Hotel Castor

  • Italy, Champoluc

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As soon as you walk into the Hotel Castor you'll get a warm, family welcome. The Castor's have been running the hotel for four generations and greet each guest as though they know them. It's ideally located in the historic centre of Champoluc - you'll reach the main Crest gondola in five minutes or so on foot.

There's a really nice cosy and comfortable ambiance throughout the hotel. You could spend hours relaxing, reading, drinking and socialising in the lounge bar. Once a week there's live music here and the place really comes alive. When it comes to dinner, you will be well fueled for your week in the mountains. Enjoy a hearty Italian, four-course meal in the authentic mountain setting of the hotel restaurant.

The Castor family provide a homely base for your winter holiday, as well as some extras that make for fantastic, memorable experiences; from exploring the back-country with a professional alpine guide, yoga and pilates courses to local wine tasting (all payable locally). 

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 45 mins by coach from Turin airport.

Added value

Free afternoon tea daily between 5 - 6pm

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 32
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 4
  • Official rating: 3

Local Fees and Taxes

Local resort tax of €1 per person per night payable locally directly to hotel. 

Rooms

Twin Rooms are about 16-22m2. They sleep two people with a double bed. Two single beds are available on request. They have a bath or shower, TV, tea & coffee making facilities, safe and hairdryer. 

Single Rooms are about 14-17m2. They sleep one person and have a bath with shower head.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • No. of steps into property: 4
  • Access ramp: Yes
Champoluc

Without a doubt, Champoluc is the most popular resort in the hidden gem that is the Monterosa ski area in Italy. This is a haven for those who are looking to take their skiing and snowboarding off the beaten path in an authentic Italian setting. Like all of the villages in the area, Champoluc is filled with rustic charm and is beautiful to explore, especially as you follow the walkway alongside the river which flows all the way through the village. There’s a good range of shops, bars and patisseries to enjoy as well as the Monterosa spa located at the top end of town next to the woodland park, perfect if you need a day’s rest and fancy a bit of pampering.

The ski area continues to surprise even the most competent skiers and boarders every year for many reasons. Firstly, not only are the piste extremely well maintained but majority of the season they feel empty compared to the busy slopes in neighbouring countries. You then have the three extensive ski areas which are covered with one lift pass. Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna which are linked by a modern lift system throughout the valleys. Majority of the slopes are aimed towards intermediate and advanced skiers but the real star of the show if the massive off-piste potential found literally all over the area. True powder hunters will want to head towards the Punta Indren lift and hit up the un-pisted terrain, just make sure you have the correct equipment as it’s not for the faint hearted.  

At the weekend, it is a popular destination with the Italian locals who travel up from Milan and Turin, and the whole resort comes to life with après culture. As you come off the mountain the home run is next to the ski hire shop, so you can drop off your skis and join in the fun.

Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

Mountain facts
Ski area 180 km
Runs
28
54
13
Longest run 9 Km
Snowparks
Lifts Drag lifts 5, Chairlifts 16, Cablecars 3
Slope direction NE,E,SE,SW,NW
Ski/resort bus True
Things to Do

Food & Drink

Champoluc offers some fabulous authentic Italian restaurants serving classic and contemporary food. One of the great things about the Monterosa ski area is that the lovely food isn’t restricted to the town of Champoluc; the mountain restaurants are also delicious and serve unique a la carte menus. You’ll find bars with live music, delicious wines and cocktails, but the atmosphere remains a lot calmer and more relaxed than other alpine resorts.

 

Shopping

Champoluc offers the usual sporting goods stores, a few souvenir shops and one supermarket in the small village. Please note: there is no weekly market. If you are interested in a shopping trip, then a day excursion to the nearby cities of Milan and Turin, or even the nearby town of Aosta is bound to be more successful. Popular souvenirs to take back home include hand-carved wooden clogs!

 

Spa & Relaxation

The MonterosaSPA is the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. There are a range of different pools, steam rooms and saunas to enjoy as well as various treatments and massages available. To visit the spa, you need to book in advance - this is best to organise by asking the staff in your hotel. To get there walk up through the centre of town, past the main ski lift heading up towards Frachey and you will find it situated on the left next to the pharmacy.

