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Resort guide to Champoluc - Italy

Uncrowded slopes and the centre for some of Europe's best heli-skiing

Overview

Champoluc - a general overview

Champoluc is a delightful, unspoilt village lying at the top of the Ayas Valley, below the imposing Monte Rosa mountain chain with its towering peaks and extensive glaciers. The village has a handful of shops and is built mainly from wood and stone with slate roofs. The Monta Rosa ski area totals 150 kms of piste, which suits intermediates, but has only three black runs for experts. The resort has a reasonable amount for non-skiers to do and a good selection of pizzerias and restaurants. If you are looking for a ski holiday in Champoluc expect un-crowded slopes and delicious on mountain dining. Also, it is the centre of some of Europe's best and cheapest heli-skiing.

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200km

1,570m - 3,350m

Airports

MILAN
(2hr 30mins)
TURIN
(2hr 30mins)

Ski chalets in Champoluc (3)

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Hotels in Champoluc (2)

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Resort statistics

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Traditional village atmosphere
  • large linked ski area
  • Uncrowded slopes
  • Good snow reliability and grooming
  • possibility for inexpensive heli-skiing

Cons

  • Limited apres-ski
  • Not too much to do for non-skiers

Champoluc Resort Restaurants

Champoluc oozes laid-back charm and most restaurants can be found in the resorts variety of hotels. Champoluc is well know for its gourmet cuisine and La Grange, up at Frachey, is definately one to try, as are the Petit Coq in Villy, Il Balivo and the Atelier Gourmand, in central Champoluc. The restaurants in the Hotels Castor and Mount Cervino are also recommended. The Ristorante "Le Solitaire" serves fantastic polenta and has good prices. Other recommended eateries include Le Petit Tournalin's, Da Martino and le Sapin.

Champoluc Mountain Restaurants

The mountain restaurants are generally simple and there are plenty of them. Unfortunately not all are named on the piste map but visitors enthuse about the fantastic food and splendid mountain views. On the slopes high above the ski chalets and hotels, Champoluc boasts the lively Belveder, the Ostafa and Tana del Lupo all offer reasonably priced food. A trade secret is the tiny secluded restaurant, StadelSoussun, which you can ski into from the Frachey area of Champoluc. Be warned that you cannot exit on skis, only by the restaurant's private piste basher. For the romantic in you evenings at the restaurant can also be arranged.Another gem is the Rascard Frantze. This is a typical farm building unique to the Ayas valley. Built in 1721 Rascard Frantze is a classic example, and has been beautifully renovated into a wood panelled restaurant with rooms run by the charming hostess Francesca. It?s just off the piste below the top of the Champoluc gondola.

Champoluc Apres Ski

Before returning to your hotel or ski chalets, Champoluc bar Galion, opposite the gondola, with it's laid back and friendly apres ski atmosphere should be sampled. The emphasis is on local bars and hotels, such as the cosy and popular bar at the hotel Castor, Lo Bistrot and Pachamama's. If you fancy a tasty cocktail infront of an open fire then head to Cafe Rimbaud.

Champoluc Nightlife

Don't feel obliged to stay in your hotel or ski chalets. Champoluc disco scene hots up on weekends in the Gram Parsons in Frachey beneith the hotel California. The Golosone is also fun for some live music. Wherever you may be in Champoluc make sure you try the regional beverage called Fil d'Fer, a hot Creamy Mandarine Orange Punch with a hint of clove, delicious.

Champoluc Resort Map

Champoluc Ski Hire Shops

Location Name Stars Discount
A Skiset: Telemark
Up to 45%

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AlpineAnswers

The star rating for the ski hire shops is an indication of the level of service; quality and variety of stock, and the space and decor of the shop. It is also a reflection on the price. A five star rated shop will offer great service and equipment but also will charge the highest price. Ski hire shops with a two star rating have less variety and older, poorer quality of stock but are cheapest.

Champoluc Ski Schools

Champoluc Ski School