Sharing the Matterhorn with Zermatt, Cervinia offers a great alternative to its expensive neighbour. In the Aosta valley, home to some of Italy’s best skiing, the resort is one of the most snow-sure in Europe. With the village sitting at 2050m and the top lift station at 3480, top to bottom snow is almost guaranteed all throughout the season. Whilst queueing and overcrowded pistes are never a problem, it does get significantly busier in the holiday periods. In terms of apres and nightflife, Cervinia is not a party town, and surprisingly they are outdone by their Swiss counterparts on this occasion.
The high altitude and glacier make it some of the most snow-sure skiing in Europe. There are endless perfectly groomed runs which any piste-bashing intermediate will love, including the long run from Plateau Rosa to Valtourneche which has over 2km of vertical drop in its 22km. Whilst advanced riders might be slightly disappointed at first glance thanks to the seemingly flat terrain, there are many challenging couloirs and steep faces which are easily found with a bit of local help. Anyone looking for a bit more variety can take the lifts to the top and cross the border into Zermatt, though if the clouds come in and the wind picks up, the link can be closed without warning.
The perks of having a glacier mean that you can ski even in the midst of summer, and Cervinia open theirs from the end of June through to September (weather permitting). The towering Matterhorn attracts mountaineers looking to climb the lesser-known Italian ridge and keen mountain-bikers come to tackle the trails on both the Swiss and Italian sides of the resort. Hikers have 100’s of kilometres to explore and climbers are spoilt for choice in one of the most iconic climbing destinations in the world.
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