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Related Regions: Aosta Valley, Italy, Europe, Europe Overall, Valtournenche

Overview

What's the skiing like? Cervinia (2050m) has some of the highest slopes in Europe, reaching up to 3480 metres, offering excellent snow coverage and a long ski season lasting November into May. Cervinia is located on the Italian side of the iconic Matterhorn Mountain and skiing over to neighbouring Zermatt on the Swiss side is also possible, offering a combined 322km of slopes, linked with fast, modern lifts.

Best suited to? Beginners and intermediates are spoilt for choice with endless long blue and red runs. Cervinia is also popular with freestyle fans who flock to the Indian terrain park (1.2km long, 200m wide and 11 features).

What's the resort like? The small, car-free village has a pretty centre with charaterful cobbled streets and stylish Italian boutiques. It is popular with famillies and there's a good choice of ski-in/ski-out accommodation thanks to the reliable snowfall. Nighlife in Cervinia isn't too raucous, but livens up considerably at weekends with live music, djs and cocktails.

The views from the Italian side of the border are phenomenal which is not at all surprising considering that the resort is set in a jagged high-altitude basin in the middle of the Matterhorn and Piccolo Cervino (Klein Matterhorn).

Non-skiing activities: Not many non-skiing activities, but plenty of sunny terraces on which to take in the dramatic scenery and enjoy afternoon drinks.

Downside? There's not a huge amount for more advanced skiers/snowboarders to get their teeth into. High winds and low cloud can sometimes hamper conditions.

Nearest airport: Turn (121km/90 minutes)

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Elevation

  • 11417ft
    Summit
  • 4692ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 6726ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 4
  • 0
  • 2
  • 0
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 13
    Total

Terrain

  • Intermediate Runs

    27%

  • Advanced Runs

    59%

  • Expert Runs

    14%

  • Runs

    44

  • mi Pistes

    66.5 mi

  • Terrain Parks

    1

  • Longest Run

    12.4 mi

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Beginners

Beginners should head for the lower slopes where they’ll find plenty of wide open grooomers to boost their confidence.  The nursery  slopes are located centrally next to the Cretaz lifts, complete with a magic carpet lift and other child-friendly facilities. There are three ski schools

All of the blue runs from Fornet to Plan Maison and Plan Torrette are comfortably within reach of most beginners once they can ski a snow plough. Beginners can ski down to Cervinia on piste number 5, the easy blue run from Plan Maison to Cretaz, while enjoying fabulous views of the Matterhorn.

Beginner snowboarders however will probably find the terrain a little flat in places.

Intermediates

With an abundance of long blue cruisers, intermediate skiers will find themselves in terrain paradise. Classification of pistes isn’t entirely accurate and most of the reds are quite tame in comparison to those at other resorts.  Confident intermediates would do well to give Ventina, red no. 7 on the map, a go.  At 5 miles long, it’s a swooping run which is sure to burn thighs. To ski it in one would take three hours.  Reach it via Plateau Rosa and cruise all the way down to Valtournenche. Each year an amateur ski competition is held on the red 7 which is open to athletes and non-athletes.

Run 37 and the lower part of 7 are also worth blasting down.  Pistes are generally very well maintained.

Experts

For advanced skiers, marked expert terrain is lacking and for truly challenging skiing you’ll need to venture off piste. The runs accessed from the top plateaux, offer several good descents of around 600m with varying steepness .

Plan carefully if you’re thinking of venturing off-piste. There are great local guides available and you’ll be much safer and get more out of your trip if you book a guide.  Check out http://www.guidedelcervino.com/ for more information.

The resort attracts a lot of Zermatt skiers on clear days so the mountain can get packed and queuing is an issue. The upside is that you can ski to Zermatt and it will cost you a lot less than it cost those coming from the other way. 

The mountain is also home to Europe’s highest museum, Plateau Rosa, where visitors can marvel at the skill and effort that went into creating the high-altitude lift systems. The museum is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

And for those with teenagers, there’s cause for celebration as the new teen skipass, for children aged 14-18, offers savings of over 100 Euros. Baby skipasses for small children are free as are skipasses for over 80s. 

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing10/20/201805/05/2019
  • Years Open
    82

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Cervinia - Breuil Reviews

Maksim
6th January 20183
Overall boring. The resort was closed for two consecutive days on 4-5 January 2018. They didn't prepare even a single trail after...Full review
Simon
9th December 20165
Visited Easter 2015 with children. No queues and almost entirely gondola or chairlift served - much easier with children. Managed to ski...Full review
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