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AVOIDING THE CROWDS IN THE AOSTA VALLEY: CREVACOL

It’s the busiest week of the ski season with crowded slopes, long lift lines and packed restaurants. But not everywhere. PlanetSKI reports.

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The Aosta Valley in Italy has the well-known resorts of Cervinia, Courmayeur and Champoluc.

It also has some areas most UK skiers and snowboarders have never even heard of – Crevacol, Cogne and Chamois.

This half-term week here at PlanetsKI we are skiing the little-known ones from our winter base in the city of Aosta.

We want to avoid the crowds and busy resorts.

First up it’s Crevacol.

It was a clear road to the resort that lies about 20km from Aosta on the way up to the St Bernard Pass into Switzerland.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

And a single track turn off from the main road.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

So, what’s in store?

Resort Review: Crevacol (1) in the Aosta Valley

Check out our full report from the resort of Crevacol in the Aosta Valley in Italy. We are more than impressed: https://planetski.eu/2020/02/18/avoiding-the-crowds-in-the-aosta-valley/Aosta, Italy Aosta Valley Crévacol #hiddengems

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 18 February 2020

 

First impressions looked good with no queue for the first lift.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

A solitary snowboarder was our company on the second lift.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

The slopes were pretty much completely deserted.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

THE RESORT

We hammered round the slopes and with more than 800m of vertical descent and numerous routes down there was plenty to play with.

The stats do not do the resort justice:

22 km of slopes: 3 blue – 8 red – 1 black.

2 chairlifts – 1 magic carpet.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

And then lunch, where we finally saw a few people.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

A fabulous minestrone soup for the princely sum of €6 – eat your heart out Courchevel and every other resort where lunch requires a small mortgage.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

And after lunch?

Well, it was just as quiet out on the slopes though I did come across a couple of people.

Resort Review: Crevacol (2) in the Aosta Valley

Check out our full report from the resort of Crevacol in the Aosta Valley in Italy. We are more than impressed: https://planetski.eu/2020/02/18/avoiding-the-crowds-in-the-aosta-valley/Aosta, Italy Aosta Valley Crévacol #hiddengems

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 18 February 2020

 

Now of course the resort is not big enough for a week’s holiday – just the two lifts and 22kms of terrain.

But if you happen to chose Aosta as a place to say to access the resorts in the Aosta Valley then you miss Crevacol at your peril.

Also some of the bigger resorts in the Aosta Valley allow you to come here on your resort  lift pass – I would strongly recommend it.

Not just to escape the crowds, but to step back in time and enjoy skiing old school.

Next time there is a decent fall of powder I am going to head straight here from the PlanetSKI base in Aosta.

Now as well as the quiet slopes, the views in this resort high up above Aosta towards Switzerland are seriously impressive.

Fabulous scenery in Crevacol

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

And in this part of the Alps people actually wave at you from lifts for no particular reason except to say ‘hello’.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

All too soon the day in Crevacol drew to a close.

Resort Review: Crevacol (3) in the Aosta Valley

Check out our full report from the resort of Crevacol in the Aosta Valley in Italy. We are more than impressed: https://planetski.eu/2020/02/18/avoiding-the-crowds-in-the-aosta-valley/Aosta, Italy Aosta Valley Crévacol #hiddengems

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 18 February 2020

 

Inside was one of the best Vin Chauds I have tasted – for the small matter of €1.30.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Not much is certain in my ski life, but one thing is.

I will be back to ski in Crevacol.

Soon.

Very soon.

And apart from all of the above, there is another reason.

I know of no other resort where you can ski down on the roof of a motorway tunnel – that’s the road to the St Bernard Tunnel:

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

I will be back.

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

Crevacol, Aosta Valley, Italy

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