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Alagna

Cosa fare e cosa vedere ad Alagna Valsesia Monte Rosa

720 inhabitants, sleeps 2000, 7 restaurants, 6 bars, 2 tobacconists, 1 newsagent, 3 food markets, 3 sports shops, 2 clothing stores, 2 rental service centres, a haberdashery and a dairy.

Alagna is a small town and that is the reason why you will like it!

 

 

Monte Rosa

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More than 180 km’s of ski pistes at Monterosaski, 4554 metres at capanna Margherita,  3 valleys for the linked ski area (Valsesia, Valle di Gressoney e Val d’Ayas), intertwined with 900 years of Walser history and 21 peaks above 4000 metres.

Mont Rosa is a giant, the very reason you are attracted to it for your ski holiday!

 

Advice and tales to get to know Alagna and truly experience it

Where to stay

  • Mont Rosa is what you want to see and you will not settle for any other view: you want to see it from your bedroom window, the bathroom, while having breakfast, from the garden and the parking lot. Your choice is B&B Tre Alberi Liberi: with oodles of charm, 0 km food products for breakfast and 5-star reviews!
  • Freeride and ski alpinism with life-long friends is your vocation: Casa Smitt is the place for you: large comfortable space, not far from the ski lift, a house that has lived through 150 years of Alagnese life without losing an ounce of its charm. Every day at 5pm a guide meeting is organized at Casa Smitt to help you find the freeride of your choice!
  • You’re all about home, skiing, and wellness. Zimmer Casaprati is a welcoming and cosy Walser mountain hut with a breakfast lounge, a classical stube from another era: the soapstone stove with the benches around it, surrounded by family memories and the warmth of a Walser home. But it is the spa that will surprise you: sauna, Turkish baths, chromotherapy showers and a herbal tearoom with herbs grown by Marisa, the hostess.
  • You have small kids and need some help to manage them. In Alagna, there is only one choice for you: Mirtillo Rosso family hotel, a paradise for little ones without neglecting mum and dad. The Reindeer Mirtillo is the mascot of the hotel, who will introduce your little ones to the magical world of the hotel elves where Christmas never ends.
  • You prefer to have everything close at hand. Residence Orma faces the square Regina Margherita, the beating heart of Alagna. Bars, restaurants, shops, and ski lifts are within reach and offer you modern apartments with microwaves, dishwashers, satellite TV and wi-fi
  • Your holiday is simply perfect when you feel at home. Stefi’s family at Residence Mary is what you need. Grandma Mariolina, homeowners Stefi and Fiorenzo, and their daughters Luisa e Mary, manage the small residence next to the parish church. Booking your stay with breakfast included at their apartments, you will be assured of being pampered with warmth and attention.

Do you have everything you need to know about choosing your favourite place to sleep for your snow holiday? Now, relax and read this story

Time slows down in Alagna Monterosa ski, sometimes muffled, but clearly marked by daily habits and temperatures. When it's hot,  Don Carlo, a mountaineering parish priest, goes out for a walk around 10 am, when he heads up to Capanna Margherita, his favourite spot and he has gone up there 300 times already. Do not confuse him with Lorenzo, the deacon, who, despite his long black cassock, is good-humoured and kind! With the good and the bad, the tourist office is always manned by Sonia and Giulia. Sonia knows Alagna like the back of her hand because her family has been Walser for generations; for her Alagna has no secrets.

But if you want a sparkling, modern perspective, you have to listen to Giulia, who is a direct descendant of the theologian Farinetti, who went up the Signal Kuppe with Giovanni Gnifetti in 1842. Let her tell you, her story!

When it has just snowed in Chäisscheri there is no time to chat. Outside the ski lift entrance, Nancy and the girls at the coolest bar in Alagna, are ready to serve the eager skiers their shot of caffeine before hitting the powered slopes! You will definitely not see them stressed out, though. I have my first coffee of the day with them, and they always have a smile on their face.

In front of the ticket office, you will find the mountain guides of Monte Rosa: Andrea Degasparis (Dega), a hard-headed Walser, who knows just how to get you skiing like a dream, Tami (Andrea Tamilla), mountain guide always cheerful and bubbly, Sergio Gabbio, a legend to many riders, the Sbarde, narrator of the history of hunting and heliski. I’m not going to give you a list of all the guides, but you will get to know them if freeride is what brought you to Alagna.https://www.alagna.it/guide-alpine-alagna-monte-rosa/andrea-degasparis-dega/

In Alagna, time is slow, sometimes a little too much, but that is how time works in a mountain village, where everyone is part of everything.

You chose a holiday in the snow this year. What do we propose for you in Alagna?

You chose a holiday in the snow this year. What do we propose for you in Alagna?

Alagna and Mont Rosa, a bond withstanding the test of time

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The tiny village and the giant mountain have coexisted for centuries: Alagna is more undisciplined while Mont Rosa is more patient; Alagna embraces the mountain and Mont Rosa protects it, sometimes it courts it, while other times it spurs it on, and very often it pursues it. The inhabitants of Alagna are aware and grateful for this relationship because it is in Mont Rosa that they identify and recognize their destiny.

In the oldest houses of Alagna, you will see a small window, which is positioned in the direction of Mont Rosa, which is only opened when someone dies, to free their souls towards the eternal glaciers; it’s the window for the soul, which indicates the right path for it to go.

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