Skiing in Cervinia

Skiing in Cervinia


The resort boasts some of the largest and highest snow-sure areas of all the Italian and French ski resorts, with a number of Italy’s highest runs and several of its longest. Overall, the area is best suited to all levels of intermediate skiers and beginners, with not a lot to offer the advanced or expert rider except the specially-created terrain park adjacent to the Fornet run, with new obstacles installed annually.

The slopes are spilt in two by a spectacular gorge, with the village-based lift taking skiers to the left-hand runs and a gondola running up to the mid-section Plan Maison base. From there, the three fast quad-lift chain ends at Theodulpass. Also from Plan Maison, skiers can take the gondola to the right-hand sector at Lahgi Cime Blanche and thence the giant cable car to Plateau Rosa, the start of the wide Ventina run right down to the village. This run also braches off to Valtourneche, nine kilometres from Cervinia and is almost a 2,000m vertical drop and 13 kms in length.

Beginners can make gentle improvement here due to the good nursery slopes and ski schools as well as the flat area around Plan Maison and its kind blue runs. As a result, many first-timers manage the easier runs from the top of the mountain within their first visit. Intermediates adore the slope in Cervinia for the top-to-bottom gentle blue runs – mostly misclassified as red – and the glorious views of the Matterhorn all the way down. For higher-level intermediates, however, the basic runs can get boring, with the areas to the right a more challenging alternative and the Ventina red fast cruise a pleasant surprise. Splendid rocky scenery rewards those on the 13 km rundown towards Valtourneche, with most of the runs in this direction popular with experienced skiers.

Cervinia, unfortunately, is not a resort for advanced and expert skiers. A few black runs do exist, but they are scattered around and occasionally not even marked, while the limited off-piste opportunities can be marred by high winds attacking the snow surface. Off-piste potential is mainly around Rocke Bianche and Plan Torette, or over to the Zermatt side via the improved links to the more challenging runs. Cross-country skiers are out of luck here too, with just a few kilometres of trails. Beginner snowboarders, on the other hand will be thrilled with the wide, groomed gentle slopes while serious boarders will love the terrain park with its carefully designed obstacles.