Cervinia Ski Resort

Skiing powder under the Matterhorn's ramparts is Cervinia at its best.
Cervinia has glacier skiing at 3480m from the Plateau Rosa cable car.
Cervinia ski resort has Monte Cervino ever present in the background.
Valtournenche's superb valley trail is also part of the Cervinia ski resort.
High altitude glacier skiing and north facing powder slopes at Cervinia.
Deep, fresh powder on the shaded slopes of Cervinia ski resort.
Linking gondola to the Laghi Cime Bianchi is a glorious location at Cervinia.
Breuil Cervinia village is at 2050m elevation.
Theodulpass (3300m) is a link between Cervinia and Zermatt, Switzerland..
Skiing powder under a chairlift days after the last snow is always a good sign!
Cervinia ski resort has wonderful mountain hut dining experiences.
Perfect pasta, pizza and fine dining are the rule at Cervinia ski resort.
Cervinia has one the world's most spectacular learn to ski areas.
Experts will find challenges at Cervinia ski resort.
The trres and trails near Cieloalto are some of Cervinia's best secrets.
Heli skiing is available in Cervinia for the adventurous.
Challenging freeride terrain exists at Cervinia off the 3480m Testa Grigia.
Italians know how to do apres ski and Cervinia is no exception.
Cheap Aperol Spritzers, the setting sun, views, music, loungers..............
Evening twilight and rising moon make a splendid Cervinia apres setting.

Cervinia Ski Resort

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Interlinked Ski Resort


    Cervinia Ski Trail Map
  • Cervinia Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Cervinia - Valtournenche only
    1,520 – 3,480 (1,960m)

    Incl. Zermatt
    1,520m – 3,880m (2,460m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10+ m
  • Lifts (19)
    5 Gondolas / cable cars
    11 Chairs

    Incl. Zermatt - 53 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Winter: Mid Oct to Early May
    8:30am to 4:30pm

    Summer: late Jun to early Sep
    07:00am to 2:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 150km
    360km incl. Zermatt

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

    Summer Skiing
    Cervinia only - 5.5km
    Incl. Zermatt - 26.5km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Cervinia & Valtournenche
    Adult - €43.50 to 48.50
    Child - €31 to 34
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Valt'nenche, Chamois, Torgnon only
    Adult - €31.50 to 33.50
    Child - €22.50 to 24
    Child u/8yr - Free

    Cervinia, Valtournenche & Zermatt
    International Pass
    Adult - €60.50 to 67
    Child - €43 to 47
    Child u/8yr - Free

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 is the Cervinia ski resort. Beautifully situated in a broad glacier capped bowl, Cervinia has awesome skiing & dining experiences at a bargain basement price in the Valle d'Aosta Italy.

Before Cervinia was developed as a ski resort, 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 Cervinia. The resort includes Valtournenche & is lift, trail & pass interlinked with Zermatt in Switzerland to form one of the largest international ski resorts in the world called the Matterhorn Ski Paradise (behind the monstrous Portes du Soleil).

Significantly less expensive than nearby Zermatt, Cervinia has awesome Italian food & drink plus ideal terrain for beginner, intermediate & freeride powder seeking skiers & snowboarders.

Pros & Cons for Cervinia Ski Resort


  • Stunning views and landscapes;
  • High altitude guarantees quality and reliable snow;
  • Excellent piste trails for beginners and intermediates;
  • World's most spectacular learn to ski area;
  • Long season, including summer skiing;
  • Superb on mountain restaurants and après ski;
  • Great freeride terrain including tree skiing for advanced riders;
  • Excellent value for money;
  • Linked with Zermatt Switzerland (and a lot cheaper too);
  • Very quiet during the week;
  • Lots of ‘ski in’ lodging options;
  • Heli-skiing is available.


  • Very exposed during blizzards and in high winds lifts often close;
  • No piste trails for advanced riders;
  • The drive up to Cervinia can be challenging during bad weather and when weekend traffic is coming the other way!

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Off-piste skiing for more advanced riders requires a little bit of knowledge & effort;
  • Much of the on-mountain apartment accommodation is old and dated, but also very cheap.

Skiing & 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. In Cervinia at the Plan Maison, one of the world's most spectacular learn to ski areas exists under the looming Monte Cervino. Advanced riders will find no competition for off piste powder, but the Cervinia piste trails have very little for expert skiers & snowboarders.

