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Cervinia Resort Info
Based on the Italian side of the Matterhorn, Cervinia is lift-linked to Zermatt, with 200km of its own runs. Because of its high altitude, it has a long season, great snow and is an absolute haven for intermediates. The slopes are superb for cruising and mileage skiing, while beginners will find masses of coverage. Advanced skiers will need to head over into Switzerland for extended challenges, although you'll have to pay extra to cross to Zermatt. Because of its position, the scenery is outstanding, but this can be marred by poor weather and high winds, which can often cause the higher lifts to be closed. If the weather holds, you can usually be guaranteed loads of sun as well as long tree-lined runs. The ski school is getting better but, as with many Italian resorts, childcare is rather limited.
On the downside, Cervinia is not the most attractive resort and is entirely purpose-built. It was founded in the 1930s by Mussolini and still doesn't cater very well for non-skiers. There are good restaurants on and off the mountain, but their prices are nearly as steep as the Matterhorn itself. Weekend crowds can put pressure on the old lift system, but also improve the quality of après-ski. Access from the accommodation to the lifts is inconvenient, requiring an uphill walk.
Overall, Cervinia is great for lower ability skiers and boarders and much cheaper than its Swiss neighbour. Experts, kids and party animals may not find Cervinia ideal, although the first group do have Zermatt nearby to keep them busy.
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Cervinia Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 26 Nov 2014|
|Last snowed|| 25-Nov-2014|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Lower slopes||45 cm|
|Upper slopes||195 cm|
|Runs to resort||Closed|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes|
Snow Overview - Italy (snow news updated 26-Nov-2014)
For many Italian resorts it was quite a cloudy day on Monday 24th November but some fared better than others, with sunny skies being seen in the afternoon but on the whole it was mostly cloudy.
Madesimo (20/230cm) has opened for its winter programme and on Monday there were four out of twelve lifts open. There was cloud cover above the resort but overall visibility was good. There is still a large proportion of the ski area still yet to open but it’s only a matter of time before it’s all up and running. The best runs are certainly at the top of the mountain with the resort runs being less covered. The off piste is still fairly limited so do take care if you venture off piste.
Over the next few days more clouds are expected to develop but there is a very good chance of fresh snow falling on Thursday. This should benefit a lot of resorts that are scheduled to open this weekend. If the conditions are suitable Alagna, Bormio, Cavalese, Champoluc, Chiesa, Cortina, Courmayeur, La Thuile, Madonna, Pila and Santa Caterina will all open this coming weekend.
European Weather Outlook
The weekend brought high temperatures to many resorts across Europe with some seeing as high as 10C. The high temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week so do take this into account when heading out to the slopes.
The forecast across Europe this week is quite varied with Austria expecting lots of sunshine, with the odd patch of cloud early on. It should be a great week for skiing in Austria with great visibility and don’t forget the sun cream.
On the other hand a large weather front is predicted to develop over Italy, France and Switzerland and as a result each country is expecting clouds to move in over the next couple of days. This emergence of cloud cover is expected to bring light snowfall, with the glacial resorts of Italy forecast to receive the most, particularly in Cervinia with up to 7cm being predicted.