Cervinia is a beautiful ski resort located beneath the Matterhorn in the Aosta Valley in Italy. It is the highest ski resort in Italy and one of the best ski resorts in Europe for intermediate skiers.

Cervina is connected to the Zermatt ski resort in Switzerland. This means that you can ski between the two countries. Cervinia, with the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt, offers 360km of pistes and these two iconic ski resorts share the highest slopes in Europe.

Despite all this, Cervinia is actually a good choice for beginners and intermediates. The ski area is mostly comprised of easy-to-mid-range blue and red runs.

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Cervinia Ski Resort

Cervinia is linked to Zermatt in Switzerland and the neighbouring Valtournenche ski area on the Italian side. Due to the height, Cervinia ski resort has one of the most reliable snow in the Alps with a long season that stretches from mid-October to May. Summer skiing is also possible here; usually, it is open from late June to early September.

Snow range                           1,524-3,883m

Resort height                         2,050m

Cervinia ski area                   150km

Cervinia and Zermatt           350km

The slopes are high and primarily west-facing, which means you can enjoy the sunshine while skiing in Cervinia. Unfortunately, Cervinia’s slopes offer very little shelter in bad weather and visibility can be poor. Strong wind can cause the closure of some parts of the resort, especially for the lifts crossing to Zermatt. In this situation, it is highly recommended to stay as low as possible.

Piste type Number of runs

Easy                               23

Intermediate               67

Difficult                         26

Cervinia is home to some of the best and longest not-so-challenging runs in the Alps. It is a paradise for intermediate skiers who enjoy big-mileage cruising through mountains. The 21km red run from the Plateau Rosa to Valtournenche village is one of the world's longest on-piste descents.

Without any doubt, Cervinia is a gorgeous ski resort where the sun shines and the skies are blue. It is a great place for all skiers, but advanced skiers who want more challenging runs should head over to the steeper descents of Zermatt.

When you decide to go to Zermatt from Cervinia, keep a close eye on the weather and the time. In poor condition, the link closes and if you miscalculate your time to descend, you might miss the last lift back to Italy and you would get stuck in Switzerland. In that case, you would need to take a taxi, which isn’t a cheap option at all, considering that you have to pay in Swiss Francs.

How to get to Cervinia

The nearest and most convenient airport for Cervinia is Turin Caselle, and there are regular direct flights from London and other European cities to Turin. The alternative airport can be Milan Malpensa, 190 km away from Cervinia.

The Savda bus company operates a limited bus service from both Milan and Turin airports to Cervinia ski resort. Some hotels also offer shuttle services from the airports to Cervina.

The other option is to rent a car from the airport, especially if your accommodation is not close to the lifts. To find the best deal you can check rentalcars.com.

Where to Stay in Cervinia

Cervina is one of the prettiest villages in Northern Italy and it has different types of accommodation, from luxury hotels to self-catering apartments.

Chalet Francois with Ski and Spa Rooms is only 150 meters from the lift, offering a free car park and a paid airport shuttle service.

Guest reviews: “The hotel had a great location and we were able to park for free. The owner was welcoming and showed us around the chalet including a spa room that had a sauna and hot tub. Our room was modern and comfortable. The bathroom shower had a lot of options for water flow and also had a radio option for music. Breakfast was plentiful and quite good. Excellent cappuccino. We ate at the restaurant next store which is also owned by the chalet/hotel owner. Menu extensive including the wine list.”, Catherine, from the US.

Excelsior Planet is a 4-star hotel with a spa in Breuil-Cervinia offering a quiet setting and amazing views of the famous Matterhorn. The rooms are decorated in an Alpine style with natural wood furnishings.

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Guest reviews: “Breakfast was really good, large selection, good quality. Evening meals were very nice but so many courses! The staff we really superb, they made the whole holiday really great. So friendly, accommodating and good fun!”, Lucy, from the UK.

La Cresta Chalet sits on the ski slopes in Breuil, offering breakfast, sauna, fitness centre, spa and wellness centre.

Guest reviews: “The staff was friendly and helpful in so many ways. The rooms are large, comfortable and well-equipped. The location is absolutely amazing. the best view in town. Breakfast is delivered to your door, which gives a lot of flexibility in time.”, Dotansh, from Israel.

Aux Pieds du Roi - Suite & Spa, located in Breuil-Cervinia is only 220 meters from the Cretaz chair lift. It offers a spa centre and hot tub.

Guest reviews: “Everything was right about the place: location, views, facilities and the welcoming staff. For those who wants to rent a separate apartment with housekeeping services this will be the best pick in town.”, Victoria, from UEA. 

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