Alagna is a small village with a big reputation for offering some of the best powder and off piste in Italy, making the area an expert skier's paradise.
A small hamlet, Alagna sits on the far eastern fringes of the Monterosa ski area, linked to Champoluc and Gressoney. Comprised of old wooden buildings, a pretty church and quiet streets, it feel distinctly different from the conventional ski resort, instead oozing traditional Italian charm, with great food and hospitality on offer.
The slopes offer some of the ski area's best off-piste opportunities, with a reputation for steep verticals including One of the world's greatest lift-served verticals, reached from the cable car from Alagna. A lack of crowds compared to other powder destinations in Europe are also a key selling point, as are the heli skiing options to access even more terrain.
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 as the crow flies - slightly further apart than Courchevel and Val-Thorens. Be warned though, it's around a four-hour trip by road to get from Alagna to Champoluc if you miss the last lift.