Nestled to the west of Monte Rosa (the 2nd highest mountain in Europe) the Gressoney Valley makes up the second and middle valley of Italy’s very own 3 Valleys: the Monterosa ski region.
The resort is made up of three villages; Stafal is a miss-match of hotels and ski hire shops and provides the best lifts to the east and west side of the valley.
Gressoney-La-Trinite is an unspoilt village 3km to the south with a charming parish church that dates back to 1671, cobbled streets and pretty wooden buildings including a handful of friendly bars and cafes. It also has direct access to the main ski area via the Punta Jolanda lift.
A further 7km down the valley, Gressoney Saint-Jean is a slightly bigger but just as authentic town, with old cobbled streets, age old architecture and a natural ice rink as well as its own slopes (a long blue and shorter red and black). A free bus shuttle for multi-day Monterosa ski pass holders runs throughout the valley.
The towns have a very rustic, sleepy feel, with a variation of the Walser dialect known as ‘Titsch’ spoken by some locals. Walser dress is also common, as well as the art of ‘puncetto’ knotted needlelace, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
The scenery here is a massive selling point; Gressoney’s positioning gives you a panorama that includes not just one of the alpine giants but four: Monte Rosa, Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Gran Paradiso.
With the Monterosa ski pass, you’ll be able to take advantage of the extensive 180km of from the very heart of the area.