Italianside of the Matterhorn Skiing Italy

The Italian side of the Matterhorn, Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort Italy

When most people think of the Matterhorn mountain they think of Zermatt, Switzerland ‘the most photographed mountain in the world’ but did you know that the Matterhorn is situated in both Switzerland (Canton of Valais) and Italy ( Aosta Valley ). Not only this but the Italians have their own resort called Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort and know the Matterhorn Mountain as Monte Cervino.

 Matterhorn Mountain (Monte Cervino) lit up at night from Cervinia
Photo provided by Breuil-Cervinia Tourism – Matterhorn Mountain (Monte Cervino) lit up at night from Cervinia Aosta Valley

About Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort

I have skied in some beautiful places around the world but Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort is one of the most stunning ski resorts that I have skied in. At an altitude of 2,050m, Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort is one of the highest resorts in Europe and it literally feels like you are on the Matterhorn (cervino) as soon as you come out of your accommodation and start skiing.

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There is so much going for this resort from ski in and out accommodation to having one of the longest ski seasons in Europe, from October to late May with guaranteed snow.

Overlooking the ski slopes of Breuil-Cervinia
Overlooking the ski slopes of Breuil-Cervinia Aosta Valley Italy

Skiing in Breuil-Cervinia

I cannot fault this resort in any way, instead, all I can do is tell you about all the reasons why you should go there. Combined with the Valtournenche and Zermatt ski areas, you have over 300 klms of groomed ski runs and they are looking to expand this within the next couple of years.

They already say that if you ski continuously for 4hrs every day for 6 days that you would not do the same run twice. If the new gondola goes through it will make it the biggest ski area in Europe.

One of the cool things I like about the resort is that you can ski over to Zermatt Switzerland for the day and have lunch and then back to Italy for dinner. If you are a moderate skier, take the number 69 or 70 towards Zermatt village, which should take you around the Matterhorn (cervino). Most of the run is red but to be honest, I didn’t find it too hard to do but this is my personal opinion.

Zermatt - Cervinia signpost on the ski slopes
At a crossroad Cervinia Italy & Zermatt Switzerland

Overview of the Ski Runs & Area

Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort is located in Italy’s Aosta Valley, one of the highest resorts in the Alps. It’s high-altitude ski area links with both Valtournenche and Zermatt in Switzerland, offering over 300klms of groomed runs and guaranteed snow during the ski season.

  • Lift systems: 19 in Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche (combined) + 34 in Zermatt.
  • Groomed Ski runs: 72 in Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche (combined)  + 78 in Zermatt.
  • Three children’s ski areas
  • 3 Snowparks. Please note though that you CANNOT use the Snowpark without wearing a helmet!

Whether you are confident skier or beginner, it is always best to wear a ski helmet ski helmets when skiing.



  • Do the famous number 7 slope from the top to the bottom, where it ends in the Breuil area. It has some of the most amazing views, especially of the Matterhorn (Cervino). So make sure you have your camera ready.
snowboarder performing backflip with Matterhorn in the background
Photo provided by Breuil-Cervinia Tourism and taken by Enrico Romanzi – VALLE D’AOSTA-Snowboard Indian Park

A Family Resort

This is a great resort for families with children to enjoy together, especially while learning.  A lot of blue & red runs are wide and in gullies, which makes a great place for children to learn and not to be scared of going over the edge.

A few of the chairlifts have childproof locks so they won’t fall out, which would be a great piece of mind for any parent.

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  • There are also other activities off the slopes for children like Ice-skating and is FREE if you hold a ski pass for more than 3 consecutive days.
Ski run under the Matterhorn
The blue slope underneath the Matterhorn ( Cervino) Aosta Valley, Cervinia, Italy

Ski Passes for Breuil-Cervinia

Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche offers various promotions and discounts during the ski season. They allow you the flexibility to use a ski pass for a couple of hours, half days or over consecutive days.

