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What else to do in stafal

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My wife only skids 3 maybe 4 days a week.. We are staying in stafal in January... Is there any walking routes from the village.??
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@yorkshirelad, Wouldn't have been my first choice for a part-time non-skier ...

Anyhoo, I am sure there are, but how passable they are in winter is a different question.

Nordic ski lessons?

Snow-shoeing?
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There is an amazing wellness centre/spa in the Hotel Jolanda Sport in Gressoney, just a short bus ride down the valley. Worth checking whether you can visit as a non-guest.
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She can get the bubbles up to Passo Salatie (sp?) and the cable car + bubble down to Alagna without skiing at all.
That's worthwhile for a day-trip and you can meet her for a pizza for lunch at the bottom of the run into Alagna.
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@admin, we have been talking for many years about lunch in Alagna...
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@under a new name, I've been told there's a very nice restaurant in the village. Not been to it yet... and keep forgetting what it's called.
The pizza place at the foot of the piste is perfectly pleasant though and, of course, enormously convenient.

Ooh, for the more adventurous, there's the refugio you get to near the bottom when you come down La Balma.
It's a really good off-piste route to ski down to it and I believe that it is reachable from Alagna below by walkers, although it must surely be a bit of a hike.
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The path down to the villages bellow are usually snowshoed in and do have signs most of the way, not really for the faint hearted in winter.
If she's feeling strong she can walk up the service path to Sant'Anna or Bettaforca for that matter.this route is more used than the village walk and so less exposed.
I won't advise any of these walks without snowshoes most of the guide centres offer guided snowshoeing which might be another option.
For sure Jolanda sport is a fine way to pass an afternoon or the sports hall in st Jean for a more municipal experience.
Maybe visiting Castel Savoia with a late afternoon passeggiata and cakes in St Jean .
The trip over to Alagna probably offers a bit more to discover with a lunch in Unione for a staunchly Piedmontese meat fest served in a creaky wooden restaurant (by waitresses in weirdly anachronistic milk maid costumes) followed by a doze back in a bubble. Don't forget to ask to see the upstairs teatro before leaving the restro.
If you have car Aosta is interesting but the best is Turin for a day out.
Stafal is marginally more interesting than a Canadian trail head still they have tried to pretty up the car park this year but it really will never be more than a car park and the charms there of.
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Super Steezy wrote:
Stafal is marginally more interesting than a Canadian trail head still they have tried to pretty up the car park this year but it really will never be more than a car park and the charms there of.
It's funny isn't it, that so many people are drawn to Stafal as a place to stay. When we 'investigated' Monterosa a few years ago, my impression was exactly that: a car park. That's why I focused on the 3 hotels at the bottom of the Punt Jolanda lift. One, it turned out was run by a Brit tour-op specialising in families, so there wasn't much of a fit there. The Jolanda Sport, I can see why some like it but I found it rather intense to the point it felt a little bit creepy to me. (I'm sure it's probably lovely once you're in there properly). The 3rd, The Dufour, was friendly and welcoming, asked questions about us, looked up snowHeads on their computer. Better still, it's right next to Gressoney La Trinité which, although a small village, is (IMHO) much more pleasant for an evening's wander than skulking around a car park - although I can see it may depend on what you're into Toofy Grin
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@admin, There is a bit more to Stafal than the car park. I have stayed there three times I think, in the Monboso Hotel. This was before the Chalet du Lys was finished so you could ski across their terrace to the cable car.
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We normally stay in champoluc but it was booked up for the week we wanted..
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@admin, you would think that in 19 years of visiting Monterosa on a fairly frequent and regular basis I would have lunched in the rather delightful Punta Jolanda before last season?

Stafal does seem to have had a bit of development, but thriving metropolis it is not.

@rjs, a bit more, but not much!

I do understand the topographical advantages.
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@under a new name, Laughing I know, good init!
That's el Hen's default goto for her birthday lunch - it's right there at the top of our first lift of the day and it still took us about 3 seasons to discover it rolling eyes
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Not been abke to get into the hotel champoluc i was going to try another resort.but wife and friends love the region...hotel de lys came up so we thought we would give it a go, as wife and friends don't get to ski punta jolanda much and miss out on the wild boar ragu at the top of punta ..wife and friend usually walk up-to saint jaques and top of frachey one day then masgoniaz another day..snow shoes not required..
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
@yorkshirelad, then I suspect there are probably some service access roads (like the one up to the top of the Frachey funi) out of Staffal in both directions.
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yorkshirelad wrote:
Not been abke to get into the hotel champoluc i was going to try another resort.but wife and friends love the region...hotel de lys came up so we thought we would give it a go, as wife and friends don't get to ski punta jolanda much and miss out on the wild boar ragu at the top of punta ..wife and friend usually walk up-to saint jaques and top of frachey one day then masgoniaz another day..snow shoes not required..


Hahaha - wild boar or deer ragu and after that a nice ski down the black slope - best thing after lunch!
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