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Monterosa - Champoluc, Alagna, Gressoney, Cervinia, Macugnaga, Saas-Fee, Zermatt

From the melting snow and the retiring glaciers on top of the  Monte Rosa massif, rivers formed the well-known valleys of this area. From the Middle Ages people have been building their villages here and today those villages are the famous resorts of Monterosa. Starting from at the feet of the Matterhorn, we find Cervinia and Zermatt, going northeast to Saas Fee, and going southeast to Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna and Macugnaga.

Heliski & Freeride

Helicopter before takeoff


We practice heliski with a lot of respect for nature, history and people. And we know where you can have one of your life's most exciting experiences. We start from Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna, Zermatt and Cervinia. Follow with us to the top of the Monterosa with an authorized and experienced local guide. Fly to virgin and unexplored wintervalleys to see animals and sleeping villages from past times. Listen to our local fairy talers, they can tell you about each stone in their valley.


Ski Randonee

Skiers with randonee skis

Ski mountaineering, randonee and ski touring with us!

We can help with guided ski mountaineering or randonee tours in Monterosa, Champoluc, Alagna, Gressoney, Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Macugnaga and Cervinia, for all levels. From beginners who want to learn the randonnée technique, to advanced glacier ski mountaineering. Authorized local guides only. We help you with the whole package, including skirent, guide, accomodation and transfers. From one day tour to one week.


Tailor made trips to Monterosa

Punta Indren, 3400 m

Tailor made trips to Monterosa with us!

Monterosa is perfect for active travels year around, offering the best skiing, biking and trekking environment you can imagine. Above all, you will find the Italian tradition of good food and wines combined with the kindness of the local hotel owners. We have long personal experience of the Monterosa area, and we will help you tailor the best travel for your family, your group or your company, according to your wishes and your budget


Trekking/Top tours

A nice rest after a hard trekking day at lagos Palasinas


The Monterosa area is perfect for many different levels and kinds of tours; from day tours for beginners or families, to several days trekking from rifugio to rifugio, ending with small expeditions to summit the high tops of the mountains. There are more than 20 peaks over 4000 meters in the Monte Rosa and many of them are reachable from the beautiful rifugi on the glaciers.

All our Trekking and Toptour programs
Trekking and toptours


First trail, Cervinia

Recent snowfalls in the Aosta Valley mean more and more pistes open. Now it is possible to ski right to Cervinia.

The ski run “Ventina” (no. 5) was opened last Saturday. It runs from Plateau Rosa at 3 500 m down to the town (2 050 m). The 11-km-long route is one of the most popular in the “Cervinia Ski Pradise" area. Along the Ventina the chairlift Goillet started operating in the upper part of the piste, as well as the skylight Gran Sometta (but only during weekends). The connection between Cervinia and Zermatt is also in use so there is even more to be excited about.

The price of the daily Italian area skipass is € 35,00; the price of the international area daily skipass is € 52,00 (the international connection is open with the lifts on the Plateau Rosà glacier). First ride up from Breuil-Cervinia at 8.15am.

Weather forecasts show even more snowfalls this weekend in the region. 

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Zermatt lifts

The Matterhorn Ski resort received the Best Ski Resort in the Alps award 2014. It is based on an independent survey that shows the tourist satisfaction. Zermatt won for the first time.

During the ceremony held in Zurich at the beginning of November Zermatt receibed the Best Ski Resort award 2014. In the independent survey of skiing areas Swiss resort received top marks in 8 of 21 criteria of satisfaction, and high marks in other catogories.

“As representatives of the ski area and the Zermatt-Matterhorn resort, it is an honour and a privilege for us to receive this award. The honour represents confirmation from the visitors how much they appreciate our ongoing programme of investments in quality of service and the constant expansion of the tourist services”

said director of Zermatt Tourism Daniel Luggen accepting the award during the ceremony.

