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Monte Rosa, or the ‘Pink Mountain’, is the second highest in Europe, and has long been famed for its winter sports opportunities. Towering high above the ski resort of Macugnaga, it’s a fantastic choice for those looking to enjoy snowboard and ski breaks in Italy. The scenery is nothing short of breathtaking, and the snow-laden slopes offer the perfect place to try out winter activities: from snowshoeing and heli-skiing to cross-country skiing and snowboarding, Monte Rosa’s the ideal destination for those looking to get active on holiday. So why not sample Italy’s finest slopes this year?
When looking to enjoy ski breaks in Monte Rosa, look no further than HomeAway’ excellent range of accommodation. We have a huge number of private chalets around Monte Rosa, including those in Macugnaga – so you’re just minutes away from the ski lifts – and some further afield in La Thuile, Pila, Champoluc and Gressoney. Wherever you’d like to stay in Piedmont’s Verbano province, you’ll find your perfect property when you browse through HomeAway. So why wait? Simply read on for a rundown of everything Monte Rosa has to offer.
Monte Rosa ski summary
Ski holidays in Monte Rosa: the resort
Macugnaga is the main ski resort for those looking to enjoy ski breaks around Monte Rosa. Set at the foot of the majestic mountain range, the town lies 1,327 metres above sea level, at the base of Dufourspitze, almost 4,700 metres high! Famed as one of the best destinations for those of you just beginning to learn to ski, there’s an excellent ski school in the town with friendly, knowledgable instructors, where you’re sure to get to grips with the basics in no time. Of course, it’s the town’s surrounding landscapes which attract tourists: woods, streams and incredible peaks abound.
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Ski holidays in Monte Rosa: runs and lifts
There are around 180 kilometres of piste in the Monte Rosa ski area, and a sizeable number of runs for all levels of ability: there are 17 blues for beginners, the longest of which is Del Lago, 38 red trails for intermediates, and six challenging black runs for the expert skiers amongst you. The runs are serviced by a modern and efficient lift system, comprising 33 ski lifts, with the highest reaching 3,275 metres above sea level. Of course, much of the terrain remains undeveloped and so off-piste skiing is also popular: venture further afield and you’ll find vast swathes of untouched snow.
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Ski holidays in Monte Rosa: skiing
Beginners will find high nursery slopes above Champoluc, as well as further suitable slopes at Gressoney, whilst intermediates will find a huge number of challenging runs to choose from. Long, cruising trails run down towards Alagna, but there are even a couple of blacks that the more advanced intermediate can try: one of the best is the Olen piste. For experts, the main attraction of Monte Rosa is the off-piste skiing: there are a range of excellent and thrilling heli-drops, some of which allow you to ski into nearby Zermatt before returning via the pretty resort of Cervinia.
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Ski holidays in Monte Rosa: activities
The Monte Rosa ski area is well equipped for off-mountain activities. If you fancy getting fit in the afternoon, you’ll find a sports centre equipped for tennis, basketball and golf in Gressoney, as well as a heated indoor pool. For those looking to relax, however, there’s also a Wellness Centre which offers reflexology treatments, Thai massage and shiatsu, as well as a sauna and Turkish bath. The thrillseekers amongst you are also well catered for, with dozens of excursions to choose from: snowshoeing, parapenting, ice climbing and dog sledding are all popular activities, and readily available in towns.
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Ski holidays in Monte Rosa: aprés ski
Between Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna and Macugnaga, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to apres ski. They’re a little less lively than neighbouring resorts, but offer the perfect evening scene for families, couples and groups of friends looking to relax. There are sophisticated wine bars and traditional Italian restaurants, 32 of which are located on the mountain and showcase the spectacular surroundings perfectly. Of course, if you decide to spend an evening in front of the fire instead, there are plenty of delicatessens and shops in which you’ll find the local delicacies to whip up a meal.
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Monte Rosa Ski Chalets
Boasting incredible panoramic lake views over Lake Maggiore this wonderful modern property (ID 847) is situated to the first floor of a detached villa in a new build holiday complex on the central western mountainside, close to amenities and also ...
Enjoying a fabulous mountainside location this beautiful holiday apartment (ID 837) provides guests with a tranquil Lake Maggiore stay with the stunning surrounding woodland perfect for hikers, dog walkers serving as the perfect backdrop to this ...
Splendid Lake Maggiore villa, built on one level, immersed in the beautiful park of “Lagoni di Mercurago” just a few kilometers from Arona on the western side of Lake Maggiore. The villa rental, built in the 1960’s by a famous architect, has recen...
APARTMENT “PANORAMICO” - 2/6 PAX -
This romantic flat (110 m²), located on a quiet and sunny spot, is on the top floor of the building (a lift in a XIV Century house would be out of place!), which was restored to an apartment complex. Tastefull...
The 'Yachting Residence' is located directly on the sun-drenched lake-front of Lago Maggiore. This residence is unique, because of its direct access to the lake and its exceptional architecture. The town of Ghiffa can easily be reached along the l...