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Gressoney - for the Ideal Italian Family Ski Trip

The Monterosa ski area is one of the largest ski areas in Italy. Covering a large network of pistes and lifts linking three separate valleys. The skiing ranges from Champoluc in the Ayas Valley in the west to the Valsesia valley and Alagna in the East, with the Gressoney valley in the ideal position, right between the two. The area is becoming ever more popular with a number of informed and enthusiastic skiers, who appreciate the stunning scenery, the lovely long runs, great mountain restaurants and accessible off-piste opportunities.

Our Chalet Hotel Valverde is located in the resort of Gressoney- La-Trinité, which is the principal village of the valley, with direct ski-lift access into the heart of the area. It is a quiet, neat little village with cobbled streets, a traditional church and traditionally styled wooden buildings, which combine to epitomise the charm of skiing in Italy.

Gressoney

Chalet Hotel Valverde - Close

Chalet Hotel Valverde
  • Adjacent to the main Punta Jolanda chairlift, with skiing back virtually to the doorstep
  • 4 minutes' walk to the village centre (400m)
  • Comfortable family suites and bedrooms, all with en suite facilities
  • 9 pairs of rooms now with interconnecting doors for complete family convenience
  • Prices From £829
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Our Childcare In Gressoney

Childcare
Childcare/Ski lesson Age group Description 2016/17 price 2017/18 price
Nursery 17 weeks-40 months All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days £319 £325
Spritelets 3–4 years Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons £215 £229
Sprite Beginners 5–9 years Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings £215 £229
Sprite Improvers 6–10 years Improver morning classes for those who have mastered snowplough turns on blue runs - 5 mornings £215 £229
Sprite Intermediates 7–11 years For 7-11 year olds who have skied for a minimum of 2 weeks and are starting to parallel ski but still rely on snowploughing on trickier red runs - 5 mornings £215 £229
Supervised Lunch 3–12 years Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days £89 £95
Snow Club 3–8 years Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 6 half days £199 £205
Any child booking any morning plus any afternoon element along with Supervised Lunch receives their Cocoa Club / Mini Cocoa Club FREE
Mini Cocoa Club 3–5 years 7.30-9.30pm - A quiet time for pre-bed stories and play in most resorts - 6 evenings
(Children must be out of nappies)
£29 £35
Cocoa Club 6–12 years Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings £59 £65
Saturday Family Guiding Over 5 years Saturdays can prove to be a dilemma for families who
are not confident enough to take the family out on their own - Book a guide either individually or as a group of families. Available in selected resorts only
Prices from £39 per adults and £29 per child
(New) Ski Chaperone All ages One of our Snow Rangers will accompany your child to their ski school meeting point and collect them at the end of the session - 6 mornings £69 £75
Sprite Xtra Classes Improver Xtra 6-11 years Intermediates Xtra 7-12 years A formal, structured ski lesson of 2-2.5 hours each morning followed by 2 more hours of less formal, fun ski time with their instructor each afternoon - 5 x am & 5 xpm mornings £319 £359

2016/17 Peak weeks: include departures on 23th & 30th December 2016, 12th &19th February & 2nd & 9th of April 2017. Gressoney dates are one day earlier with the exception of the December departures.

2017/18 Peak weeks: include departures on the 19th & 26th December 2017, 11th and 18th February, 1st & 8th April 2018: Departures are Tuesdays until 2nd January, then Sundays for the rest of the season. Gressoney departure dates are on Saturdays all season.

For more information on our Childcare, click here.

Esprit Classic Child Care

For parents our Esprit Classic Child Care offers a completely seamless service and means being able to leave your accommodation after breakfast to head for the first lift, only needing to return after the last one shuts. We look after you children completely throughout the ski day if you wish. For the kids it means non-stop fun with english speaking staff and children!

Collection Service

Six mornings a week, children in Esprit Sprite classes and Spritelet Snow Club are collected from the Chalet Hotel’s meeting point by our staff (and/or the ski school instructors) and taken to the appropriate slopes for their lessons, or to our Snow Club for a morning of fun.

