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Cervinia

Enjoy snow-sure conditions and terrain for all abilities, then kick back, relax and rub those aching thighs in world-class accommodation to suit every budget. Mix perfect ski conditions with delicious Italian mountain cuisine and you have the best tiramisu-tasting ski experience in the Italian alps. Next stop, Cervinia!

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At a glance: • Great for beginners • Ski 2 countries in 1 day • Glacier skiing beneath majestic Matterhorn

Great for: • Snow sure • Families • Beginners and intermediates

Enjoy snow-sure conditions and terrain for all abilities, then kick back, relax and rub those aching thighs in world-class accommodation to suit every budget. Mix perfect ski conditions with delicious Italian mountain cuisine and you have the best tiramisu-tasting ski experience in the Italian alps. Next stop, Cervinia!

Cervinia Resort

Nestled in the heart of the rocky, North-West Alps, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to an Italian version of Narnia as you reach the end of the snow-topped pines and arrive at the foot of the holiday village. Airport transfers direct to your door from either of Italy’s Turin or Milan airports and Geneva means you won’t find yourself lugging your skis and boots in tow as you seek out your accommodation. The resort’s nearest train station can be found at Châtillon Saint-Vincent, 28km from the resort, and has a good bus and taxi connection between the two.

This Northern mountain village is traffic free, meaning you’re at ease to stroll amongst the characteristic streets of mismatched modern apartments and traditional Alpine chalets, enjoying an array of hearty restaurants, bars, supermarkets and boutiques. For local produce, try La Maison des Gourmands for a selection of Aosta Valley cheeses like Fontina and Fromadzo. If you’re not in the mood to shop on a day off from skiing, there’s a fantastic range of snow activities including air boarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

This little firecracker of a village- mostly peaceful from Monday to Friday - crackles and comes to life at the weekend as the Italians ascend for a spot of weekend skiing themselves.

A top resort for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, with green and blue runs tailored to nervous beginners; varying difficulties of reds for intermediates and black pistes with plenty of off-pisting opportunity for experts. A standard 6 day ski pass is the Breuil-Cervinia Valtourneche pass, with the possibility to extend to all of the Aosta Valley after 3 days. International weekly passes can be purchased to include Switzerland’s Zermatt. Daily tariffs are available for all nearby resorts if you fancy a bit of mid-week travelling.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Aosta Valley, north-west Italy, Alps.

Established: 1936

Open: Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche October - 5th May

Downhill: 160 km in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche

View our detailed Cervinia snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Cervinia snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Turin Caselle118 km, 1 hr 40 minutes
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  • 26km 25%

  • 68km 66%

  • 9km 9%

Top Altitude:3,883 m Piccolo Cervino
Bottom Altitude:1,524 m
Resort Altitude:Breuil-Cervinia: 2,050 m
Longest run:20km
Slope Orientation:West, North-West
Vertical Drop:1956m
Skiable Vertical:1850m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

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Downhill Runs:160 km in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche
Beginner slopes:25%
Intermediate:66%
Advanced slopes:9%
Lift Pass Price: €204 for 6 day pass
Nearby resorts: Zermatt

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Cervinia

With first-track skiing for early risers who can beat everyone else to the slopes, Cervinia is a snowball of varied surprises. 18 beginner runs makes this ideal for novice skiers wanting to embark on their romance with snow sports. Take the chair lift up to Plan Torrette to get a feel for the gentler blue runs. This is a great place for children to learn as ski schools take young skiers up magic carpets and around a whole new world of slopes.

A bucket load of intermediate runs means that already accomplished skiers can only find themselves getting better and better. You’ll find lots of wide and gentle blues and a few easy reds (such as red 24) that are perfect for developing technique to turn those snake-like zigzags into sophisticated schussing down the slopes.

For extreme skiers, try the 7 black runs. Take the cable car up to the 3883m drop-off point for a tantalizing decent from glacier Matterhorn Paradise.

Head over to the Indianpark Rythmotheque and Cool Park, and Valtournenche’s Wild West Zone Buffalo Snowpark to bust some moves on their various rails, jumps and boxes. Why not challenge a friend to a high-speed race on the slopes’ boarder-cross?

Kind slopes spell ideal for beginner and early intermediate snowboarders who can avoid having to unstrap too often as this resort only has a few button lifts.

For off piste, do some heli skiing or go above Plan Torrette, where moguls line the runway. Self-confessed freeriding fanatics should think of adding a day lift pass to Zermatt if you haven’t experienced the Matterhorn yet – while you’re there, take the Plateau Rosa lifts and carve your way down the Theodul glacier.

