Breuil-Cervinia

Ski Resort in Italy

Introduction

At the foot of Monte Cervino (a.k.a. the Matterhorn) on the Italian side of the border across from Zermatt sits the Cervinia Ski Resort. Before Cervinia Italy was developed as a ski resort and the village was a base for mountaineering types, it was known as Breuil. It’s officially now known as Breuil-Cervinia but most people just refer to it as the Cervinia ski resort. The resort includes Valtournenche and a combined lift ticket and trail connections exist with Zermatt.

Cervinia is one of Italy’s leading ski resorts. Lift linked to Zermatt in Switzerland, Cervinia has access to Europe’s highest ski lifts, skiing and boarding summer and winter, and one of the biggest ski areas in Italy with 350km of pistes.

Cervinia skiers and boarders also have access to one of the world's longest ski runs, an epic descent of more than 20km from the Klein Matterhorn above Zermatt down to Cervinia's lift-linked neighbour, Valtournenche. There's a choice of lift pass with the Italian Area Pass covering all the lifts in Cervinia and Valtournenche, and the International Pass also valid for all ski lifts in Zermatt.

Cervinia's pisted runs are well marked and perfectly groomed throughout the season. The ski area, which includes views of some of Europe's grandest peaks, is great for beginners and intermediates, and advanced skiers and boarders have the advantage of some good off piste and reasonably priced heli ski, which gives access to some magnificent terrain and high altitude powder.

Cervinia is an excellent resort for mixed ability groups with many central meeting and eating places that most levels of skier and boarder are able to reach.  Off mountain, the compact centre of Cervinia is mainly pedestrianised and pleasant to stroll in with some good shops, plenty of convivial bars, pizzerias and restaurants and some excellent accommodation.


Cervinia info card

Resort Altitude2050m
Highest Lift3480m
Total Piste350km
Longest Run22km
Directions of SlopesS, S/W
Uphill Capacity28500
Total Lifts56
Gondolas/Cable cars21
Chairlifts21
Drag Lifts12
Snow Parks1


Cervinia Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Cervinia ski terrain primarily consists of a large sunny bowl that sits below the southern face of Monte Cervino (Matterhorn). The ski area is serviced by 19 main lifts. The 150km of runs on the Italian side are ideal for beginners and intermediates, with lovely long manicured slopes that are highway wide. Advanced riders will find a bit of fun off-piste, but the Cervina skiing isn’t particularly good for expert skiers and snowboarders.

Neighbouring Valtournenche has a range of long, mainly intermediate piste trails extending all the way into the valley. Beginner runs extend up from Salette via two slow chairlifts. The area is quite exposed and not pleasant for beginners in anything but the best weather. The 721m vertical valley run from Salette through the outskirts of Valtournenche town to the gondola base and car park is an absolute ripper - easily the best run in the entire resort. A group of restaurants and bars just above town offer a superb place to stop on the way down.

Both Cervinia and Valtournenche have a ski-able vertical of around 1400m each. There are seamless piste trail connections from Valtournenche to Cervinia and vice versa. To ski into Zermatt across the Switzerland border, either a ride up the wind prone Plateau Rosa Cable Car is required, or alternatively via the chairs to the Theodul Pass.


Cervinia Beginner Skiing

Cervinia is a good choice of ski resort for beginners and less confident skiers who can enjoy learning to ski on the sunny nursery slopes served by the centrally located Cretaz lifts, which includes a magic carpet lift and other child-friendly facilities.

There is a further enclosed area for beginners and children at the top of the Plan Maison cable car where a moving carpet and drag lift service an easy, wide blue run where even the most timid beginner will soon master their first snow plough turn.

All of the blue pistes from Fornet to Plan Maison and Plan Torrette are comfortably within reach of most beginners once they can ski a snow plough. Beginners can ski down to Cervinia on piste number 5, the easy blue run from Plan Maison to Cretaz, while enjoying fabulous views of the Matterhorn.

Beginners can also try the high altitude blue piste from Plateau Rosa to Trockener in the Zermatt area, with the option to return from Plateau Rosa by cable car rather than attempting to ski the red piste back to Cervinia.

