Cervinia

The Ultimate Guide to Cervinia

Customer 23 January, 2024 18 min read

Cervinia Resort Overview

Officially known as Breuil-Cervinia, but more commonly referred to as Cervinia, this stellar ski resort is a firm favourite for skiers of all abilities. Sitting high at 2,050m, Cervinia is located in the Aosta region of the north-western Italian Alps, close to the Swiss border. Set beneath the striking Matterhorn, known as ‘Monte Cervino’ in Italy, the world-class ski resort boasts some of the best snow conditions in the Alps. 

Cervinia has an extensive glacier terrain (shared with Zermatt), which allows for year-round skiing and makes it the most snow-sure ski resort in Italy. A rare combination of sunny yet snowy slopes gives you the best of both worlds and offers some incredible skiing with stunning views over the surrounding peaks. 

Accommodation in Cervinia is mostly contained within the compact village centre, but a selection of ski-in-ski-out hotels are located around the village’s outskirts. Cervinia is linked with both Valtournenche and Zermatt and offers access to over 350km of ski runs. This climbing village turned ski resort really has it all! 

Skiing in Cervinia

With over 350km of runs to explore, Cervinia is a great destination for adventurous skiers of all abilities. Cervinia offers dedicated beginner areas such as the Plan Maison and Cretaz slopes, featuring gentle terrain and stunning panoramic views. The majority of pistes surrounding the resort are blue and red, so it is best suited to beginner and intermediate skiers. However, if you fancy skiing two countries in one day, you can buy an extended lift pass and hop over the border into Switzerland. Advanced skiers can enjoy some of the more difficult runs around Zermatt and its incredible off-piste skiing. If you are looking for a challenge, Cervinia is home to the longest pisted ski run in Europe! From the top of the Klein Matterhorn glacier, you can ski down 22km of piste to Valtournenche!

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Is Cervinia Family-friendly? 

Great value for money makes Cervinia an excellent choice for family ski trips. Cervinia is a lot cheaper than the neighbouring resort of Zermatt, yet shares much of its terrain and excellent snow cover! Cervinia has fantastic beginner areas for children and plenty of accommodation that is conveniently close to lifts and the pistes, so the morning rush to ski lessons can be a little more laid-back! Cervinia is a buzzy resort with a family-friendly atmosphere. It hosts an array of family-friendly amenities and activities. From an ice-karting track to a climbing wall, there is much to entertain the whole family both on and off the slopes!

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Après-Ski Scene in Cervinia

Previously a popular climbing village, ‘Breuil’ was transformed into ‘Breuil-Cervinia’ in the 1930s and is now one of the most popular ski resorts in the Aosta Valley. Despite being purpose-built, the village still retains its charming centre filled with character and cobbled streets. The bustling car-free main street, Via A. Carrel, is packed with shops and restaurants and is the place to be after a day on the slopes. Cervinia is not the liveliest resort for après ski, but there are plenty of places to have a boogie while the sun sets and the town centre comes alive at the weekends. What Cervinia may lack slightly in its party scene, it certainly makes up for with its cheap and cheerful eateries! Cervinia offers some excellent Italian food options at very good prices, even up in the mountains! Sample authentic Italian cuisine in Grivola restaurant, or if you have a bigger budget indulge in Michelin-star dining at Wood. Popular après ski spots in Cervinia include, Yeti Bar, Lino’s Bar, Umbrella Bar and the apt-named Après Ski Bar. 

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How to Get To Cervinia

The easiest way to get to Cervinia is by airport transfer. With three easy-access airports to choose from, you can search around for the cheapest flights and find the journey that works best for you. The closest airport to Cervinia is Turin with a 2-hour transfer time, followed by Milan Malpensa (2hr30) and Geneva (3 hours). There are no direct train connections to the resort itself. If you’re travelling by train, the nearest railway station is at Châtillon/Saint-Vincent (1 hour).

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Cervinia Insider Tips

  • Head to the highest ice grotto in Europe at the top of the Piccolo Cervino cable car. 
  • Take a ride on the highest cable car in Europe – the Kleine Matterhorn cable car!
  • Head to Lino’s Bar for live music and karaoke evenings!
  • Allow plenty of time to get back from Zermatt, as when the lifts close it’s an expensive ride back to Cervinia!

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