Champoluc, Valle d’Aosta
Champoluc is the most important center of the Val d’Ayas and is located in the terminal part of the valley itself at a height of 1568 m s.l.m. After the village of Champoluc, the villages of Frachey and Saint-Jacques d’Ayas meet again. At a height of 1975 m above sea level, above the village of Champoluc, there is a large plateau called Crest, which takes its name from the village of Crest, one of the most important points of the ski area (it can be quickly reached via a appropriate cable car, and from it another cableway that leads to Alpe Ostafa). The area is surrounded by lush pine and larch forests, equipped in summer for walks, while in winter they surround the ski slopes.
It is an important and renowned ski resort included in the Monterosa Ski area. Its ski area is in fact connected to the skies with that of Gressoney-La-Trinité and, from here, with the side of Alagna Valsesia. The highest point of the district is the Colle Bettaforca (2676 m s.l.m.) which allows access to the Valle del Lys (Gressoney).
Summer tourism is also very important thanks to the possibility of many naturalistic and mountaineering itineraries. Champoluc is indeed an ideal base for ascents to the Monte Rosa group, which on this side presents the Breithorn sub-group (4165 m West, 4160 m Central and 4141 m Eastern) and with the twins of Polluce (4091 m) and Castore (4226 m). In this sector of the massif visible from the country, the soft lines and the great glacial formations prevail (the great glacier of Verra of 611 hectares is the second of the Italian Monte Rosa). The highest peaks of the group instead, the Punta Gnifetti 4559 m where the Rifugio Margherita and the Punta Dufour 4638 m are located, are turned in Piedmont to Alagna Valsesia and Macugnaga; in both places the mountain group takes on impressive features both in the Valsesian wall of Monte Rosa and in the east face of Monte Rosa, the highest wall in the Alps and the only one in the Alpine system of Himalayan dimensions.