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Valtournenche Ski Resort

Valtournenche Resort Guide

Valtournenche, Italy

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Valtournenche Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners and Snowboarders!
Total Piste Length60km37 miles
Highest Lift3,090m10,138ft
Resort Height1,520m4,987ft
 Nearest AirportsTurin Caselle and Milan Malpensa
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Valtournenche at a glance

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 2cm1in, expected on 14 July.

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Valtournenche Facts, Stats and Ratings

Valtournenche Rated

Ratings for Valtournenche
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Valtournenche?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Valtournenche
Highest Lift3,090m10,138ft
Lowest Piste1,610m5,282ft
Resort Altitude (Valtournenche)1,520m4,987ft
Max Vertical1,570m5,151ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Valtournenche Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Valtournenche
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
119km6 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
4198km61 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
2041km25 miles
Total Length
60km37 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
13km8 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
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Valtournenche Summary

The Italian Ski Resort of Valtournenche has direct access to 60km37 miles of downhill skiing, with 13 marked pistes, served by a total of 9 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,520m4,987ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,090m10,138ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Valtournenche Overview

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.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Valtournenche is 15km9 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Gran Pista di Valtournenche', which is 15km9 miles in length.

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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

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.

When is Valtournenche open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Valtournenche.

Usual opening is mid October (Normally open weekends only in October), and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Valtournenche.

Snow Making

Valtournenche is able to make snow, on 16km10 miles of ski runs, with 40 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts of Valtournenche are able to uplift 8,744 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Valtournenche?

Valtournenche is in the Italian Alps in Italy.

How can I get to Valtournenche?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Valtournenche are Turin Caselle, Milan Malpensa and Sion. There are 10 airports within three hours drive.

Off the Mountain

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.


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