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 popularly known by its Swiss name - The Matterhorn. And traces of Cervinia’s history remain: there are some cobbled streets and a picturesque river but there are also a lot of large modern buildings, and some suburbs like Cieloalto which are entirely purpose-built with plenty of slope-side accommodation options.

The reason for all this development is a large, exceptionally high and snowsure ski area. There are 19 lifts in Cervinia and Valtournenche and a further 34 in Zermatt. They reach up to 3,883 m, providing access to 350kms of slopes in the combined area, 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)  What this means in simple layman’s terms, is that the shared Cervinia, Valtourneche Zermatt ski area  has more than enough skiing for a week’s holiday, no matter how strong or keen you are.

Yet strong, keen skiers do 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 for beginners to progress onto once they have mastered the excellent nursery slopes, but not for advanced skiers. In theory they can access Zermatt’s excellent black runs and off-piste, but most of this is concentrated in the Gornergrat-Hohtalli-Stockhorn area and that takes at least two hours to reach, even when the connecting lifts are all open (they can be closed due to high winds). Of course there is some off-piste on the Cervinia side ,including good heliskiing, but in general tough skiing enthusiasts should stay clear and leave Cervinia’s high gentle slopes to the skiers and snowboarders who will relish them.

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

Cervinia Rating

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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 

5 Day Snow & Weather Forecast

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