Best Ski Resort is the biggest independent satisfaction survey for Alpine resorts and it conducted every two years. 48 000 tourists during the winter season 2013/2014 in 55 selected, leading ski resorts took part in the survey. Zermatt was highly rated for its snow conditions and extensive pistes.

Top 10 resorts:

1. Zermatt

2. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

3. Arosa

4. Sulden

5. Alta Badia

6. Adelboden-Lenk

7. Val Gardena/Gröden

8. Saas Fee

9. Kronplatz

10. Laax

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Gressoney preopens some of the lifts

It is promised to be a fantastic ski season ahead. Winter came earlier this year and Gressoney preopens some of the lifts before the planned schedule.

Regular snowfalls appeared in the valley last week what results in almost one meter of snow on slopes now. Monterosa Ski will open the winter season this weekend. On the 22nd and 23rd November it will be an occasion to ski on Gressoney-La-Trinité for only 25 euro for the daily pass. 

Skiers can use three lifts (Gondola Stafal-Gabiet, Chairlift Gabiet-Lago, Gondola Gabiet-Passo dei Salati) and three slopes: Salati (G7), Salati 1 (G8) and Castore (G9).

Check the piste map.

At the end of November Champoluc-Frachey and Champorcher will be open (the 29th November), followed by Alagna (the 5th December), Antagnod, Brusson, and Gressoney-Saint-Jean (the 6th December).

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In 2015 Zermatt will celebrate the Matterhorn year. It will be 150 years since the first ascent of the peak. On that occasion Zermatt Tourism has prepared the special webpage where you can read about the first ladies of the Matterhorn, among others.

In 1865 English mountaineer Edward Whymper successfully led a group of seven to the Matterhorn summit (4478 m). Only four persons survived when the rope broke while going down. Zermatt will be celebrating the ascent in 2015, but Zermatt Tourism has already published an interesting webpage where you can find old photos, upcoming events, videos, and reports. One of them seems to be worth noticing, as female alpinists are not so visible in the history of alpinism. 

Lucy Walker was the first woman who climbed the Matterhorn. In fact, on the 22th July 1871 the Englishwoman won the race with the American, Meta Brevoort. Both ladies were well-known in the mountaineering world of the 1860s. In fact, Brevoort had had a great chance to be the first woman on the Matterhorn when in 1869 she had reached the altitude of just under 4 000 m. However, the weather conditions had been so bad that she was forced to go down. Several years later she decided to try again.

When Walker, at that time already in Zermatt, heard about Brevoort coming again, she decided to make an attempt and climb the Matterhorn. She began and completed the ascent, in her long Victorian dress. Lucy Walker became the first women who reached the Matterhorn peak and one of the most famous female alpinist in the history. 

The first women climbing the Matterhorn

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Cervinia piste

The ski passage between Zermatt and Cervinia is now open and two ski areas connected. Skiers can enjoy over 70 km of the piste on both sides.

In Zermatt there are already 47 km of slopes that can be used. On the other side, in Cervinia, good snow conditions make it possible to ski on 25 km of the prepared piste. In Zermatt ski area lifts go from Trockener Steg (2 939 m) up to Furggsattel (3 365 m) and Plateau Rosa (3 745 m). On the Trockener Steg there is a cable replacement to Matterhorn until the 21st November.

Plan Maison and Fornet lifts operates in Cervinia and 8 slopes are in use now.

Plan Maison

Zermatt, Riffelberg

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Winter is coming to Monterosa and even faster than in the popular American tv series "Game of Thrones". So skies on! Season will open soon in the whole Aosta Valley. 

It has started snowing and gets better.You can already ski in Cervinia where is 135 cm of powder snow. The weather forecast for this week shows even more snowfall, until Friday when the sunny and frosty days will come to the valley. 

The good snow conditions are also in Zermatt with 110 cm of snow, 41 pistes opened and 19 lift in use. The 40-50 cm of snow in Champoluc, Alagna, and Gressoney is still not enough to enjoy donwhill runs but - regarding quite heavy snowfalls forecasted this week - pistes can be opened soon. 

