Lying at 1,385 metres and located in a beautiful setting overlooking the Lyskamm glacier and the impressive Monte Rosa massif, it comes as no surprise that Gressoney-Saint-Jean was chosen as one of the film locations for House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga in the Italian Alps.
This charming village is part of the Monterosa Ski Group which comprises of three valleys offering more than 100km of uncrowded slopes making it an ideal spot for experts and beginners to spend the perfect holiday. From the historic Champoluc and Gressoney-La-Trinité up to Alagna Valsesia, in Piedmont, to the slopes of small resorts such as Brusson, Antagnod (Val d’Ayas) and Gressoney-Saint-Jean up to the Champorcher valley, in the Mont Avic Park. Here is an update from the region to get some inspiration going:
At Gressoney-La-Trinité, Monterosa Ski has introduced night ski mountaineering; along the ascent from Stafal to Colle Betta in total safety. During set evenings, the snowcats will be organized in different shifts to allow ski mountaineers to go up without risk. There will be also the opportunity for evening events in collaboration with local businesses, combining sport with regional food and wine in a unique background.
The Castore Snow Park, in the Gabiet basin in the Gressoney Valley, continues to expand its offering with more adrenaline and fun for those who just can’t do without acrobatics and jumps on the snow.
Sant’Anna Village, an ideal learning area, at an altitude of 2200 meters, provides a natural terrace overlooking Monte Rosa. It has two moving walkways to start getting familiar with skis and get ready for the first real descent along the Pistone Betta, or along the Fun Slope located on the same side. It is the perfect location for families who want to enjoy skiing and have fun with a fantastic view.
This season Monterosa Ski area offers lovers of ski mountaineering three connecting routes (two in the Gressoney Valley and one in the Ayas Valley) for a total length of 32 km and a difference in altitude of 1950 meters, using the ski pass for ski-tourists. The routes are exclusively dedicated to ascent with climbing skins; all the trails comply with safety regulations so that there is no interference with the slopes reserved for alpine skiing, which are accessible downhill to ski mountaineers during the opening hours.
About Aosta Valley: The smallest region of Italy located in the Northwest of the country; Aosta Valley boasts spectacular scenery, world-class skiing and snowboarding, food of the highest quality and a history stretching back to Roman times. At the heart of the alps and bordered by France and Switzerland, Aosta valley is surrounded by some of the highest peaks in Europe: Cervino, Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and the king of them all, Mont Blanc, which at 15,781 feet is the highest mountain in Europe, the roof of the old Continent. With Turin, Milan and Geneva airports all within easy reach, the Aosta Valley resorts are among the easiest to get to from the UK making it an ideal destination for a weekend or short break.