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Gressoney Saint Jean

Gressoney Saint Jean Ski Resort Guide

Gressoney Saint Jean, Italy

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length50km
Highest Lift2,860m
Resort Height1,390m
 Nearest AirportsTurin Caselle and Milan Malpensa
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Gressoney Saint Jean

The largest village on the Monte Rosa pass is not actually linked by lift to the others, although it is a short drive to the centre of the network. There are 13km of trails locally.

Summary

The Italian ski resort of Gressoney Saint Jean is in the Italian Alps at an altitude of 1,390m, with 50km of marked runs.

Gressoney Saint Jean is part of the Monterosa ski area with access to 213km of downhill skiing, with 64 marked pistes, served by a total of 52 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Gressoney Saint Jean itself (50km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Monterosa ski resorts of Alagna Valsesia, Antagnod, Brusson, Champoluc, Champorcher and Gressoney la Trinité.

With ski lifts as high as 2,860m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Gressoney Saint Jean?

The next notable snow forecast is 33cm, expected on 4 December, with around 86cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Gressoney Saint Jean Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 1 1km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 3 3km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 3 8km
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 4 
Downhill
Total Length
50km
Cross Country
Total Length
24km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
11

Monterosa Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
37
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
14
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 8 
Downhill
Total Length
213km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
52

Altitudes

Gressoney Saint Jean Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,860m
Resort Altitude (Gressoney Saint Jean)1,390m
Lowest Piste1,220m
Max Vertical1,640m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Gressoney Saint Jean
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Gressoney Saint Jean Overview

Most people who visit the Gressoney Valley find it a very special place, relatively untouched by time and apparently unpreturbed by the arrival of winter sports.

There are three main resorts - St Jean, La Trinite and Stafal at the head of the valley. Stafal is really just one hotel but has to best access to the giant Monte Rosa ski area. St Jean has most of the facilities but is not linked in to the main ski circuit, having just a small area of its own. La Trinite is connected to the circuit and has moderate facilities.

The local people speak a German dialect, because they are of the ancient ethnic group of the Walser. In the beginning of 1800 the kings of Savoia had this valley as their hunting paradise and they brought with them all the glamour of a royal family. You can feel this charm when you ski around all the big area, from Stafal to Saint Jean and in all the wonderful buildings you find at the top or at the bottom of the pistes.

The giant Monterosa ski area is one of the world's largest, and thanks to recent investment in new lifts you can now ski or board without needing to stop for 180km between the resorts of Champoluc and Gressoney and Gressoney on to Alagna across three valleys. The skiing extends almost up to 3000 metres and there are spectacular views across Aosta Valley and Piemonte.

The ski area was 'reborn' for the 2003/4 season when the spectacular Funifor cable car finally completed the long planned link in the circuit between the Valsesia and Gressoney La Trinite resorts (themselves connected to Champoluc).

The most internationally famous resort on the circuit, Alagna, is known for its old world charm and having been preserved from cement with its Walser buildings dominant. It was founded in the 12th century and is built around the local parish church. Although there's skiing for all standards, Alagna remains a haven for expert skiers, the village sits beneath one of the world's greatest lift-served verticals skiable by many off-piste descents.

At the other extreme of the pass, Champoluc at 1570m is the main resort in the Val d'Ayas. Surrounded by pine woods, it offers spectacular views of the Monte Rosa glaciers and the rocky buttresses of Mont Sarezza and the Testa Grigia.

Antagnod above at 1710m also has spectacular views as well as well preserved old buildings, including the famous maison Fournier once the stronghold of the counts of Challant.

Between them Gressoney La Trinite - which is linked to the Monte Rosa circuit and Gressoney St Jean beneath it, which isn't. The architecture is again beautiful, with chalet style buildings and again spectacular views.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Gressoney Saint Jean is 3km long and the most difficult run is the 'Leonardo David SL', which is 3km in length.