The centrally located Cretaz Play Park features an enclosed children's play area with good facilities and outdoor activities for children.  Child care is available at the Biancaneve Mini Club which is open to children aged up to 10 years. Packages including morning ski lessons with the Cervino ski school are also available to children over 5 years of age.


Cervinia Intermediate Skiing

Cervinia is an ideal ski resort for intermediate skiers, with a plenty of long, well groomed red runs including the superb Ventina piste, an 11.5km descent from Plateau Rosa and the extra long 22km red runs from Klein Matterhorn to Valrournenche or Zermatt.

There is 150km of piste skiing on the Italian side of the domain side, of which more than half are wide, red runs, which are great for carving and for intermediates to work in improving their technique.

The Matterhorn area of Zermatt is well linked with the Cervinia ski area and includes plenty more high altitude red runs as well as the opportunity to ride Europe's highest cable car up to the Klein Matterhorn (3,883m). To access the Zermatt ski area and lifts, buy Cervinia's International Ski Pass will allows unlimited access to Zermatt for the duration of your stay or buy a daily extension ticket as necessary.

The red runs in the scenic and unspoiled area between Cime Bianche and Salette, above Valtournenche, provide excellent terrain for practising technique.  With varying gradients and far reaching views towards the Monterosa area, these runs can be repeated several times.  Piste number 24 from the top of the Pancheron chairlift is the steepest of Cervinia's red runs though it is still wide enough to enjoy some wide carving turns.

Cervinia's long red runs will appeal to those who like to cover a lot of ground and include extra long descents from the Klein Matterhorn down to either Valtournenche or Zermatt, both approximately 22km from start to finish.

For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, Cervinia has a dedicated 'slow ski' piste (number 9 bis).  With superb views of the south face of the Matterhorn, this piste merges with blue piste number 5, to reach the Cretaz area of the resort.


Cervinia Advanced & Expert Skiing

Advanced skiers will enjoy Cervinia’s black runs which include some steep descents and mogul fields. Advanced skiers in Cervinia should purchase the International lift pass which gives unlimited access to the slopes of Zermatt.

At the top of the six seat Pancheron chairlift, the new black piste (number 59) is short but has two steep and challenging sections.  Take care at the end of the piste however, as it runs into Cervinia's nominated 'slow ski' piste!

Cervinia's ski area and lift system are connected to Zermatt's ski area which has plenty to offer the more experienced skier with some good long runs in the Furgg area including the steep, narrow descents under the Furi cable car, which is, realistically, the farthest point to which it is safe to ski in one day to ensure a return to Cervinia before the lifts close.

The Furgg area in Zermatt is easily accessible from the Cervinia lift system and the two red pistes (numbers 63 and 64) are some of the most challenging in the area with some long, steep sections.  The two red pistes from Furggsatel to Furgg  (numbers 69 and 70) are also steep, challenging and a lot of fun. Two cable cars lead from Furgg to the Klein Matterhorn for the return to the Cervinia ski area on the Ventina piste, which is one of the longest pisted runs in Europe with a vertical drop of 1,800m.


Skiing off-piste in Cervinia

In the right conditions, there are some challenging steep runs and glacier descents off-piste which are easily accessed from the main lift system. Mountain guides are available for guiding off-piste and for heli-skiing with a guide.

Where conditions are good, and with an accompanying guide, there are a few lines off the Ventina piste on the descent from Plateau Rosa towards Cime Bianche.  The steep gulley, skiers left of the black piste (number 44) from Theodul pass to Fornet, provides a challenging alternative to the marked run. There is also some good, safe off-piste to the side of black piste number 59 at the top of the Pancheron chairlift.

From the top of the Klein Matterhorn, it is possible to leave the red piste and descend on the Theodul glacier, crossing under the cable car line to reach the Gorner glacier, from where the route leads to the Furi cable car station.  Please note that crevasses may well be encountered when crossing glaciers.


Heli-skiing in Cervinia

To reach more remote, high altitude powder, Heliski Cervinia offers a range of breathtaking heli ski excursions in the company of an Alpine guide. Reasonably priced heli-skiing itineraries in magnificent terrain include the medium difficulty Roisette (3,300m) descent with fabulous views of the Monterosa chain from its south facing slopes, the north facing Chateau des Dames (3,200m) run with some steep gulleys and consistent powder, and the Porta Nera (3,750m) for dramatic scenery and stunning natural ice sculptures on a north facing descent across the Schwarze and Gorner glaciers.


