Situated on the North side of the Aosta valley, Champoluc and the little hamlet of Saint Jacques are one of the three valleys that along with Gressoney and Alagna form the Monterosa ski area.
There is a lot of charm and a lot of history in the valley and with the Frachey lift station linking to the higher mountain areas, there is a lot of skiing also.
Champoluc has a very active centre and in both summer and winter the village is a hive of activity.
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 Champoluc 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.
More about Champoluc
Champoluc is probably the most well known and most lively of the three resorts which make up the Monterosa ski area, (including Alagna and Gressoney). Situated at 1570m altitude, despite being the most lively, this remains a traditional and compared to the large alpine resorts a quiter place. Champoluc like its neighbours, is at the head of the valley set out along the main road which ultimately runs up to the small hamlet of Saint Jacques.
There are two main lift stations which take you up to the perfectly groomed pistes one from the centre of the village and the other a train lift (similar to that of St Luc in Switzerland), at Frachey which takes you up to the col at Bettaforca which leads into Gressoney.
Of all the resorts in the Monterosa area, this is probably the best base for beginners (although Gressoney has a lot to offer) and there are a good range of blue and red runs throughout the region from which to perfect your skills. The ski school offers group and private lessons and there are good nursery slopes at Crest.
The village whilst steeped in tradition (the Saint Anne Chapel was built in 1715), has a contemporary feel to it with a few shops some lovely restaurants and some lively bars.
Restaurants and Bars
There are several very good restaurants and some lively bars in Champoluc.
From pizzerias, like Lo Bistrot which is opposite the Crest lift station through to fine dining at the Hotellerie de Mascognaz (you will need to jump on a skido to get there and will certainly need to make a reservation), there is a wide variety from which to choose. The Hotel Breithorn and Castor have an a la carte menu for non-guests and good value can be had from the Churen pizzeria and Le Sapin.
If you are staying in Saint Jacques, then the hotels have deals with a few of the local places where you can eat. The Fior de Roccia offers traditional local food and the restaurant "Le Petit Coq" will also deliver food to your appartment if you so choose. Just ask the owner/manager when you are there to help.