1. When in Zermatt, on the Swiss side, the weather is stormy and ski slopes are all closed, in Valtournenche you can still ski.
2. If you are a beginner in snowboarding, Cervinia slopes seem to be easier than Zermatt
3. Can you understand the origin of the name “Plateau Rosa” ?
4. The options for cross country skiing in Zermatt are more professional, but forget about “polenta con porcini” after it.
5. From Valtournenche or Cervinia you can cross the national border and ski on Zermatt slopes … and vice versa – but Cervinia nights are only in Cervinia…
After watching the pictures of our winter holidays 2011/2012, a few first-hand hints:
1. Rent a flat in advance in websites like this one. We had a very good experience in “Singlin di sopra”, a tiny village between Valtournenche and Cervinia.
2. If you bring your shiny new car to Italian Alps in winter, don’t be surprised tourists will by accident let their sky fall on your ex shiny new car.
3. Don’t buy ski pass lasting more than a day. Weather is very unstable at 3,500 m.s.l. – so it is better you choose your activities day-by-day
4. In case of bad weather, you can always practice cross-country skiing at the bottom of the valley, in Cervinia or much better on the pretty circuit of Champléve.
5. Between 25.12 and 6.1 very nice entertainment evenings are organized in Valtournenche and Cervinia. Go for them!
And finally, it is true Italians do not respect queues, do drive even worst on snow and let their skies falling down on your ex shiny new car – nevertheless we bet food and housing quality / price cannot be beaten by neighboring countries.