Cervinia Boarding & Freestyle

Cervinia is a boarder friendly ski resort with plenty of wide runs for carving, few flats and traverses and mostly modern chairlifts and cable cars so apart from a few exceptions drag lifts are not a problem.

Most of Cervinia's ski lifts are modern chairlifts or cable cars with the long drag lift to Cime Bianche from the Valtournenche area, the exception.  Beginners can enjoy boarding on the wide slopes with perfect gradient above Plan Maison - possibly the best beginner's slopes in the Alps. On the Zermatt side, boarders may wish to avoid the Plateau Rosa T-bar.

Good off-piste terrain can be found around the Pancheron chairlift and to either side of the top section of black piste number 44, from the Theodul pass.  The best heli drop for boarders is the Chateau des Dames (3,200m) as the descent offers consistent powder without traverses or flats.

The extensive Indian Park is situated in the Fornet area and at 3,000m, is one of the highest snow parks in Europe.  It is 400m long and 100m wide and served by a high-speed 4-man chairlift.  It features woops, parabolic curves, spirals and jumps and is a fun place for boarders and freestylers to hang out with their mates. There are jumping lines for riders of all levels, from beginners to expert: kickers of 3m, 6m and 11m alongside jumps which get higher and harder culminating in the legendary 16m 'Spitfire', which is only open for photo shoots and events! There are also a series of rails and flat box.

The Half Pipe in the Gravity Park, close to the border on the Zermatt side, is open all year round. Entrance to the parks is free, but helmets are obligatory.


Cervinia Snow & Weather

Cervinia is located along the highest spine of mountains in Europe ensuring a long snow-sure season thanks to high elevations between 2,050m and 3,488m, Cervinia is so snow-sure that it combines with Zermatt to have the largest on piste summer glacier skiing in the world.

With a predominantly southerly aspect the slopes are bathed in sunshine when the big orb is out! The sunny southerly aspect is a major drawcard for beginners as well as the Zermatt skiers who want to work on their tan. However the weather isn’t always fine and due to the high and exposed nature of Cervinia ski resort, it can get very cold, windy and produce skiing by braille conditions, sometimes resulting in lift closures.


Interlinked with Zermatt Switzerland

The Cervinia ski resort is interlinked via the lifts and slopes with Valtournenche in Italy as well as the Zermatt ski resort over in Switzerland (weather permitting). The areas combined form the Matterhorn Ski Paradise, a massive ski domain that provides 360km of piste and plenty of off-piste terrain. You can either purchase an Italian Area Pass that covers the two Italian resorts, or pay more for an International Pass that it also valid at Zermatt.

If you want to test the endurance of your thighs, head up Europe’s highest cable car (to 3,883m) to the Klein Matterhorn (aka Piccolo Cervino) and then schuss down a 20km and 2,359m vertical drop red (intermediate) run to Valtournenche. The run will be interupted by a very short chairlift ride at the Cime Bianche just after you enter Valtournenche ski area, but is otherwise a a nice bit of exercise!


Summer Skiing at Cervinia and Zermatt

Cervina ski resort is open in the summer for skiing on the Plateau Rosa Glacier in a combined ski area with Zermatt. Summer skiing at Cervinia runs from late June to early September every summer and has 5.5km of ski run available on the Italian side and 21km on the Theodul Glacier on the Swiss side in Zermatt. The Zermatt summer ski terrain is open to skiing all year round.


Cervinia Accommodation

The Cervinia village has been largely purpose built so there are a few ugly concrete buildings, along with some more charming hotels. When it comes to attractiveness, it’s probably middle of the road at best, but a plus is that it’s compact and easy to stroll around the mainly pedestrian-only streets.

Cervinia hotels are somewhat varied from glamorous 5 star hotels down to budget-oriented 2 star hotels. A Breuil Cervinia hotel typically costs much less than a Zermatt hotel which can be über expensive, although Cervinia can cost more than some other nearby Italian ski resorts. Other Cervinia accommodation includes self-catering apartments and chalets.

