Valtournenche - Ski Area Guide

Valtournenche, Italy

Ski Resort in Italian Alps - 60km of Piste (1,610m to 3,090m). Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Best known as having (unofficially) the second greatest vertical drop in the world, after Chamonix, but that involves using Zermatt's lifts and there is a drive to the lifts outside the village in the first place.

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The next notable snow forecast for Valtournenche is 8cm, expected on 22 February, with around 78cm forecast over the next 7 days. There is some snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.

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Valtournenche Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Valtournenche
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
119km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
4198km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
2041km
Pistes
Number of runs
13
Downhill
Total Length
60km
Cross Country
Total Length
13km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
9

Valtournenche Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Valtournenche
Max Vertical1570m
Highest Lift3090m
Lowest Piste1610m
Resort Altitude (Valtournenche)1520m

Valtournenche

The Italian Ski Resort of Valtournenche has direct access to 60km of downhill skiing, with 13 individual pistes, served by 9 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

There are five Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Valtournenche are perfectly feasible.

Skiing in Valtournenche

The major features of Cervinia's skiing are vast snowy slopes below the towering peaks along the Swiss border , with only the lift towers sticking out above the ground level. For intermediates this is really joyful terrain with incredibly long trails falling away below you across the huge white landscape. The altitude brings good snow cover from top to bottom, even when the sun shines down as it frequently does.

The area was improved for going up as well as coming down in the 2006-7 season when a major investment, the biggest in the world in new lifts that season, brought in five new high capacity chairlifts, with almost all draglifts decommissioned as a result.

Apart from the descent from the Klein Matterhorn, one of Europe's highest lift-served points, down to Valtournenche, probably the longest on-piste in the world and over a vertical drop in excess of 2359m, there are many other long trails. One of the most popular is the 15km red back down from Plateau Rosà to the resort.

Cervinia is normally a good choice for beginners and near beginners as the wide open slopes above the resort and on one side down from Plan Maison are ideal (they're served by cabin lifts - so no need to worry about getting pulled over by a drag lift or falling off a chair when you try to stand up at the top).

Experts perhaps have the least to shout about, even with the long runs, but there are five shorter black runs - mostly just above the resort, and then the steep runs of Zermatt over the border . There is also a thriving heli-skiing business, taking skiers up to the 4,500 metre (nearly 15,000 feet) high Monte Rosa for long powder runs down to Valtournenche or Champoluc. For cross country skiers there are three high-altitude loops, one at resort level.

Snowboarding in Valtournenche

The wide slopes are good for free boarding and large chunks of the terrain can be accessed by chairs and gondolas, but facilities for 'boarders are generally limited otherwise in comparison to other top European resorts. Unusually for a resort of this international standing there is no regular half pipe (except the pipe on the glacier above Zermatt) but there is a snowpark with plenty of healthy hits at Plan Maison, near the Fornet chairlift.

Valtournenche Aprés Ski

Cervinia has a reputation for lively and pricey après ski but this is based primarilly on the weekend crowds from Turin and Milan packing out the bars, restaurants and night clubs. That being said you still have a choice of 50 or so establishments whenever you visit. Popular bars include the Copa Pan Irish bar, which serves Irish beer (a good thing?) and attracts large numbers from the British Isles.

For a bit of Italian sophistication sup on a cocktail at Lino's Ice Rink bar or relax at the Café des Guides. There are a choice of two night clubs to see you through in to the small hours. Trips to the Casino in Saint Vincent are organised.

Valtournenche in brief

Valtournenche Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.

Valtournenche Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Valtournenche.

Usual opening - Mid Oct Normally open weekends only in October.

Usual closing - Early April.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Valtournenche.

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Valtournenche Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Valtournenche is able to augment natural snow, on 16km of ski runs, with 40 Snow Cannons.

Valtournenche Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 9 Ski Lifts of Valtournenche are able to uplift 8,744 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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