Cervinia Ski Holidays

Cervinia Ski Holidays


The Italian ski resort of Breuil-Cervinia, usually referred to as Cervinia, lies in the Valle d’Aosta on the Swiss border and shares its extensive ski area with Switzerland’s Zermatt. Set at 2,006m below the rearing Matterhorn’s magnificent spire, the resort is surrounded by high glacial mountains and is famous for its small selection of extremely long runs of up to 22m. Access to the Valtourneche region and the ski areas above Zermatt is from Cervinia, although the Zermatt link comes at extra cost and is regularly closed during the early part of the season.

Recent upgrades to the formerly slow lifts at the resort have eliminated most queues, a welcome and long-overdue improvement. Cervinia is the home of Europe’s highest cable car, setting down at 3,820m on the 3,833 peak. The extreme altitude of the mountains here means snow is often present on the glaciated peaks year-round, enabling an extended season for experienced skiers, although high winds can be a problem.

Cervinia town has an attractive old quarter with a charming pedestrianised series of lanes holding ancient buildings around the piazza, but outside the heritage area the ongoing tourist-driven development and lack of town maintenance gives a scruffy feel. The resort’s first cable car was launched in 1936, and nowadays the area is a much-loved international winter destination for skiers from across Europe. It’s also regarded as a somewhat upmarket enclave due to its cross-border neighbour, Zermatt which, fortunately, doesn’t mean it’s unaffordable, although lift passes here are comparatively expensive given the number of limitations.

The immediate resort complex holds 58 pistes, with over 100 more accessible in the general Aosta Valley ski area. Rated at 31 per cent for beginners, 68 per cent for intermediate and only 11 per cent for advanced, expert are skiers better served in nearby Valtourneche. A vertical drop of 1,956m, two terrain parks and a total of 24 lifts including three cable cars and two gondolas ensures good access to the runs. Most of the accommodation is taken up by local and international package tour operators, giving a good chance of late deals. Snow conditions here are reliable all year and the wide, regularly-groomed slopes are perfect for beginners and intermediates.