Above: Saas Fee. Photo: Ed Blomfield.
November, the joyful month of darkness and constant rain. We’re finally embracing that summer has run its course, whilst also accepting that winter is not fully here yet. We find ourselves living in limbo – snowboard films keep on dropping left, right and centre, getting us all stoked on riding, only for us to then realise that a lot of the resorts aren’t even open yet. Well, worry not, Whitelines is here to save you from the misery. We’ve listed the best early season snow resorts in Europe.
Just at the border with Switzerland sits this idyllic Italian mountain town. Cervinia is smaller and lower down than its Swiss neighbour Zermatt. However, Cervinia’s highest skiable point rises to over 3000m making it an early-season favourite for many. You can also get yourself a multi-ticket, which includes both Cervinia and Zermatt, giving you access to an almost endless amount of pistes.
Closest Airport: Turin, Milan and Geneva
Resort Height: 1,524 m to 3,883 m
Lifts: 19 in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche + 34 in Zermatt
2019/20 Planned Opening: October 26th to May 3rd
Price 1 day: €45,50/€48,50
Price 6 days: €233/€253