A range of hotels in Cervinia have a special package deal available at season's end -- from April 18 to closing -- including four days' hotel accommodation (four nights), with no weekend restrictions, and a special price on a ski pass valid for four days, but charged for the price of three. The lift ticket can be for any of the various tariffs applied for the period (valid in the Italian District of Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche or the international circuit of Breuil-Cervinia, Valtournenche and Zermatt). Accommodation costs from 203 Euros in a two- star hotel.

Alterntively a longer stay option including one free day's hotel accommodation, ski school, equipment hire, and skipass is also available from April 18, meaning seven days for the price of six. Prices are from 340.00 Euros in a two-star hotel.

Most other European resorts will be closed by mid-April, but Cervinia has access to Europe's highest ski lifts which it shares with Zermatt, over the Swiss border, to which it is lift-linked. Cervinia is therefore open well in to May, and it's already an epic ski season with an early opening of the international link in November.

Old rivalries meant that for many decades there was no joint lift ticket, but these have finally been forgotten in recent years with the introduction of a full international pass and there was no more messing about with supplements on day passes.

The ski area's altitude ensures it maintains the best snow record in Italy and you also have access to one of the world's longest ski runs, from the Klein Matterhorn above Zermatt down to Cervinia's lift-linked neighbour, Valtournenche, a 20km (13 mile) descent.