Cross Country:Two short trails (3km)
26 November 2017 (7 nights)
7 nights | Guide prices per person
This is a full board hotel - including flights/transfers, lift pass, tuition, childcare, open bar/snacks & entertainment.
In the shadow of the towering Alps, Cervinia draws its inspiration from the past glories of the mountaineers who scaled the legendary Mount Cervino, and forms part of a magnificent panorama. While the Club Med Resort breathes the pure air of the peaks at 2,050 metres, the hotel - with its original decor and authentic materials - is a luxurious mountain refuge and provides a cosy, convivial setting for relaxing at Club Med Spa and meeting up with the rest of the family. The Resort's sun-kissed terraces provide ideal spots for soaking up the views of the ski domain, which stretches as far as Switzerland.
The Cristallo and the Cristallino, connected by an internal walkway, await you with their 207 spacious rooms. Soft colours and wooden fittings invite you to indulge in well-being.
The bars and restaurants cater for every palate for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Be carefree with an all-inclusive package! You can have the freedom to enjoy drinks and snacks in all the chalet hotel bars, outside normal meal hours, and, as much as you like!
Meal times are a memorable experience. The masterful chefs offer you a choice of the world's finest cuisine with freshly-sourced produce, mouth-watering flavours and ingredients that perhaps you've never tasted before; or you can choose universal favourites such as grilled meats, pizzas and hamburgers or there's also simple, fresh and light options on offer.
Selected drinks of your choice throughout the day and night! Water, fruit juices, soft drinks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, beer, wine, 'aperitifs', cocktails, local and international alcohol such as rum, whisky, gin, etc...
Unlimited snacks... you can indulge in whatever you fancy day and night! Gourmet moments to make the most of the chalet hotel activities at your own pace: late breakfast, late lunch, afternoon snack, nightclub nibbles... including a wide variety of sweet and savoury snacks (salads, fruits, dairy products, cookies, pizzas, hamburgers, savoury tarts, nachos, tapas, etc.)
The Resort has two hotels connected by an indoor walkway: the Cristallo (4 floors) and the Cristallino (3 floors) 50 yards away. The two hotels have a total of 207 rooms, all beautifully redecorated.
Club Rooms - A comfortable and stylish Club Room. All the rooms are located in the Cristallino or the Cristallo hotel (these rooms are available on all floors). All including European electrical plugs / 220 Volts, Hair-dryer, Heated towel rail, Heating, Mini-fridge, Security safe(s), Shower room, Telephone and Television.
Deluxe Rooms - A spacious Deluxe Room, offering a generous comfort level in an elegant atmosphere. These rooms are located in the Cristallino hotel, and are available on all floors. This space of 40 to 50 sq. m. consists of two rooms separated by a door. All including European electrical plugs / 220 Volts, Flat-screen television, Hair-dryer, Heated towel rail, Heating, Ironing kit, Minibar, Security safe(s), Tea and coffee kit and Telephone.
Suites - A spacious and elegant Suite where you will be able to savour premium comfort as you recharge your batteries.In the Cristallo hotel, on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. All including Bathroom, Coffee machine, European electrical plugs / 220 Volts, Flat-screen television, Hair-dryer, Heated towel rail, Heating Iron and ironing-board, Ironing kit, Minibar, MP3 player, Radio / CD, Security safe(s) and Telephone.
One of the first purpose-built resorts is blessed with plenty of high-altitude, snow-sure skiing and easy access to the slopes of neighbouring Zermatt.
Somehow one cannot fail to admire the romantic spirit of an Italian ski resort that has Byron's fine words (mysteriously translated into French) emblazoned on the front of its main lift station in wrought iron.
But although the mountains have not changed much since Byron's time, the resort itself might have surprised him. Having originally come to prominence as a climbing centre, Cervinia was first developed as a ski area in 1936 during Mussolini's era, when what were then state-of-the-art lifts and hotels were constructed.
But despite its aesthetic melange, Cervinia remains one of the most popular Italian destinations for British skiers. Indeed, the British comprise the largest proportion of foreign visitors here. The attraction is partly price, although this is by no means the cheapest resort in Italy, but principally it is the snow record.
