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Cervinia - Very disappointing

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@Markymark29, very easy to get between all 4 areas. You simply go up a queue free lift and ski. I've only been during the last 12 years, but its the best resort I've been to in my 50 years, (Zermatt that is, but Cervinia becomes part of this).
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We had a family holiday in Valtournenche at Easter last year.

The consensus was that it was terrific.

It just goes to show how people can have completely different expectations of what a ski holiday is, and how conditions can make a huge difference to a view of a resort.

Firstly, it is very definitely a later in the season resort (like Zermatt, imho). I would put this part of the experience down to user error.

Secondly, what we loved was the fantastic scenery, excellent late season snow, great restaurants, lovely long runs, decent prices and general Italian hospitality. There's no doubt that the lift system is not great. On balance, the pluses outweighed the minuses for us. I can understand why someone with different priorities might view things differently, but that makes a resort rubbish for them, not rubbish per se.
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Exacy that @pendodave. I'd like to go back to Cervinia again sometime in the future.

Thinking of it as a holiday overall one other massive plus is the food, had some outstanding food there for half the cost I paid for much less impressive meals in Courchevel. Also you can't go wrong if a young family on holiday as kids are very happy with all the pizza and pasta options!
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caughtanedge wrote:
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And the 70 euro roaming bill my phone company tried to charge me for a few texts on hallowed swiss turf.

That's because the EU forced the mobile operators to drop rip-off roaming charges across the EU a while back. But not of course in Switzerland. When you ski backwards and forwards between Zermatt and Cervinia, you soon learn to switch data off, and use the wifi in CH, but go wild as soon as you see I-Wind or whatever on your phone...


Brexit will surely mean roaming charges for all the British skiers plus increased passport controls for uk citizens......they will no longer be able to go to the EU Citizen lines/q’s.......maybe there will be a specific ‘brexit q’...?
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Rowlski wrote:
Exacy that @pendodave. I'd like to go back to Cervinia again sometime in the future.

Thinking of it as a holiday overall one other massive plus is the food, had some outstanding food there for half the cost I paid for much less impressive meals in Courchevel. Also you can't go wrong if a young family on holiday as kids are very happy with all the pizza and pasta options!


Like a lot of things in life debating like/dislikes of anything with an individual is pointless....a decent sample size of opinion is required to get a proper view......I’ve been to zermatt/cervinia twice ten years apart and would rate both places highly but on both occasions the conditions were perfect no winds blue skies and plenty of snow....to rate a resort poorly due to being out of luck with weather is ‘bird-brain’ stuff.......my first trip to st Anton was plagued with windy snowy days with lift closures.....I would say out of six days I got barely 2 days full skiing in but it didn’t stop us returning another 3 times since over the years
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Run28 wrote:
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@vipul, those 20 years did not change anything to pistes...the actual skiing in Zermatt/Cervinia is mediocre compared to Arlberg, 4V, Espace Killy and 3V


I'd have to disagree there. The pistes are kept in far better condition than anything you get in the 3V in my opinion. Last year and the year before in VT the piste bashers tended to get bored and leave runs untouched and unmanaged...pretty crap considering the amount to pay for a ski pass!


We love Cervinia too. Been lots and keep returning.
Us skiers moan about too much snow and then not enough snow - never happy are we Very Happy
The downside of the height is that wind can close higher lifts. It the price you pay.

We went to Courchevel at Xmas but will go back to Cervinia next time!
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I’d go back to Cervinia too. We did 2 x half term trips there when the boys were still at school & they were both easily our best trips. Appreciate we were probably lucky with the weather, mostly sunny days, but the biggest eye opener for me was there were no half term queues at all like you’d get in France, generally busier on the Swiss side though. The best snow was def on the Italian side. The food was amazing & good value in Cervinia & the people themselves were so friendly & welcoming. We’d an apartment off through the trees at the bottom of the Ventina piste (the top run to have as your home run at the end of the day Very Happy )
Has to be said, it is one of only 2 resorts we’ve had to scramble around at the edge of the road putting on snow chains to get there (both times!) & even then we had to all get out to push the car the last 100m up the side road to the apartment!
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@caughtanedge,
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hat's because the EU forced the mobile operators to drop rip-off roaming charges across the EU a while back. But not of course in Switzerland

As well as my Swiss mobile I have and English one too and do not pay any roaming charges on it, in fact it works out cheaper to use the English one. (Vodaphone if that helps)
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