Chamonix, France

The Best Boarding in Europe


The piste covered by the Pancheron cable car offers some good on- and off-piste runs. Other magical areas are the Plateau Rosa and La Cima Bianche Laghi. On these runs it is better to be taken by a guide, as the glacier can be dangerous due to the number of crevasses, which can be death traps. From Cervinia, it is possible to reach Valtourneche through to Colie Superiore and Inferiore of Cime Bianche.


There is a half-pipe located close to the center of Cervinia, in the Bontadini area.


The most well-known, panoramic, and exhilarating piste is the Ventina. Pistes No.5 and No.6 are also challenging. For beginners, and for riders who want fun, the ideal piste is that of Rocce Nere.

The Nitty Gritty

Mountain chain: Aosta Valley

Vertical meter range: 2,050—3,400 m (6,726—11,155 ft)

Length of season: November—May; on the glacier, May—October

Number of lifts: Six cable ways, two gondolas, ten chairlifts, seventeen drag-lifts

Linked resorts: A six-day pass covers Cervinia and Valtourneche; Zermatt is just on the other side of the Matterhorn.

Insider tip: Check out the heliboarding opportunities. You will not be disappointed.


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