Cervinia Ski Holidays
Italy

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Description

Cervinia is arguably Italy’s most snow-sure destination: its altitude affords good snow coverage right until the end of the season, and you’d certainly be hard-pressed to find a better Italian resort for cruisy days in spring sunshine. Speaking of cruisy, Cervinia is chiefly a destination for beginners and intermediates. The resort offers plenty of long, gentle pistes that are perfect for getting your miles up or just enjoying leisurely carving.

Truly seasoned skiers in search of something more difficult can always hop over to the steeper slopes of Zermatt, however if plenty of challenging runs are a requisite for your dream holiday, staying in Zermatt is likely a better option.

In total, visitors can enjoy some 160km of pistes in the local area of Cervinia and another 190km over in Zermatt, with the slopes running up to an eye watering 3820m. Holidaymakers should note, however, that adverse weather conditions can shut the upper lifts and the connection to Zermatt.

While the dining options in Cervinia are decent, serious foodies will want to stay on the Zermatt side of the Matterhorn where one can experience Michelin starred mountain restaurants. Likewise, the après-ski scene in Cervinia isn’t as infamous as that of its Swiss neighbour, but there some positively charming places to enjoy a laid-back drink.

There are a good number of catered chalets, hotels and chalet-hotels available in Cervinia, many with flights and transfers included.


Getting There

The transfer time to Cervinia is around 2 to 3.5 hours from Turin or Geneva airport. You can also catch the train to Chatillon station, which is roughly 30 minutes from Cervinia. Within the town itself, you can walk between the resort’s various amenities fairly easily. 


When to Go

With groomed pistes running from around one thousand five hundred metres above sea level to nearly three thousand five hundred metres, Cervinia is a safe bet for good snow coverage from December through to the close of the winter ski season at the end of April. The slopes are largely south-facing, but the high altitude negates any excessive snow-melt, and Cervinia is known for its impressive snow record and piste coverage. 

Early-season

The early weeks of the winter ski season bring festive revelry and seasonal cheer to the snowy slopes of the Alps, but Cervinia isn’t a particularly pretty or charming ski resort so for a more traditional feel you’re probably better off elsewhere. Cervinia is also susceptible to high winds, and the top lifts are often closed for the safety of skiers and snowboarders on the pistes. 

Mid-season

January and February bring a blend of low temperatures and fresh snowfall, and of course the schools’ half term holidays mean the pistes experience more traffic than usual. The high altitude means fresh snowfall is a regular occurrence, but visitors to the Alps in the depths of winter are always well-advised to wrap up warm!

Late-season

Cervinia is a great resort choice to make for spring skiing and snowboarding over the months of March and April. You’ll find mile after mile of cruisy blue and red pistes which are a joy to explore in the sunshine – but never underestimate Cervinia’s spring snowfall! When the sun in shining following fresh snow, visitors to Cervinia can enjoy high-altitude and snow-sure slopes along with spectacular views over the imposing peak of the Matterhorn. 


Where to Stay

Similarly to other Italian resorts, there are limited chalet options with the majority of accommodation being hotels and self catered apartments.



Getting around

Cervinia is serviced by a local shuttle bus that runs throughout the resort. Cervinia is linked to the Swiss resort of Zermatt so it relatively straight forward to ski over for the day.


Apres

Overall, the après-ski scene in Cervinia is rather relaxed, especially when compared to the vibrant bars and clubs over in Zermatt. That said, Cervinia works quite well if you just fancy a few beers or a glass of wine after a hard day on the slopes, and there are some livelier venues to check out.

For a leisurely beverage, the Hostellerie des Guides is an excellent cocktail bar in the Hotel Punta Maquignaz.


The bar in the Hotel Bucaneve is also a charming place to enjoy a drink – grab a seat by the open fireplace – as if the Le Samovar Tea Room, which has an entire menu of exotic teas from around the world.

For more lively post-skiing celebrations, the aptly named Après Ski Bar has a chic pool-side atmosphere, loads of cocktails, live music and DJs. For Brits seeking a taste of home, Thistles in the Hotel Dragon is a proper English-style pub with a nice buzz and frequent live music downstairs. Or, if you fancy dancing until morning, the Etoile nightclub plays all the cheesy dance tracks you could want until the early hours.


