The mountain village of Magugnaga in the Monterosa region is located at 1,327 metres altitude. It has a very impressive position at the foot of some of the famous 4,000 metres plus peaks of the Monterosa Massif, including the Dufourspitze the second highest mountain in Europe. Looking up at the east face of the Monterosa one will see the Marinelli couloir, the east wall of the mountain and the tallest in Europe.
The village itself has a Swiss feel to it as there are many traditional wooden buildings which stem from its Walser background and history, some dating back as far as the 13th Century. It has a small cosy and scenic Alpine ambiance with everything pretty much centrally located. It is an unspoilt and beautiful location, surrounded by wild mountain scenery and nature.
The main lift station located near the main square takes skiers and walkers up to an altitude of 3,000 metres and to the Passo del Monte Moro. This is on the borders of Italy and Switzerland with the Swiss resort of Saas Fee just over the border. There is another chair lift going up to Belvedere at 1,914 metres. These lifts give access in winter for skiing, both on and off piste, as well and in summer for hiking and mountaineering. There are several locations on the mountain where it is possible to call by for refreshments and lunches.
It is ideally situated for families with young children wanting to learn to ski in a small quaint and truly Alpine atmosphere.
Equally it is suited to couples and friends wishing to enjoy time skiing both on and off piste, in a quieter and more traditional atmosphere than the large modern resorts. The various pistes are well maintained and offer skiing for a wide range of abilities.
- Resort Altitude: 1327m
- Total kilometres of piste: 38km
- Longest Run: 7km
- Total number of lifts: 12 (2 x cable car, 2 x Chair lift, 8 x Drag lift)
- Total number of pistes: 16 (5 x Blue, 8 x Red, 3 x Black)
There are excellent opportunities to go snowboarding both on the piste runs and off-piste runs down the Mount Moro slopes to the Alpe Bill, or in the larch woods in the Belvedere area, right under the Mount Rosa wall. There is a special reserved area on Mount Moro for free-stylers.
There are two cross-country tracks that run amid the old houses of Pecetto and Isella, and lead into the woods that surround the village, down to a small valley, known as Quarazza, which is parallel to the main Macugnaga valley. There are several levels of difficulty in order to meet the demands of all the cross-country enthusiasts.