Another one that has extensive terrain for beginners and is a little closer to home is Cervinia. Located on the border of Switzerland and Italy, near the top of the Aosta Valley, Cervinia offers miles of long gentle runs and breathtaking views of the Matterhorn. The peak, just across the border into Switzerland, is over 3,600 metres – an altitude which guarantees good quality snow.

Cervinia is much cheaper than glitzy Zermatt and if the lift linking the two ski areas is open you’ve got yourself a real bargain and more advanced terrain to explore. Intermediates will enjoy themselves here too and the decent Indian Park will occupy freestylers.  

The downside of Cervinia is that, with the exception of the magnificent Matterhorn, it’s a bit plain Jane and advanced riders may get bored. But like we said, it’s one for beginners.

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