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.
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.
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.