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Cervinia sits at the foot of Monte Cervino.
Cervinia sits at the foot of Monte Cervino.
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 (aka the Matterhorn) sits the Cervinia Ski Resort, on the Italian side of the border across from Zermatt. 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. Less expensive than nearby Zermatt, Cervinia has great Italian food and ideal terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.

Cervinia Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Breuil 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 21 lifts, many of which are modern and fast. 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 might find a little bit of fun off-piste, but the Cervina skiing isn’t particularly good for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders. Cervina also has two snowparks.

Breuil-Cervina Ski Resort is open in the summer with 5.5km of piste on which to play.

Cervinia Snow & Weather

Cervinia isn’t blessed with an abundance of snowfall, but the snow that does fall tends to be well maintained, providing a long snow-sure season thanks to high elevations between 2,050 and 3,488 metres, despite the main aspect of the slopes being south facing. And good manmade snow makes up for what the snow gods can’t produce.

The upside of the southerly aspect is that it’s often sunny, which 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 Breuil Cervinia ski area is interlinked via the lifts and slopes with Valtournench in Italy as well as the Zermatt Ski Resort over in Switzerland (weather pending). 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 3,883 metres) to the Klein Matterhorn (aka Piccolo Cervino) and then schuss down a 20 kilometre and 2,359m vertical drop red (intermediate) run to Valtournench.

Where is Cervinia Italy?

Breuil Cervinia is located at the top of the Aosta Valley, 117km north of Torino (Turin) in north western Italy. The neighbouring resort of Valtournenche is 9km by road south of Cervinia.

Closest major gateway airports are Turin (120km - 1:40 hours), Milan (190km – 2:20 hours) and Geneva (210km – 2:45 hours). 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
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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, and 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 in the centre of town.

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.
  • 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.
  • The ski resort is exposed and when the storms roll in, many lifts can close.

Tours in or near Cervinia

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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
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8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route Tour DETAILS
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USD 1,619
Ability: Advanced, 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
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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 – 3,500 (1,980)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10+ m
  • Lifts (14)
    4 Gondolas / cable cars
    7Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 72
    Longest run – 11 km
    Advanced - 6%
    Intermediate - 58%
    Beginner - 36%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 16/17)
    Adult - €46 - 64 (incl Zermatt)