Below are a couple of main things to know about the ski pass. A full list of prices and promotions are available on the tourism website under tariffs

  • You can get a ski pass just for the Breuil-Cervinia / Valtournenche ski area or an international pass for Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche and Zermatt.
  • You can track where you ski on the tourism site with your ski pass here
  • Buy your ski pass online to miss the queue and pick it up from the ski office.
Skiing in Italy under the Matterhorn
Skiing near the Colle Sup Cime Bianche, overlooking the Matterhorn (Cervino) Aosta Valley, Cervinia, Italy

Location of Breuil-Cervinia village


The closest international airport is Turin Airport (also known as Torino), which is an hour & half drive away. Both the Geneva and Milan Malpensa airports are also alternative arrival points but you will need to add an extra hour driving.

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There are no direct trains to the resort and the public bus does not run every day. The best way to get to the resort is by private transfer, shared transfer or hire a car. All vary in price depending on what you can afford and what time of the season you go.  

 overlooking Cervinia ski area
A viewpoint overlooking Cervinia ski area Aosta Valley Italy

Hire a car

As there was just the two of us, we hired a car for our 4 days, which was cheaper than a private transfer going one way. Although there are car rental companies available from the airport, I suggest booking a car online beforehand. You can get fast and easy comparison rates on companies and rates with Travel Supermarket for FREE

Ski Hire

We hired our skis from Sports Centre in the middle of Cervinia Village, which was recommended to us. We also received a discount with our ‘Winter Card’ (refer to the tips for more info), which is around 10%-15% off your rental. The staff were really friendly and the skis were of a high standard.

Looking for ideas for skis that you can use both on-piste and off-piste terrain, then check out this range of downhill skis

Tips of skis on edge of cliff overlooking Cervinia ski slopes
Sports Center rental skies Cervinia ski area Aosta Valley Italy


  • Beware though if you are skiing half a day during the week the shop closes for 2hrs over lunchtime for a Siesta (most of the Cervinia Village is closed), so you will need to get your skis back before 12.30pm. If it is going to be later, I would suggest talking to the shop.
Resting with skis against large rock while it snows
Melbtravel with the Sports Center rental skies Cervinia Aosta Valley Italy

Staying in Cervinia Italy

Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort has an exceptional range of accommodation available, from basic apartments to luxury hotels with spas and swimming pools. The best bit is that most of the accommodation is either within walking distance to a chairlift or they are ski in-ski out hotels (something I definitely love).

Accommodation is also available in the nearby village of Valtournenche, which is a little cheaper option and is connected by the chairlifts and gondola. This is not an additional cost, as Valtournenche is part of your ski pass.

Check current availability for accommodation in Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche for your next holiday, so your not disappointed.

Hotel Excelsior Planet

We stayed at the beautiful 4-star family run Hotel Excelsior Planet right across the road from the ski slopes and with views of the Matterhorn. This place had everything you need for a holiday, warm hospitality, a four-course dinner mixed between traditional Valle d’Aosta and Italian gastronomy and a Wellness area to relax in the afternoon.

Night view of Breuil-Cervinia Aosta Valley Italy
Night view of Breuil-Cervinia Aosta Valley Italy

Eating on the Mountain

Chalet Etoile

Chalet Etoile is renowned for making some of the best food on the Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort slopes, which has made them very popular over the years. You will have to book in advance during the peak period to get a table for lunch. Even skiers from Zermatt, Switzerland ski over to have lunch here for the day.

It is also a great spot to stop for a drink with the Matterhorn (Cervino), as your backdrop and Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort as your view. It is definitely one of those views that you have to see to believe.


  • Ski over to Schwarzsee on the Swiss side for lunch, if you are looking for some additional amazing shots of the Matterhorn Mountain (Monte Cervino).
the front of Chalet Etoile with the Matterhorn (Cervino) in the background
Chalet Etoile with the Matterhorn (Cervino) in the background Cervini Aosta Valley Italy


Bait Cretaz

I usually do at least one (or maybe two/three) afternoon’s  Apres ski but unfortunately, I was unwell when I was in Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort (not the resorts fault), so I didn’t venture out. However, I did stop at a place called Bait Cretaz just above the Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort Village on the blue run home for a few glasses of prosecco.

It’s a cosy place with a small adjoining hotel run by a lovely Italian couple with a dog, who occasionally would come over for a pat.

Val Di Fiemme Ski Resort Italy


48hrs in Val Di Fiemme Ski Resort Italy

The bit I loved about this place and I found surreal was that they were also a sushi restaurant that delivered to your hotel. Now usually, I would be a little bit funny about these things but I tried the sushi and it was fresh and really nice.

