Compared to their French counterparts, the après ski is less about the partying and more about relaxing in the Aosta resorts. That said, each resort has its credentials and whatever your mood, the Aosta Valley is more than happy to accommodate.
For livelier après, Cervinia, La Thuile and Courmayeur are your best bets, being popular choices for the weekend skiers from Milan and Turin. Top venues include La Bricole in La Thuile (their cocktails are awesome), Bianconiglio in Cervinia and Bar Americano in Courmayeur.
For those content with a quiet sherry by the fireside, Pila, Champoluc and Gressoney are more low key (you can always show off your karaoke talents in Champoluc’s West Road Bar if you fancy upping the pace a bit).
No one does food quite like the Italians. Pizza is not so much a staple part of an Italian ski trip, but more of a dietary requirement while visiting the Aosta Valley. Every resort does pizza to an incredible standard, some even being cooked in old-school wood burning ovens, like in Kremer Thal just outside of Champoluc. Fondue is of course a popular dish in this area- we loved the stuff in Il Principe in Gressoney.
For non-skiers, Aosta is famous for its fresh spring water and high altitude, making it the perfect location to soak away the stress. Many hotels and chalets have wellness facilities and the Pre Saint Didier spa is just a short drive from Courmayeur, La Thuile and Pila. Aosta town is bursting with medieval and Roman history; while Cervinia, Champoluc and Gressoney have some beautiful historical buildings and monuments. There are good quality sports facilities within each resort, meaning if you still fancy some intense exercise, things like 5 a side football or indoor climbing are never too far away.
When is best to ski?
High altitude skiing means Aosta is known for snowy conditions throughout the region from December through to April. Naturally the very best conditions are in February and early March and as many head to France, the region stays comparatively quiet even during the peak dates.
Most of the piste across the region is above 2000m, so conditions are very reliable for much of the season, and the off-piste and heli-skiing opportunities will guarantee some good skiing for anyone with the skill and will to travel.
Courmayeur is the lowest resort, at a mere 1224m above sea level- but has much of its piste rising above 2000m to a height of 2755m. It also easily accesses the Valle Blanche descent, starting at more than 3400m. Snow sure Cervinia, by comparison, is the highest at 2050m, and has the highest skiable piste reaching 3883m, making this your best option for later in the season.
If you love skiing at Christmas, you have to do Italy at least once. Spend Christmas in the Aosta Valley and join the locals for midnight mass and local markets. There’s no better excuse than Christmas to feast on the amazing food you’ll find here!
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Food food food! Spending New Years in the Aosta Valley ensures you will be fed, and fed well. Hotels will stuff you with multi-course meals, most resorts have torchlit descents and the livelier villages will be buzzing all night.
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Great ski conditions, snowparks, loads of fantastic food and best of all, few crowds! Spending February half term in the Aosta Valley is a hidden gem, especially if you’re bored of the crowds across the border.
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Late season skiing over Easter in the Aosta Valley is an understated choice as far European skiing goes. With high altitude resorts like Cervinia and oodles of terrain over 2,000m, skiable conditions should be easy to find.
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