Taking an Easter holiday to the Aosta Valley is the perfect getaway if you’re looking for quiet slopes and good conditions. The access to high altitude skiing in resorts like Cervinia, Courmayeur and Gressoney cannot be understated, and the flexibility to go across the border to resorts like Zermatt, Chamonix and La Rosiere (from Cervinia, Courmayeur and La Thuile respectively) adds great flexibility if you want to explore.
Snowfall is on the whole good at this time of year, and the 2009-2010 season experienced a particularly large dump across the region. For the best snow in Italy, stay in Cervinia which is the highest resort at 2050m and has slopes going up to and over 3,000m. Many resorts have sunny slopes for T-Shirt skiing, and nothing says you’ve had a good trip more than when you come back with a goggle tan! The clearer weather also makes the views absolutely spectacular – you can see Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa from most resorts.
If the weather veering on the warmer side makes the slopes a bit slushy in the afternoon, you won’t find yourself getting bored. Traditional Easter celebrations take place in Cervinia and La Thuile – perfect for families with youngsters. Enjoy the easy 20 minute gondola journey from Pila to Aosta for a cultural twist and to sample the town’s shopping and eating scene. Courmayeur and La Thuile are just a short drive from the Pre Saint Didier spa, a fantastic place to spend a day getting pampered. Champoluc and Gressoney are also rich in history and have local market stalls to do some souvenir shopping.