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Champoluc: Bar

Unspoiled, inexpensive village at one end of the Monterosa Ski area.

Champoluc is popular with Italian weekenders from Milan and Turin, but is hardly heard of on the international market. As a result, it retains a friendly, small-scale, unspoiled Italian ambience. The village is a pleasant but not notably pretty place and the centre is lacking in bars, shops and much ski resort atmosphere. The quickest way into the area starts at Frachey, a few minutes up the road and reached by bus. The three-valley network of lifts and pistes is anything but small-scale. Champoluc is at one end of it and Alagna at the other - they are 17km apart - slightly further apart than Courchevel and Val-Thorens. But it's around a four-hour trip by road to get from Alagna to Champoluc if you miss the last lift. Gressoney is in the central valley. But a glance at the piste map reveals that the Italian network between the two extremes is skeletal compared with the full-bodied French one. Outside the piste network, however, is a lot of great off-piste terrain, some lift-served, which has long attracted experts.



Champoluc is the largest of the resort villages and is at one end of the three-valley network. Although it has drawbacks, it's an attractive all-round base.

Champoluc is strung out along the one-way street running from the centre past various hotels to the gondola base station, where a cluster of shops and bars forms a kind of distinct micro-resort. About 3km up the valley, a short funicular goes up from Frachey (with parking right at the base).

Down-valley from Champoluc are Antagnod and Brusson. Antagnod is a good alternative for bad-weather days, and has some decent off-piste.

Opening times


  • 25 Nov to 15 Apr: 0845-1700

Getting there


  • Turin airport - 1.5 hours
  • Milan airport - 2 hours

Pros

Cons

 

Relaxed, traditional-style village

Progress to longer runs tricky

 

Excellent beginner area at mid-mountain, but ...

Some tricky red runs

 

Resort spread out along road

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tour operators in Champoluc

Ski Solutions
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Ski Total
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member discounts in Champoluc

Skiset
60% discount for Ski Club members
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Echo Travel
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