Skiing

Skiers in Alagna can take the modern cable car from the village centre straight up to Pianalunga (a rise of nearly 850 vertical metres) and from there decide whether to take the new cable car a further 850 metres higher to Col d'Olen (2881m - a world beating 1,700m vertical ascent from two lifts!) - which opens up the links to Gressoney and Champoluc; or whether to take the chairlift to Bocchetta elle Pisse (2396) and the slopes used for competitions.

From there its possible to ascend to the Punta Indren Glacier and the full 2000m+ vertical.

The Olen and Bors Valleys offer fairly difficult skiing and spectacular off piste opportunities.

For beginners and early intermediates there's a special separate area, Wold, some 500m north of the village. Although low altitude it has full snowmaking cover.

From Gressoney, the central valley, lifts stretch up on either side to reach trails back down to Champoluc on one side and Alagna on the other. Runs of all standards descend on either side and back down to the resort.

There are many on and off piste itineraries in the area including the most popular Mount Rose Grand Tour which begins at 8.30 with a rendezvous at the Monterosa Ski offices in Champoluc. There's a coach link to Frachey from where participants can ski to the Gressoney Valley via Colle della Bettaforca (2701m) continuing on to the Passo dei Salati (2967m) and then descending along the Valsesia face of the slopes. An ascent to Punta Indren (3260m) follows with an off piste descent towards Gressoney. The tour ends back in Champoluc at 4pm.

Heliskiing is another popular activity given the wide range of high peaks in the area - and the proximity to France where heliskiing is banned. There's a wide choice of descents available to suit almost all ability levels. You can also take a helicopter to the top of the Lys mountain pass for a descent along the Grenz glacier down to Zermatt. Two or three day variants of the tour, staying overnight in Cervinia or Zermatt, are available.

Away from the main Three Valleys area, there are small separate ski areas on the Pass, including an area of mostly red and blue slopes above Antagnod, famous for their sunshine record, and at Gressoney St Jean there are famous slopes down through the old Swiss pines of Weissmatten.

Telemarking is also popular in the area and there' a special club for Telemarkers. Cross country skiers have valley and altitude routes (at 2025m high Pianalunga for example) around the area. However summer skiing ended here several seasons ago when work began on the lift upgrades.

Monterosa is included on The Aosta Valley pass which covers 800km (500 miles) of terrain served by nearly 200 lifts in over a dozen ski areas, including Cervinia, linked to Zermatt and other famous resorts in the area such as Pila, La Thuile and Courmayeur (a 30 minute bus ride away) which is linked to Chamonix (you need a special International variant of the ticket - see below - at an additional cost), but it's just about physically possible to ski over if you set off on the early bus.

There's no ski bus so your own transport is most useful to make the most of the pass.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

The free riding terrain in the Monte Rosa region is a dream for boarders. The opportunity to open up 2000 metres of vertical above Alagna with a couple of cable car rides up is a truly wonderful thing, and the wide open powder fields all the way down likewise.

There are plenty of off piste boarding and heli-boarding opportunities, but no terrain parks at the last report.

Location and Map

Where is Gressoney Saint Jean?

This ski resort is in the Italian Alps in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, Aosta Valley.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Gressoney Saint Jean is Turin Caselle, 77 minutes drive away.

Milan Malpensa, Turin Cuneo, Milan Linate, Genoa, Bergamo, Sion, Lugano, Geneva and Annecy airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 11 ski lifts are able to uplift 2,687 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 12km of ski runs, with 30 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Gressoney Saint Jean open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Gressoney Saint Jean, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Gressoney Saint Jean Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Gressoney does not offer much in the way of apres ski or night life, but it's a good choice if you want to ski hard all day then relax in the evening over a quiet beer or two. There is a modest selection of small bars however. The Petit in la Trinite is good, the 'negrone' cocktail is a house special. The bar in the Jolanda Sport serves a mean Bombardino. The bars take it in turn close for one night a week so don't expect to go to the same place every night.

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