a very practical solution for any traveller! You can carry along your portable window and your mood will be fine even when the weather is bad: instead of looking out of the window of your hotel room, look at the portable window and you’ll feel better. A smaller version which can be carried in a backpack is in progress: necessary for all skiers coming to Cervinia (and Zermatt) during this strange and very unpredictable ski season.
today we skied to Trockener Steg to test new skis offpiste. The best place to avoid rocks is Furggletscher so we went there. The snow on these northbound slopes was terrific: light powder!
After a few runs we decided to get a cup of coffee and a snack at the self service of Trockener. We got two cups from a machine and two slices of pie: 25,7 swiss francs equivalent to over 22,35 if you pay in Euros. In Italy the same stuff would cost between 12 and 15 Euros. To compensate for this difference you can only use the restrooms and take away some paper napkins… Next time we’ll put a thermos and a couple of snacks in our backpacks. Bye bye swiss pie!
it’s November 18th but the conditions are better than in January. A lot of snow, beautiful weather, sunny, perfectly cold (-10 at 3480 m. of Plateau Rosa), no wind and only few happy skiers! Slopes are open from Plateau Rosa to Plan Maison and Cime Bianche Laghi. Also Goillet chairlift is open. Only Klein Matterhorn on the swiss side is closed due to maintenance. Snow is only natural, last week temperatures were to high to permit artificial snow making. The meteo for the next 7-8 days is good so think about skiing here…
We live in La Magdeleine, a small village (population 116) at 1680 m. on the south side of the valley going to Valtournenche and Cervinia (27 km.) directions:
Our chalet is really perfect for a family: quiet, sunny with a small garden and a beautiful patio and terrace. Inside you have a large living room with a open kitchen, a double mezzanine great to play and watch movies, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, a sauna. But the place is too big for a couple (me and my husband) so we have decided to put it on sale: we would be happy if it could be filled with playing kids!
If you are interested more pictures and information are in this PDF file:
The price? 720.000 €
We like to ski down to Zermatt, leave the skis at the end of the slope and walk to “downtown” or reach it by e-bus: nice shops, great chocolates at the Coop, no cars around! So far so good.
But what to say about the crowds you find on the slopes, the high exchange rate, the food on the mountain? We are always upset when we see people eating spaghetti at Trockener Steg cafeteria…Why they do not opt for a bratwurst there and come to the great restaurants on the Italian side to get a decent pasta dish? Mah…
So if I was a money conscious tourist willing to spend a week of skiing I would stay in Cervinia and ski in both areas according with the meteo and the snow. You do not believe me? Read this article (Skiing: Cervinia or Zermatt?) on the british newspaper The Telegraph ;)