Alagna is a small Italian resort situated in Valsesia at the foot of one of the highest mountains in Europe, the Monte Rosa. Set in Valsesia, it offers some of the greatest winter and summer sports you will ever experience. Alagna brings traditional Italian alpine charm as well as incredible outdoor opportunities. Winter Skiing is second to none and off-piste tracks are among the longest and most exciting in the Alps.
We are the Alagna Ski Specialists working in the resort for many years with all the local people.
Off-piste powder skiing, heliskiing, or simply cruising on the open piste followed by delicious Italian wines and pasta, we guarantee you will want to keep coming back.
Heliskiing, Freeride Off-Piste Skiing and Touring
Off-piste skiing on virgin, isolated terrain is probably the best ski experience ever; absolute freedom without safety nets, boundary markers and signs! Freedom, however, that abides by nature’s rules and not human ones.
Zuba Ski offer private guided heliskiing as well as dedicated courses for freeride and off-piste skiing in the Alagna and Monterosa area.
Zuba Ski can also arrange day and multi-day touring around the Monterosa area. Taking advantage of staying up in one of the mountain refuges to access some of the more hidden away slopes. We also arrange multiday ski tours throughout the alps.
Restaurants and Bars
There are a handful of charming restaurants and bars spread around the Alagna village. The food in Alagna varies from local and typical dishes to pizzas and pasta. There are some excellent restaurants and we have tried to give you an insight into bars and cafes to choose from. Nightlife in Alagna gives you a traditional alpine environment and local atmosphere. Enjoy some wonderful Italian wines, local delicacies and great hospitality.
Dir und Don
This restaurant is in the centre of Alagna. There are two parts to it, the interior has been beautifully decorated in wood, and there is one section which is mainly pizzas, calzone, pasta and some meat dishes and salads, as well as delicious desserts. The second part is more formal, serving really excellent food. We highly recommend this restaurant. They keep an excellent cellar! It is popular with locals as well as travellers alike.
Newly opened in 2017, this is a very welcoming bar run by Elly who is famous in the village for being able to host a party! Situated beneath the Hotel Cristallo, the bar has comfortable seating areas, sofas, tables with stools as well as regular seating. Try some of the local specialities and accompanying your drinks you will be given local miacci, olives and small pizza slices too. A great place to relax after a day on the hill.
This is a very friendly and popular family run bar/restaurant that has been going for many years. It has a warm buzzy atmosphere and the food is excellent. Paola, the owner, enjoys presenting their clientele with the very best of local cuisine. It is situated in the centre of Alagna, set back off the road. Their specialties include:-
- Raclette (grilled cheese and potatoes)
- Fonduta di Formaggi (cheese fondue)
- Polenta e Selvaggina (polenta and game)
- Miacce (savoury pancakes)
If you are looking to try a really tasty local dish their Venison and polenta is excellent!
The Hotel Cristallo is a contemporary 3 star hotel. It has it’s own restaurant, run by Graziano, which is available for dining and reservations even if you are not staying at the hotel. The food is typical of the region.
This is a great restaurant, which is sometimes missed as it is hidden away on the far side of the lower village square near to Residence Orma and also the Dir und Don. The food is really great value - a perfect place to take families out for supper, they are great with the children.
Montagna di Luce
A small charming hotel in the hamlet of Pedemonte. The building has been immaculately restored in true Walser style and has a warm and genuine alpine atmosphere. It has its own restaurant where the general public can dine. A five\ten minute walk straight up the valley from town and over the river bridge will work up a good appetite for your dinner. It serves regional and international cuisine and has a good wine cellar. Our good friends and your hosts Silvia and Sergio and their friendly team will always assure you of an enjoyable time.
Home cooked food, Fum Diss is in the hamlet (frazione) of Dosso. It is open during the season on Friday and Saturday. From Piazza degli Alberghi, follow the main road up and take a left after 100metres, onto a narrow and steep road. If it is snowing you will need to get there either in a 4x4 or with snow chains on your car.
Caffe del Centro
This little café in the centre of town is popular with the locals during the day as well as being a busy après ski location. As well as drinks it offers a range of snacks.
Vineria an Baker WI
The Vineria is on the main high street in Alagna. It is a cosy but refined bar that serves a wonderful range of wines and delicious cold meats and cheeses. It is open all day and serves a whole range of drinks, as well as coffee and snacks, including Miacce (savoury Italian pancakes - not to be missed). The Vineria is the perfect place to enjoy a glass or bottle after skiing or before dinner and is normally open to the early hours for more après meal lounging! Under the watchful eye of it’s manager Sergio you can enjoy the local vino rosso from Gattinara or the fine wines of Nebiolo and Barolo, or of course the famous Bombardino!
Cafe della Guide
This is a lively après ski bar situated just below the Monterosa Hotel. This is a very popular place for after ski drinks. Café della Guide is a firm favourite of the Mountain Guides and ski instructors as much as anyone. Always a good place for a Bombardino or hot chocolate!
Fun for families and beginners
Alagna is small village and therefore with little or no village traffic is a very family friendly place.
There is a beginners area called "Wold" which is a 5 minute drive up from the main village. Here children and adults alike can learn the basics of skiing in what is a much more tame ski area than Alagna itself. There is a cafe and a small restaurant in Wold. Having a car to go to and from the village to Wold is helpful.
We would also highly recommend hiring a ski instructor or attending ski school where they teach all levels. Ski school is not active full time, so please ask for more information from one of the Zuba Ski team.
After a couple of days in Wold Alagna then offers some wonderful wide groomed pistes where beginners can really get to grips with the mountains. Unlike other resorts in the Alps, the mountains are not over crowded, queues are non-existant and the Italian warmth towards families and children is infectious.
Aside from skiing, there is also the ice rink which children will love, as well as a childrens play area.
For older teenagers, there is a sports hall with table football and other indoor games.
Alagna doesn't as yet have any crèche facilities however dedicated baby sitters can be arranged on request either for all day child care or evening baby sitting.
There is an open air ice rink in Alagna situated next to the Sports Hall.
Alagna is nestled under the towering Monte Rosa mountain. This majestic mountain range is a natural border dividing Italy and Switzerland. Alagna’s unique architecture of small wooden houses and hamlets with overhanging roofs and wooden balconies on each level, originated from their Swiss ancestors.
They ventured over the high mountain passes in 1170 A.D in search of new grazing pasture and a place to settle. As well as being part of a unique Germanic culture, Alagna holds many mountain secrets and is a haven for sports enthusiasts. The off piste skiing is some of the finest in Europe which is accessible easily by the new lift system.
You can also venture further a field and step into a helicopter and be flown to the top of a dream mountain and ski kilometres of virgin snow in a winter wonderland at your own pace. For those of you are seeking more of a challenge, the overwhelming feeling of climbing Monte Rosa in Summer is quite unforgettable.
The Monte Rosa offers such incredible adventures in a high altitude environment. Adventures naturally include mountain hazards and therefore require the highest level of alpine competence and judgement to ensure safety. The mountain guides that we use are all UIAGM certified and offer their guidance, knowledge and enthusiasm for skiing to ensure you get the maximum out of your time on the mountain.