Cervinia is one of the highest ski resorts in the Alps, with a village height of 2,050m and a ski area (linked to Zermatt's) that rises up to 3,480m - or even 3,820m if you are returning from an excursion into Zermatt's terrain. Thus it is virtually guaranteed to have snow from early December until late April, despite the fact that many of its slopes have a southerly exposition. In addition, snow-making helps ensure season-long snow-cover on the lower slopes. (The resort celebrates its long season with the Azzurrissimo at the end of April. This is a downhill race from the Plateau Rosa to Cervinia itself in which 1,500 amateurs compete.)
Most chalet holidays and hotel holidays packaged by operators other than ourselves include in the price return charter flights and coach transfers to the resort. Many regional departure airports are also available. Please enquire for details. Additionally, many tour operators offer the option of rail travel to French resorts either by daytime or overnight Eurostar or overnight Snowtrain.
For clients travelling on tailor-made holidays with Ski Solutions A La Carte we are able to offer a wide range of scheduled flights from a variety of UK airports to suit personal preferences with such carriers as:
Swiss for Geneva or Zurich British Airways for Lyons, Geneva, Zurich, Salzburg, Turin or Venice There are several low-cost carriers which have widened the choice of departure points and destinations in particular from Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh which we are happy to book on your behalf as well as other scheduled airlines.
Easyjet for Geneva, Basle, Zurich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Lyons, Grenoble, Turin, Milan or Venice Ryanair for Salzburg, Friedrichschafen, Basle, Grenoble or Turin as well as Globespan , bmibaby and Flybe.
Onward transfers to resorts are by hire car, taxi, train (Switzerland and Austria) or scheduled bus service as appropriate. For French resorts we are able to offer the popular daytime Eurostar service which runs weekly on Saturdays.
|Lower Depth:||30 cm||Piste Conditions:||Resort closed due to extreme weather|
|Upper Depth:||235 cm||Runs to Resort:||Closed|
|Fresh snow depth:||50 cm||Off-Piste:||Powder|
|Best Snowfall week||25-Apr-2016||24-Apr-2017||04-Dec-2017 (8%)|
|Best Base week||15-Feb-2016||24-Apr-2017||09-Apr-2018 (8%)|
Cross Country:Two short trails (3km)
Great for intermediates but a little short on challenges for experts, however the altitude means the pistes are in great condition virtually all season long.
Cervinias ski area is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Advanced skiers will need to do a little detective work to find suitable challenges. However it is a great place to learn to ski and it has many attractions for those who simply like cruising on well-groomed pistes.
Beginners will find excellent nursery slopes on the very edge of the village, but within two or three days they should be able to graduate to a flattish area around the mid-station of Plan Maison.
Most intermediates will find Cervinia's terrain enormously flattering and ego-boosting. Many of the runs that are classified red here would probably be rated blue elsewhere. The easier runs are on the left hand side of the ski area as you face it, with more challenging pistes towards the right. One of these is the splendid red-graded (and this is a real red) Ventina, which runs all the way down from Plateau Rosa to Cervinia itself. This run, variously estimated at 8 to 11km in length, is one of my favourite cruises in the whole of the Alps and the snow on it usually remains in good, wintery condition well into April.
Another good long run is the one down to the village of Valtournenche (1,525m), which some claim is 22km long from the top of the Klein Matterhorn lift station. In bad weather the lifts on the Cieloalto sector provide useful tree skiing.
Cervinia's lift system includes some fairly modern installations, but queues are still occasionally prone to form, especially at the base station and the Plateau Rosa mid-station. Sudden lift closures because of strong winds or mechanical failure can sometimes happen.
Day trips to the Zermatt ski area are fun, but it is important to allow plenty of time for these, since getting stranded on the Swiss side for the night can be expensive. There's a combined Cervinia/Zermatt ski pass available which is obviously of interest to those who plan on spending quite a bit of time in Zermatt.
Good for beginners, otherwise not very exciting.
This is a great place to come to learn to snowboard, partly because the snow is usually in very good condition, however there are no great challenges for expert boarders. The Carosello area is now a fun park with a half-pipe, a boarder-cross course and other attractions.
An average selection overall, but some great destinations for oenophiles (wine lovers).
