Cervino – The Italian-side of the Matterhorn

When most people think of the Matterhorn they think of Switzerland, but the Matterhorn shares a border with both Switzerland and Italy.  It is located between the Canton of Valais in Switzerland and the Aosta Valley in Italy.

The famous peak may look a little different from the back-side but  the views will still leave you in awe. The Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche -Zermatt ski-area is one of the largest in the Alps. We have skied many resorts but Cervino tops the list of favorites.

By car  Cervino Resort  can easily be reached in less than 2.5 hours from Milan.  The drive into the valley is absolutely breathtaking.  When driving make sure you have winter tires and chains. This is obligatory during the winter-months in Italy and you can be fined if caught without.

Cervino is a popular destination and hotels  fill up quickly.  There are smaller villages if you are not able to secure a hotel within Cervino.  Valtournenche is a popular nearby village and the ski slopes are still accessible from the town.

Although parking is centrally located, finding parking can be an issue.  Cervino offers a reasonably priced (2 Euro) shuttle bus , which is a good alternative to the hassle of not finding parking.  The bus shuttles to  surrounding  villages and runs into the evening (9.00- 23.00). Another alternative for parking is Valtournenche as you can access the mountain from the their lift.

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There  are 50 ski-lifts between Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche and Zermatt.  Basically you can ski all day and never hit the same slope twice.  Between the two resorts there are 150 ski runs which you have full access to. If 150 ski runs seems overwhelming, you can always settle for a day pass at either Cervino OR Zermatt. Both resorts have over 70+ runs each.  In total, the ski-runs cover over 200 km (125 miles). Wow, that is a lot of ground to cover in one day!

Different ticket prices are available depending on which part of the mountain you want to ski. We skied only on the Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche side and did not have time to ski the whole mountain in one day.

Tickets for Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche:

Adult  €43,00

Teen:  €38,00

Child: €31,00

Tickets for Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche and Zermatt

Adult  €62,00

Teen:  €55,00

Child: €44,00

*During high-season (Christmas and February) the rates increase by a few Euros. You can also purchase multi-day tickets for a reduced rate.

The ski-mountain is littered with charming mountain huts and restaurants. Many of the restaurants are self-serve and have breathtaking views looking over the Cervino Resort and The Matterhorn.

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One of our top picks for an Apero-ski is  Chalet Plantorrette which is centrally located on the mountain. The relaxed atmosphere and lounge chairs in the snow, makes for the perfect break.

There are dozens of restaurants to choose from, so the crowds are not near as bad as some resorts.  Most restaurants are in an easy ski-in/ski-out location, making for an easy pit-stop.

How can you go wrong with those views? The Matterhorn as a backdrop and views of the mountains and valley below.  Chalet Plantorrette is the perfect place to take a ski-break on the Mountain.

Next time you think of the Matterhorn and Switzerland, consider giving the Italian-side of the Matterhorn a go.  Both the Swiss and Italian-sides are breathtaking and worth a visit.  The resort of Cervino makes it easy to enjoy both countires.

Skiing in the Dolomites

The Dolomites are in the Northeastern part of Italy encompassing the provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol, and Trentino. The whole area is actually a UNESCO world heritage site and we were lucky enough to finally make a visit there.

We decided we wanted to take a family ski trip this year and, although Switzerland is an obvious choice, we wanted to try something new. So, we pulled out the map and started scouting out the Dolomites. There are plenty of ski resorts to choose from but we settled on Paganella in the village of Andalo.

We stayed five minutes outside of Andalo in Molveno Italy. Molveno is a quaint town situated on a lake with a little town square. It is scattered with restaurants and boutique hotels. We traveled this time with another family so we decided to rent a home together.


The ski resort of Paganella was a great family resort. They have a handful of ski schools you can choose from.  The adult all day ski pass was 42 Euros. Which for a resort of its size seemed like an incredible price. They were running a promotion when while we were there and our family of 5 was able to ski for 155 Euros a day. WOW! What a deal.

 

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As far as the slopes were concerned, there were many beginner/medium runs. For advanced skiers, there was only one black run, but it did happen to be the training run for the Norwegian Olympic Ski team.

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I feel like we have not even made a dent in our skiing in the Dolomites. This was our first trip of many to come.  There are so many resorts we would like to try. Have you been skiing in the Dolomites? Do you have a recommendation? We would love to hear from you.