The 3rd most popular snowboarding destination in Italy.
Wednesday 6 July 2016 05:13 GMT
North of Torino and Pont St Martin, the Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche ski area has 69 pistes totaling 158km that are served by 23 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,850m (6,070 feet). The base elevation at Cervinia is 2,050m, the base at Valtourneche is 1,524m, and the top elevation at Plateau Rosa is 3,488m.
It is part of the greater Matterhorn Ski Paradise that extends north into Switzerland. The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is truly an epic destination for freeriding snowboarders, especially if you are looking for 1,000m descents on ungroomed pistes on and off marked runs. Just looking around, you will see countless, untracked, above-treeline alpine bowls waiting for you to explore. And, there are plenty of maintained runs along panoramic ridges leading deep down into the glacial valleys below. Most of the skiers tend to say within the marked, groomed runs. The few snowboarders that do come here tend to be a little more adventurous and willing to deal with the numerous traverses needed to get in and out of the ungroomed runs.
The Matterhorn Ski Paradise consists of the northern Swiss-half centered around Zermatt and the southern Italian-half center around Cervinia/Valtournenche. Nestled under the shadow of the infamous Matterhorn (4,478m), the combined interconnected ski resorts have 149 pistes totaling 358km that are served by 57 lifts. The Cervinia/Valtournenche ski areas have 64 pistes totaling 158km that are served by 69 pistes. The Zermatt ski area has 80 pistes totaling 200km that are served by 34 lifts. The marked pistes offer a range of difficulty: 69km blue (easy), 188km red (moderate), 18km black (difficult), and 38km yellow (marked but ungroomed and not patrolled). In addition to the marked pistes, there are probably about the same amount of unmarked off-piste routes to explore with a guide. There are also 21km of marked pistes on the glaciers for summer usage. The Matterhorn Ski Paradise has a range of trams, gondolas, chairlifts, t-bars and even a railway to get you up to the lifts.
Cervinia is known for its pistes which offer spectacular views of the surrounding massive mountains. The village of Cervinia is located at the base of 4,478m (14,691 feet) Mount Cervino. This climbers paradise is also know for its powdery snow through April.
If you are looking for long runs, try the incredible long run into Valtourneche. Take the Chamois lift up and try snowboading all the way back down to Cheney in Valtourneche. Alternately, check out the 11.5km Ventina run from the glacier down into the center of town.
For some open bowl snowboarding terrain, make sure to explore the bowls between the Plateau Rosa and the Bontadini Chair Lift. A short hike is required, but this keeps them pretty untracked. The Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Ski Area also provides access to the Theodul Pass snowboarding backcountry area. It is access by heading up to Plateau Rosa and then taking two more chairlifts up and hiking across. If gladed trees are your thing, check out the lines near the Cieloalto Lift.
Keep in mind that the ski area is linked to Zermatt at the Plateau Rosa lifts and the Theodul Pass summits. Many lifts close all day after heavy snow or high winds, especially those connecting to Zermatt. Tip: if the lift or piste is closed at the start of the day, it probably will not open during the day.
If you haven’t been here for a few years, Cervinia has opened three new challenging black runs for riders to explore: Pista Nera del Cervino, the Gran Roc, and Vallone 5.
After a morning of shredding, when you are looking for lunch try the Le Rifugio del Cervino (3,480m) at the top of the Grigia lift or Chalet Etoile off Plan Massion.
For apres ski, hit the Yeti bar. For some nightlife, which starts at midnight, do not miss the Black Hole Bar in the pedestrian walkway of Cervinia, the Dragon, the Garage Disco Club, and end up at the Discoteca Banconiglio.
To reach the snowboarding at Cervinia-Valtournenche Ski Area by air, you will want to fly in Milan. There is train service from Milan to Chatillon/Saint-Vincent. From Chatillon/Saint-Vincent, use the coach bus service up the valley north into Cervinia-Valtournenche.
Overall, Cervinia-Valtournenche is the 3rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 43 snowboarding resorts in Italy. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Cervinia-Valtournenche including Zermatt and Grachen.