Well-defined projects for tourism development and new initiatives, ranging from the modernisation of the ski lifts to the expansion of the ski area, and on to the great summer and winter sports events, capable of reaching the homes of millions of television viewers around the world are all on the horizon for Cervino Ski Paradise. Looking forward to an increasingly international future, Cervino Ski Paradise does so with a common vision of all the players revolving around the tourism sector.
And it is precisely the union of intentions that represents the fulcrum of the next projects implemented by the tourist resort at the foot of the Gran Becca. A new beginning in the name of synergy in Valtournenche, strategies shared by the municipal administration, the Cervino Turismo Consortium and Cervino Spa, which manages the ski lifts in Breuil-Cervinia, Valtournenche, Chamois and Torgnon.
Winter season kicks off: With the sporting and cultural summer events in full swing, Cervino Ski Paradise is already projected towards the next winter season which, weather conditions permitting, will begin in mid-October and continue until 5 May 2024. But thanks to the new international Matterhorn Alpine Crossing connection, there will be no more half-seasons in Valtournenche because summer skiing will start as early as 6 May. It is a new feature which will allow ski enthusiasts to ski without interruption and to enjoy a unique experience at high altitude, taking advantage of the Breuil-Cervinia/Zermatt international ski pass. It will be the longest season ever. For the first time, there will be no break between the winter and summer openings. At this time, the slopes on the glacier are open every day and conditions are optimal thanks to the recent snowfall.
The Matterhorn Alpine Crossing cable car has been inaugurated, and on the Italian side people are already thinking about the future lifts that will connect Breuil-Cervinia and Plateau Rosa. The design phase has begun for the 3S cableways that will modernise the route connecting Italy to Switzerland and serve most of the slopes in the Valle d’Aosta area. Work has also begun on replacing the Goillet three-seater chairlift.
Speed Opening: work in progress & volunteer registration open: Anticipation is also growing for the first, historic Matterhorn Speed Opening, the only crossborder event of the Alpine Ski World Cup that starts in one country and finishes in another. On the Gran Becca slope, where preparation work has already begun, two downhill runs for the men’s sector are scheduled on 11 and 12 November, and the same number of downhill runs for the women’s sector on 18 and 19. In the meantime, the registration procedure for volunteers (https://www.speedopening.com/it/volunteers/) has recently been opened. Until 15 September, it will be possible to apply to join the big team and give support in the finish area in the media sector and in the village of Breuil-Cervinia and become an active part of an event that will rewrite history.
The Snowboard Cross Cup returns in mid-December: Also confirmed is the Snowboard Cross World Cup, which will return once again in mid-December as the second stage of the circuit. The show will take place on 15 and 16 December 2023. Last year’s Race 2 was the second largest in terms of television viewers (3,423,734, 18% of the circuit’s total), just one behind the opening race in Les 2 Alpes.
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