some of the most exceptional medium sized ski resorts in the Alps. From the glamorous high altitude of Cervinia through to the freeride rustic center of Alagna and the bustling town of Courmayeur there is something for everyone.

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The defining feature of Pila is the treeline, only a handful of slopes are above it, the resort faces north and holds its snow well. There is ample nice accommodation on the slopes.

Defining interesting features:
  • AreaEffe - first snow park in Aosta Valley.
  • Direttissima - one of Europe's steepest runs.
  • Platta de grevon - freeride Zone.
Non Skiing Activities:
  • Snowshoe walks to the Basin of Pila.
  • Hot air balloon tour.
  • 18min gondola to Aosta.


Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur is the ultimate keen skiers resort. The town itself is based 30 minutes west of Aosta, and the Valley lift pass covers both Courmayeur and the nearby town of La Thuile, providing access to the French resort of La Rosiere. The town itself has a lively and family friendly atmosphere and is set high in a classic alpine valley.

The medieval town of Courmayeur is home to highly rated restaurants, charming cafes and shops where it is possible to experience the Italian alpine lifestyle. The state of the art Montebianco skylift is a huge cable car that offers magnificent 360 degree views from Mont Blanc.

Interesting ski features:
  • Heli Skiing.
  • Extensive Snowpark with Airbag.
Non Skiing Activities:
  • Montebianco Skylift.
  • Snowbiking.
  • Alpine Museum.
  • Dolonne Sports Centre.
  • Thermal Spa.


The main city of the area is not a ski resort but almost is as it contains a gondola up to Pila.

People base themselves here either to ski Pila or as a base to explore the whole area, The advantage of staying in Aosta is the access to all resorts and the different vibe and price point of the restaurants and accommodation off the mountain.
The food here is amazing.


Champoluc is the most lively town of the Montarosa ski area. It is a well loved place to ski and ideal for families.

Interesting ski features.
  • Heli Skiing.
  • Excellent Freeriding
  • Tree skiing above Gressoney la Trinite and Orsia.
Non Skiing Activities.
  • Walser Eco Museum (Gressoney)
  • Monterosa Terme Spa (Champoluc)
  • Jean e Louis Ice Rink. (Champoluc)

Cervinia and Valtourneche

Cervinia is the Italian side of the Matterhorn. This resort is high and snow sure. It is the most Glitzy of the Aosta valley resorts.
The skiing is excellent for intermediates and with the additional access to Zermatt has something for the experts as well.

Interesting Ski Features:
  • Boarder Cross
  • Night Skiing
  • Telemark (free heel Skiing)
  • IndianPark (SnowPark)
Non Ski Activities:
  • Zermatt - Shopping and Visiting.
  • Ice Karting Circuit.
  • Indoor Swimming Pool.
  • Rock and Ice Climbing.
  • Snowmobile driving.
  • ‘Mountain of Work’ - Highest Museum in Europe.
  • Ice Grotto.

Gressoney and Alagna

Gressoney is ideal for those looking for somewhere peaceful and serene. It sits in the middle of the 3 valleys of the Montarosa ski resort.
Alagna is the most Easterly resort and much further from Aosta by road. It is a rural idyll with amazing freeride slopes.

La Thuile

La Thuile is a great resort with Access to both La Rosier by Ski and Courmayeur by bus.