Where to Ski in Italy: Cervinia

Editor’s note: For years, I’ve wanted to do a detailed piece on skiing in Italy. Noted ski journalist and expert Everett Potter makes this dream come true in Dream of Italy’s December 2009/January 2010 issue. His entertaining piece describes why you need to be properly dressed for Italian skiing and why you might be the only one in the lift line in the morning. Here’s an excerpt about one of the six ski resorts he profiles – Cervinia:

Many Americans discover Cervinia almost by accident. The discovery comes when they’ve booked a ski vacation in adjacent Zermatt, Switzerland and then learn then can ski over to Cervinia for lunch. That lunch run is a glorious seven miles of cruising, and the wide open and frequently sunny cruisers exemplify this popular resort that lies in the shadow of the Matterhorn. While the architecture won’t win any awards, the snowfall is justifiably acclaimed. Cervinia is one of the highest ski resorts in the Alps, with a village height of 6,500 feet and a ski area that rises up to 11,400 feet. Which means that it has the most reliable snow from early December until late April in all of Italy. Considering that you can live la dolce vita and ski over to Zermatt’s slopes, there’s a lot to offer. The Hotel Hermitage Cervinia is a Relais & Chateaux property offering the most comfort in the village.

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