Luxury in Monte Rosa: Marvellous moments in magnificent Monte Rosa
As far back as the beginning of the 19th century, mountaineers tried to reach the summit, but it was only achieved in 1855 by a group of eight climbers, escorted by three guides. They started the attempt at Zermatt. For more than 30 years Monte Rosa Ski resort has been described as vibrant and full of zip and if you go there for the first time, you will be stunned by the magnificent view given to us by Mother Nature. Here you will surely experience slopes and ski-lift amenities far above the ordinary. “The maniacal accuracy with which the runs are groomed, the pride and joy of the resort's villages, combines with the continuous search for innovative ski-lift facilities, while safeguarding the environment.” What a wonderful testimonial! Monte Rosa's ski area offers 180km of piste skiing and fantastic off-piste skiing. Looking at the piste map the three valleys can be seen very broadly and, from left to right, respectively suitable for beginner to intermediate, and from intermediate to advanced skiers. The on-piste skiing includes 17km of black runs, none of which are particularly challenging. The region's off-piste terrain is a magnet for experienced deep snow skiers and there are plenty of mountain guides working in this region.
Monte Rosa is the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second-highest in both the Alps and in Western Europe. The mountain top, known as the Dufourspitze (4,634 m), is the pinnacle point of the Pennine Alps. Although its main peak is located within Switzerland in the South Eastern part of the canton of Valais, the Monte Rosa Massif is the second-highest mountain range in Italy. Skiers compare Monte Rosa's three valleys to the Trois Vallees in France, looking much alike, but the ski experience spells a vast difference. Most of the area is underdeveloped and really picture perfect for off-piste skiing. During weekends and holidays many people rent a private chalet, but the skiing throughout Monte Rosa is on incredible quiet pistes. Alagna, at the foot of the Monte Rosa, is legendary for advanced off-piste routes, but the area as a whole has a lot to offer deep snow skiers at any level. There is one main village for renting a luxury ski chalet in each of Monterosa's three valleys. Champoluc in the western Val d'Ayas and Gressoney in the central valley are both about an hour's drive up from the Aosta valley, to the south. Alagna is even more remote, and approached by a quite different route from the east.