Cervinia Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

For those looking for long, cruisy runs perfectly suited to beginners and intermediates, there are few places better suited than Cervinia. As the highest resort in Italy with an altitude of 2,050m in the village and 3,480m at the top lift station, Cervinia guarantees fantastic snow coverage, long into those sunny spring days, with its season running well into May. Alongside the fantastic skiing, the views from the resort and slopes are phenomenal, with the resort situated between the instantly recognizable jagged profile of the Matterhorn and the Klein (little) Matterhorn.

The village was branded Cervinia when it was developed for skiing, but these days harks back to its mountaineering roots by prefixing that with its original name, Breuil, though this is not widely used. The compact, traffic free resort alongside the makeup of the pistes makes it a perfect option for children and families. 

Cervinia is on the Italian side of the Matterhorn (or Monte Cervino), at the head of a long valley off the Aosta valley. The slopes link to Valtournenche further down the valley (covered by the lift pass) and at high altitude to Zermatt in Switzerland (covered by a daily supplement, or a more expensive weekly pass). Across the combined area, there are 322km of well groomed slopes served by 53 lifts.

Though the proximity to Zermatt may seem appealing for those looking for its famous expert terrain, you would be better suited to staying in Switzerland to avoid a potentially long lift journey. 

The resort gets a lot of Italian weekend business, though lift queues are rarely a problem. 

Offslope/apres ski

Après ski centres around a few bars, the Dragon Bar, the Copa Pan with live music, and Lino’s by the ice rink. Lino's is rated for its happy hour and getting the last of the sun. The resort does get busier at the end of the week with the Milan/Turin weekenders arriving.

Overview

A great place to learn and progress. High snow sure, stunning views but nondescript village. Excellent nursery slopes and superb intermediate terrain make Cervinia a really popular place with British skiers.

At a glance

Pistes:
350km
Resort height:
2050m
Top station:
3900m

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Positives

  • Miles of long, consistently gentle runs; ideal for intermediates wary of steep slopes or bumps
  • Slopes are sunny, but high and pretty snow-sure
  • Spectacular setting beneath the towering Matterhorn
  • Excellent village nursery slope
  • Valuable link with Zermatt in Switzerland

 

Negatives

  • Bad weather (especially high winds) can close some of the higher lifts, limiting your options
  • Very little to interest those looking for challenges
  • Not a notably attractive village
  • Few off-slope amenities
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Enjoying an excellent location on the main street and 50m from the Cretaz lifts, the highly recommended Excelsior Planet provides stylish and comfortable accommodation with a good range of facilities...

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Hotel Breithorn REF: SSB0319

The family-run Breithorn is a home away from home for many guests due to the warm welcome and attentive service offered by Danny and his team. This cosy, Alpine bed...

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Hotel Valdotain REF: SSB0325

Enjoying panoramic views over Lago Blu, the Valdotain is surrounded by mountains with the Matterhorn dominating the backdrop. Friendly staff and great food ensure a relaxing stay in this picturesque...

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Hotel Petit Palais REF: CH349

The Petit Palais is a great-value slopeside hotel with beautiful views of the Matterhorn, in Italy’s top ski resort. It sits at the end of Cervinia’s 8km-long Ventina run and...

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Hotel Jumeaux REF: SSB0324

The charming and traditionally decorated Jumeaux is a small, informal bed and breakfast hotel offering good accommodation in a relaxed rustic ambience. It enjoys the perfect position right in the...

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Hotel Lo Stambecco REF: SSB0321

If you want to be first and last on the piste then Lo Stambecco is the hotel for you. Situated high above Cervinia at Plan Maison, the cable-cars to Plateau...

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White Angel Hotel REF: CH351

The Hotel White Angel is a luxurious retreat on the outskirts of Cervinia. It simply oozes modern Alpine style, with warm wood, natural stone, and soothing colours everywhere you look....

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Hotel Cervinia REF: AC0018

In the shadow of the towering Matterhorn, Cervinia forms part of the Aosta valley with a magnificent panorama. While the resort breathes the pure air of the peaks at 2,050 metres,...

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Hotel Astoria REF: AIO248

Hotel Astoria is lovingly run and the embodiment of friendly Italian hospitality. Just 50m from the Plan Maison cable car, the superb position means you’re quickly up the mountain in...

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In the centre of Cervinia, Hotel Punta Maquignaz can’t be much better placed. At the top of the cobbled high street and just 100m from the chairlifts, The Punta Maquignaz combines...

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