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Discover the picture-perfect mountain town, nestled on the southeastern edge of the Monterosa Massif!

Boasting dozens of kilometers of backcountry trails to explore, Alagna combines incredible scenery with excellent skiing on varied terrains for a superb backcountry skiing experience. Explore glaciers, forests and snowy slopes when you head to this idyllic spot. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Backcountry Skiing trips in Alagna. The mountains are calling!

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What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Alagna?

Nestled into the Valsesia valley in the province of Vercelli, Piedmont, Alagna is an incredible backcountry skiing destination.

Home to just 430 full-time residents, the idyllic and sleepy town comes alive when the first snows arrive. Alagna is well regarded as one of the freeride capitals of the Alps, something to keep in mind when you head to the town for some backcountry skiing.

Among the most popular options for experienced backcountry skiers is the 10-kilometer long Balma descent. Beginning at 2.000 meters in elevation, the long and thrilling backcountry ride takes you down into the valley through the trees. The elevation drop is about 1.500 meters. Perfect for ambitious powder hounds.

Heading out to the Cavallo glacier is another popular option. This run last for 14 kilometers and takes you down about 2.200 meters into idyllic town.

Why should I choose Alagna for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Alagna is blessed with some of the best scenery in all of the Italian Alps. Take in magnificent views of some of the most iconic mountains in Italy, along with alpine vallyers, formidable glaciers and evergreen forests. Any backcountry skiing trip combines adventure with amazing views and will leave you wanting to come back for more. Don’t forget your camera!

Convenient location

Whether you plan on simply sticking around the village itself or heading a bit farther afield. Alagna is a great spot to base your activities. The ski village is conveniently located near several other resort towns, including Champoluc and Gressoney. The town is also a great starting point for any adventure on the Monterosa massif. Whether you only have a few days or an entire week to explore, Alagna is the perfect starting point.

Magnificent Monte Rosa

For those intrepid enough to attempt a backcountry skiing ascent of Monte Rosa, and enjoy the thrilling ride back down, then Alagna is a great spot to start. Offering plenty of cable cars well up onto the massif, there are plenty of routes to take up to the summit and various ridges. Rides back down are fast, exciting and stunningly scenic.

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in Alagna?

During the winter, average daily temperatures range from -7 °C to -10 °C on the slopes of the mountains. Factoring in the windchill and temperatures can feel as cold as -15 °C to -20 °C. Snow generally begins to fall in Alagna in January and piles up quickly, sticking well until about April.

How can I get to Alagna?

Any trip to Alagna best begins with a flight into the Milan Malpensa (MXP) airport. From here, the town is just a two hour drive away. Buses are also available, but take a bit longer than driving.

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When is the best time to travel to Alagna for Backcountry Skiing?

January to April

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Alagna



I just wanted to thank you very much for all the help in the difficult snow conditions.  The primary aim of teaching Digby and reminding me of avalanche protocols and about skinning have been fully achieved.  You made it all fund, clear and precise. Too bad we had poor conditions, but we still found some reasonable snow and mashed an awesome couloir, so we did really well considering. So thank you very much and only sorry that we could not make full use of you for the full five days.



Nicolas was very friendly, punctual, and very professional. We had a great day skiing off piste and felt in safe hands. Would highly recommend Nicolas as a an amazing guide. Thank you for what was a great day! All 7 of us loved it.

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