The Gressoney valley is a truly living mountain community. With 3 main centres full of life even when the ski season is over. As a result you get people who are passionate about the mountain and who care if you come back again. There is also a great sports centre in St Jean with an olympic sized swimming pool open to the public.
Situated in at the foot of the Monte Rosa mountain giving central access to the whole of the “Monterosa Ski” area there is a lot of alpine as well as cross country skiing on offer.
The “Monterosa Ski” area stretches over three valleys and has a network of over 200km of pistes, most of which are equipped with snow cannons. These prepared slopes offer all grades of piste, something for every level of skier from beginner to racer. For those who love to ski off piste the surrounding mountains offer a bountiful supply of off piste and ski touring opportunities but for this we would always recommend you take a guide.
Note there is a regular (every 15 mins) bus service that carries people up and down the valley during the day.
Gressoney St. Jean - Altitude 1385 metres
Gressoney St. Jean is also a haven for cross country skiers with 25 km of trails often only a few metres from the door of one’s accommodation. Very nearby is also the separate ski area of Weismatten which offers excellent downhill skiing on down hill courses used by the Canadian Olympic ski team during the Turin Winter Olympics. It was nominated as Italy's best ski run in 2009.
After the success of the test of the Canadian Oyimpic ski team during the past Olympic games, in 2010 Weissmatten slopes hosted 2 races of the European Female Cup, 2 races of the World Military Games disputed in March and at the beginning of the 2011 season, they will host the European Female Cup (10th/11th December).
Founded in the 13th century Gressoney St. Jean is an elegant village with a sophisticated atmosphere, centred around the old cobbled square with beautifully restored original architecture. The parish church of San Giovanni rebuilt in 1725 on the foundations of the 16th century church. The village is steeped in tradition and is a centre of the old art of wood carving. The Savoy castle, once the summer residence of Queen Margherita is truly remarkable and worth a visit.
Gressoney St. Jean is an excellent location for families and skiers who like to stay in a genuinely historical and charming village enjoying traditional architecture and accommodation. There are excellent ski bus links to all the major lifts and it has a fine selection of local restaurants serving traditional culinary delights, typical dishes of the Aosta Valley.
Gressoney La Trinite - Altitude 1637 metres
Gressoney La Trinite is the first point up the valley where you can jump on a chair lift and get taken into the Monterosa Ski area itself. It is a small village again steeped in history (you will find the Walser museum in the village square).
There is a fun park and small ski school for smaller children to learn to ski, or simply to have fun after a day on the mountain. You can also pick up ski and boot rental in the village.
There are several bars and restaurants as well as Hotels and Self catered apartments. If your choice is to be within walking distance of the mountain without the hubbub of the main lift station then this is the place for you. It is about a 10 minute drive from here up to Gressoney Stafal where you can find the main lift station.
Gressoney Stafal - Altutude 1818 metres
Whilst not truly a village (there are no shops, playground, church etc), Stafal which is found at the head of the valley where the main ski centre of Gressoney can be found. This is the central point between the Alagna and Champoluc valleys. Setting off from here every day you can decide on a different route to take including all the way up to the Punta Indren lift station at 3275 metres.
The main ski school starts here and as well as a nursery slope with tapis roulant and fun park, all the more advanced lessons set off from just outside the main lift station.
There are a few bars and restaurants which are mainly dominated by skiers during the day. In the evening it is a quiet spot where the Hotels offer some lovely and comfortable accommodation. It is about a 25-30 minute drive from Stafal down to the Sporthaus leisure complex in Gressoney St Jean.
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
This is a pleasant cafeteria and bar run by Leanna, it serves both hot drinks as well as alcoholic beverages. It offers a simple menu of toasted breads, cheeses and hams in additional to a wonderful variety of hand made chocolates and cakes. This is a good place for a light snack or a coffee and cake.
It is centrally located in the centre of the old square opposite the Famacia Monte Rosa.
This is a traditional old café bar on via Monte Rosa, on the corner opposite the church and the car park. It is centrally located and has the San Paulo bank and ATM machine next to it. As a general café it serves both coffees, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
Monte Rosa Gelateria
This is situated in the centre of the old village and in addition to being a bar and café it is an ice cream parlour serving many different varieties and flavours of ice cream.
