Travelling Article - 48 Hours in Cervinia

Cervinia is an Italian ski resort located around two hours from Turin, traffic and weather permitting. It is in the Aosta Valley on the Italian side of the Matterhorn. The pistes link Valtournenche at the lowest point to Zermatt (Switzerland) at the highest altitude. Cervinia is the perfect resort for those new to skiing, or like me who are no longer as fearless as they once were!

 By Eve Hartridge follow Eve on Twitter @allaboutevie

 The resort boast miles of long enjoyable runs with no surprises, the perfect place to build confidence, enjoy the scenery and ease yourself back into this rather dangerous sport. On the downside, it's not just fair-weather skiers who flock to Cervinia, look out for the ski schools at every turn. The excellent nursery slopes mean that there is very high chance that you'll be wiped out by a bad tempered child or cumbersome adult at some point during your day. From Cervinia you can adventure over to Zermatt, the resort popular with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There is an additional fee to pay as not all slopes are covered by the Aosta Valley ski pass, it's worth it though to have lunch on Swiss snow and explore further but, don't forget your passport.

 The village of Cervinia is well suited to families and those not looking for wild nights of Apres Ski. There are a number of restaurants offering traditional alpine cuisine and Italian menus, most of the pizzerias are excellent and very good value for money. The bar scene is quiet with The Dragon Bar being one of the most popular for those looking to mingle and make new ski friends. There are a few shops and boutiques in the village but once again this is not Meribel or Megeve, come to Cervinia to ski (or if you must, snow-board)


 Club Med offer all inclusive holidays to Cervinia and although their hotels are a short minibus ride or a slightly less appealing walk to the ski lifts the facilities at the hotels are of a very high standard. The two hotels, The Cristallo and The Cristallino are joined by a glass corridor have between them have 207 rooms and suites. The rooms are spacious, well appointed and stylishly decorated. The restaurant is excellent offering a number of cooking stations with dishes to appeal to every pallet and appetite, if like me you develop an appetite to rival Christmas Day expectations you are able to pick and mix at meal times and indulge in a steak, salad, pizza and three pudding combination if you so choose. Local and non- branded Alcohol is included, the Italian wine selection is perfect, however, Lemoncello is both delicious and lethal at the same time. In the basement there is an enormous indoor pool and wellness centre, use of the facilities are included in the cost, however beauty treatments and massages incur an additional charge. There is an on-site state of the art gym for those who would like to exercise further, tends not to get too crowded either!

 Cervinia is a great resort for convenience and to find your ski legs again. Staying with Club Med is the obvious choice for a touch of luxury as the staff are welcoming, attentive and you'll certainly feel well looked after.

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