Various Cervinia hotels are ski-in ski-out or at least provide very easy access to the slopes and lifts. The Plan Maison cable car is located towards the top of the village, whilst there are also chair lifts from near the centre of town.

Accommodation further down the valley at Valtournenche is cheaper and in a more authentic town, although access to the slopes and lifts will require a bus or car ride from most hotels.


Facilities

The Cervinia ski area is serviced by more than a dozen mountain restaurants, many of which are self-service and not too pricey. Après-ski drinking starts at a few slope-side bars. In town there are upscale restaurants, inexpensive pizzerias, and lively bars where you can partake in some fabulous Italian revelry.

The village has a little bit of shopping including ski shops to hire ski or snowboard equipment. For the children there is a play area that offers various activities such as snow tubing.


Family Skiing in Cervinia

Cervinia is the perfect place to take your family skiing. For the more nervous skier they can enjoy the easier slopes in Cervinia with wide open runs and limited dangers on either side of each piste. For the more adventurous skier they can find more challenging slopes on the Zermatt side.

The high altitude resort means they can offer a natural ice rink, great for families to enjoy. Cervinia being snow-sure is a real attraction for early and late season skiing. There are plenty of restaurants and pizzerias to keep family fuelled, shops to buy new winter gear and there’s even bowling if you’re looking for something to do in the evening.


Group Skiing in Cervinia

The variety of slopes they have in Cervinia is great for groups. Skiing on the glacier offers plenty of beginner and intermediate runs which means the more novice skier in a group can easily meet up with rest in one of the mountain restaurants.

Cervinia is much cheaper than it’s neighbour Zermatt (Switzerland), which means that you find a holiday that fits a lower budget making it inclusive for more people to afford to go if you’re the leader trying to organise a large group. The Italian affordability means you can also have a few more drinks in the evenings as your pound travel a bit further compared to the Swiss side!

For the wine connoisseurs you’ll have access to some amazing wines in the resort whether in the supermarket or restaurant, with Cervinia being Italian it’s located not far away from some fine wine making areas for you to enjoy.

It is also a short transfer from Turin to Cervinia, just 1 hour and 45 minutes, which goes down a treat when organising a group ski holiday.

Transportation - Get In


By plane

Cervinia is approximately 30km from the main Aosta Valley motorway and airport transfers are short and relatively straightforward.

Nearest Airports to Cervinia

The most convenient airport for Cervinia is Turin Caselle, and many airlines including BA and Ryan Air fly there.  Milan Malpensa and Geneva airports are both alternative arrival points with many flight options, though transfers from these airports to Cervinia take a little longer.

Turin - 120 km, 1hr 40 minutes
Milan Malpensa - 190 km, 2hrs 20 minutes
Geneva - 210km, 2hrs 45 minutes.


By car

Cervinia is located in the Aosta Valley which can be accessed via motorway A5 Torino/Aosta. You reach Breuil-Cervinia via the Châtillon/Saint-Vincent exit and then take a regional road for the last 28 kilometres.


By train

If you’d prefer to travel by train, Châtillon/Saint-Vincent is the end of the line. From there, you can catch regular scheduled buses to the ski area.

 

Transportation - Get Around


Cervinia local transport

Cervinia is served by a regular ski bus, though most 3- and 4-star hotels also offer shuttle services to and from the lifts. The Savda bus company operates bus services from Milan Lampugnano and Turin airports, as well as local services within the valley.


Cervinia Taxis

Taxis are available from the main square in Cervinia and from the bottom of the Plan Maison cable car, close to the lift pass office. A taxi for up to 4 people from Valtournenche to Cervinia costs approximately €35.

Accommodation & Hotels

Cervinia's main street offers a number of simple 2-star and 3-star hotels and apartments. Both the Hotel Gorret and the Hotel Mignon offer good 3-star bed and breakfast accommodation in a convenient central location. The 4-star Sertorelli Sport Hotel offers high quality accommodation in the centre of Cervinia and the 4-star Excelsior Planet is also centrally located and conveneient for the Cretaz lift and children's play area. The 5-star Hotel Hermitage and the 4-star Saint Hubertus Resort both offer fabulous accommodation in a quiet but central location.