See the Breuil Cervinia Valtournenche ski trail map here.

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 1400m vertical valley run from Cime Bianche via Salette through the outskirts of Valtournenche town to the gondola base and car park is an absolute ripper - easily the best piste trail 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.

For more information see the Skiing & Snowboarding Cervinia page.

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 is 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 interrupted by a very short chairlift ride at the Cime Bianche just after you enter Valtournenche ski area but is otherwise a nice bit of exercise!

Summer Skiing at Cervinia & Zermatt

Cervinia 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 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! More information is coming soon.

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 ski resort area.

Cervinia ski resort's closest major gateway airports are Turin (TRN) (120km - 1hr40min), Milan Malpensa (MXP) (190km – 2hr20min) and Geneva (GVA) (210km – 2hr45min) by car. Private or shuttle transfers from the airports are available & are both efficient & cost effective for groups of 3 or more people. For those travelling on a shoestring, there are train & bus transport options via Chatillon - Saint Vincent as well, but they take a bit longer & require a few changes of train before one finally gets on the bus.

For more detailed information see our Travel to Cervinia page.

Cervinia Accommodation

The Breuil Cervinia village has been largely purpose built so there are a few ugly dated concrete buildings, along with some more charming hotels. When it comes to attractiveness, the village is probably middle of the road at best. A plus is that it’s compact and easy to stroll around the mainly pedestrian-only streets. Unless of course you are staying in an apartment on the Cieloalto, in which case a walk down and a shuttle bus up is the go!

Search & book all Cervinia ski accommodation here.

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 & chalets of varying standards.

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 access gondola will require a bus or car ride from most hotels.

Search & book all Valtournenche ski accommodation here.

Cervinia is an easy day trip from the Aosta valley towns of Châtillon & Saint Vincent. Availability is generally assured, but a car is required to make the journey viable.

Services, Ski Rentals, Guiding & Lessons

Ski rentals are available in both Cervinia villages. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Breuil Cervinia & Valtournenche here.

If looking for an off-piste guide or ski lessons, head to our Cervinia Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

The villages of Breuil Cervinia & Valtournenche offer all the services required to survive if staying in a self-contained apartment. Banking, groceries & bakeries are plentiful as are outdoor clothing & ski equipment stores. High-end shopping is limited......... but who really cares! The world's most spectacular petrol station is bizarrely located at the entrance to Breuil Cervinia with the Matterhorn rising behind it. Super convenient though.

Food & Nightlife

The Cervinia ski area is serviced by more than a dozen mountain restaurants, some of which are self-service, others are classic full service rifugios & none are too pricey. Après-ski drinking starts at a few slope-side bars. In town at Breuil Cervinia there are upscale restaurants, inexpensive pizzerias and lively bars where you can partake in some fabulous Italian revelry.

See our Cervinia Food & Nightlife page for great photos & more information.

Nearby Ski Resorts

The Aosta valley has some of Italy's best ski resorts within a short distance. Courmayeur (with the amazing Skyway Monte Bianco), Pila, Crevacol and La Thuile are to the west. The Powderhound paradise of Monterosa Ski is to the east. Just to the south of Cervinia is gorgeous little Chamois.

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.


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Tours in or near Cervinia

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Monterosa Ski Safari
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This guided tour takes in some of Italy & Switzerland's iconic alpine ski areas (Zermatt, Cervinia, Monterosa) in the upper valleys of the Monte Rosa massif among 4,000m 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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USD 2,106
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Alagna Italy Freeride Paradise Ski Tour
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
For those with a passion for photography & action sports, combine it with the amazing Monterosa massif in Italy on a classic European freeride powder experience. Based in beautiful Alagna, there is endless skiing surrounded by glaciers & dozens of Europe's highest alpine peaks- perfect to get the best photos.....
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USD 2,895
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Matterhorn-Zermatt Ski Tour
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Skiing & 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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USD 3,695
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Women's Matterhorn Ski Tour
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski & snowboard around the iconic Matterhorn (Monte Cervino) with a like minded, all women's group. Based in Zermatt, explore the vast terrain along the Swiss & Italian border enjoying endless skiing surrounded by glaciers & dozens of high alpine peaks.
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