Hotel Baita Cretaz lit up at night with deck chairs on the front decking
Hotel Baita Cretaz Cervinia Aosta Valley Italy

Top Tips for Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort

  • Check with your hotel to see if you are eligible for the ‘Winter Card’, which gives you all sorts of discounts in the Ski Resort
  • Beware that a lot of the restaurants and shops close in Cervinia Village for a Siesta
  • Don’t forget your GoPro for all those action shots while on the slopes in Italy.
  • Catch the cable car from Laghi Cime Bianche to Plateau Rosa and stand on the yellow line, which is the border between Italy and Switzerland. 
  • Breuil-Cervinia area uses European adaptors
Cervinia Italy ski area
Cervinia ski area Aosta Valley Italy
  • If you do decide to head over to Zermatt or vice versa make sure you get home before the last chairlift. Otherwise, it will end up costing you a small fortune to get back via a taxi (Cab) and will take around 4 hours one way.
  • My understanding is that you are not allowed to use a drone on the ski slopes and in the ski area. 
  • Saving money: Top Tips for Saving Money for a Ski Weekend
  • Activities: Looking to take a break from Skiing? Turin is just over an hours drive away from Cervinia and has lots to offer.


A selfie during a whiteout in ski gear
A selfie during a whiteout Cervinia Aosta Valley Italy

Other Resorts in Europe

If you loving skiing in Europe as much as I do, then check out the following posts. All are great options for groups of friends or family ski trips.

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Panoramic view overlooking Cervinia ski fields
Panoramic of Cervinia Aosta Valley Italy, while Skiing

Thank you for reading this article ‘The Italian side of the Matterhorn, Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort Italy’, I hope it helped you to decide where to go for your next ski tripBreuil-Cervinia Ski Resort is definitely a great gem of a ski resort in Italy. 

Have you been to Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort Italy before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.


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67 thoughts on “The Italian side of the Matterhorn, Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort Italy

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    alex muir says:

    I love the sound of being able to ski out of a hotel straight onto the slopes – this place sounds perfect for some friends of mine, I’m going to get the m to check it out!

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    alex muir says:

    I love the sound of being able to ski out of a hotel straight onto the slopes – this place sounds perfect for some friends of mine, I’m going to get the m to check it out!

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    Jurga - Full Suitcase says:

    I’ll have to check this resort when we book our ski vacation for next year! Wide runs and hotels near the slopes is just what we need when skiing with kids. Thanks for sharing your experience and beautiful pictures. That picture of the Matterhorn lit at night is simply incredible!

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    Sarah Kim says:

    I had no idea that the Matterhorn mountain is situated both between Switzerland and Italy. I thought it was all Switzerland! I like that you tell me exactly which lift or line to ski down. Pinning this for later!

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    Mel says:

    I am one of those people who didn’t know the Matterhorn was partially in Italy. I guess I never looked at a map. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Funny how I can not know about a place, read a little, and be dying to go! And I’d try the sushi, too.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      I have to admit it was not until I went to Zermatt Switzerland and skied on the Italian side that I knew it was there. I know bad right but it least I can share it with everyone else now 🙂

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    Candy says:

    O, how I wish I could go on more winter ski resort vacations. I can’t ski, but just the views itself makes me want to go to these ski resorts. I would love to go here someday !

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Ski resorts these days are so developed that they cater for nonskiers especially if you have children. You are right the views along are gorgeous and it the one thing I never get sick of seeing.

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    Christie Sultemeier says:

    Whooooaaaaaa. I am not a skiier but things I LOVE include: Italy, Switzerland, the Matterhorn, and good photography so I LOVE this post! I’d like to go here just to shoot it, even though I am not a big snow fan 🙂 Chalet Etoile looks and sounds like one of the most dreamy places on earth – what an experience! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Cervinia is definitely a photographers paradise for sure. There a lot of tourists that go there just for the day to take photos, as it is not that far away from major cities. I have seen photos of it in the summer and it looks just as stunning.

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    Clare says:

    I am not a skiing person, as I broke my leg on a ski slope!! I would love to go see the Matterhorn as it looks so beautiful. Maybe I can go in summer and do some hiking there instead. It looks like a stunning area.

