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Cervinia sits at the foot of Monte Cervino, a.k.a. the Matterhorn.
Cervinia sits at the foot of Monte Cervino, a.k.a. the Matterhorn.
One of the highway wide runs
One of the highway wide runs
Cervinia is well suited to beginners and intermediates
Cervinia is well suited to beginners and intermediates
The Matterhorn and other peaks make for some dramatic scenery
The Matterhorn and other peaks make for some dramatic scenery
Well groomed runs galore
Well groomed runs galore
A groomer at work
A groomer at work
The lift infrastructure is excellent
The lift infrastructure is excellent
Breuil Cervinia Ski Resort
Breuil Cervinia Ski Resort
Cervinia Italy is renowned for its sunny slopes
Cervinia Italy is renowned for its sunny slopes

Cervinia

Cervinia Ski Resort Italy

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.

Less expensive than nearby Zermatt, Cervinia has great Italian food and ideal terrain for beginner, intermediate and powder seeking skiers and snowboarders.

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 skiable vertical of around 1400m each. There are seemless 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 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.

Where is Cervinia Italy?

Breuil Cervinia is located near the top of the Aosta valley, 117km north of Torino (Turin) in north western Italy. The neighbouring interconnected resort of Valtournenche is 9km by road south of Cervinia and is included in the Cervinia ski resort area.

Cervinia ski resorts closest major gateway airports are Turin (120km - 1hr40min), Milan (190km – 2hr20mins) and Geneva (210km – 2hr45min). Private or shuttle transfers from the airports are available, or for those travelling on a shoestring, there are public transport options.  Click below for all airport transfers.
Airport Transfers

Nearby Ski Resorts

The Aosta valley has some of Italy's best ski resorts within a short distance. Magnificent Courmayeur (with the amazing Skyway Monte Bianco) and La Thuile are to the west. The Powderhound paradise of Monterosa Ski is to the east. In between is Aosta's own Pila ski resort.

There are serious plans afoot to lift link the Cime Bianche at the top of Valtournenche/Cervinia with Frachey (Champoluc) in the Monterosa Ski area, creating the world's largest interconnected ski resort.

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.

See all Cervinia Accommodation Listings – options for lodging only.

Cervinia Ski Holidays – packages with accommodation and options for other extras such as lift tickets.

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.

Cervinia Heli Skiing

Although not outrageously priced, for those with deep pockets there is also heli skiing to access terrain more challenging than the tame slopes of the Cervinia ski resort. The Cervinia heli skiing outfit offers a range of programs from single helicopter drops, a full day of heli skiing, and up to 6 days of blissful powder skiing!

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Even though the Italian side of the Matterhorn (Monte Cervino) is perhaps a little less dramatic than that viewed from the Swiss side, the vistas around Cervinia are spectacular of the big kahuna as well as other nearby majestic peaks.
  • Cervinia skiing and snowboarding is ideal for beginner and intermediate riders, with long well groomed and wide runs.
  • Cervinia is often sunny.
  • Cervinia is a cheaper way to ski Zermatt. 
  • The high altitude almost guarantees the reliability of snow cover during winter.
  • Cervinia is linked to Zermatt, making the overall ski area huge, and providing plenty of terrain variety.
  • The Cervinia ski area can be nice and quiet on weekdays and during non-holiday periods.
  • Heli skiing in Europe is rather rare, so Cervinia offers a unique opportunity to enjoy this amazing experience.

Cons

  • The ski area offers very little for hardcore or expert riders (Zermatt has better opportunities).
  • The ski resort is exposed and when the wind or storms roll in, many lifts can close.

Tours in or near Cervinia

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Monterosa Ski Safari DETAILS
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8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing
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USD 1,848
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This guided tour takes in some of Italy & Switzerland's iconic alpine areas in the upper valleys of the Monta Rosa Massif among 4,000 metre peaks such as the Matterhorn. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Matterhorn-Zermatt Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Skiing and snowboarding around the iconic Matterhorn is a bucket list trip for every powderhound. Explore the vast terrain along the Switzerland & Italian border. Endless skiing surrounded by glaciers & dozens of high alpine peaks.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route Tour DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Ski Touring
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USD 1,671
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This trip is for serious, fit, expert backcountry skiers. This tour links the best known resorts of Chamonix and Zermatt with 6,000 m of ascents / descents and over 120 km of touring. Join a fixed date tour or wrangle your own group together for a private custom tour.
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Monterosa Ski Touring Safari DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED SKI TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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USD 1,864
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
This is the ultimate ski touring safari passing through two countries, Switzerland and Italy, and four world-class resorts renowned for their off-piste: Zermatt, Cervinia, Alagna and Saas fee.
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    Cervinia Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,520 – 3,480 (1,960m)
    2360m incl. Zermatt
  • Average Snow Fall
    10+ m
  • Lifts (19)(53 incl Zermatt)
    5 Gondolas / cable cars
    12 Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    Winter: Nov to May
    8:30am to 4:30pm

    Summer: late Jun to early Sep
    07:00am to 4:20am
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 150km
    360km incl. Zermatt

    Longest run – 20km
    Advanced - 6%
    Intermediate - 58%
    Beginner - 36%

    Summer terrain - 5..5km
    26.5km incl. Zermatt
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 16/17)
    Adult - €46 (or 64 incl. Zermatt)
 


    Cervinia Summer Ski Map
  • Cervinia Summer Ski Map