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CURRENCY
Euro. Cashing money in Cervinia is better than cashing at the airport, because the bank charges are less. There is an ATM in the middle of town. We suggest that you put Euros onto a “Cash Passport Card” which is obtainable from your own bank. Remember that using a credit card in the resort will incur large bank charges and a bad exchange rate !

SHOPPING HOURS
Shops 09h30 to 12h30 and 15h00 to 19h30 (feels like permanent siesta!). Banks 08h30 to 13h20 and 14h30 to 16h00. Banks are normally closed on weekends.

LAUNDRY & DRY-CLEANING  
Can be a challenge! There is no laundromat or dry-cleaner. Normally you can ask your hotel to assist.

TIPPING
10% is normal. When tipping don’t leave money on the table, rather round up the bill. Eg. Waitress says: “22 Euros  please.” Then  you say "25 Euro's please" And so the waitress gets her 3 Euros.

LUNCH SPOTS 
There are many restaurants in the actual mountains – mostly self-service. Chalet Etoile and Tuktu recommended.

GUEST CARDS 
Often one can obtain discounts at shops and venues by showing them your hotel guest card (provided by your hotel)

KEYS  
Hang them on the hook in your hotel reception – don’t go skiing with them !

HOW TO AVOID CATCHING A COLD  
Take warm clothing off only after entering a warm area. Also, get fully dressed before going out into the cold. When you enter a warm room, take your jacket off as to let the warmth get to your body. 

NEW YEARS EVE  
Cervinia usually has the fireworks display and instructors descent on the 30th, not the 31st.

SMART CLOTHES  
There is no occasion in Cervinia which demands any smart clothes. Denims and casual will suffice.

LANGUAGE 
Italian. A lot of people speak English.

SHOPS & SHOPPING  
There are clothing shops, curios, pubs, restaurants, antiques, florists, tobacconists, 2 (very small) supermarkets, ski shops, hairdressers, massages, etc.

ELECTRICITY
2 Pin. An international adaptor is necessary.

INTERNET CONNECTIONS
Get an Italian internet card from the Tim shop. It’s about 80 Euros for 80 hours. Top up is cheaper.

TELEPHONES  and LOCAL SIM CARDS
Set up your cell phone for international roaming. If you want to purchase a local sim card in Cervinia you go to the Tim shop in the Supermarket centre, or use the Tobacconist opposite hotel Compagnoni in the main street.

VAT ON PURCHASES
If you buy large items, you can claim VAT back at the airport on the way home.

ACTIVITIES
Restaurants, pubs, bum boarding, black bagging, disco’s, live bands, outdoor ice rink, full moon parties, skidoo riding, snow carting, ski excursions to Zermatt & Valtournenche, optional excursions to Aosta, Milan, Torino & Castle Tours, trips to the casino in Chatillon, snow play park at Bontadini, Ice Sculpture caves at Platte Rosa and more …

MAP OF CERVINIA TOWN
We can send to you by email on request

CERVINIA PISTE MAP
We can send to you by email on request

SKI SAFETY
We have formulated our own rules:
Never ski alone
The skier coming from behind must avoid the skier in front (Downhill person has right of way)
Always look behind you when re-starting a run
Never stop in hollows, around blind corners, or at narrow points.
Stick to runs which suit your ability. Don't be persuaded by the experts to do runs you are not ready for.
In poor visibility slow down
When stopping next to other skiers, always stop below them
If you see someone hurt themselves, raise your stocks above your head in the crossed position to attract help.

USEFULL SAYINGS, DO’S & DON’TS
I can ski any slope
Grappa never affects me.
I will never fall off a T-Bar.
I know a short-cut
We don’t need to dress warmly, it’s sunny.
Reindeer don’t bite.

SOME SKIING TERMINOLOGY

Snow Plough - A beginners skiing position where your skis are in a “V” position.  Americans call it a “wedge”.
Stem Christie - A technique for intermediate skiers of using “step turns”.
Parallel skiing - Advanced skiers ski with skis, ankles and knees together.
Shus - A  straight ski downhill with no turns.
Piste - A prepared and graded ski slope.
Off-piste - A powder or unprepared ski slope.
Fall line - The direction water would take if placed at your feet and not the general direction of the slope.
Side cut - The front and end of the ski are wider than the middle, which produces the turn
Bindings - The fasteners which keep the boots connected to the skis.
Stocks - The sticks carried by skiers.
Compact - The wide skis used by beginners.
Mogul - A mound of snow on a slope carved by skiers.
Lang- Lauf - Cross country skiing.
Telemark - Downhill skis for adventure terrain
Slalom - Skiing around poles on a downward course.
Traverse - Skiing across a slope (across the fall-line).
T bar - A form of up-hill transport (others are: Mountain rails, chair lifts, gondolas, button bars and cable cars).

TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR HOLIDAYMAKERS

  1. Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou has them at home. For thou has left home to find things different.
  2. Thou shalt not take anything too seriously. For a carefree mind is the beginning of a fine holiday.
  3. Thou shalt not let other tourists get on thy nerves. For thou art paying out good money to enjoy thyself.
  4. Remember to take only half the clothes thou think thou needs – and twice the money.
  5. Know at all times where thy passport is. For a person without a passport is a person without a country.
  6. Remember that if we had been expected to stay in one place , we would have been created with roots.
  7. Thou shalt not worry for he that worrieth hath no pleasure. Few things are ever fatal.
  8. When in Rome, thou shalt be prepared to do somewhat as the Romans do.
  9. Thou shalt not judge the people of the country by the one person who has given thee trouble.
  10. Remember that thou art a guest in other lands, and he that treateth his host with respect shall be honoured.