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    Sandy N Vyjay says:

    The Matterhorn overwhelms one with its sheer majesty. Have been to Zermatt and hence have viewed the Matterhorn from the Swiss side only. Breuil Cervina looks like a Skiers paradise, would love to get there some day and view the Matterhorn up close from the other side. Loved your skiing action pics.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      The first time I saw the Matterhorn was when I was on the Swiss side to skiing. That is when I learnt about the Italian side and it does not disappoint. It is always only an hour from the airport.

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    Janna says:

    I was just in Disneyland and one of my favorite rides is the Matterhorn bobsleds. I’ve been wishing to see the real thing in person. Wow, how majestic it looks!

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    tracy collins says:

    So beautiful – it makes me miss the mountains seeing these beautiful photographs. It looks like an absolutely perfect place to go skiing in! Lots of long blue and red slopes would suit me totally! As would the apres ski!!

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    Cori says:

    It’s always funny to remember how close Switzerland and Italy are, given how incredibly different the two countries are from one another. It must be such a different experience on each side of the mountain!

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    Kara R says:

    I ski in New Zealand all the time during our winter season. I never knew that there was an Italian side to the matterhorn and those ski fields looks great. My kids would love it

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    Bhushavali says:

    I’m so depressed!!! I still haven’t skied in my life so far. I really hope I’ll do it in future! Atleast fall in such a gorgeous landscape if not ski (as Dr. Leonard Hofstadter says to Penny! Lolz!). I was in Milan last summer. Sadly I couldn’t visit the places in winter! The border between Swiz & Italy is interesting!

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Milan is only 2hrs away from Cervinia 🙂 You don’t have to ski to go there, lots of people go to take pictures of the Matterhorn and to enjoy the food and wine 🙂 I highly recommend it!!!!

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    Seven Continents Sasha says:

    Bloody hell, I can’t get over how beautiful it is! We are going to Zermatt in late May but if I had known you could do this I probably would have booked a ski trip instead, especially because flights to Milan from London are normally quite reasonable. Maybe I’ll look into doing this as well because I have just stalked all the links and priced it and sent this post to my ski loving boyfriend haha. AMAZING! Thanks so munch for the inspo.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Milian is just over a 2hr drive to Cervinia (but Turin in only an 1hr and half) and if you are going to Zermatt get the skipass that covers you for both areas. You know you can ski in Zermatt/Italy late May on the glaciers?

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    Nicki says:

    Not going to lie – this was not high on my list of places to visit. However, seeing it from Italy and the cute little town and skiing, I am intrigued. I don’t even ski – but now I want to give it a go.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Cervinia is not that far away from Milian and a lot of people go here for the day to see the mountain and to enjoy the food and wine. I can’t wait to go back in the summer, as it looks just as stunning. Skiing is great by the way and even nicer if you have Italian instructor to teach you 🙂

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    Kristine says:

    Italian Winter Wonderland 😍 I wish I was there, even though I’m a terrible skier. I’d probably spend more time in the lodge than the slopes, but that view though… Amazing!

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    Stephanie says:

    Matterhorn was on my bucket list as my best friend lives very nearby, but I had no idea about all of the offerings on the Italian side. I haven’t yet been to Italy, and I am planning an epic tour of the country, eventually. I’m not much of a skier, but I love the views, hot chocolates, good food, and spas!

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    Hallie says:

    Guess I’ve never looked at a map of the Matterhorn because I hadn’t realized it straddled that border. Very interesting. Looks just stunning too on all sides. What an awesome place to go in the winter.. on the Italian side or the Swiss side. ^^

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    Ticker Eats The World says:

    We were in Zermatt this past summer and saw the Matterhorn in all it’s glory then. Loved the vibe and the entire region and while I was aware that part of it is in Italy as well, and we took a gondola to the Italian side, I wasn’t aware of the resort.

    I don’t ski, but even then I think this is a region that can be appreciated by everyone for its majestic beauty. For Skiers though, you are right, i’m sure it is a thrilling experience.

    Thanks and hopefully next time we stay on the Italian side.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      The resort is opened all year around and they have some amazing hikes and activities during the summer. You can even ski on the glaciers on the boarders during the summer too. Let me know if you ever go and I will happily point you in the right direction.

