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Aosta Valley Ski Area, Italy, Champoluc
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As soon as you walk into the Hotel Castor you'll get a warm welcome. The Castor's have been running the hotel for four generations and greet each guest as though they know them.
It's ideally located in the historic centre of Champoluc and the hotel runs a shuttle service to the lifts in the morning and afternoon. You can also reach the main Crest gondola in ten minutes or so on foot.
There's a really nice cosy and comfortable ambiance throughout the hotel. You could spend hours relaxing, reading, drinking and socialising in the lounge bar. Once a week there's live music here and the place really comes alive. When it comes to dinner, you'll be well-fuelled for your week in the mountains. Enjoy a hearty Italian, four-course meal in the authentic mountain setting of the hotel restaurant.
The Extra Mile
The Castor family provide a homely base for your winter holiday, as well as some extras that make for fantastic, memorable experiences; from exploring the back-country with a professional alpine guide, yoga and pilates courses to local wine tasting (all payable locally).
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 45 mins by coach from Turin airport.
Early booking discount available (excludes arrivals 24 Dec 23 - 06 Jan 24 & 11 Feb - 09 Mar 24
Group discount available (min 15 people)
Free daily teatime from 4pm to 6pm
Discount at the resort's Monterosa spa
Weekly wine tastings
Christmas presents for everyone on Christmas day
Live band on New Years Eve
- Ski extras
- No. of rooms: 32
- No. of buildings: 1
- No. of floors: 4
- Official rating: 3
Local Fees and Taxes
Resort tourist tax of approx. €1 per person (aged 13+) per night, payable locally.
Twin Rooms are between 16-22m² and sleep two people in a double bed (Twin beds are available on request). They have a TV, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, bath or shower and hairdryer.
Single Rooms are about 14-17m² and have a bath with overhead shower and are available on request.
Family Rooms have one double and two single beds. They are available on request.
- Lift accessible: No
- Lift serves all floors: Yes
- No. of steps into property: 4
- Access ramp: Yes
Without a doubt, Champoluc is the most popular resort in the hidden gem that is the Monterosa ski area in Italy. This is a haven for those who are looking to take their skiing and snowboarding off the beaten path in an authentic Italian setting. Like all of the villages in the area, Champoluc is filled with rustic charm and is beautiful to explore, especially as you follow the walkway alongside the river which flows all the way through the village. There’s a good range of shops, bars and patisseries to enjoy as well as the Monterosa spa located at the top end of town next to the woodland park, perfect if you need a day’s rest and fancy a bit of pampering.
The ski area continues to surprise even the most competent skiers and boarders every year for many reasons. Firstly, not only are the pistes extremely well maintained but majority of the season they feel empty compared to the busy slopes in neighbouring countries. You then have the three extensive ski areas which are covered with one lift pass; Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna which are linked by a modern lift system throughout the valleys. The majority of the slopes are aimed towards intermediate and advanced skiers but the real star of the show is the mass of off-piste areas. True powder hunters will want to head towards the Punta Indren lift and hit up the un-pisted terrain, just make sure you have the correct equipment as it’s not for the faint hearted.
At the weekend, it is a popular destination with the Italian locals who travel up from Milan and Turin, and the whole resort comes to life with après culture. As you come off the mountain the home run is next to the ski hire shop, so you can drop off your skis and join in the fun.
|Ski area||180 km|
|Runs||28 50 17|
|Longest run||9 Km|
|Lifts||Drag lifts 5, Chairlifts 16, Cablecars 3|
Food & Drink
Champoluc offers some fabulous authentic Italian restaurants serving classic and contemporary food. One of the great things about the Monterosa ski area is that the lovely food isn’t restricted to the town of Champoluc; the mountain restaurants are also delicious and serve unique a la carte menus. You’ll find bars with live music, delicious wines and cocktails, but the atmosphere remains a lot calmer and more relaxed than other alpine resorts.
Champoluc offers the usual sporting goods stores, a few souvenir shops and one supermarket in the small village. Please note: there is no weekly market. If you are interested in a shopping trip, then a day excursion to the nearby cities of Milan and Turin, or even the nearby town of Aosta is bound to be more successful. Popular souvenirs to take back home include hand-carved wooden clogs!
Spa & Relaxation
The MonterosaSPA is the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. There are a range of different pools, steam rooms and saunas to enjoy as well as various treatments and massages available. To visit the spa, you need to book in advance - this is best to organise by asking the staff in your hotel. To get there walk up through the centre of town, past the main ski lift heading up towards Frachey and you will find it situated on the left next to the pharmacy.
Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition
|6 days||Season||Child |
8 - 14 years
15 - 18 years
19 - 64 years
65 - 74 years
- Low season - 01 Nov - 23 Dec 22, 07 Jan - 10 Feb & 25 Mar - 14 Apr 23
- Mid season - 04 Mar - 24 Mar 23
- High season - 24 Dec 22 - 06 Jan & 11 Feb - 03 Mar 23
Lift pass information
Area Pass includes Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna & two days skiing in another Aosta Valley resort. Does NOT include Indren lift which allows access to the Freeride Paradise area - you can pay locally on the day to upgrade pass to access this off-piste area. Walker's pass available locally.
6 - 12 years
|Skis & boots||Blue||-||£88|
|Snowboard & boots||Red||£66||£110|
- Children 3 - 5 years can pre-book white skis and boots £66
- Free helmets for children up to 12 years when ski/board are pre-booked
Please seeherefor a description of hire categories.
Private tuition for adults is available to pre-book. All bookings are on request and will be confirmed once availability has been checked with the ski school, so we recommend booking early. Lessons usually take place in the morning but timings will be confirmed. Please call us for a quote and clarify what day(s) you would like lessons on. Guests of the same ability can request a lesson together for up to 4 people.
Levels of tuition:
- Beginner - never skied before
- Level 1 - advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes
- Level 2 - low intermediate, snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
- Level 3 - good intermediate, parallel turns
- Advanced - fully confident on all slopes, looking to improve technique
For children, we have teamed up with our sister company Esprit Ski who offer a range of exclusive ski classes just for children travelling with Esprit and Inghams. The meeting place is at the Hotel de Champoluc.
Spriteletsfor 3-4 year olds and based at the area at the top of the Crest gondola. An Esprit ranger will stay with the group to help the instructor. Supervised lunch and afternoon Snow Club at the hotel can be pre-booked.
Sprite Beginnersfor 5-9 year olds and new to the sport. They start at the beginners area at the top of the Crest gondola and the progress on to blue runs during the week. An Esprit ranger is with the group in the Snow Garden Beginners area. Lunch and afternoon Snow Club can be added on.
Sprite Improvers Xtra for 6-10 year olds. This is a full day class with lunch included for children who can snowplough on blue runs and are confident on all lifts.
Sprite Intermediates Xtrafor 7-12 year olds and a full day class with lunch for children who are starting to parallel ski.
The Xtra classes are full days with morning and afternoon sessions and lunch at a mountain restaurant. An Esprit Ranger meets the groups at lunchtime to ensure that all catering requests are dealt with.
Spritelets and Beginners: £350 (5 mornings Monday to Friday)
Improvers and Intermediates Xtra: £599 (5 days Monday to Friday)
Snow Club and Supervised lunch: £329 (6 afternoons Monday to Saturday)
There is a signing-in and signing-out policy for the children between parents and our staff. Children can be dropped off from 9am and picked up at 4.30pm from the hotel.
Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Shuttle service to lifts in the morning and afternoon
- Discounted entry to the local Monterosa Spa with three swimming pools, three saunas, a Turkish bath and massage treatments
- Pilates classes (payable locally)
- Heated boot room
- Free parking
- Babysitting available on request
- Early meals are for children up to 6 years old, available between 6pm and 7pm
- Children's books available
- Cots & linen
- Early meals available
- Play room
Start your day well with a full buffet breakfast served between 7.30am and 10am. You'll have a wide selection pastries, cheeses, cereals and fruit to choose from and cooked breakfasts are available on request
Dinner is taken in the authentic mountain style restaurant, complete with arch ceilings and original paintings and carvings by local artists. Enjoy a four-course meal starting with a buffet of antipasto and finishing on a high with a delicious home made dessert. There's also an à la carte menu that you can choose from (payable locally).
There's a great atmosphere in the hotel's bar. It's in the historic part of the building dating back to the 1920's. Catch up on the days events with friends and family over a glass of wine, beer or cocktail.
Board basis options available
- Half Board
This property caters for the following special dietary requirements
- Gluten Free
Special diets are available on a request basis. Catering for dietary allergies will need to be checked before booking.
- Resort centre location
- 50 metres to the resort bus stop
- Shuttle service to lifts in the morning and afternoon
- 700 metres to the Crest gondola
- Ski school meets at the bottom of the Crest gondola
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Total price from
per person from £959
Includes £60pp discount
17/03/2024 - 7 nights
From London Gatwick
Aosta Valley Ski Area, Champoluc