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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.

 

Monterosa tour

Monterosa Tour from TheAlpsInfo on Vimeo.

Welcome to TheAlps Monterosa Tour. We departed from Colle Bettaforca and landed at Plateau Rosá above Cervinia. On the way we show you some of the peeks in monterosa.

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

News


30th Anniversary of the Metro Alpin

Saas-Fee is famous for its underground train, the highest in the world. It will celebrate the 30th anniversary.

The highest funicular in the world, as well as the highest subway in the world at the same time because The Metro Alpin operates undergrounds, was opened on the 20th December 1984. It takes tourists through 1749-m-long tunnel to Mittelallalin station on 3456 m above the sea level.

Metro AlpinOn the occasion of the 30th anniversary Saas-Fee is preparing special events and attractions at the Felskinn valley station and the Mittelallalin mountain station. Until the 28th December all visitors have a chance to take part in the competition and win ski passes and guided tours around Metro Alpin. Look for the competition box at the entrance to the ice pavilion.

 

Between 15-19th December there will be also guided tours “behind the scene of the Metro Alpin”.

Check here for more details.

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Champoluc

Thanks to low temperature, snowfalls and snow cannons more and more pistes are opening. This weekend it was possible to ski on the Ostafa 1 (C4) slope in Champoluc and on the Moos (G6) in Gressoney.

It is also getting better in Antagnod and Brusson as snow cannons are working to produce the artificial snow.

Check all opened slopes and prices.

Antagnod

 

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From the upcoming Friday you can try something real genuine in Zermatt - overnight in an igloo. 

On the 5th December the Zermatt Igloo Village will be opened. There are some igloos already built at the location with a view of the Matterhorn. You can also try and build one for yourself using prepared blocks of snow. 

The Igloo Village is located in six locations in Switzerland and even one in Spain, in Pyrenees. Every year igloos are made of 3000 tons of snow. It is a very ecological and sustainable hotel, although, seasonal. 

This year the Zermatt Igloo Village offers some new options, like more romantic Love Nest. At the beginning of winter price reductions come until Christmas. If you are not sure about sleeping in an ice environment, there are always a possibility to visit the village, drink in an igloo bar or even have a barbecue. 

Check new offers of the Zermatt Igloo Village.

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New Year's Eve in Gressoney

The last month of the year is coming soon. It's high time to think about Christmas and New Year's Eve. Monte Rosa region, as always, has many to offer for these days.

During the first two weekends of December (5-7th, 12-14th December) there will be a traditional Christmas market in Saas-Fee. It will be an occasion to feel an atmosphere of the forthcoming Christmas in a wonderful, car-free village in Switzerland. You can enjoy both the festive season and the beginning of the ski season, and maybe even find the perfect Christmas present among some traditional, regional hand-make products. On that occasion you can also visit the stadel village, the old part of Saas-Fee, its rural origins where the old chalets and storehouses (called "Stadel") are preserved. 

Opening hours for the stadel village and Christmas market.

Just before New Year's Eve it is worth checking Gressoney or Champoluc, and then spend the 31st December on a slope. And you know what they say - how you spend last day of the year, you will spend next days in the New Year. 

Both Gressoney and Champoluc prepared a ski experience for the last days in 2014. On 29th December on the piste "Leonardo David" in Gressoney ski teachers from Scuola Sci Gressoney will offer a torchlight show and then snacks with tea, wine, and Christmas cakes. The show starts at 9 p.m.

A day after, 30th December, you can take part in a traditional End-of-the-Year torchlight procession organized by Scuola Sci di Antagnod at 9 p.m. in Champoluc.

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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).

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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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Gressoney

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

Champoluc

 

 

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