Cervinia Apres Ski

Après ski, Après ski, Après ski! For group party lovers, start the night at the Grivoli’s Irish bar which has a happy hour for Irish measurements of drink. To extend your evening, move the night on to the village’s happening Bianconiglio club, which offers a range of music including live performances to suite all clientele.

Few do food better than the Italians - Pizzas loved by locals and tourists alike can be found at the Sotto Zero, perfect for all the family with classic margheritas for the little ‘uns and Alpine topping twists for you. Spend a romantic, quiet night in at Bar Copopan sat in front of a cosy log fire after having enjoyed a traditionally Italian meal of antipasti and meat fondue: mamma mia! If you’re looking for a familiar meal of hamburgers and fries washed down with some British ale, head over to the Dragon Hotel’s Welsh pub for some small home comforts.

For those who prefer to wake up doe-eyed and fresh-faced in the morning to attack the extreme sporting day ahead, turn your attention to the Hermitage Hotel’s spa to soothe those aching muscles.

Fancy a non-food, drink or ski related change of events during your week’s stay? Cervinia is not at a loss where creative and unique snow-inspired ideas are concerned. Why not try your hand at some of the winter activities including: ice-karting; mountaineering; a guided hike to a frozen waterfall; snow dinghies; a ride on a snowmobile or snowbike; air-boarding (like wakeboarding, but on snow!); explore ice caves or try some good old-fashioned snow shoeing.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Cervinia

When is the best time to ski Cervinia?

An amazing top altitude of 3,883m at Piccolo Cervino and North/North-West facing slopes set you up just spiffingly for a snow sure winter ski break throughout the season, which is usually from the end of December to the beginning of April. And it doesn’t stop there for ski time in Cervinia: the snow is so good you can usually enjoy a spot of morning summer skiing here too.

Peak Dates

Enjoy a white Christmas in Cervinia as the village is covered in twinkling tinsel. A Whoville for Christmas lovers as you ice skate on a frozen lake; stroll through the fairy lit Aosta Christmas market and eat a Christmas feast of Italian proportions. Browse Cervinia Christmas ski holidays ‣

Spend New Year in Cervinia 3000m high as the staff put on classic crowd-pleasers of firework displays illuminating the starry mountains’ skies and torchlight processions. Browse Cervinia New Year ski holidays ‣

‘C’ is for families in Cervinia at February half-term: camaraderie, chilling and a carnival atmosphere. A winning combination! Avoid the crowds created by the UK February half term this winter, because unlike the French, Italian students stay in school in February. Browse Cervinia Half Term ski holidays ‣

Fun for all the family as you enjoy eggcellent quality time on mountains as white and fluffy as the Easter bunny’s ears during Easter in Cervinia. Sun, snow-sure skiing and ski clubs keep children and adults happy all week. Browse Cervinia Easter ski holidays ‣

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Average Rating 4.4 out of 5
I’d been walking in Cervinia in the summertime and always wanted to go back in the winter, and it definitely lived up to my expectations – it’s pretty unbeatable. It has a brilliant ski area with a link over to Zermatt if you pay for the full pass (although 2 out of 6 days I couldn’t get across because of... + more
Leslie Webb, Cockermouth
5 out of 5
Cervinia is a great place for beginners and intermediates as the runs are like motorways, very wide and not too taxing. If you’re a good intermediate there are other runs, I wouldn’t say it’s an advanced resort but there are a couple of black runs if you want them. We had a carving clinic one day that was pr... + more
Nigel Scott, Nottingham
5 out of 5
Really liked Cervinia, but the two and a half hour transfer would put me off returning. We didn’t venture into town much as the all-inclusive Club Med had all the entertainment we needed, but the skiing was nice. Some days the weather was fantastic, other days it was foggy and bottom runs were getting a bit sl... + more
Joanne,
4 out of 5
Cervinia’s really nice and we’re already looking to go back. The slopes were ideal for us as beginners to skiing, and the whole place is really pretty with the most amazing views. It was only a bit of a downer that we didn’t have any fresh snow on Christmas week, but we still had a fantastic time. + more
Jo, Jason, Harley & Ollie,
5 out of 5
We have skied in Cervinia a few times before and will be going back again. The resort is great for beginners / intermediates, could possibly be a little bit boring if you're an expert but you can always go over the other side to Zermatt, where it’s prettier and narrower. Cervinia isn’t a pretty resort like Ze... + more
Mrs Hatano, Letchworth
5 out of 5
The skiing is good fun, I’m an easy blue skier and there was plenty for me. My friend’s son skied over into Zermatt but I stayed in the Cervinia area. For après, we really liked Lino’s bar. It’s a traditional place that’s all been done up recently with open glass. If you go between 4 and 6 the drinks ar... + more
Mrs Linda Patterson, Preswick
4 out of 5
We’ve been to Cervinia before, it’s very nice. It’s stunning there, beautiful scenery. People think that the Cervinia ski area is quite small, but you can ski over to Zermatt which makes it larger than you think. Our teenagers wanted a snowpark – that was the only thing that was missing. The skiing is good ... + more
Christine Cully, Peterborough
4 out of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here. The skiing was fine, we had a couple of glorious days and then quite a few snowy ones with bad visibility. We didn’t do much challenging terrain because of the weather. I’d say the resort is best suited to beginners to high intermediate level skiers. Cervinia itself is a ... + more
Simon, Wiltshire
4 out of 5
Cervinia is a nice small resort – it’s quite basic but this was my first time skiing and it’s a good place for beginners with quite a few blue runs. There isn’t loads of nightlife and this is something that would make us rate it higher. + more
Beverly Wilson, Wigan
3 out of 5
Great views of the Matterhorn, snow-sure, great food and a better price but still allowing you to ski the Zermatt area. Buying the joint Cervinia&Zermatt pass costs a hundred pounds less if you buy it in Cervinia than it does if you buy it in Zermatt (it did in 2013 anyway). Nice intermediate slopes, a real ple... + more
Seb, London
5 out of 5
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Families in Cervinia