The 3-star Neiges d'Antan is approximately 4km from Cervinia, but offers a cosy and comfortable Alpine ambience with excellent food and service, and an efficient shuttle service to the lifts. The recently built 3-star Meuble Mon Reve and the 4-star Principe delle Nevi are in a ski in - ski out location just off the red piste at 'Alpe Giomein' with panoramic views of Cervinia.

Hotel prices in Cervinia are lower than in the linked Swiss resort of Zermatt, but are in many cases higher than in other Aosta Valley resorts, mainly because of Cervinia's long, snow sure season and links with Zermatt.


The Saint Hubertus in Cervinia offers beautiful views of the Alps and the Matterhorn. Free parking and free transfers to ski lifts and the village centre are available. You can buy ski passes directly at the Saint Hubertus.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
  • SAINT HUBERTUS RESORT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 97, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.


Offering a spa centre and hot tub, Aux Pieds du Roi is set in Breuil-Cervinia in the Valle d'Aosta Region. Cretaz is 200 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site.


Les Neiges d'Antan is set high in the Alps in a quiet village outside Cervinia city centre. It provides free transfers to the main ski lifts of Cervinia and Valtourneche.Ski passes can be bought directly at the Hotel Neiges d'Antan. The hotel is also near summer hiking trails.You will find a large wellness centre at Les Neiges. It offers a sauna and an outdoor hot tub.Rooms and suites at the Neiges d'Antan are large and have down pillow and duvets. Some rooms overlook the Matterhorn.The lounge has a cosy fireplace and free Wi-Fi access is available here. A restaurant is available on site.Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Les Neiges D'Antan offers pet-friendly accommodation in Breuil-Cervinia, 2.7 km from Bec Carré. The hotel has a ski school and a ski pass sales point, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.A flat-screen TV and DVD player, as well as a CD player are available. All rooms come with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer. A TV is offered.You will find free shuttle service and hairdresser's at the property.This hotel has ski storage space and bike hire is available. You can engage in various activities, such as skiing and golfing. Cieloalto is 2.8 km from Les Neiges D'Antan, while Cable car Plateau Rosà is 3.3 km from the property. Caselle Sandro Pertini Airport is 79 km away.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great reception
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Nice sauna
    • Nice building
  • LES NEIGES D'ANTAN SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 94. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and rooms.


Situated on the south side of the Matterhorn- the Cervinia Ski Resort is one of the highest in the world -peaking at 4000 metres- and one of the few to cross the Italian-Swiss border. You can choose between slalom on the Swiss side or a descent on the pistes in Aosta Valley. Your passport to dual nationality- a large chalet in the purest of mountain traditions with interiors decked out in warm brown wood equipped with a spa for those relaxing moments after strenuous skiing. Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren all adored this hotel. It is your turn to succumb to its charms. The property is closed for business during the year over the following dates April 28 2009-July 03 2009 and August 30 2009-November 27 2009. CLUB 5C- Hotel welcomes Relais and Chateaux Club 5C members with a VIP Welcome and a Discovery Privilege. Please include the Club 5C membership number in the reservation and please show your Club 5C membership card on arrival.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great reception
    • Great menu
  • HOTEL HERMITAGE RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 12% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and value for money.


Set in Breuil Cervinia, Hotel Miravidi has ski-to-door access and is only 200 metres from the Campetto and Certaz chairlifts. Each room features a balcony with panoramic views of the Alps.Rooms at the Miravidi all come with free Wi-Fi, an LCD TV, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries. Some offer wooden floors and a sofa.An Italian breakfast of coffee and croissants is served each morning. There is also a bar and restaurant serving specialities from the Aosta Valley. You can relax out on 1 of the terraces.Free parking is provided. You will find a wellness centre in the area, and Cervinia Golf Club is only 500 metres away.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Near city centre
    • Great reception
    • Spacious rooms
  • HOTEL MIRAVIDI SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 9% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Property Location: With a stay at Bucaneve, you'll be centrally located in Cervinia, walking distance from Cretaz Ski Lift and close to Breuil-Cervinia Gondola. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Cervinia Ski Lift and Blu Lake.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 21 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Relax and unwind with massages, body treatments, and facials. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and tour/ticket assistance. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
  • HOTEL BUCANEVE SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 90. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, wellness & sports facilities and food.


