One of the best activities to include as part of your European winter holiday escape is to go skiing in the Alps mountain range. There are many ski resorts dotted along the Alps, and the most famous ones are in France.
This article will take you away from France into Italy where there is one resort which allows you to do ski from Italy to Switzerland and back – all in one day.
Breuil – Cervinia. Nearest cities: Turin, Milan.
Breuil – Cervinia is an alpine resort in the Aosta Valley region of Italy. It is located on high altitude (2050m at resort level, 3480m at the highest point), which allows a much greater chance of lower temperatures and snowfall compared to other resorts along the Alps. Best months to ski: December to April.
Pistes are wide and gentle, which makes excellent training ground for beginner and intermediate skiers. Breuil – Cervinia also shares the same mountain as Zermatt in Switzerland and the two resorts are linked by ski lifts. This allows able skiers to ski from Italy to Switzerland and back within one day. The slopes were also reasonably quiet during the week of Christmas, which is always a welcoming sight!
Ventina – No. 7 – 11.5 km – Red piste (Advanced) – about 1400m of vertical descent.
The Matterhorn can be seen in almost every part of the resort. History states that the English and Italian once battled to climb the Matterhorn. For foodie readers, the Matterhorn also inspired the shape of Toblerone chocolate and is featured on the packaging of the chocolate bar.
Photos of Brueil-Cervinia:
Toblerone, the real Toblerone
The Correspondent: Joey Yu
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