Two of the most beautiful ski resort in the Italian Alps: Monterosa ski and Cervinia
Skiing is my great passion. It is now tradition with my father to get two days off for skiing in springtime.
Skiing in spring: conditions in Valle d'Aosta are still favorable. This year (2019) especially, thanks to a cold April.
Monterosa ski, Champoluc-Gressoney-Alagna: between Monterosa and Cervino in a snowy day.
Day 1: to get to Champoluc you have to leave the motorway at Vèrres and cross the Val d'Ayas (about 1.20 h by car), enjoy the view. We arrive at the start of the Monterosa ski facilities in time for the afternoon ski pass, from 12. The ticket costs € 36, but it always depends on the period. We leave the car in Champoluc, big parkings and easy to reach the gondola lift. The ski resort connects Champoluc to Grosseney up to Alagna (which can be reached from the north of Piedmont, Ghemme and Gattinara area).
Slope conditions: optimal snowfall despite being mid-April. Long but sometimes narrow slopes. Medium difficulty, for an advanced level there are few black slopes.
From the snow resort you can admire both the Monterosa and the Cervino mountains (unfortunately I have no photos because it was snowing that day). Prices in the bar/restaurants are fine.
In the part of Alagna they have recently dedicated some slopes to freeride.
There is a project of linking Monterosa Ski to the Cervinia area, if it will be made these slopes would become one of the largest ski stations in Europe🤞!
We sleep in Antagnod, a small and very characteristic village, with the bell tower that stands out over the valley. It has recently become one of the most beautiful town in Italy, I suggest a visit! Buy here the local fontina cheese and the sanguinacci, a special salami!
At dinner, order the traditional and regenerating soup valdostana, it is served in any local restaurant: bread, broth, mountain fontina cheese ... A simple but delicious dish!
Cervinia-Zermatt-Valtournanche, skiing in Paradise: high enough to reach the sun and above the clouds💙
Day 2: we reach Breuil-Cervinia in an hour and a half. It rains all along the way, but as we arrive at the foot of the village, the weather opens up and the sun comes out! Amazing how the mountain wows you! We purchase take the skipass only for the Italian side.
How to choose the ski pass (April rates): national € 43 or international € 59.50?
If you arrive around 10am the national fare is more than enough. It will allow you to ski between Cervinia and Valtournenche, which is already a lot.
If you arrive early in the morning, the international ticket offers the chance to explore Zermatt. The ticket also includes the train that goes up through the slopes (unfortunately when I bought it last year, April 25th, the train was already closed), which could justify the expense. It also allows you to reach the panoramic terrace overlooking the Matterhorn with the new 3s gondola lift. If you opt for the international ski pass, I recommend eating on the Italian side. Prices in the bar and restaurant are quite high for the standard of the ski areas, I leave you to imagine in Zermatt!
This year (2019)in mid-April snow conditions are likely in December. Slopes: long but lack of steepness. The only slope that fully satisfied me was Ventina, not so much for its steepness as for its length. Do it all in one go!
The negative note of Cervinia is that there are really too many foreigners with a medium-low level, they occupy the whole slope and their trajectories are inscrutable. I suggest you stay in Valtournenche: less crowded slopes. It's also a great idea to start from Valtournenche with the Cime Bianche cable car, the parking lots are less crowded.
Some picture about my last year visit with the International skipass (view from the Maternhörn terrace and Pic of the slopes towards Zermatt village)
Skiing at the foot of the Matterhorn is a unique emotion, the Cervino (name of the Maternhörn in italian) is always there to be observed from the top of its grandeur🏔
Back on the road a few kilometers below Cervinia (before Valtournenche) don't miss a slice of cake at the ancient Flamini Bakery, they are exceptional for ending in happiness a day of skiing!
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