Cervinia Ski Resort

Cervinia is one of Italy’s leading ski resorts. Lift-linked to Zermatt in Switzerland as well as neighbouring Valtournenche, Cervinia has access to Europe’s highest pistes, providing snowsure skiing in summer and winter, mostly on easy blue and red runs.

Cervinia, or Breuil Cervinia to give it it’s full name, is based on an old Alpine village, originally famous as the starting point for climbing nearby Monte Cervino, a mountain more widely known by its Swiss name - The Matterhorn. And traces of Cervinia’s history remain: there are some cobbled streets and a picturesque riverside but there are also a lot of large modern buildings, and some suburbs like Cieloalto which are entirely purpose-built.

The international ski area shared with Valtournenche and Zermatt is large and snowsure. The top lift reaches an incredible 3883m, providing access to the highest piste skiing in Europe. The 350kms of slopes are split into 150 different runs, some of which are very long, such as the Ventina piste that descends all the way down to Cervinia. (The even longer Reine Blanche descent down to Valtournenche, with a 2300m vertical, is technically a series of different pistes)

So there is a huge amount of skiing here and yet strong, keen skiers often get bored with Cervinia. The problem is not with the quantity of runs, but with their lack of variety, at least on the Italian side. Cervinia is the home of easy motorway skiing, on long wide gentle pistes. These are perfect for less dedicated intermediates to cruise around on; and Cervinia is one of the world's best resorts for beginners with excellent nursery slopes, good ski schools and plenty of easy runs up the mountain. But there are slim pickings for advanced skiers. In theory they can access Zermatt’s excellent black runs and off-piste, but most of this is a long way from Cervinia and the connecting lifts can suddenly close in high winds. Of course there is some off-piste on the Italian side as well, including good heliskiing, but in general tough skiing enthusiasts should leave Cervinia’s gentle slopes to the skiers and boarders who will appreciate them most.

Ski & Board Hire in Cervinia

There are plenty of ski rental shops in Cervinia, but their prices are quite high if you simply walk into them when you arrive. ALPINRESORTS.com works with several ski hire shops in Cervinia, Cieloalto and Valtournenche and can secure discounts of up to 60% if you book online here.

SKISET also has outlets in the resort and offers skiers and boarders advance booking discounts of up to 50%.

Cervinia Pros & Cons

+ High, snowsure, scenic slopes
+ Excellent choice for beginners
+ Good easy cruising blues and reds
+ Large shared ski area with Zermatt

- No challenging pistes near Cervinia
- Zermatt’s steeper runs are far away
- Combined Zermatt-Cervinia ski pass is expensive

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Cervinia Statistics

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionAosta Valley
  • Base2,050 m
  • Peak3,480 m
  • Elevation1,430 m
  • Beginner17 %
  • Intermediate34 %
  • Advanced6 %
  • Longest Run22 km
  • Chair Lifts30 
  • Riders per hour40,881 

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