Enjoy Your Vacation By Skiing In Italy Aosta Valley

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It is this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere when the snow is fresh, and ski and snowboard fans have a sparkle in their eyes and a thirst for powder snow.

When you decide where to go, the world is your oyster. There is no shortage of world-class ski resorts, and one of the most famous is the Matterhorn in Switzerland. But let me exhort you to look at the lesser-known and equally striking Valle d’Aosta in northwestern Italy-the south side of the Matterhorn.

Why? Let me count the ways..

The terrain: the smallest autonomous region in Italy has large mountains such as the spectacular Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rose and The Great Paradise. With beautiful landscapes and pleasant slopes, it is perfect for those looking for an alpine experience but not necessarily going to extremes (although it does offer fantastic off-piste skiing).

The choice of ski resorts: with 25 stations through the Valle d’Aosta, there is a diverse range of options for all skiers. The highest is up to 3,899 m high and connects Zermatt / Breuil-Cervinia / Valtournenche (yes, you can actually ski all the way to Switzerland with just one pass). Be prepared to feel a slight altitude sickness when you reach the summit, but that’s part of the experience, right?

Peace: Although the Valle d’Aosta is becoming increasingly popular, it is significantly less crowded than its best-known European counterparts.

The cuisine: pizza, pasta, plonk; need I say more? There is no more comfortable food after a long day on the slopes than Italian cuisine, and here you can often find typical dishes of the region, prepared with seasonal ingredients.

The north of Italy is home to some of the best plonks in the world, and there’s no better way to thaw out and relax than with a glass of Nebbiolo or Barbara red.

People: Passionate, friendly and funny. Who does not want to spend a holiday among the Italians?
Now that your interest is piqued, here are some exquisite options for the ultimate Italian skiing experience.

Where to sleep

Hotel Hermitage

Located at 2,000 meters above the Matterhorn, this 5-star chalet-style hotel offers the luxury and remedies your heart desires after a day on the slopes.

Yesterday’s snow

Stay away from the crowds and head into yesterday’s snow, where you can enjoy a little R&R in a Turkish bath, as well as quality food and plonk. It is located in a quiet village at the top of the Alps, just 4 km from the center of Cervinia.

CampZero Active Luxury Resort

CampZero Active Luxury Resort is a lover of nature and is designed to think of you. You may not want to leave the hotel with its fitness and wellness facilities, 23-meter indoor pool, indoor climbing wall, and numerous on-site dining options.

Hotel Bellevue

Bellevue Hotel and Spa offers guests a traditional Italian Alpine setting with comfortable rooms, breathtaking views, many award-winning restaurants and incredible spa experiences.

Where to eat

The Little Ristoro

Dine-in an elegantly converted mill with local dishes that highlight “innovation in line with tradition”. There are three tasting menus and an extensive plonk list with over 220 labels.

The Little Bellevue

Hotel Bellevue also offers a devoted Michelin-starred restaurant with just six tables, traditional Italian ingredients of the highest quality and stunning views.

Chalet Etoile

Chalet Etoile is a historic dining experience halfway up the mountain. For over 40 years, the picturesque ski chalet has offered skiers a comfortable and unforgettable break from the slopes, offering exceptional and creative menus.

Wood

Also a Michelin star, Hotel Wood is a Swedish-Italian restaurant that opened in 2013 at the foot of the Matterhorn. It focuses on the use of local and high season ingredients from Italy, Sweden and Asia.

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