Property Location: Located in Cervinia, Hotel Mon Reve is in the mountains and minutes from Cretaz Ski Lift and Cervinia Ski Lift. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Breuil-Cervinia Gondola and Laghi Bianchi Gondola.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 25 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature bidets and hair dryers.

Amenities: Spend the day on the slopes, or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include ski-in/ski-out access. Additional features at this hotel include concierge services and ski storage. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.

Dining: Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include multilingual staff, luggage storage, and a library. Free self parking is available onsite.


Located 200 metres from Campetto ski lifts in Cervinia, Hotel Da Compagnoni offers free WiFi and rooms with alpine décor. Guests enjoy free ski storage, a TV lounge and continental breakfast.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Wifi quality could be improved
    • Spacious rooms
    • Winter sports facilities are close
    • Nice building
  • HOTEL DA COMPAGNONI SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.


Located at the foot of the Breuil-Cervinia ski area, Hotel Principe delle Nevi offers Alpine-style rooms with private balcony. It features an outdoor heated pool, spa and panoramic terrace. Each room features satellite TV, free WiFi and a minibar.

Ski Area

Cervinia’s extensive, high altitude ski area connects with Valtournenche and Zermatt across the border in Switzerland. The entire ski area includes 350km of piste skiing, with 150km between Cervinia and Valtournenche, on the Italian side of the domain.

Cervinia is located at an altitude of 2,050m and the highest Cerviniai ski lift reaches an altitude of 3,480m with further lift access to 3,883m on the Zermatt side of the ski domain. Cervinia's ski area is well groomed, clearly signposted and easy to navigate. Long, perfectly groomed and wide pistes make for a relaxing ski experience while enjoying 360 degree mountain views including some of Europe's grandest peaks.

With 150km of piste on the Italian side including 17 blue runs and 34 red runs, Cervinia is a good choice of ski resort for both beginners and intermediate skiers. It's also good for mixed ability groups as there are many central meeting places and mountain restaurants that are easily reached by most levels of skier and boarder.

Cervinia is snow sure and snow conditions generally remain excellent throughout the day, even late into the season, due to the resort's high altitude. However, the high altitude and open nature of the valley means a lot of sunshine when the weather is good, but can also lead to cold and windy conditions, which may occasionally limit skiing options.

The Cervinia ski area can be accessed from the Plan Maison cable car towards the top end of the village, or the Cretaz chair lifts in central Cervinia.  Those staying in the neighbouring resort of Valtournenche, 9km from Cervinia, or driving to Cervinia for the day can take the cable car directly from Valtournenche to Salette. Pisted runs lead to all three of these main ski lifts.

Cervinia's Italian Area Lift Pass covers all the lifts in Cervinia and Valtournenche, and daily extensions can be purchased separately for skiing in Zermatt. To have unlimited access to Zermatt you should purchase the International Lift Pass. Beginners may choose to purchase a dedicated pass which gives access to the carpet lifts, the 'Campetto' chairlift in town and the 'Baby La Vieille' drag lift at Plan Maison.

Beginners will be happy on the sunny nursery slopes served by the centrally located Campetto and Cretaz lifts, or at Plan Maison, where there are a number of easy blue runs accessed from the Baby La Veille button or the Plan Maison chair lift.  Moving carpet lifts are also available at both Plan Maison and Cretaz.

Intermediates have a choice of numerous long, well groomed red runs including the superb 11.5km long Ventina piste. For a quieter, more natural ambience the red and blue runs between Cime Bianche and Salette offer fabulous views of the Monterosa chain from an unspoiled environment.

The Matterhorn area of Zermatt is well linked with the Cervinia ski area and offers an added dimension, with some long, high altitude glacier runs and the opportunity to ride Europe's highest cable car up to the Klein Matterhorn, at an altitude of 3,883m, then ski hugely long descents from the Klein Matterhorn down to either Zermatt or Valtournenche; approximately 22km from top to bottom.

Ski Pass


BREUIL-CERVINIA VALTOURNENCHE TARIFFS
Weekends 14-15 October and 21-22 October 2017 and every day from the 28th October 2017 to the 6th May 2018
The validity of tickets is subject to the opening of the ski runs on the Italian side of the ski area, verify opening at the ticket offices.