At the end of the morning Sprite Beginner ski lessons, children joining Supervised Lunch and/or afternoon Snow Club will be collected and returned to the Valverde for their lunch and afternoon activities.

Children in Sprite Improver and Intermediate Xtra classes will have their lunch on the mountain with their instructor, and will be collected at the end of their lessons and taken back to the Valverde, where they will re-join the other children for fun and games.

Spritelets will be taken to their lessons in the Snow Park Nursery at Stafal after lunch and will join the other children in Snow Club when their lesson ends.

The Skiing in Gressoney

The Skiing

Ski range from 1,580 - 3,550m

Beginners

The best nursery slope for complete beginners is at Stafal, from which you can progress on to the Castore blue run at Gabiet at the top of the Stafal-Gabiet gondola which is ideal for gaining confidence. Lessons with the Gressoney ski school will help ease first timers through the initial learning process and beginners will gain a real sense of achievement at the end of a first week skiing.

Intermediates

If you enjoy lovely long runs with a sensation of travelling from place to place, then Gressoney and the Monterosa ski area are definitely for you. The pistes change from lovely tree-lined slopes in the valleys to open snow-fields on top, most with panoramic views, and some excellent, long cruising runs from the ridges down into the valleys. You can have a great blast on the Olen piste down from the Passo Salati towards Alagna, and then the Alagna run covering 1,759m of vertical drop (all in one go if you want!) There is also a good selection of red runs in the Ayas valley towards Champoluc, providing challenging terrain on which to perfect your technique, amidst sensational mountain scenery.

Advanced

There are some black runs and in addition to these, one well-known attraction of the area is the quantity and quality of off-piste opportunities, with great runs from the high points of the lift system. The newest lift installed is the cable car to Indren for the un-pisted ‘itinerary’ run down to Gabiet. There is also a popular and easily accessible off-piste route beside the long run from Passo Salati towards Alagna. You can also hire a guide for either a day or half a day to really get the best out of this area.

Powder Potential

The Monterosa area, and Alagna in particular, appeals to advanced and ‘freeride’ skiers. Heli-skiing is also allowed in this area of the Alps and is a popular way to access the less tracked high altitude off-piste slopes. Going out with a guide is a great adventure, with numerous off-piste itineraries accessible from the lift system. From Punta Indren at an altitude of 3,250m, there are off-piste routes towards Gressoney past the Stolemberg, or to Alagna, taking in the famous Balma and Vallone del Bors, and the possibility of a continuous 2,000m vertical descent.

Snowboarding

The off-piste powder is the main attraction for free-riders, especially just by the sides of the pistes going down to Alagna. For free-stylers there is a snowpark at Gabiet (just above Stafal) including boxes, table jumps and rails for adventurous boarders.

Après Ski

The area’s après ski scene and nightlife are generally informal and relatively quiet, although Gressoney-La-Trinité has a number of friendly local bars and cafés that offer a choice of good draught beers and wonderful Italian wines, helped along by some cheerful après ski ‘happy hours’.

Activities

  • Heli-skiing
  • Ice skating
  • Tobogganing
  • Ice climbing l Guided ski touring
  • Ski mountaineering and even overnights in mountain huts

Other Amenities

  • Tourist Office
  • Shops & ATM
  • Snow walks
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Natural ice rink in Saint-Jean

The Snow in Gressoney

Gressoney Snow Reports

Snow Reports for Gressoney

Gressoney Snow Report 01/03/2017

Happy times! The fresh snow yesterday has really livened up the slopes and the superb weather today has made for almost perfect conditions on the pistes. Forecast: BIG SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND! Some 75-80cm of snow is forecast to fall between Friday and Sunday. Next week could be the perfect time to have off-piste lessons/mountain...

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Ski Essentials

Ski Essentials

Pre-booking all your ski pack requirements couldn't be easier - simply tell us what you need and we will arrange everything for you.

Pre-booking simply means letting Esprit staff take the strain, vetting all suppliers in advance, getting everything ready for your arrival, and standing by throughout your holiday to help and support you. Booking in advance also means you can take advantage of any offers which may not be available later as date restrictions apply and may not be available locally.

