For most ski loving holidaymakers, skiing means exhilaration, speed, the fresh mountain air on your face and an awe-inspiring Alpine setting. Unfortunately, it also means crowds, queues for the ski lift and having to dodge other people on crowded pistes. If you feel like the latter without the former, Breuil Cervinia is a resort that offers a selection of opportunities that make you feel like you have the whole piste all to yourself!
Track Fresh Snow
Any veteran skier will know the indescribable joy and satisfaction of skiing a piste early in the day, as well as the crushing disappointment of having spent a busy morning queuing and navigating crowded pistes, only for the snow to be all tracked out just when things start to pick up. At Breuil Cervinia, if you manage to bag one of the limited places, you’ll have the opportunity to track the snow before the pistes have even opened for the day.
The day will start with your journey on the cable car to the top of the piste, where you’ll be offered hot tea and coffee: exactly what you need early on a crisp Alpine day! You’ll be greeted by a sweeping expanse of fresh, untouched, even powder, all yours to carve up before the skiing oficially begins. There is no way to describe the pleasure of tracking fresh snow before the pistes are even available to others.
Ski by Moonlight
Once a month, when the moon is full, Breuil Cervinia opens some of its slopes for a moonlight descent. While the events are popular and not as exclusive as the First Track event detailed above, you’re still acutely aware that you’re one of only a few people on the mountain so late at night.
On top of descending beautiful moonlit slopes, you’ll find that some eating and drinking establishments open late on nights of the full moon. There’s nothing quite like speeding through fresh snow in the middle of the night before sitting down to a late dinner, lit by candles and the full moon.
For those who like to get to know the inside as well as the outside of the mountain, an excursion to the eerie ice caves may be just the ticket. Take a few hours away from the pistes to travel through these ethereal blue caves, artfully illuminated to allow you to see them – and to show off the translucent glow of the ancient ice. These caves are not only aesthetically astounding, but are also some of the world’s most elevated ice caves.
How to Get to Breuil Cervinia
You could take a car or, if you want to keep things as effort-free as possible, an airport transfer from nearby Turin Airport. By taxi, Turin Airport is a little over an hour and half away from Breuil Cervinia, and you’ll be driving over the A5. Note that there’s a toll along the way.
While it is technically possible to get from Turin Airport to Breuil Cervinia using only public transport, only the most stalwart traveller would attempt it as the route is ludicrously complicated and would take over eighteen hours…
Where to Stay
Hotel Meuble Joli – with clean, pleasant and excellent value rooms, the Meuble Joli is perfect for those seeking low cost accommodation with a convenient location. There is also a shared lounge, helping give this hotel a lovely community feel.
Mollino Rooms – simple and classy, this quality bed and breakfast operates seamlessly, making for excellent mid-priced accommodation. We love the photographs of mountains and ski pistes that decorate the walls of the bedrooms, as well as the unique wooden furniture!
La Cresta Chalet – offering all the creature comforts of a chalet, but with an extra layer of polish, La Cresta delivers an all-round perfect chalet experience. If you can’t decide between a nice hotel and a cosy chalet, choose La Cresta.