Cervinia weather and snow conditions

Cervinia weather and snow conditions


Due to the height of the runs and the chilly influence of the surrounding massifs, snow coverage in Cervinia is considered excellent, with the exception of the effect of strong winds on powdery snow at high altitude. Another problem skiers may encounter is visibility on the slopes due to a lack of trees. Weather-wise, the resort’s height is also responsible for frequent bouts of extreme cold, heavy cloud and low visibility, with fresh snow becoming icy and hard very quickly. Spring skiing up to May, can be great, with more stable weather patterns bringing warmer temperatures, less cloud and a reduction in the wind speed. Exceptions often prove the rule, with the 2009 peak season experiencing loads of sunshine and near-perfect conditions much of the time.

Natural snowfall averages around 10m a year, augmented by the resort’s 13 snow cannons serving 41kms of runs, around 45 per cent of the total length of the trails. During January and February, the coldest months, the north and northwest-facing slopes can be sunless and extremely chilly even in the afternoon with top lifts closing in the high winds but, by April and May, the same shady north-facing slopes have the best skiing conditions.