Eating out

There are some delightful dining options in Cervinia, though holidaymakers seeking the highest echelons of mountain food will want to stay in nearby Zermatt – their Michelin starred restaurants prepare some of the finest cuisine imaginable!

For families looking for great value, the restaurant in the Hotel Grivola serves giant pizzas and steaks in a nice atmosphere. La Nicchia, meanwhile, is excellent for international cuisine.

If you’re a couple seeking a romantic spot, La Chandelle in the Hotel Hermitage is an elegant, award-winning restaurant with outstanding international cuisine and an impressive wine list.

If you’ve got a gang of hungry mates on your hands, head over to Jour et Nuit for a lively atmosphere, great steaks and filling pizzas.

Below, you’ll find a just few top restaurants in Cervinia, as voted by our ski holiday experts.


Good for Couples

La Chandelle

Strada Piolet Cielo Alto 1

Cervinia

+ 39 0166 94 89 98

Good for Couples

Les Neiges d'Antan

Strada Statale 406

Fraz Cret De Perreres

Cervinia

+39 0166 948 775

Good for Family

Grivola

Via Jean Antoine Carrel

Cervinia

+39 0166 948 287

Good for Family

La Nicchia

Via J.A.Carrel 4

Cervinia

+39 0166 949 842

Good for Friends

Sotto Zero

Via Meynet 14/b

Cervinia

+39 348 459 7070


Activities

Cervinia may not be the best resort for non-skiing activities – more traditional village destination like Serre Chevalier might be a better option – but there are a few excellent pastimes to keep you entertained.

The main street in town features a few charming boutiques and some good sportswear shops. There are also a number of hotels with spas for well-deserved R&R.

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful natural ice rink in the Campetto Cretaz area of Cervinia, where one can skate by day and by night. Other winter staples are also on offer, including snowmobiling and paragliding.

In Valtournench, some 9km from Cervinia, there’s also a sports centre where one can enjoy an indoor swimming pool, sauna and Turkish bath.

A trip to Cervinia’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities, but here is some info to get you started.


Ice Skating

Loc. Campetto 3

Cervinia

+39 339 153 2023

Paragliding

Antey St. Andrè

Valle d'Aosta

Cervinia

+39 335 457155

Snowmobiling & Snow Tubing

1028 Valtournenche

Cervinia

+39 335 5650635


Ski School

The following ski schools are found in Cervinia - Cervino Ski School, Scuola Di Sci Matterhorn-Cervinia, Ride’em Ski School. The schools all offer both group and private lessons. Group lessons are less intense than one to one tuition. Many of the schools will be happy to chat through your requirements and recommend which lesson will be most suitable for you.


Getting around

Cervinia is serviced by a local shuttle bus that runs throughout the resort. Cervinia is linked to the Swiss resort of Zermatt so it relatively straight forward to ski over for the day.


Family ski

Nestled beneath the famous Matterhorn, Cervinia is one of the most popular resorts in Italy – particularly with families – and for good reason. Its slopes are gentle and extensive and it benefits from reliable snowfall, so for cruisy skiing on fresh snow, Cervinia is a joy to explore as a family – and it’s linked with the illustrious Swiss resort of Zermatt.

For children and learner skiers in Cervinia, the resort’s nursery slope sits within easy reach of the resort and offers a safe and snow-sure environment in which to practise your turns. Queues are generally kept to a minimum (except perhaps on weekends, when visitors come in from nearby Milan and Turin) so there’s not too much standing in the cold, and for beginners and intermediates, it’s a great resort choice to make. There are around 20 groomed pistes well-suited to learners and improvers in Cervinia, so families hoping to ski together have a wide range of terrain to explore. 

The resort itself is a rather modern village, with purpose-built amenities and a traffic free town centre – which is great for families. Parents in search of non-ski activities away from the slopes have a limited but diverse selection of entertainments to choose from, in case the kids need a change of scenery or bad weather descends. You can head to the resort’s indoor swimming pool, or rent a pair of skates and hit the ice rink. You can also take part in guided dog-sledding or snow-shoeing adventures, or try your hand at snow-tubing.


