TRANSFER TIME (approx): Turin 2 hours
LIFT PASS (2010/11): Adult £166 (local, low season)
£184 (local, high season)
£215 (area, low season)
£237 (area, high season)
PISTE FACTS: Longest Run: 22km
Total: 350km (including Zermatt)
If you are looking for a high altitude resort with a big ski area, excellent snow and sunshine record, in the awesome surroundings of the Matterhorn, you need look no further!! We visited in 2009 and would thoroughly recommend this resort.
The resort offers something for all abilities. There are wide, gentle blue beginner runs near Plan Maison gondola station, loads of reds for the intermediate cruiser, and decent off piste for the more accomplished rider. Cervinia also benefits from the ski area all being in the same place, meaning you dont need to spend any time on buses.
Check out 'Indian Park' if you are freestyle minded. There is no half pipe but a good selection of kickers, rails, boxes and hips.
The area lift pass covers neighbouring Zermatt and is well worth it. This opens up another vast area, giving over 380kms of piste. Again, there is something for all abilities on piste, as well as more to offer for the freestyle rider, including a good half pipe. There is also more for those looking for steep blacks to test themselves on piste.
The apres ski scene is quite low key, although there are some lively bars and a nightclub to be found on and near the high street. Reasonable selection of restaurants but most skiers and snowboarders seem to be on a package deal and eating in the hotels. In terms of family friendly activities off the snow, there is a cinema, an ice rink and a bowling alley (although it was closed when we visited in early April).