Skipasses valid in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche with Aosta Valley extension from 3 days of validity.
Skipasses valid also in Torgnon and Chamois (excluding Regional cable car Buisson-Chamois) from 2 days of validity.

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Teen
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Junior
(3)
Normal
Senior
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Teen
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2 days78,0069,0069,0055,0080,0071,0071,0056,0088,0078,0078,00
3 days107,0095,0095,0075,00118,00104,00104,0083,00129,00114,00114,00
4 days138,00122,00122,0097,00153,00135,00135,00107,50167,00147,00147,00
5 days170,00150,00150,00119,00188,00166,00166,00132,00205,00181,00181,00
6 days200,00176,00176,00140,00222,00196,00196,00155,50242,00213,00213,00
7 days219,00193,00193,00153,50243,00214,00214,00170,50265,00234,00234,00


VALTOURNENCHE TARIFFS
From the 1st December 2017 to the 15th April 2018
The validity of tickets is subject to the opening of the ski runs on the Italian side of the ski area, verify opening at the ticket offices.

Skipasses valid also in Torgnon and Chamois (excluding Regional cable car Buisson-Chamois) from 2 days of validity.

 CONSECUTIVE DAYS (4)(5)
TYPE OF TICKETPROMO
from the  11.12.17 to the  22.12.17
and from the  9.04.18 to the  15.04.18
SEASON
from the  1.12.17 to the 10.12.17

from  the 23.12.17 to the  8.04.18

Normal
Senior
(2)
Teen
(6)
Junior
(3)
Normal
Senior
(2)
Teen
(6)
Junior
(3)
morning until 1.00pm25,0022,0022,0017,5026,0023,0023,0018,50
afternoon from 12.00pm    25,00     22,0022,00 17,50 26,00 23,0023,00 18,50
1 day    30,00     27,0027,00 21,00 32,00 29,0029,00 22,50
2 days    56,00     50,0050,00 39,50 60,00 53,0053,00 42,00
3 days80,0071,0071,0056,0088,0078,0078,0062,00
4 days104,0092,0092,0073,00 115,00102,00102,0080,50
5 days127,00112,00112,0089,00141,00125,00125,0099,00
6 days150,00132,00132,00105,00166,00147,00147,00116,50
7 days171,00151,00151,00120,00190,00168,00168,00133,00

Prices are indicated in euros.

Activities & Things to do

If you want to enjoy some time away from the slopes, you can pull on some snowshoes instead or explore the backcountry on a ski tour. From Plan Maison there is a 6-kilometre intermediate route which leads to the lift station on Cime Bianche or a tour to the Fornet chairlift, which is 4.5 kilometres in length. Fans of Nordic skiing will also enjoy the stunning circular cross-country route which starts directly on the edge of Cervinia town. Moreover, 10 further kilometres of cross-country trails are waiting to be discovered in neighbouring Valtournenche.

A more action-packed choice would be taking a spin on the natural ice cart track on the edge of Cervinia or even an ice climbing tour up some frozen waterfalls. Daring winter sports fanatics should not pass up the chance to go heli-skiing. Accompanied by experienced mountain guides, you take the helicopter directly to untouched powder slopes. The largest and highest glacial cave in the world is also well worth a visit at the Piccolo Cervino gondola station. You can access this fascinating complex of caves via a 50-metre tunnel. These caves are some 15 metres below the surface and appear almost mystical thanks to the well-designed lighting and sound installation – a must for all visitors to Cervinia.

Cervinia offers a reasonable choice of other activities in addition to skiing including some goodshops, a public swimming pool and a natural ice rink and a range of other sporting and other leisure activities.


Cross-country skiing in Cervinia

Both Cervinia and Valtournenche have small cross country ski circuits.


Swimming, Sauna & Spa Facilities in Cervinia

Leisure facilities in Cervinia include a public swimming pool and sauna, natural ice skating rink and gym. Snow mobiling excursions, heli ski and paragliding are also available, conditions permitting, and there's a good, centrally located, children's play area which offers snow tubing, a bouncy castle and other facilities for children.

The Sports Centre in Valtournenche, a larger town 9km from Cervinia, includes a 25m swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna and gym. Tennis, five a side football, volleyball, table tennis and a climbing wall are also available.

