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13 November 2019.

Valtournenche, Skiing & S...

Valtournenche shares its ski area with neighbouring Cervinia and Zermatt over the border in Switzerland. This increases the total skiable area from 200 kilometres to 350 kilometres. The riding on the Swiss side is reputed to be more challenging than that on the Italian side and therefore more suitable for good intermediates and above. Conversely the slopes above Cervinia and Valtournenche are ideal for intermediate cruisers and below. Whatever your abilities there is a wealth of sport on offer.

The only real downside about using Valtournenche as a base is that only one lift provides access to the mountains from the village. This could potentially mean long queues during high season and at weekends.

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Beginner

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Beginners start their sliding careers on the nursery slopes located up on Salette. They can quickly progress from here onto the longer blue slopes also above Salette. With good quality instruction it is possible beginners will be tackling some of the gentler red runs within the week.

Intermediate

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Intermediates will love the flattering slopes of Cervinia and Valtournenche 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 on 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.

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 epic journeys 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.