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Monterosa: Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna

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Seems a bit snowy at the moment Shocked
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Superb... new lifts and loads of snow, only a few weeks to wait...14 th january
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Superb... new lifts and loads of snow, only a few weeks to wait...14 th january
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@admin, where are the two parallel lifts, don't remember anything like that 2 years ago?
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new lifts on the crest..!!. whole new station at the bottom of champoluc, which now goes right upto the ostafa lift so no more walking, http://www.champoluccrest2018.com/ click on 'mulitmedia' for details
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@yorkshirelad, good news....am booked in March with a group, won't miss that uphill walk and second queue. Lifts open 30th Nov, looking very tempting to drive down if the northern alps don't get up to speed.
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@polo, hardly “uphill” nor far...

And the 2nd queue will still be there.
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Having skied there last season that sounds like a good infrastructure improvement, there are other lift layouts that seem badly designed i.e. when you get off the Gressoney cable car you have to walk a similar distance to the chair that heads back toward Champoluc, not a big deal but when you get older and just doing the week a year thing you do notice these little hikes, the bending to pick up skis etc more and more. wink
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@under a new name, yeah fair enough, but it is definitely uphill, albeit gradual, certainly more uphill than say, I dunno, the top of Chavannes Express Madeye-Smiley
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Without doubt an improvement. Less so the proposed (voted on) traffic management changes...

And don’t talk to me about rubbish collections...
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Not hving to walk from crest to ostafa is a big boost for as now i dont have to carry my skis as well as the wifes...result
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More lifts out of alagna as well and new lifts uoto the belvadere run...about time, also some mods to the lift upto betterforca from gressoney
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Not having to walk from crest to ostafa is a big boost for me as now i dont have to carry my skis as well as the wifes...result
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I’ll be there on December 15th just after the new Crest lift opens.
I’m keen to keep an eye on ny snow over the next month.
Where do the op get the pictures on your first post?
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@yorkshirelad, what new lifts are these? Added cabins on the line out of Alagna but no new lifts... sadly nothing done to Belvedere either I don’t believe - long overdue! ... other additional water storage above Frachey for cannons.
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Anyone there now? I’m arriving Saturday 15th and keen to know conditions
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It said belvedere had had work done...its on the monterosa website in the news section, lots of big and little upgrades it says...
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@yorkshirelad, I coudn-t find that myself... little upgrades don't help they need a new chair...
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Anyone in Monterosa at the moment to give an update on conditions please ?? Smile
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@doogo, last week pistes were briliant despite no new snow. Offpiste very hard - went 2 days with a guide and it was was super hard, ice everywhere as any loose snow was scraped away by high winds.


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loose snow was scraped away


As it quite often the case...
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@mooney058, thanks for the update ..... grrrr...... now I've got a choice to make 2 weeks out from a short ski break - stick with Champoluc or upsticks and go for the more snowsure (but less interesting) Cervinia .....
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@doogo, absolutely no reason that Cervinia will be any better. Arguably worse.
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@doogo, I had a brilliant time, pistes condition was very good. It can get windy, but it can get worse - you could be snowed in like in Austria. I had a super week and most of the time it was sunny
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@doogo, +1 for Champoluc / Gressoney. Far far more interesting and charming than Cervinia. I don’t get folks’ fascination with Cervinia - worst view of the Matterhorn, soulless and lots of mundane wide runs above the tree line.
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And Cervinia is not any more snow sure.

OK, there's a glacier which means summer skiing (or used to) but if the problem's been wind, which is not at all unlikely, why would one think it would be any better?
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You’ve two weeks before your trip, anything can happen with the weather. Relax and go to Champoluc
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franga wrote:
I don’t get folks’ fascination with Cervinia - worst view of the Matterhorn, soulless and lots of mundane wide runs above the tree line.


Run down from the top to resort with Alpenglow on Matterhorn is one of the best single runs I've done
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The snow line when we arrived in Gressoney was at about 1750m, maybe higher. For all the snow falling in Switzerland and Austra, there wasn't a lot in Italy. Artificial snow on many slopes, blown or swept away early in the day leading to some dicey conditions.
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Anyone in resort at the moment? Interested to know snow conditions, and if its worth paying extra on lift pass to access Monterosa Freeride Paradise .
My guess from snow reports is probably not?
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@mooney058, @franga, thanks folks for the reassurance - taking the plunge tomorrow and can’t wait - sure as the saying goes, a bad day on the piste (& I’m not expecting it) beats the best day in the office
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And I’ve one final question? Is there a bar in town where I can watch England being beaten on Saturday evening in Landsdowne Road?
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@doogo, .....there's no bar in the world where you'll see Ireland beat England on Saturday...because it won't happen!!!!! Sorry couldn't resist it...very possibly will happen.Enjoy
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@Tomahawk Tone, "Freeride Paradise" is just the brand adopted by Alagna. You can pay €2 extra per day to access the Punta Indren lift. As you won't really have a view on conditions till you get up there (and obviously, ask at the desk if it's actually opening) seems like a no brainer.

@doogo, Lo Bistrot opposite the Crest bubble often has sports on TV but whether they'll be able to or want to show that I have no idea. It's often more football.
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@lambert, I’m being silly optimistic !! But it should be a cracking game !!

@under a new name, thanks for that - I’ll keep my fingers crossed!!
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Just back, and the on piste conditions were great. It was very cold so snow was in good condition. Off piste, I'd say not good, but some snow is due. Gordon's pub for the rugby in Staffal maybe for the thrashing?
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The snow arrived last night and continued all day - wonderful resort - don’t know why it isn’t more popular - we had the slopes to ourselves yesterday (pre snow but still in good condition on artificial snow) and today (everything around frachey in the trees was immense fun - about 20cm fresh snow and all the seasonaires out in force playing happily!! Tomorrow should be more of the same - small amounts of snow forecast but mainly cloudy - if they bash the main reds off the top it is going to be cruising heaven !! Am a convert / this place kicks its larger uglier sister cervinia’s backside !!
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And I’ve one final question? Is there a bar in town where I can watch England being beaten on Saturday evening in Landsdowne Road?


Guess you didn't find one!! Laughing
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Well it served me right ..... blind optimism (and bullishness) doesn't sit well with the Irish ..... rolling eyes .... but as a final shout out for Champoluc, the match was on in Lo Bistrot, there was a decent atmosphere in there and they serve really good free nibbles around 5pm to eat with some beers - so big thanks for that !! I have to say, Monterosa/Champoluc/Gressoney was a revelation - the best kept secret - wonderful place, excellent runs and even on a busy Saturday, still minimal queues.

My wife and I also splashed out on the new CampZero Active hotel which was 5* in every aspect, most particularly in the personal service of the staff (all of whom were super friendly), the most delicious breakfasts in the mornings and the phone-in shuttle service in the hotels array of Jeeps at any hour of the day from 8am - 11pm. Wonderful all round .... now shhhhh, don't lets make this place too public .....
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We go every year... never disappoints..

Although looks like inghams may not have the hotel de champoluc next year !!!
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