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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 - 09 Dec 2016|
|Last snowed|| 25-Nov-2016|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Lower slopes||30 cm|
|Upper slopes||160 cm|
|Piste state||Hard packed|
|Runs to resort||Hard packed|
|Off piste snow||Hard|
|Comments||Good skiing on firmly packed runs|
Snow Overview - Italy (snow news updated 09-Dec-2016)
Clear sunny and dry is still the pattern right across the Italian ski fields on Thursday 8th December. Artificial snow and expert grooming is the order for most of the open resorts currently as most of Europe awaits fresh snowfall. Resorts in the Milky Way opened today with 31 lifts in operations, conditions were excellent. Sestriere (40/120cm) and Sauze d’Oulx (40/120cm) were both very busy with pistes packed with opening day crowds. Val Senales (10/90cm) is also continuing to offer excellent on piste skiing thanks to grooming operations dragging snow from the off-piste areas onto ski runs to keep the top layer light and fresh. To the east the Sella Ronda area still looks bare, off piste areas are grassy, but on piste skiing is still fantastic thanks to artificial snow operations.
Looking forward, the high pressure weather trend continues. However, for the first time this month snow is appearing in the long range forecast. Snowfalls may start by mid-December but far more likely slight later.
European Weather Outlook
It’s been dry and sunny for most of Europe recently, and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Austria and Eastern Europe could see some snow over the next week but it will be mostly dry. It’s a similar story in the Pyrenees, where sunshine is set to dominate.