This is a great après ski bar and brasserie. Run by Patrick and Serena, they are both climbers and skiers and generally all round nice people sharing the Zuba love for natural mountain locations. This is where real mountain people go and it is a favourite with the mountain guides after a days work in the mountains.
It is located in an old stone building, built in 1750, it used to be the old stables. During après ski it is the place to have a drink and a snack and to catch up on a hard and successful day in the mountains. They offer a wide range of cocktails, beers as well as non alcoholic beverages. There is a good supply of climbing and ski magazines and most of the people who frequent this place are serious about their mountain sports.
After après ski time it is predominantly a Brasserie serving a wide range of savory and sweet crepes and other traditional food.
This is a good beer bar which also serves meals. It is located on the corner of the lower square and near the road. They provides warm beer keller atmosphere and serves a range of pasta, polenta and regional dishes.
Castore Lounge Bar
The bar is located in the next village just up the valley in the little village of Gressoney-la-Trinite. Developed and run by Massimo (Max), it is a move away from the rustic mountain bar atmosphere. It is located on the ground floor of a delightful old building dating back many centuries in the old pedestrianised town square. It is open from 4pm until 2.00am. It offers a wide range of cocktails, beers as well as food and 32 flavours of chocolate fondue and 40 different flavours of tea! It is a cool place to hang out and offers great music and dancing later in the evenings. This is the 7th bar that Massimo has developed and each one takes him to a new level of sophistication, check out the spring seats, and the Moroccan lounge with low tables and cushions! Mention Zuba Ski, and Max will ensure you of a good time.
Tel: +39 0125 366809
Nordkapp is renowned by many as the finest restaurant in the whole valley. It is owned and run by our friends Luca and Priya. Luca is an incredible chef, his passion for food and its flavours are an absolute obsession for him – he truly cooks with his heart.
His menus offer a range of starters, homemade fresh pasta dishes, main courses, deserts and cured cheeses. As you would expect his wine cellar matches his food, an extensive list of fine regional and Italian wine. Luca and Priya never fail to provide their guests with a wonderful gastronomic evening, with Priya’s friendly and attentive front of house hospitality she compliments the MAN in the kitchen!
They are open both for lunch and evening meals. Nordkapp restaurant is located in the old lower square - Piazza Umberto 1st opposite Davide Camisasca’s photo gallery and bookshop. It is advisable to book a table especially at weekends and in the evenings – mention Zuba Ski and you will be sure of a wonderful evening!! Luca you’re a crazy man, an outstanding chef and your hospitality is wonderful. Thank you!
Closed on Wednesday
Tel: +39 0125 355096
Owned and run by Andrea & Elisa, their restaurant offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. They serve simple traditional and tasty Italian food, which is good value for money and a great place for adults and children alike. They make good pizzas and have a real fire pizza oven in one corner of the restaurant. In addition to pizza they offer other pasta and meat dishes. Andrea is the chef and many of his staff speak good English.
Brasserie Paul Verlaine
Patrick and Serena serve a wonderful mix of brasserie cuisine, including their speciality crepes. They have a wide range of both savory and sweet crepes, as well as pasta, hot paninis and deserts. Add to this great cocktails and a good range of beers it is an excellent place to hang out with other mountain lovers. Again mention Zuba and be assured of a good time.
Fun for families and beginners
Gressoney St-Jean is ideally suited for familes with the main village centre being pedestrian. There is also a wonderful playground for those of you with smaller children.
Gressoney all three Gressoney villages have their own snow park.
- Gressoney St Jean - this is located near in between the SportHaus and the Hotel Flora Alpina. There is also a beginners section and area near to the Weismatten ski piste
- Gressoney La Trinite - the fun park is located over the road from the Punta Jolanda lift station, on the village side of the valley. If you are staying in one of the village hotels, it is an easy walk up to the fun park.
- Gressoney Stafal - at the same point where ski school kicks off there is a junior slope with tapis roulant as well as the fun park. It is in the sun quite a lot of the day, so be sure to take your factor 50!
Sporthaus Leisure Centre
Gressoney Sporthaus is an amazing facility on the edge of Gressoney St Jean.
In it there is a full sized swimming pool, a fully equiped gym, a climbing wall, squash courts as well as a cinema (showing mainly Italian movies...).
It is open every afternoon during the season and is a great place to unwind after a day on the mountain. If you are with the children, then the pool is also very child friendly. Lots of floats and goggles as well as a really friendly English speaking life guard.