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Monte Rosa Backcountry Skiing

Discover the stunning scenery and plentiful backcountry skiing opportunities awaiting on Italy’s second highest mountain!

Situated on the eastenrend of the Pennine Alps and rising to 4,634 meters in elevation, Monte Rosa boasts numerous backcountry skiing options. With numerous ski villages around the massif, there are plenty of different kinds of skiing, from hut-to-hut adventures to thrilling freeride days. 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 Monte Rosa. The mountains are calling!
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Tate Crenshaw

5.00

February, 2022

Heliskiing day in the Aosta Valley (2 Flights, 2 Runs)

While it was not a great snow year, the helicopter experience and our guide Paolo in particular were phenomenal. Would recommend Paolo to absolutely anyone.

Bauke Bennema

4.00

February, 2022

Heliskiing day in the Aosta Valley (2 Flights, 2 Runs)

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Scott Walton

4.00

March, 2020

Heliskiing Trip in Zermatt

We were group of 3 with Herbert to the Monte Rosa drop off location. Our group has done lots of heli-skiing, cat skiing, and hiked routes. What we look for in guides is 1) safety 2) matching route to technical ability 3) advice in complex sections 4) having a personality and making the day fun. On safety: Herbert did a good safety briefing and told us where to position ourselves relative to his tracks, that was the extent of his safety. One of our group members fell part-way into a crevasse and was dangling on the ice wall, and he leisurely pulled out his rope to throw it down even after being told there was a very far drop. He routinely skiied out-of-sight of the entire group even in more dangerous sections. If someone had fallen through again, there was no rescuing them as he was the only one with the safety gear. On matching the route the technical ability of the group he did fine, the only part that was an issue was the very long flat ski out (he warned us about this, so we knew it ahead of time, I wouldn't do this route again because of this). On advice/tips for complex routes, he had nothing to offer, and was annoyed when you asked him questions, the only thing he said was "lean forward on your skiis", and didn't try to help anyone who had challenges. On the last part, personality, this was the worst. He was extremely annoyed that he had to help the person out of the crevasse, and even more annoyed that a snowboarder in our group was slower in the flat section. He complained to other ski guides that passed by that he was late for his lunch. When we stopped to break and took pictures he asked us to stop wasting time with taking our phones out. When we asked him if we should bring water (for a 5 hour ski) he said it's no necessary, which was crazy. Overall, it really put a damper on the entire experience, we spent a lot of money and came from Canada to experience this, and he nearly ruined it. He's a really good technical skiier, but has no patience nor does he put an ounce of effort in to making it fun or making people feel safe.

Ju P.

5.00

January, 2020

Heliskiing day in the Aosta Valley (2 Flights, 2 Runs)

Great place to start off-pist without anybody. Elis Martis was super patient. Thank you.

Lisa Thomann

5.00

February, 2019

1-day Heliskiing Tour on Monte Rosa

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Sigrid Martinet

5.00

February, 2019

Monte Rosa Heliskiing Weekend in the Aosta Valley

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There are many reasons for choosing Backcountry Skiing in Monte Rosa

Monte Rosa is an incredibly scenic backdrop for any backcountry skiing trip. From higher up on the mountain, one can see the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc as well as many other iconic alpine peaks. Farther down, there are stunning views of the evergreen forests and picturesque valleys that surround the massif.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+39

Currency:

Euro

Language:

Italian

Best time to visit:

January to April

How to get there:

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

What’s the weather like?

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

More info about Backcountry Skiing in Monte Rosa:

For backcountry skiers headed to the Monte Rosa massif, there are three main backcountry destinations: Alagna, Champoc and Gressoney. Alagna sits on the southeastern foot of the massif and offers steep and highly technical freeride skiing options. The most popular of these is heading up the chairlift way above the resort and making the 10-kilometer, 1,500 vertical meter descent along the Balma route. Sitting on the southwestern slopes of Monte Rosa, Champoc is the largest resort area on the mountain. It offers many simple runs for novice backcountry skiers. Fro more advanced participants, the most popular route is to take the lift up to Col du Bätt at 2.676 meters and make the long and scenic run through the Lys Valley to nearby Gressoney. Gressoney sits in between Alagna and Champoc. It is mostly known as a popular starting point for ski mountaineering expeditions to the summit of the massif, but also offers plenty of exciting freeride options

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