Cervinia's mountain restaurants can't really compare with its Swiss neighbour Zermatt or its Aostan neighbour Courmayeur. But then not many resorts can! An additional complication is that they are not always marked on some versions of the piste map. One of the better venues is the Pavia, located in the village, just below the main lift station. It has a glorious sun terrace with splendid views, on which waiters dressed in dinner jackets serve remarkably good Italian food at good prices. Negotiate in advance and pay in sought-after Swiss Francs and about SF70 (30) will buy antipasti, pasta, a main course, dessert and coffee for two people, not to mention up to two bottles of decent wine and unlimited digestifs.
On the pistes, the Chalet Etoile near Plan Maison is the best place to eat. There is a self-service section as well as a delightfully cosy restaurant with an open fire and candles on every table. It is run by a Swede called Ola who takes a great interest in the wines of the Aosta valley and always has a few interesting bottles she is prepared to recommend. The house speciality is Braserade con Raclette, a contraption that allows you to grill meat on the top and grill cheese underneath, before eventually amalgamating the two on your plate.
The Cime Bianche, a small hotel/restaurant on the lower slopes has a lovely sun terrace and is renowned among the cognoscenti for its extraordinary and extraordinarily well-priced wine list, which includes many well-known Super-Tuscans such as Tignanello, Solaia, Sassicaia and so on. (Early-season visitors get the pick of the list.) The British-run Igloo at the top of the Bardoney chair has good basic food in large portions and the little Bar Ventina is a good place to stop for a drink in the middle of this long run. Near the nursery slopes Baita Cretaz is good value. In Spring many of the restaurants in the nursery slope area set up sun terraces across the road, right on the edge of the slopes themselves.
Valtournenche is a good lunchtime destination. Options include the Hotel Rascard, which specialises in blow-out set menus and arranges mini-bus transport to and from the slopes/lifts, and the more modest La Motta (Da Felice) at the top of the drag lift of the same name. Be warned that lavatory facilities in some of the lesser mountain restaurants can be a little primitive.
There are limited childcare facilities available in Cervinia. Information on babysitting can be obtained from the tourist office.
Some Recommended Kindergartens:
Mini Club Bianca Neve
Ages from 0 to 10, 9am to 5pm
Cervino Ski School
To 12 years, 5 days included ski lessons and lunch- 350
6 day lift passes: -Under 13: Eur174 -13 to 64: Eur232 -Over 65: Eur197 -Free over 75 years.
Not very exciting, but then most people eat dinner in hotels.
Most of the 29 restaurants here are much of a muchness, serving predictable kinds of pizzas and pasta.
The cosy little Il Capriccio is the best restaurant in town and it is also worth considering for lunch on a bad weather day. The Hotel Hermitage's dining room can confidently be recommended to non-residents. La Maison de Sausure is the place to try Valdostana specialities. Casse Croute and Al Solito Posto serve the best pizzas.
Like the skiing, mostly intermediate.
The apres-ski scene in Cervinia is not as exciting as one might hope. The huge British presence here means that several establishments have decided to shed their Italian identity in favour of replicating a British pub ambience. One such establishment is Copa Pan where, the story goes, one Brit walked in, asked for a Peroni beer and was told "We only serve Irish beer!" at which point he terminated his holiday in disgust and drove home non-stop to his local Pizza Express in order to have his wish fulfilled.
The Red Dragon has draught Double Diamond and Watney's and the Scotch is the place for Karaoke. More sophisticated drinking places include the very agreeable Ymeletrob cocktail bar beneath the Punta Maquignaz, and the Bar des Guides. The jolly, railway carriage-shaped Pession American Bar is generally full of locals and has good bar snacks.
One visitor to Cervinia observed of the nightlife here that it was like the skiing: all intermediate. After the bars close down there are just two discos, the Chimera and the Garage. The latter is a lively place, but since it is out of town you need to take one of the free shuttle buses that run to and fro until the early hours. The Chimera is a relatively sedate basement establishment in the centre.
Quirky and fun resort which, though not as pretty as some, attracts plenty of non-skiers.
Many Italian winter visitors who come to Cervinia are more interested in worshipping the sun than the snow, so non-skiers will not feel alone. Shopping opportunities are a little limited. However there are plenty of restaurants around the village, on the lower slopes or around Plan Maison where non-skiers can meet up with their skiing or boarding friends at lunchtime. Excursions to the market town of Aosta and other places in the Aosta valley are also possible.