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.
Meanwhile the area is surrounded by some of highest peaks in Europe and offers high altitude snow-sure skiing and fantastic views from its many atmospheric mountain restaurants. The area is sometimes referred to as one of Italy’s best kept secrets and you will feel that you are discovering something unique and unspoilt every day, within its 180km of varied and generally uncrowded pistes.
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Our Childcare In Gressoney
|Childcare/Ski lesson||Age group||Description||2017/18 price|
|Nursery||17 weeks-40 months||All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days||£325|
|Spritelets||3–4 years||Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons||£229|
|Sprite Beginners||5–9 years||Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings||£229|
|Sprite Improvers||6–10 years||Improver morning classes for those who have mastered snowplough turns on blue runs - 5 mornings||£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||£229|
|Supervised Lunch||3–12 years||Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days||£95|
|Snow Club||3–8 years||Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 6 half days||£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)
|Cocoa Club||6–12 years||Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings||£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||£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||£359|
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.
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!
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.
In the mornings we ask that Nursery children are delivered to the Nursery by their parents. Nursery lunch will be held in the Valverde. Nursery children must be collected by their parents at 5pm and accompanied at high tea, whilst all other children will be supervised by our staff through high tea until 6pm.
Cocoa Club runs in the Snow Club room from 7.30-10pm and Mini Cocoa Club in the Nursery from 7.30-9.30pm on six nights a week and is available to all children of appropriate age. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children. Parents can then put their children to bed and make the most of our Baby Listening/Child-Patrol Service, which runs until 11pm.
Ski range from 1,580 - 3,550m
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
- Ice skating
- Ice climbing l Guided ski touring
- Ski mountaineering and even overnights in mountain huts
- Tourist Office
- Shops & ATM
- Snow walks
- Cross-country skiing
- Natural ice rink in Saint-Jean
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
2017/18 Ski packs
|Adult 13+ yrs||Skis/poles/boots||-||£83||£104||£148|
|Child 6-12 yrs||Skis/poles/boots||-||-||£61||-|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
Fly to Turin (TRN) from the following airports
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.More About Esprit Cuisine