Valtournenche – Snow Report
BREUIL-CERVINIA VALTOURNENCHE ZERMATT: SIX MONTHS OF SKIING ON THE LONGEST SKI SEASON IN THE ALPS
Cervinia has something that no other resort can offer: the possibility to ski from October, on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd, and from the 29th of October until the 1st of May 2017 every day. Six months solid of skiing. And on snow which, thanks to the altitude of the district, not just in winter but also in spring, never fails to live up to expectations, guaranteeing the finest quality. There is never a lack of fantastic snow here and, along with the variety of slopes and connections between Cervinia and Valtournenche and Zermatt, in Switzerland, it has made this district, which goes by the name "Cervino Ski Paradise", one of the most popular destinations with skiers from all over the world.
Thanks to the extensive network of lift systems and pistes, it is possible to reach three localities without ever taking your skis off, admiring the Cervino/Matterhorn from both the Italian and Swiss sides, letting yourself be captivated by the amazing food served in the many restaurants scattered along the slopes.
State-of-the-art lift systems make it possible to reach the peaks quickly, taking in the beautiful views all around. Just think of the cable car (125 passengers) which leaves the Cime Bianche Laghi station in Cervinia and climbs to the 3,500 metres of Plateau Rosà, or the "Pancheron" chair lift, also in Cervinia, which arrives under the crests of the Furggen, allowing you to almost reach out and touch the tip of the Matterhorn. Not to mention the legendary decent of the Ventina, from Plateau Rosà to Cervinia town: a piste which, as well as being one of the most famous in the world for its length, open completely to skiers, is renowned for the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
And it is thanks to the wealth of snow that freeride has become a must, a veritable cult for fans, who can ski off-piste in powdery snow, zigzagging or surfing the vertical slopes, from an altitude of four thousand metres down.
With this snow, snowboarding is absolutely fabulous here, in the district’s accessorised snowparks; like children’s skiing at "Cervino Ski Paradise", it is synonymous with absolute fun, with play parks where you can learn in complete safety, under the watchful eye of the most patient and talented ski instructors.
There is another added value which makes this district unique in its kind, in addition to the pistes and connections of course: the “real” mountain environment, which changes with the change in altitude. From the eternal snow on the glacier at Plateau Rosà, to the larch forests of Valtournenche (1,500 metres) the slopes of which, many running through the woods, are a tribute to the delights of un-repetitive skiing.
You can quite easily come across chamois goats, ibex and marmots by the side of the slopes, and looking up to the tall peaks of Grandes Murailles and the Cervino, you might also see eagles in flight, at home in the skies of "Cervino Ski Paradise".
A ski safari and an immense nature reserve, where skiing becomes a unique opportunity to observe the local wildlife.
Special events include “moonlight descents”, organised when the moon is full, or “prima traccia” – an ascent with the very first cable car, before the system opens, leaving your mark on the snow before anyone else! Waiting for the sun to rise. Events which make this district even more perfect for an all-round skiing holiday.
ONE SKIPASS FOR "CERVINO SKI PARADISE"
"Cervino Ski Paradise" is more than just Cervinia, Valtournenche and Zermatt. The district also includes Chamois and Torgnon, despite the fact that they are not connected to each other by lifts and pistes. They are stations with an added value created by the excellence of the locations: the village of Chamois is accessible “only” by cable car, and Torgnon, the "pays du soleil", is the ideal place for families with children. To appreciate and discover these “small stations”, Cervino S.p.A. proposes separate ski passes which offer more choice to suit individual requirements. The classic “international”, which allows free movement on the Cervinia-Valtournenche and Zermatt systems, as well as Chamois and Torgnon, the “nationals” (Italy), which allow free access to the Cervinia-Valtournenche-Chamois-Torgnon, Valtournenche-Chamois-Torgnon or Chamois-Torgnon systems.