Group Ski

Nestled beneath the mighty peak of the Matterhorn, the village of Cervinia offers easy access to the snowy slopes above, though it’s not particularly attractive – so groups in search of that traditional Alpine atmosphere tend to look elsewhere. With that said, Cervinia does have plenty going for it.

The local slopes are diverse, and perhaps best-suited to groups of beginner or intermediate-level skiers and snowboarders. Of particular note is the exceptional nursery slope in Cervinia, which offers groups of learners and improvers ideal terrain on which to sharpen their skills on the snow. The ski schools here are also highly reputed, with a broad range of courses and classes to suit all levels, and the snow-fall record at Cervinia’s base-altitude of two thousand metres is great. 

The ski lifts are comparatively swift and modern, allowing for hassle-free exploration on the snow, and the scenery is beautiful – even by Alpine standards!

Groups visiting Italy in search of après ski or nightlife don’t tend to choose Cervinia – the bar and nightlife offerings here are limited. On the restaurant front, you’ll find a good range of eateries serving up delicious Italian and international fayre, but overall the range can seem a little limited. 

For groups in search of hassle-free accommodation in a piste-side location, the popular and beautifully located Club Med Cervinia is a tough act to beat. It takes pride of place at the foot of the stunning Mount Cervin, with facilities such as indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, fitness suite as well as relaxation treatments. 


Childcare

Childcare is available via many of the ski schools and some of the hotels offer kindergartens to non-residents too.

The Bianca Neve Mini Club takes care of kids aged 0 to 10-years-old, offering a safe environment for children to play indoors and outdoors. The Club is situated not far from the starting point of the cableway for the Plateau Rosà.


The Piste

Beginners

Cervinia hasa good selection of runs for beginner skiers. There are nursery slopes located by the Cretaz lift, which includes a magic carpet as well as other child-friendly facilities. There is another beginner area located at the top of the Plan Maison cable car.

There are also several good blue runs in the area which are good to progress to. The blues from Fournet to Plan Maison and Plan Tourette are comfortably within reach for most beginners.

Intermediates

Cervinia is a great resort for intermediates. There is a good network of red runs located between Cime Bianche and Salette, above Valtournenche; Piste number 24 from the top of the Pancheron chairlift is steepest red in resort but is still wide enough to enjoy wide turns.

Cervinia is linked to the Swiss resort Zermatt so offers access to plenty of intermediate slopes as well as the chance to ride Europe’s highest cable car - the Klein Matterhorn.

Experts

There is limited expert skiing in Cervinia, but the resort neighbours Zermatt where skiers will be able find more challenging pistes. The long run from the top of the Klein Matterhorn to Cervinia and Valtourneche are a good test of endurance.

in Zermatt, the Furgg area has some of the most challenging runs in the area.


Ski School

The following ski schools are found in Cervinia - Cervino Ski School, Scuola Di Sci Matterhorn-Cervinia, Ride’em Ski School. The schools all offer both group and private lessons. Group lessons are less intense than one to one tuition. Many of the schools will be happy to chat through your requirements and recommend which lesson will be most suitable for you.


Equipment Hire

The following ski hire shops are found in Cervinia - Ski Rental Cervinia 2001, Skiset and Skimium. All the stores stock the latest equipment from top brands. It is recommended to book your hire in advance as many of the stores will offer online discounts


Lift Passes

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking:

Lift Pass   Child (6-11yrs)    Adult (12-64yrs)    Senior (65yrs+)
1 Day        €18                    €36                       €29
6 Days      €95                    €190                      €152

Lift passes are free for children under 6 years, proof of age is required.

You can buy your lift pass from the lift pass office in resort or you can book it through your tour operator who will deliver it to your accommodation when you arrive in resort.


Chalet Sleeps

Chalets sleeping: 24 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 28 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 40 people & over



Resorts statistics

  • ALTITUDE

    2050m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    22km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3480m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    30

  • TOTAL PISTE

    300km






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