Looking for an Apres Ski Holiday in Easter? Cervinia is your place!

Skis CerviniaIf you are looking for a more laid back ski holiday, Cervinia is the place to go. It is designed for the world of Apres Ski, with plenty of bars and restaurants with outside seating and sun facing terraces. Whilst this is an all season, snow sure resort. You may be taking a risk going early in the season. High winds can cause the whole resort to close, it is high and exposed, don’t be surprised if the resort closes for the whole week. For this reason I would suggest going March or April and fully embrace the Apres life.

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Accommodation in Cervinia is made up mostly of hotels, with a variety of basic but comfortable and simple hotels available. Although there are many fine hotels, I would recommend Hotel Breuil , it is basic but comfortable with a surprisingly high standard of food and close proximity to the slopes. I recommend this hotel as I have stayed here, but I am confident there are many of similar hotels in Cervinia town.

skis-stuckWhere to rent skis? With a plethora of ski rental shops available, you will be overwhelmed with choice. I would recommend Nol ski. It is a skiset shop which ensures decent prices and the assurances you have dealing with a large company. This particular shop is good as the staff are friendly and it is centrally located. Most importantly for me though, is the availability of new, up-to-date equipment, which you are free to swap and change if you are unhappy. With Ski Set you rent a certain level of equipment, I would NOT rent the most expensive level as it is over priced and they never really pay attention to this system. When in the shop you will get whatever they have available.

zermattOne of Cervinia’s most appealing qualities is the availability of the link with the ski resort Zermatt, in Switzerland. This connection means that the whole ski area is actually very large and varied, Cervinia’s slopes are notoriously forgiving, where Zermatt’s are a little more challenging. To access Zermatt you will have to buy the whole area ski pass which this season (16-17) is priced at €242 per person for 6 days. However, a word of warning! The wind can be very unpredictable and could very easily cause the whole area to close, the slightest gust will cause the Zermatt link to close. Also with the cheaper, smaller, Cervinia (Valtournenche) Ski pass, you can access several other ski areas in the Aosta Valley for free, you do not get this service with the more expensive Zermatt pass. So I would recommend playing it day by day, or buying the smaller one, and if the conditions are good, paying the extra on the day to get over to Zermatt.

 

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Skiing with a Touch of Style? Meribel!

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Whether your a first time Skier or a seasoned professional, Meribel is the perfect destination. Its in the worlds largest and and most varied ski areas, ‘The Three Valleys‘ and perfect for every level of skier. It is the perfect combination of sweeping, dramatic mountains and a small picturesque village, which so many ski towns don’t have. Most ski locations are ugly with high rise flats, Meribel is the exception with only beautiful snow topped chalets. Its so desirable many celebrities have chalets here, the most notable being Emma Watson.

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Where to stay

My personal recommendation is to travel with the company ‘Meriski‘, they offer the best chalets, closest to the slopes. The company will also take care of your travel arrangements and transfer between the airport and resort. Obviously budget plays a large part in where you stay, but if you can I would highly recommend renting out a whole catered chalet. all your meals are cooked for you and you get fresh cakes when off the slopes, it truly is the most luxurious way to Apres Ski. In my opinion the best chalet is ‘Chalet L’ardour‘, it is shockingly close to the slopes and has a large hot tub along with comfortable rooms.

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Where to eat

Although there are many fine dining restaurants in the village worth visiting, there is one famous restaurant that you must go to. ‘Chez Kiki‘ is a small but renowned steak restaurant in merle, its steaks are some of the best I personally have ever tasted and would highly recommend it to anyone thats interested. Another notable restaurant is in the hotel ‘Mont Vallon‘, its fine dining food, but is quite expensive for what you receive, in my opinion.

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The Best Skiing

Skiing is fantastic in the whole of the Three Valleys, however each area has its own characteristics! Meribel is for the more advanced skier as its know for its icy approaches into the town. In my opinion, the best skiing is in ‘Val Thorens‘, its the highest resort in Europe, which means the best powdered snow and has some of the most undeniably beautiful views. Its main downfall is the resorts general lack of beauty and culture. However, many would say its some of the best skiing in the world.