Cervinia is a great resort for families with young children and teens. The mini inflatables snow-park will avoid tiny tots feeling disappointed that they’re too small to ski in this terrific play area. Club Med runs a day crèche, great if the weather’s not ideal for your kids to be playing outside. The mini club and beginner’s area equipped with magic carpet are perfect for older children as their skills improve day by day, and it’s reassuring for mums and dads to know they’re in a safe place, having a ball. Those experienced enough can hit the resort’s two snow parks for jumps, pipes and slalom.

Christmas markets, festivals and ski schools mean there’ll be something going on for the whole family during school holidays, whether you decide to visit Cervinia at Christmas, New Year, Half-Term or Easter. Family apartments mean meal times can be just like at home, but that might not appeal to the chef, so we recommend a hotel or catered chalet for a successful family ski holiday in Cervinia! Hotel family rooms offer ample excitement for children with the opportunity for a king size sleepover. Call us to find out about childcare programmes run by our hotels and the best deals for you and your family.

GroupsGroup Holidays Cervinia

Cervinia’s snow sure ski area is ideal for groups coming from different abilities. Its enormous range of blues and easy reds are perfectly suited for beginners and early intermediates. Breuil Cervinia Valtournenche has several black runs for the brave-hearted with good off-piste opportunities, snowparks and the opportunity to head to beautiful Zermatt for the day.

If some in your group like a “bit of social” on their ski holiday, places like the Yeti Bar and Welsh Dragon’s Bar provide a relatively calm location for an aperitif, but that’s really only the start of a night out in Cervinia. After a few quiet drinks turn into the need for a night on the town dancing, the above mentioned sole Bianconiglio club hosts the cheesiest of nights typical of European discotheques – highly recommended!

Hotels like the Petit Palais are just marvellous for groups, as you meet for dinner and drinks in the bar after having washed and warmed in the personal space of your own room. Continue the evening communally downstairs if you have the energy, or head back up to your room if you’re too knackered to string 2 words together. Extra friends can choose to join the holiday post-booking with a hotel if more rooms are available, making a group holiday very flexible here.

Apartments and chalets work well for groups too - sit around the table like one big family eating the food you’ve cooked together, followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows round the fire. Book a chalet with sole occupancy to have your own space or share a big chalet with another group to enjoy new company - the opportunities are endless!

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"Pretty unbeatable"

Leslie Webb, Cockermouth
5/ out of 5
I’d been walking in Cervinia in the summertime and always wanted to go back in the winter, and it definitely lived up to my expectations – it’s pretty unbeatable. It has a brilliant ski area with a link over to Zermatt if you pay for the full pass (although 2 out of 6 days I couldn’t get across because of high winds). If conditions are good, there’s so much terrain on both sides. There’s a brilliant red run from Kleine Matterhorn by the boarder that goes 2000m down to a village below Cervinia and the whole place has fantastic scenery with the Matterhorn. I think Cervinia is pretty quiet and not well known for its après, although there is nightlife if you want it (I didn’t so I can’t recommend anywhere good!).

