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The Monte Rosa ski area is extensive. Although some might consider the 150km of marked pistes poultry in comparison to what some French “super-resorts” offer. Believe me it’s not. The maintained runs are just the tip of the iceberg, belying the vast snowfields that provide back country buffs with pitch after pitch of off-piste pleasure. It is the proverbial freeriders paradise! As such you may find mountain guides are a more common phenomenon here than ski instructors.

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Beginner

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None of the Monterosa resorts are ideally suited to beginners. Yes, there are nursery slopes but to be honest your options as a beginner are limited. The first few steps in the learning process are easily dealt with but progression is stifled by a lack of suitable terrain on which to build that old essential, confidence. That said, many individuals have successfully learned how to ski and snowboard here although their hearts may have been in their mouths more often than it would in a ski resort with gentler terrain.

Intermediate

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Adventurous intermediates will love the Monterosa Ski domain with its long challenging red runs and the endless opportunities for popping off the side of the piste to try your feet in the deep stuff. If you've ever had aspirations of developing your skills off-piste then this is the place to do it. It's definately worth taking a private lesson with an instructor as good instruction can really accelerate the learning process, which means you could be enjoying the pleasures of back country riding sooner rather than later.

Advanced

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If you want deserted un-pisted black runs, endless off-piste opportunities and high altitude action then this is the place for you. It's worth budgeting for the higher of a guide if you really want to make the most of what the Monte Rosa region has to offer.

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

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Freestylers won’t find much in the way of parks here. However the mountains are vast and full of hidden hits which put the ‘A’ in airborne.

Touring

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The Monterosa region is one of the world’s premier ski and snowboard touring destinations. Its vast massif can boast several epic tours. The likes of which may traverse a 4000m peak before dropping down to far off settlements in foreign lands - Switzerland in this case. If that sounds like too much hard work then you can always hitch a lift to the top in a helicopter before dropping down again under your own steam.