Monte Rosa is a mountain massif in north-east Italy which crosses the Italian regions of Piemonte and Val d’Aosta, in the eastern part of the Pennine Alps. Regarding geology, a massif is an integral section of the mountain(s) that is demarcated by faults or flexures that move independently and retains their own structure whilst being moved as a whole in any movement of the earth’s crust. A massif is a smaller unit than a tectonic plate. In mountain talk, a massif is used to describe the main mass of a mountain or group of such. It is located between Italy in the base of the Aosta valley and north-westwards towards Switzerland.
Monte Rosa is the second biggest mountain in the Alps and western Europe, after Mont Blanc nearby. Its main summit, the Dufourspitze or locally Monte Dufour is named after Henri Dufour, a Swiss Army officer, surveyor and topographer. General Henri Dufour served under Napolean, presided over the first Geneva Convention which established the International Red Cross Monte Dufour is 4,634 m (15,203 ft) above sea level. There are five nearly equally high summits and a total of 12 summits over 4000m. Unknown to most, Monterosa has 16 individual glaciers, so is perfect for summer skiing and ice climbing. On the eastern side of Monterosa, in Italy, the mountains fall away in an almost vertical drop of some 2,400-metre-high (7,900 ft) wall of granite and ice (actually the biggest in Europe), overlooking Macugnaga and several other smaller glaciers. Monte Rosa’s main summit, was first climbed in 1855 by a party of eight climbers led by three guides from Zermatt. Whilst the formidable east wall was first climbed in 1872.
Five faces of Monte Rosa are in Italy; a small portion at Cervinia, the greatest part at Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna Valsesia (which form the Monterosa Ski area), Macugnaga to the east and in Switzerland, Zermatt and Saas-Fee. The main Monterosa Ski Area covers the resorts of Champoluc and Francy to the west, Weissmatten (Gressoney St Jean), Jolana (Gressoney La Trinite) and Staffal in Val di Gressoney, and Alagna Valsesia to the west. It also contains several smaller outlying resorts such as Antagnod Boudin, Estoul Palasinaz to the north of Val d’Aosta, and Champorcher to the south of the Aosta Valley.
The high and wild ski area with its hugely diverse range of valleys, cliffs and terrain offer amongst the very best backcountry skiing and snowboarding experiences in Europe at more affordable prices than some other highly regarded resorts. Northwest of Alagna Valsesia, the terrain is so rugged, varied and wild they have even named it Alagna Freeride Paradise, and the whole area is frequented by the more serious skiers with hugely wide ski’s, ski tourers, backcountry snowboarders and heliskiers/boarders. Due to its remoteness and rugged backcountry terrain. The main ski areas are advised for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders, who we normally accommodate in a luxury hotel with a spa, whirlpool bathrooms in your room, amazing breakfasts and 5 course evening meals at the base of Jolanda at Gressoney La Trinite. Whilst novices, progressors and intermediate piste skiers will enjoy the nursery slopes and blues and red pistes of the Weissmatten, south-east of Gressoney Saint Jean.
NeveFest offers complete and customised ski/snowboard holiday packages in all area of Monterosa and for all levels of ski and snowboarder. We offer airport transfers from Turin airport, an unbeatable selection of affordable or luxury hotel and chalet accommodations, Europes top-levels of ski and snowboard instruction, Alpine guiding in Monterosa Ski and heliskiing/boarding. Please contact us today to have us construct your perfect ski holiday in Monterosa.