"I love the place"

Nigel Scott, Nottingham
5/ out of 5
Cervinia is a great place for beginners and intermediates as the runs are like motorways, very wide and not too taxing. If you’re a good intermediate there are other runs, I wouldn’t say it’s an advanced resort but there are a couple of black runs if you want them. We had a carving clinic one day that was pretty good. You can get over to Zermatt if you want to but it depends which pass you buy. It’s not a massive place and there’s not a lot to do besides the skiing – you walk up the main street a couple of times and you’ve covered it – there are a couple of supermarkets if you need that and plenty of bars. Our holiday was pretty early in the season and we were a bit apprehensive going so early but as we got to our hotel, there were some people leaving who had enjoyed the week before. Cervinia has a lot of man made snow which is how they generate the base – we arrived on the Sunday and had a foot of snow on the Wednesday so some of our ski days were really good.

"Nice, but a long transfer"

Joanne
4/ out of 5
Really liked Cervinia, but the two and a half hour transfer would put me off returning. We didn’t venture into town much as the all-inclusive Club Med had all the entertainment we needed, but the skiing was nice. Some days the weather was fantastic, other days it was foggy and bottom runs were getting a bit slushy. But that’s the chance you take later in the season. I would say that the ski area was best for intermediates – it was great for our family.

"Family Christmas in Cervinia"

Jo, Jason, Harley & Ollie
5/ out of 5
Cervinia’s really nice and we’re already looking to go back. The slopes were ideal for us as beginners to skiing, and the whole place is really pretty with the most amazing views. It was only a bit of a downer that we didn’t have any fresh snow on Christmas week, but we still had a fantastic time.

"Will be going back again!"

Mrs Hatano, Letchworth
5/ out of 5
We have skied in Cervinia a few times before and will be going back again. The resort is great for beginners / intermediates, could possibly be a little bit boring if you're an expert but you can always go over the other side to Zermatt, where it’s prettier and narrower. Cervinia isn’t a pretty resort like Zermatt – there aren’t any tree runs, but they are nice and wide and long. The snow has always been fantastic when we’ve been here as it’s quite a high resort. We’ve skied in resorts in France but really like Cervinia – the people are all nice, we met Dutch, Belgians, Swiss, Israeli, South Africans, Malaysians so it was really mixed. We really got to know the people we stayed with and are meeting some of them in our holiday – one of them lives in Whistler and skis in Cervinia every year so this shows you how good it is!

"Good fun, tons of snow in March"

Mrs Linda Patterson, Preswick
4/ out of 5
The skiing is good fun, I’m an easy blue skier and there was plenty for me. My friend’s son skied over into Zermatt but I stayed in the Cervinia area. For après, we really liked Lino’s bar. It’s a traditional place that’s all been done up recently with open glass. If you go between 4 and 6 the drinks are half price and they’ll also put some food on for you. We weren’t that impressed with the food in the Dragon. The snow was fine in Cervinia in March, in fact one day we couldn’t ski because there was too much of it!

"Beautiful scenery and the opportunity to ski over to Zermatt"

Christine Cully, Peterborough
4/ out of 5
We’ve been to Cervinia before, it’s very nice. It’s stunning there, beautiful scenery. People think that the Cervinia ski area is quite small, but you can ski over to Zermatt which makes it larger than you think. Our teenagers wanted a snowpark – that was the only thing that was missing. The skiing is good though, there are nice wide pistes. You can also go snowshoeing and go karting. The snowshoeing was brilliant. We didn’t have a guide - you can just rent snowshoes from any of the places in town and then go up on the tracks, it’s easy, you can’t get lost. You are up with the skiers and there are signs.

"Typical Italian resort"

Simon, Wiltshire
4/ out of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here. The skiing was fine, we had a couple of glorious days and then quite a few snowy ones with bad visibility. We didn’t do much challenging terrain because of the weather. I’d say the resort is best suited to beginners to high intermediate level skiers. Cervinia itself is a typical Italian ski town. It was obviously built in the 50s but they are trying to make it look traditional and Alpine. There are bars and restaurants, we didn’t really go out though. The ski school was good and it was social to ski with others, we used Ski School Breuil.

"Good beginner skiing"

Beverly Wilson, Wigan
3/ out of 5
Cervinia is a nice small resort – it’s quite basic but this was my first time skiing and it’s a good place for beginners with quite a few blue runs. There isn’t loads of nightlife and this is something that would make us rate it higher.

"Cheap way to ski Zermatt"

Seb, London
5/ out of 5
Great views of the Matterhorn, snow-sure, great food and a better price but still allowing you to ski the Zermatt area. Buying the joint Cervinia&Zermatt pass costs a hundred pounds less if you buy it in Cervinia than it does if you buy it in Zermatt (it did in 2013 anyway). Nice intermediate slopes, a real pleasure to ski here towards the end of the season.
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Christine Cully
Simon
Beverly Wilson
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