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Monte Rosa

Castore Lounge Bar
Castore Lounge Bar is one of Monte Rosa's more contemporary bars, with chic interiors and a funky music policy that has the mountain's trendiest movers and shakers dancing 'til the small hours.
Heli-skiing
Canale dell’Aquila and Eagle Couloir
Gently does it, as they say, and that's certainly the case at Canale dell'Aquila and Eagle Couloir; both offer relaxed, gentle off-piste descents.
Il Cristallo
Hotel Villa Anna Maria
Proving once and for all that size doesn't matter, the restaurant at Hotel Villa Anna Maria is a pint-sized establishment that serves lipsmackingly good local fare; an exquisite wine list wraps things up nicely.
Paragliding
Need a new perspective on things? Try a spot of paragliding, which will enable you to get a bird's-eye-view of the slopes and beyond.
Il Cristallo
Size isn't everything, and that's certainly the case at the small but perfectly formed Driade Beauty Spa; set inside the chic Cristallo Hotel, its treatment menu is one of the best in Monte Rosa.
NordKapp
What NordKapp lacks in physical size it certainly makes up for in glowing reputation; arguably one of the best places to refuel in Monte Rosa, the gourmet menu attracts discerning diners from far and wide.
Frantze Le Rascard
Frantze Le Rascard offers an authentic Alpine experience in the historic hamlet of Frantze.
Romantik Hotel Jolanda Sport
There's so many fabulous spa facilities at the Romantik Hotel Jolanda Sport it's hard to know where to start; guaranteed to ease the stresses and strains of even the most highly-strung skier.
Relais des Glaciers
If you're looking for value for money, then Relais des Glaciers is the stay for you with the kind of amenities expected of a four-star stay and rooms that are chic and oh-so comfortable.
Ristorante Unione
Ristorante Unione is a quintessential mountain restaurant; cosy interiors, traditional food and family-run, this is one of Monte Rosa's must-eats.
Rifugio Belvedere
Rifugio Belvedere is an upscale eatery offering innnovative Italian fare with flare.
Tre Alberi Liberi
If you're looking for a quaint bed and breakfast, call off the search; Tre Alberi Liberi offers both with five guestrooms and the kind of breakfasts that will ensure you're full of energy for the day ahead.
Weissmatten
While it may not be connected to the main lift system, Weissmatten still provides seasoned skiers with exciting runs; they're even better when the snow is thick.
Chiara Sport
While the extensive range of equipment and accessories on offer at Chiara Sport is impressive to say the least, it is the store's knowledgeable staff that make this place a must-visit.
Extreme Sport
Super-sleek and sexy, Extreme Sport - The Renting Philosophy is a thoroughly modern store that offers more ski and mountaineering equipment than you could ever possibly use in one lifetime.
Capanna Carla
Capanna Carla is everything you'd expect of a mountain restaurant, from the antique furniture through to the mouthwatering local menu.
Paul Verlaine
Paul Verlaine is a popular place for locals and mountain guides to unwind after a hard day on the slopes; if it's good enough for them it's certainly good enough for you, so check it out.
Echo Travel
Despite being based in the UK, Echo Travel certainly knows its stuff when it comes to Monte Rosa; together with locally-based Alpine Guides, it single-handedly proves that knowledge is power.
Vineria an baker wi
Vineria an baker wi: a delightful, refined wine bar on Alagna's high street, offering an extensive wine list in sophisticated surroundings, it attracts a stylish set of skiers indeed.
Ice-climbing
Fearless adrenaline junkies use whatever means necessary to climb sheer, shiny walls of ice; only the brave need apply.
Diur und Dom
Split into two sections, Diur und Dom offers both formal and casual dining under the same roof; Italian classics and a fit-to-bursting wine menu make this a perennial favourite.
Wunder Bar
Groups of skiers congregate at Wunder Bar to talk about their day on the slopes; join them beside the hearth with a tipple or three.
Jolanda
While the routes at Jolanda may not be the trickiest in Monte Rosa, they are by no means boring; use these when bad weather prohibits you from being more daring.
Hotellerie de Mascognaz
Hotellerie de Mascognaz is located in one of Monte Rosa's most historic villages, and this chalet is in keeping with its surroundings with traditional décor that has more than a hint of mountain style about it.
Mont Nery
Housed inside hotel Villa Fridau, Mont Nery has mountain dining all wrapped up with traditional stone and wood interiors and a menu of locally-sourced regional fare.
Campo Base
Campo Base is a traditional mountain restaurant given a modern twist; think floor-to-ceiling windows, eclectic interiors and a hearty menu that is sure to fill even the deepest ski boots.
Lyshaus
With river views and traditional Alpine-inspired rooms, the Lyshaus is one of Monte Rosa's most accommodating stays; an in-house restaurant finishes things off nicely.
Pressmel
Pressmel is the in-house restaurant at Hotel Cristallo; formal but fabulous, it offers upscale dining in glamorous surroundings. The adjoining bar is a sexy spot for pre- or post-dinner cocktailing.
Lo Retsingnon
Forget Starbucks and other identikit coffee chains; at Lo Retsingnon you'll find real coffee and cakes for the discerning connoisseur.
Passo Zube
Skiers may need to climb to reach Passo Zube, but by God it's worth it; a 1,700-metre vertical ascent awaits at the top. Those who dare win, as they say.
Rifugio Mantova
When refurbishments have finished Rifugio Mantova will offer stunning views at 3,488-metres and legendary hot chocolate.
Atelier Gourmand
Breithorn & Mascognaz Spas
You can count on the Breithorn Hotel and Hotellerie de Mascognaz to offer superstar spa facilities; both properties will have you rested, relaxed and rejuvenated in no time.
Caffe delle Guide
Caffe delle Guide is as hot as hotspots get; in-the-know crowds congregate here for excellent coffee and pastries, as well as piled-high plates of plasta.
Carlo Cugnetto
Monte Rosa-born Carlo Cugnetto is the resort's ultimate insider; together with a team of 10, he'll have you conquering these parts in no time.
Castello di Savoia
Marvel at medieval history at Castello di Savoia; it is here Queen Margherita looked out across the mountains.
Tako Ski Rental
Tako Ski Rental does what it says on the tin and rents super-stylish ski equipment to a chic clientele of slope surfers; the store also offers free overnight storage.
Casa Nostra

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