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    Aryane @ Valises & Gourmandises says:

    Wow Melissa, it is so so so beautiful! The views from up there are breathtaking!
    I love the Alps but I’ve only been in the summer, never seen them covered in snow.
    I have friends who went to the Mattherhorn though, for a ski trip, and they highly recommended it!
    p.s. first thing that came to my mind was “Toblerone!!” hehe

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      lol, I bought some Toblerone yesterday for my husband. I have skied in Zermatt as well and it is just as beautiful but expensive. I have seen pictures of Cervinia in the summer and it looks amazing. I definitely want to go back in the summer to do some hiking.

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    Natalie says:

    I think this is the first time I’ve read about the Italian side! What a fun adventure. The kids have not been skiing yet and we always travel with them. I had one – terrifying experience skiing when I was a kid so I haven’t been keen on going back…even to give them the experience. I like to encourage people to step outside their comfort zone….perhaps I should take my own advice on that and take the kids skiing!

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      This is a great place to learn how to ski as a lot of the runs are wide and in gullies, so I think it makes you feel a lot safer. They also have child proof locks on some of the chairlift which i think is a great idea.

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    Tamason Gamble says:

    I love that first picture and the way it appears with the light on it at night. I have visited the Swiss side of the Matterhorn so maybe whilst living in Northern Italian this year I can explore this side.

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    Anna says:

    Ah I was in that part of Italy (Milan and the area) just a month ago, and did not get to go skiing – I’m so jealous looking at these pictures! 😀 It looks like a perfect weekend in the mountains. That Chalet Etoile got me intrigued – if skiers from Zermatt go there, it must be worth the hype haha! Looks like you had a great time!

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Milan is only a 2hr drive away, so very close. We fly into Turin which is just over an hours drive, you are correct it is a great place to go if you want to ski for a weekend.

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    Ticking the Bucketlist says:

    Oh my … the pic of the mountain at night is stunning! I don’t know skiing … I want to learn it. I am planning to join a course in India in Dec and then head to Europe next year. Will bookmark this post for my reference when I plan the trip!

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    Allison says:

    I haven’t skied for over 20 years. In fact the last time I went I was 7 1/2 months pregnant with my youngest son much to my husbands dismay lol. I used to go all the time I just can’t cope with the cold anymore. My boys and hubs living boarding and I know they would love this. I on the other hand could enjoy the apres ski in the bar! It looks so cute and cosy and I love that’s it’s family run.

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      That is something I would do:-) I am definitely a skier but I am going to take my first ever snowboarding lesson in a couple of weeks, which I am really excited about. Apres ski 🙂 I will join you

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    Arianne says:

    Your photos are gorgeous and so much of what you write is true! Most people never think of Italy as a skiing destination but it does have some of the best alps! Great read love

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    Ji says:

    Wow, it’s amazing photos. I didn’t know Matterhorn is the border between Italy and Switzerland. I found your blog while I was looking for the way from Chamonix to Matterhorn by a car next week. 🙂 We don’t plan to ski but want to see Matterhorn. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. How was driving to Breuil-Cervinia?

    • melbtravel
      melbtravel says:

      Glad you come across and thank you in regards to my photos. You can actually ski up until late May if you like 🙂 The drive was easy and picturesquely, you pass a couple of castles and forts. Also you will go through a couple of tolls, we used coins but I think you can use credit cards too. I hope that helps.

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    Ken Williams MD says:

    Great info. Makes me wish I was there NOW!!! I’m booked for 10 days in January of 2020 for my 57th birthday ski trip. Staying at Baita Cretaz. This Southern boy’s gonna get his carve on. Any other suggestions?

    • Melbtravel
      Melbtravel says:

      Before, I forget a very big Happy Birthday for January what a great way to spend your birthday. Definitely head over to Zermatt one morning and not in the afternoon because you don’t want to miss the last lift back to Cervinia otherwise it is too expensive to catch a cab back. I can’t remember the number of the run but there is a really great ski run from Cervinia to Valtournenche it is mostly red but it is a bit of mix between hard and easy. It will take you all the way into Valtournenche village and then you can catch the cable car back.

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