‘Winter is coming!’
No, I haven’t become a Stark in the Game of Thrones but rather a fearful north man (England) who’s dreading the cold weather ahead. However, we should embrace what the snow brings and I will be making my mission to undertake a high adrenaline activity that I have previously been scoffing at – Skiing. Now where could I go for the skiing in England? Not many places but how about I combine a high priority place to visit on my list with skiing? I give you Italy. Here’s a guest post to tell us more.
Since the 1960s, skiing has become a staple of Italian life, inextricably tied with everyone’s idea of what a perfect Italian holiday should include. Skiing, particularly in Italy, is recognised as a sport to be enjoyed by all, no matter where you come from or what you do. It is fitting that the first ever ski race took place there, in 1904.
There are more than 2,000,000 skiers in Italy, most of them based in the north and the centre. Given the proliferation of chalets across the country since the ’60s, there is a range of ski resorts and chalets tourists can pick from to visit on their ski holidays to Italy.
Of course, if you’re looking for a particularly memorable ski trip, you couldn’t really do any better than to visit the Cervinia resort, which is located at the base of the Mount Cervin glacier.
Cervinia – what’s so special?
As far as skiing criteria goes, Cervinia promises some of the best skiing available in the country. The panorama at the top is eye-wateringly beautiful. Standing at 2,050m at the top, you’ll gaze onto the alpine summits and soak up views that you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry.
By staying at the resort, you’ll also have access to several nearby attractions:
· Forte di Bard – a fortress complex built in the 19thcentury by the House of Savoy, above the town of Bard. If you’re a military buff, it’s worth checking out for its colourful history as a military outpost. If you’re not, it’s still worth checking out for the sumptuous views of the Aosta Valley.
· Val di Chisone is a valley renowned for winter sports, having hosted several Olympic Winter Games events in the past. It couches several massive skiing areas within the area, given its prominence in hosting FIS Alpine Ski World Cup events.
· Val di Susa is another valley within reach from Cervinia, the longest valley in the whole of Italy. Stunning from whichever angle you approach it from, it houses some of the most beautiful abbeys and cathedrals in this part of the country.
Club Med is renowned for its excellence when it comes to taking care of families with children. You’ll find that the resort will be ready for your little ones, armed with professional childcare services, children’s clubs and teen activities too, whatever their skill and experience level.
While the kids are hitting the slopes with highly-trained instructors, you and your partner can take some time off at the Club Med Spa, or check out any one of the bars and restaurants on-site. Whatever happens, you certainly won’t be bored!