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20 November 2019.

Breuil Cervinia, Skiing &...

Cervinia shares its ski area with the Swiss resort of Zermatt which has the advantage of increasing the total kilometers of piste from 200 to 350. The riding on the Swiss side is reputed to be more challenging so therefore more suitable for good intermediates and above. Conversely the slopes above Cervinia are ideal for intermediate cruisers and below. So in short there is something for everyone.

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Beginner

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Cervinia is a superb resort for first timers and improvers who will find the gentle gradient of the wide pistes helps them build confidence quickly while speeding progression to the next level.

Intermediate

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Intermediates will love the flattering slopes of Cervinia as their egos grow and grow. Head over the border to be put back in your place! Better intermediates are likely to want to travel north into Switzerland for more than one foray. Give yourself plenty of time and make sure you’ve got the right lift pass. It is worth hiring an instructor or guide to show you the best places and give you a few hints on improving your performance. Two major highlights are the eight kilometre run down to the village from Plateau Rosa or the 22 kilometre marathon from the summit of Klein Matterhorn all the way down to Valtournenche.

Advanced

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Even though there are several runs graded black advanced riders will only find one or two real challenges in Cervinia without the help of a guide. Zermatt over the border has much more to offer experienced riders although much of this area is heavily glaciated so it is wise to hire a qualified guide, especially if you want to get off the beaten track. Several easily accessible off-piste itineraries are routed over non-glacial terrain although after a fresh dump these can get churned up pretty quick.

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

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For freestylers there is a park in the Plan Maison area and over in Zermatt the Gravity Park has various jumps, rails and a half pipe.

Touring

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This area is fabulous for those wishing to go ski or snowboard touring. Due to its proximity to the Monte Rosa Massif and the abundance of challenging peaks within the region there are a near infinite number of routes to choose from. Several of these journeys can be described as epic and will take you into the neighbouring Ayas valley to the hamlet of Saint-Jacques just a few kilometres up the road from Champoluc. Also the famous ‘Haute Route’ passes nearby as it ends in Zermatt just over the hill.

Heli-Skiing

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Heli-skiing is big here too. Marvellous peaks and epic routes down ensure money well spent. Of course if you choose to participate in this aspect of the sport we advise you buy a small plot of rainforest approximately the size of Wales in order to cover your carbon footprint.