October 16, 2023
Arriving at Monterosa Ski Resort during one of the worst snow seasons in recent memory is not something we had planned. But I have a confession to make. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, my first impressions of this lesser-known resort were nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Nestled in the heart of the Italian Alps and less than an hour drive from Milan, you’ll find Monterosa Ski Resort. Easily forgotten next to the glitz and glamour of nearby resorts Cortina and Zermatt, what Monterosa lacks in notoriety, it makes up for in freeride grandeur (without the associated egos).
With 180km of skiable terrain, a top elevation of 3275 metres and 47 out of 66 runs rated intermediate to advance, Monterosa Ski Resort holds its own against other top freeride destinations. And that’s not even mentioning the limitless backcountry access the resort provides.
With well-maintained and uncrowded slopes, you can really let loose and enjoy the ride. With long runs and minimal lift lines, you’ll be suprisingly grateful for some of the slower and dated lift connections, so as to give your legs a solid rest before the next run.
But what really sets this resort apart is the laid-back vibe and rustic architecture of the villages that provide the back-drop to enjoy authentic Italian hospitality.
With a number of lift-access valleys you can choose to call home, we decided to base ourselves in Alagna Valsesia. The Alagna village itself is steeped in history, with narrow cobblestone streets and picturesque buildings that date back centuries.
Dotted throughout the village you’ll find a number of traditional Osterias to pull up a seat at. And don’t even get me started on the mouthwatering food. From traditional alpine fondue and raclette to hearty stews and fresh pasta, each were perfectly paired and washed down with local wines. It was the ideal way to cap off a leg-burning day riding the resort.
With towering peaks and breathtaking views, it’s the friendly and welcoming locals of this incredible resort that really make it something special. Monterosa is truly a hidden gem that will steal your heart and leave you wondering why you ever bothered with overcrowded and overpriced ski resorts in the first place.