In addition, the Hotel Hermitage, the Principe delle Nevi and the Chalet Valdotain all have swimming pools, and many of the hotels also have saunas, hot tubs and spa areas.


Shopping in Cervinia

The main street of Cervinia features some small, interesting boutiques and a number of good sportswear and equipment shops. A wider range of shopping is available in Valtournenche.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Cervinia’s has lively apres ski with plenty of bars in the centre of the village and lots of good restaurants for eating out, ranging from good value pizzerias to high quality, expensive restaurants.

Cervinia's compact village centre has a lively, cosmopolitan feel.  The pedestrianised area is pleasant to stroll in with some good boutiques and shops, and plenty of lively bars, clubs and convivial cafes. Ymeletrob is a popular bar located next door to the Hotel Maquignaz and the Gasoline is a lively bar with late opening. The Yeticlose to the Cretaz lifts, offers an internet service and also serves a selection of tasty nibbles with your apres ski drink. Copa Pan is a bustling, centrally located bar above the restaurant of the same name and Cafè des Guides offers a more relaxed, laid back atmosphere. The Dragon is a lively and informal pub with satellite TV and Bianconiglio is a stylish club in the centre of Cervinia and a good option later in the evening.

A new apres ski bar at the Principe delle Nevi (Alpe Giomein) just off the red piste between Plan Torrette and Cretaz, is a great place to end the day in a ski in - ski out location with a lively atmosphere and spacious sunny terrace. The Cafe Le Samovar, on Cervinia's main street, is a comfortable place to relax after a day on the slopes.  Choose a slice of delicious cake or some homemade biscuits to enjoy alongside a cup of tea or hot chocolate.  The Samovar also has a spacious terrace overlooking the river to the rear of the cafe.

The Metzelet offers great food and is a fun place to enjoy a relaxing drink or tasty snack while admiring the stunning views of the Matterhorn and the Grande Murailles from the sunny terrace. It's in a lovely spot close to the cross-country trails and is also favoured by Cervinia locals as a location for deer spotting.

The Grivola restaurant offers a varied menu with great food, including excellent pizza, and good service. Jour et Nuit, is a lively restaurant - good for both steaks and pizzas, which are baked in the wood fired oven. The Copa Pan and the Matterhorn are both popular, with the Matterhorn having good vegetarian options.

La Table Ronde offers good, wholesome cuisine in a lovely setting and the Hotel Neiges d'Antan, 2km from Cervinia, is well known for its excellent restaurant and cosy Alpine atmosphere. In the Alpe Giomein area, the traditional Bricole is worth trying and offers a good mixed grill.


Après-Ski and Nightlife

In the centre of Cervinia, après-ski fans will find a wide variety of bars, pubs and restaurants that offer up plenty of choice after a day on the slopes. In the Yeti Bar next to the Cretaz lifts, you can get your evening kicked off on the right foot with snacks and drinks. You can alternatively hit the bars directly from the slopes in the new bar at Principe delle Nevi (Alpe Giomein), which boasts a lively atmosphere and a generously-sized sun deck. Café Le Samovar is cosy and relaxed. You can watch the hustle and bustle on the streets of Cervinia over a cup of hot chocolate and a piece of their delicious home-made cake. As soon as you have traded in your skiing kit and helmet for casual eveningwear, head over to the Copa Pan for something substantial. In the bar above the restaurant you can unwind from the day on the slopes with a glass of wine or beer, before heading downstairs into the restaurant’s elegant atmosphere for some delightful international cuisine.


Dining and Restaurants

There is something for every taste in Cervinia. Connoisseurs head to Snowflake, which belongs to the Hotel Principe delle Nevi and serves up modern Italian cuisine with exclusive wines. Head chef Frederico Zanasi uses high-quality ingredients from the region to create top-notch dishes. Metzelet in the heart of the town is designed to look like a mountain chalet. Whether you opt for a spot on the large terrace, which offers outstanding views of the mountains all year round, or in the cosy fireplace room, the seasonal local specialities and dishes like Swiss cheese fondue or raclette always taste fantastic. If you prefer outstanding steaks and pizza directly from a wood-burning oven, head over to Jour et Nuit.

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