Champoluc

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Champoluc
Champoluc,_Italia.jpg
Country Italy
Province Val d'Aosta
Commune Ayas
Area
 • Total 3.45 km2 (1.33 sq mi)

Champoluc is a village in, and the main centre of the commune of Ayas which is co-extensive with the Val d'Ayas in the province of Val d'Aosta northern Italy.

The area is known as a centre for hiking, mountaineering and skiing, particularly around the Monte Rosa Massif.

Geography[edit]

It is the largest village in the commune of Ayas, lying at an altitude of 1568 meters in a broad flat part of the valley. Above Champoluc, to the East, is the Plan du Crest (1975 meters), one of the largest ski areas in the Aosta Valley, reachable by cable car from, the centre of the village. In summer, the Crest is a popular place for hiking.

Climate[edit]

The climate is quite cold in winter (with minima around -15 ° / -20 °C). The rainfall is low. In spring and summer, temperatures rise remarkably, with peaks of 20 ° / 22 °C and the wind is more frequent. Summer is short, with autumn starting in September, accompanied by drier days and lower temperatures.

Tourism and Economy[edit]

Champoluc is a well-known ski resort, part of the Monterosa Ski area which connects the upper reaches of the valleys of Ayas, Lys and Valesia (the latter is located in the Piedmont). The highest point of the Champoluc skiing is at the Col du Batt (2676 meters) where lifts and runs allow connection to the Lys Valley .

Summer tourism is also a significant source of income in the area, with many hiking trails in the Monte Rosa Massif.

History and Culture[edit]

Champoluc and other villages and hamlets in the upper Val d'Ayas were areas inhabited by Walsers during their migrations. Traces of their culture are still evident.

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Coordinates: 45°50′N 7°44′E / 45.833°N 7.733°E / 45.833; 7.733