The below prices are a guide to give you an idea of the ski pack pricing, however they are subject to change so please check with our friendly Reservations Advisory team.

Free lift pass for children under 8

2016/17 Ski Packs

(Click here for 2017/18 Ski pack prices)

Equipment Hire Description White Blue Red Black
Adult 13+ yrs Skis/poles/boots - £85 £106 £151
Skis/poles - £60 £85 £116
Snowboard - - £87 -
Snowboard/boots - - £105 -
Child 6-12 yrs Skis/poles/boots - - £62 -
Snowboard/boots - - £87 -
Child 3-5 yrs Skis/poles/boots £62 - - -

1 FREE child skis/boots when 1 adult pre-books the same.
This offer must be reserved at the time of booking and may not be available later as date restrictions apply.
FREE helmets included with child skis/snowboard.

Tuition Ski & Snowboard - High Season Ski & Snowboard - Low Season
Adult price £194 £178
Times 5 mornings 4 mornings and 1 day

Low Season is weeks commencing 16 Dec and 7 Jan - 9 Apr. High season 23 & 30 Dec.
Times are 10am-12pm of which one day is 10am-3.45pm in low season.
All lessons in December start on Saturdays with 1 extra free day for New Year 30 Dec departures

6 Day Area Monterosa Lift Pass Early Low Mid High New Year (7 days)
Senior (65+) £152 £175 £185 £192 £192
Adult (19-64 yrs) £180 £199 £211 £217 £217
Teen (15-18 yrs) £152 £175 £185 £192 £192
Child (8-14 yrs) £126 £139 £148 £152 £152
Child (3-7 yrs) FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE

7 days for the price of 6 with 30 Dec departures.
Area lift pass includes Gressoney, Champoluc, Alagna & 2 days skiing in Courmayeur, La Thuile, Pila, or Cervinia (transport extra).
Season departure dates are as follows: Early season is work commencing 16 Dec, Low Season is 7 Jan - 4 Feb & 4 Mar to end of season, Mid Season is 23 Dec and High Season is 30 Dec & 11-25 Feb.
Child FREE pass available when parents pre-book passes.

2017/18 Ski packs

Equipment Hire Description White Blue Red Black
Adult 13+ yrs Skis/poles/boots - £83 £104 £148
Skis/poles - £59 £83 £114
Snowboard - - £85 -
Snowboard/boots - - £103 -
Child 6-12 yrs Skis/poles/boots - - £61 -
Snowboard/boots - - £85 -
Child 3-5 yrs Skis/poles/boots £61 - - -

1 FREE child skis/boots when 1 adult pre-books the same.
This offer must be reserved at the time of booking and may not be available later as date restrictions apply.
FREE helmets included with child skis/snowboard.

Tuition Ski & Snowboard - High Season Ski & Snowboard - Low Season
Adult price £191 £175
Times 5 mornings 4 mornings and 1 day

High season 23 & 30 Dec .Low Season is all other weeks.
Times are 10am-12pm of which one day is 10am-3.45pm in low season.

6 Day Area Monterosa Lift Pass Early Low Mid High
Senior (65+) £149 £172 £182 £182
Adult (19-64 yrs) £177 £195 £207 £213
Teen (15-18 yrs) £149 £172 £189 £189
Child (8-14 yrs) £124 £137 £145 £149
Child (3-7 yrs) FREE FREE FREE FREE

<4 day duration corresponds to the 5 night holiday departing on 2 January.

Area lift pass includes Gressoney, Champoluc, Alagna & 2 days skiing in Courmayeur, La Thuile, Pila, or Cervinia (transport extra).
Season departure dates are as follows: Early season is work commencing 16 Dec, Low Season is 6 Jan - 5 Feb & 5 Mar to end of season, Mid Season is 23 Dec and High Season is 30 Dec & 10-24 Feb.
Child FREE pass available when parents pre-book passes.

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Esprit Cuisine in Gressoney

Resort Cuisine

All of our holidays include great food six days a week. We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively to ensure our guests enjoy every meal.

Includes a skiers' buffet breakfast to start your day, afternoon tea to welcome you 'home', and a 4 or 5-course evening meal with wine and coffee to complete the evening.

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