My first real attempt at skiing. High up at Cervinia in the Italian Alps where there’s plenty of snow – with the runs remaining open till May. Have always associated high mountains with solitary places, but here, an array chairlifts and gondoliers dominate the hillside, taking you to almost 4000 meters for an amazing ski down.
Nowhere near that level myself, but did manage, despite a lack of technique, a long ‘blue’ route after just a couple of days on the baby slopes.
Towards the left hand side of the valley and serving as a boundary with Switzerland, the Matterhorn sparkles in the sun. With its fixed ropes and huts, these days it’s supposed to be a relatively straight forward climb – though ascents tend to be done from Zermatt on the Swiss side. But the mountain remains awe inspiring.