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Early Season Snowboard CampCervinia, Italy - 5 Days

Start The Season Like A Pro

Join this early-season camp in Cervinia to kick your winter off like the pros do. Get coached by top Canadian snowboard instructor, Clarence Gagnon, on Italy's perfect slopes and fine tune your technique so you are ready to take on the mountains!

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Cervinia and Zermatt offer some of the best and most reliable early season conditions in the Alps thanks to their high altitude and glaciers. The resorts provide a great environment to hone your skills and start your winter in style. You’ll mainly be riding on the Italian side of the Zermatt Glacier with the Matterhorn in the backdrop.

 

We’ve chosen the town of Breuil‑Cervinia as our base. With plenty of great shops, restaurants and bars, surrounded by awesome peaks, this is a special town for a short ride break.

Coaching

This camp is designed to fine tune your technique using the fantastic pistes of Cervinia and Zermatt where you’ll focus on the fundamentals, setting you up for a great season. Long wide groomers are the perfect way to iron out any early season issues and start your winter strongly.

 

Coaching will be focused on your own personal improvement with outcomes such as how to find your balance whether you are carving or buttering, developing movements to get the most efficiency out of your board, increasing speed and building confidence in the fall‑line; everything to make you a better rider where and when it counts the most.

 

  • Après video feedback sessions will be provided daily
  • Student to coach ratio of 6:1
Instructors

For this course, our Snowboard Technical Director – Clarence Gagnon – comes over from Fernie in Canada to take charge on this camp. He has a wealth of experience teaching various courses in many different locations. He is a CASI Level 4 instructor since 2016 and a CASI course conductor since 2008, and is one the key trainers of the Fernie Winter Sports School. 

Accommodation

You'll stay in the central Hotel Mignon at the base of of the mountain. A traditional mountain chalet with super comfortable rooms, a restaurant serving traditional Italian home cooking and a finely stocked cellar, the perfect place to reflect on a great day of riding.

Typical Day Here's what a typical day in Cervinia will involve...
7.30am
Draw the curtains to the sun rising on the Matterhorn. Retrieve jaw from floor and get ready for another day of fun and progression.
8am
Fuel up on a delicious Italian breakfast before grabbing a coffee for the gondola ride to the peak. Your coach will explain the plan for the day. Step out onto the crisp snow and clip in…
10am
After a fun warm-up lap we’ll ride Cervinia’s glorious groomers while focusing on the fundamental snowboarding skills to ensure you’re in prime position for the season ahead.
12pm
After lunch in a mountain restaurant we either head over the Italian-Swiss border into Zermatt or to the steeper slopes of Valtournenche.
1pm
The progression continues and with small groups, the coaching is very tailored to your individual needs and is supported by plenty of video footage.
6pm
De-brief (over tea and cake) with your coach back at the hotel viewing video footage and discussing lessons learnt and the focus for tomorrow.
8pm
Over a well-earned glass of Italian wine and a delicious plate of fresh pasta we swap stories on the day’s adventures. The town is enjoyably crowd free so it’s easy to enjoy meeting friendly locals.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Professional Coaching +

You'll receive four full days of coaching. This course is designed so you can start your season like a pro, work on the fundamentals of your ski technique and iron out any early season issues to set yourself up for a successful winter.

Accommodation +

You'll stay in Hotel Mignon right in the centre of town.

Daily Breakfasts +

You'll be treated to a continental breakfast each morning.

5 Day Lift Pass +

You'll be given a five day lift pass for the Cervinia and Zermatt ski area. On the final day there is no coaching but your lift pass will cover you.

Airport Transfers +

If you book our suggested flight or coordinate your travel around these timings then you can take advantage of our airport transfers.

24 Hour Hosting +

Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.

Video Analysis +

Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.

Not Included +

These things are not included in the package:

Flights +
We advise you fly to Turin, Italy (TRN) in time for the Nonstop transfer at 19:30. See FAQs below for further details.
Travel Insurance +
We can point you to insurance policies that previous clients have rated. Some offer discounts to Nonstop participants.
Equipment +
Most snowboarders tend to being their own gear, but we have a good relationship with a local rental store.
Lunches & Dinners +
You should budget for lunch on the mountain each day & an evening meal in town - make the most of the Italian cuisine!
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FAQs

Will the snow be good enough at this time of year? +

We can never 'guarantee' snow, however historically Cervinia has proved to have reliable snow conditions during the early season and our coaches are highly skilled at utilising the terrain they have open to them to accomplish the objectives.

 

We also have the option to ride the glacier if snow coverage within the resort is variable.

Where do I need to fly to and what flight do I need to get? +

We advise that you fly to Turin, Italy (TRN). This is where the pre-arranged Nonstop transfer will depart from.

 

The Nonstop transfer will depart at around 19:30 on the day your course begins, so you should arrive before this. The return transfer to Turin will aim to drop you off at the airport at approx. 1700.

 

For those in the UK or are flying from London, we recommend the following flights.

 

Outbound 22 or 28 Nov

Flight: BA2578
Flight arrives Turin: 18:30
19.25 - Transfer departs Turin Airport (1.5 hours)
20.55 - Transfer arrives Hotel Mignon, Cervinia

 

Return 27 Nov or 03 Dec
Pick up: Hotel Mignon, Cervinia – 15.40
Drop off: Turin Airport  - 17.10
Flight: BA2579
Flight departs Turin: 19:20

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