The recent webcam photos look very ski tempting so check already pistes maps and book a hotel




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The Mezzalama Trophy

The next year edition of the Mezzalama Trophy will change its direction. Competitors will start from Gressoney-La-Trinité and finish at Breuil-Cervinia. “This will be an unprecedented Mezzalama, more technical, longer, with a completely different approach!”, says organizers.

The Mezzalama Trophy is a well-known, high altitude ski mountaineering competition in the Cervinia region. Besides the two other events – the Patrouille des Glaciers and the Pierra Menta – it is the highest alpine ski mountaineering competition in the world. The 20th Mezzalama Trophy will take place on the 25th April and will commemorate 150 years since the ascent of the Matterhorn peak that is an icon of the competition. The race, established in 1933 and named in honour of the mountain guide and a pioneer of the Italian ski mountaineering, Ottorino Mezzalama, will be run backwards. 

The Mezzalama Trophy

The race was once run in the opposite direction. In 1937 the Mezzalama Trophy inaugurated the Cervinia-Plan Maison cableway, which opened the new ski era in the Breuil Valley. The forthcoming Mezzalama Trophy will be challenging what Adriano Favre, technical director of the race, admits:

“There will be a completely different approach to the competition. The timings will be different. Given that the over all altitude gain will increase by about 350 metres, the technical difficulties will increase, and competitors, on 25 April, will have to be mountaineers too. Certainly those who do not have the required technical knowledge and are not used to high mountains may have some difficulties.”

Check the maps, previous results and read about history of the Mezzalama Trophy.

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The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Zermatt continues its run of good luck. Apart of being mentioned on the Lonely Planet’s Top10cities 2015 list, one of the hotels in Zermatt is now among the 10 best resorts place in the world.

The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is among the top resorts on the list created by the renowned Condé Nast Traveler. It is both an Internet platform and a magazine, very popular in the United Kingdom. It reviews the best hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, spa resorts, and more. Every year they conduct the survey among their users and ask to vote in the Readers’ Choice Awards.

With over 88,500 votes the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is ranked the 7th, just after hotels in Ireland, Scotland and Greece. The hotel in Zermatt has undergone several alterations and renovations this year. The restaurant got a new design, rooms are larger, and there is also a new terrace.

The five-stars hotel was built in 1879 thanks to the village vicar, Josef Ruden who support the local families to take economic advantage of the tourism, developing in the region at that time, by building the hotel. People engaged in the project promised to work for free to avoid huge debts. In return they were granted usufructuary rights to the property, which actually continue today.

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Plateau Rosa, a cableway to the glacier

It is high time to book your time for the first downhill ride in Cervinia. Skiers could already try some slopes during weekends in October. In the highest resort in the Aosta Valley winter season starts on Saturday!

Cervinia, called sometimes the Queen of snow, is a perfect place to ski even at the beginning of May. The village will open the winter season on November 1st. It will last until May 3rd, 2015 what makes it the longest season in the valley.  

From the beginning of November the lift system will operate every day in Breuil-Cervinia. At the moment you can take a cable cars to the glacier and ski on the Plateau Rosa glacier, a part of the “Cervino Ski Paradise” ski area that includes over 350 km of slopes.

At the end of November next lifts will be opened and upcoming lift openings you can check on the official resort website.

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Lake Maggiore

New cableway in Val Grande is opened. “Bird’s Eye View” runs at a speed of 120 km/h and offer unforgettable views over Lake Maggiore.

The cableway called “Bird’s Eye View” operates between Colle and Alpe Segletta in the Val Grande valley. A speed of 120 km/h allows covering a distance in only 2 minutes. However, these are definitely two minutes to remember thanks to breathtaking views and panorama of the Val Grande valley. You start your “flight” in Aurano. 

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