Extras

Winter 2020/21 Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition

SPECIAL OFFER ON EQUIPMENT HIRE
Save up to £50 per person

Book your lift pass with us and we'll give you 50% off equipment hire or carriage. See our Ski Bundle page for details. 

Lift Passes Days Season Adult 
19-64yrs
Senior
65-80yrs
Youth
15-18yrs
Child
8-14yrs
Area Lift Pass 6 L £209 £178 £178 £132
H £228 £201 £201 £159

Area Pass includes Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna & two days skiing in another Aosta Valley resort. Does NOT include Indren lift and Freeride Paradise. 

L (12 Dec - 19 Dec), M (10 Dec - 30 Jan & 21 Mar - end of season), H (20 Dec - 9 Jan & 31 Jan - 20 Mar)

Equipment (6 days) Description Blue Red Black
Adult Skis £69 £81 £114
Skis & Boots £79 £100 £126
Snowboard & Boots - £81 -
Youth (6-12yrs) Skis & Boots - £52 -
Snowboard & Boots - £52 -
Child (3-5yrs) Skis & Boots - £52 -
Helmet - Free* -

* Free helmets for children up to 12yrs when ski/board are pre-booked.

Please see here for a description of hire categories.

Tuition Days Times Adult Child 4-14yrs† 
Ski 3 - 6 3 hrs per day* £146 - £192 £146 - £192
Snowboard £146 - £192 £146 - £192

*Beginners receive 2 hours of tuition daily instead of 3. 

Sunday start for beginners. Other abilities may receive double tuition midweek in lieu of a Sunday class if numbers are low. 

Classes start at 10am

†Child snowboard tuition = 6-15yrs

Please note: Group ski lessons need a minimum number of guests to take place. Very occasionally these numbers aren’t reached. If you have pre-booked lessons and this happens, the ski-school will do their best to offer private lessons to the value of the lessons you had originally booked. Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Facilities
  • Heated boot room
  • Free wifi

Activities

  • Wine tasting 
  • Yoga and Pilates courses 
  • Off-piste ski free-ride with a professional alpine guide (from January onward)
  • Discounted entry to the local public Monterosa SPA, with three swimming pools, three saunas, a Turkish bath and massage treatments. 
  • Heli skiing
  • Snowshoe trekking
  • Champoluc Adventure Park

These activities, offered or arranged by the hotel, can be paid for in resort. 

  • Bar
  • Lounge area
  • Garden terrace
Family Facilities
  • Babysittling available on request
  • Baby cots free of charge 0-2.99
  • Early meals for children up to 6 years old, available between 6 - 7pm 
  • Books for children
  • Playroom area beneath the bar
Meals

Start your day well with a full buffet breakfast, served between 7.30am and 10am. You'll have a wide selection pastries, cheeses, cereals and fruit to choose from. If you've still got space, a cooked breakfast is available on request. If you're leaving early a self-service breakfast will be available for you and if you fancy a lie in cake and cappuccino can be served in the bar after 10am. 

In the afternoon, come back from the slopes and there will be tea and homemade cake waiting for you between 5pm and 6pm. 

Dinner in the authentic mountain style restaurant, complete with arch ceilings and original paintings and carvings by local artists, is a real treat after a long day out on the mountains. Enjoy a four course meal here starting with a grand buffet of antipasto, three choices of first and second course and if you have any room left there's the delicious home made desserts. There is also an à la carte menu that you can choose from, at a supplement. Live music once a week after dinner.

With over 160 Italian national and local Valdostanan wine labels to choose from, we're sure you'll find something you'll love. The staff here would be more than happy to make recommendations.

If your staying over Christmas or New Year, Gala dinners are included. 

The Bar

There's a great atmosphere in the hotel's bar. It's in the historic part of the building dating back to the 1920's. Catch up on the days events with friends and family over a glass of wine, a beer or even a cocktail.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. 

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 7.726568
  • Latitude: 45.832511
  • Location Description:
    • Resort centre location
    • 10 metres to the resort bus stop
    • 500 metres to the Crest gondola
    • Ski school meets at the bottom of the Crest gondola

For more information on travel and transport visit our Hotel Castor page

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£1618
per person from £809
Includes £60pp discount
Hotel Castor
Champoluc, Half Board
09/01/2021 - 7 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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