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Cervinia: Chairlift

Modern but ageing resort in high sunny setting, with a huge area of intermediate and easy skiing, linked with Zermatt.

If there is a better resort than Cervinia for those who like easy cruising in spring sunshine, we have yet to find it. And then there's more easy cruising on the gentlest of Zermatt's slopes just over the Swiss border.

And for the rest of us? Well, to be frank, the rest of us are better off elsewhere. In particular, those with an eye on bumps or powder over in Zermatt should stay there, not here - access to its best slopes is still time-consuming.

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. Ever heard of that? No, quite. So we'll stick with Cervinia.

Cervinia is on the Italian side of the Matterhorn (or Monte Cervino), at the head of a long valley off the Aosta valley. The resort gets a lot of Italian weekend business, and quite a lot of Russian January business. We get a good flow of reports from mainly satisfied British visitors.

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). Lifts at Valtournenche may be open when Cervinia's are closed due to wind - but a reporter warns the bus service is infrequent.

Day trips by car to Courmayeur, La Thuile, Pila and the Monterosa Ski resorts of Champoluc and Gressoney are not easy, but possible (and some tour operators offer excursions). A six-day lift pass covers two days in these other resorts.

Opening times

  • 29 Oct to 6 May, 8.10am - 16.30pm

Getting there

  • Châtillon train station - 30 minutes
  • Geneva airport - 2 hours
  • Turin airport - 2 hours




Miles of long, consistently gentle runs; ideal for intermediates wary of steep slopes or bumps

Bad weather (especially high winds)can close most of the higher lifts, severely limiting your options


Slopes are sunny, but high and pretty snow-sure

Very little to interest those looking for challenges


Spectacular setting beneath the towering Matterhorn

Not a notably attractive village


Excellent village nursery slope

Few off-slope amenities

You can ski from Cervinia to...

Ski Club Freshtracks holidays to Cervinia

Aosta Instruction
Development zone: 7 nights, 17 Dec 2016

tour operators in Cervinia

Club Med
10% discount for Ski Club members
At Club Med you can expect style and chic on and off the slopes for big and little kids alike....
Elegant Resorts
5% discount for Ski Club members
Elegant Resorts, the UK's leading luxury tour operator, provides exceptional client service and...
5% discount for Ski Club members is an award-winning ski travel agency, working with over 70 tour operators to offer ski...
Ski Solutions
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Solutions is Britain's original and largest specialist ski travel agency and tailor-made...
Crystal Ski Holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
For us, the mountain is everything. We love it as much as you do. Since 1981, we’ve been finding the...
5% discount for Ski Club members
With over 80 years' experience in ski, offering holidays in 91 resorts in 10 countries, Inghams...

member discounts in Cervinia

60% discount for Ski Club members
N.B. Online bookings will vary depending on resort and seasonal time. However Ski Club members will...
Scuola di Sci del Cervino
12% discount for Ski Club members
If pre-booking lessons, email and state your Ski Club GB membership at time...
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