Ski resorts in Italy
Cervinia in northwestern Italy is located in the Aosta Valley, by the foot of the Matterhorn. The high elevation village is situated at an altitude of 6580 feet and the mountain stretches to 11,400 feet above sea level. The fact that the village is located at 6500 feet makes it the highest in Italy.

The ski resort is connected to Zermatt through Plateau Rosa. The longest stretch of pistes measures as much as 22 km. The ski resort is a bit like Zermatt's younger sibling, considering it has calmer and more family friendly slopes compared to the ones in Zermatt, which are much steeper.

Cervinia is one of Europe's highest ski resorts, with a cold and snowy climate. This area has 56 marked slopes and 24 lifts. In December it usually snows an avarage of 140-160 cm.

The La Ventina piste recently grabbed the third spot when CNN ranked the world's best pistes.

This is a small village and within walking distance to pretty much wherever you choose to stay. Do you want a cozy family vacation in which there is no need to worry about steep slopes or maps to find your way around? This place will be perfect for you.
Cervinia belong to Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

Cervinia Snow forecast

  • Monday
    0.1 in rain
    Rain showers
    2 mph
  • Tuesday
    0 in rain
    Partly cloudy
    2 mph
  • Wednesday
    0 in rain
    Partly cloudy
    3 mph

Facts about Cervinia

Slopes (Total: 49)
Green Learning / beginner:2
Blue Easy:11
Red Intermediate:29
Black Advanced / Expert:7
Longest slope:72178 ft
Total length of pistes:124.3 miles

Lifts (Total: 24)
Lift capacity:  40900 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Cervinia Vertical drop
Mountain high: 11417 ft
Vertical drop: 6414 ft
Mountain low: 5003 ft

Childrens area:2
Country: Italy

Reviews for Cervinia

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Björn (Guest)
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Had a great trip there 20 years ago. The village, the fabulous slopes and that you can enjoy Zermatt's system without being completely skinned on the wallet.

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A system that suits the whole family. We like Cervinia / Zermatt very much and for the winter of 19/20 we make our fourth season. We especially like that the system is so big and everyone in the family can find their challenges. The 15 year old mostly hangs on the Zermatt side and looks for long lovely off piste runs. Our 11 year old loves the long flat dance floor and develops extremely mkt for each season. Fantastic beautiful and wonderful restaurants on the slopes that invite long lovely lunches in the sunshine.

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Cervinia is really good - especially if you want to go over to Zermatt. The whole system (cervinia + zermatt) is huge and there are slopes for everyone. We chose to live on the Italian side (cervinia) as Zermatt is kind of twice as expensive. Lovely little alpby with everything you need. I cannot say anything negative about Cervinia / Zermatt except that the transport lift from Zermatt closes early and stands still for the smallest little it felt. Perfectly sloping slopes with several different lunch places on the slopes to chill out. Easy to get from Milan and if you do not book the trip as a "regular" pacet cruise, you can get really cheap even with ski in - ski out accommodation, cheaper than going to the Swedish mountains I would say.


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Was in Cervinia during week 12, 2019 and stayed at Hosquet Lodge almost furthest north in the village. It was a B&B with 6 rooms which was very nice with staff, room & breakfast. They had ski storage with boot warmer in the basement. The place can be seen as remote but it is 100 meters to the main street and 250 meters to the lift which was close enough for us.

Lift system is somewhat outdated with slow seat lifts and gondolas on the entire Italian side of the mountain. Directly when you come over to Zermatt, it is a completely different standard on the lift system (except the anchor lifts on the glacier). To the positive, it was very easy to get to both Valtournenche and Zermatt to gain access to more slopes.
If you are in Cervinia for more than a few days then the international ski pass is recommended to be able to get to Switzerland for not getting tired of skiing in Cervinia. There are some flat slopes around Plan Maison in the middle but otherwise decent slope in the red slopes.

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Flat slopes. Feels like long transport distances

14/01/2019 (Modified: 13/02/2019)
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Cervinia (along with the neighboring system in Valtournenche) has something for most people. Wide well-groomed slopes. If you go ascending as I do, it may be perceived to be some flat sections and transport distances, but you quickly learn which slopes to avoid. We never went anywhere in Zermatt but it is called with 3 ski areas to choose from when the weather is messy. We were there the first half of December and besides good snow / weather conditions it was due to pre-season very little people in the slopes so cruel conditions.

In Valtournenche I can especially recommend that at Salette turn left and two lifts up so you have several really nice slopes down to Salette.

Overall really affordable with reasonable prices. Lunch on the slopes 10 - 13 € for simple dishes such as pasta, polenta, soups etc. and with some occasional exceptions nice and helpful staff everywhere.

EDIT: should add that I have only traveled for just under a year and have only been able to visit a total of three. places / systems and that my opinion might have been different with longer experience.

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Fast access to high heights with efficient lift system. Easily accessible off-piste with deep powder snow (2018) and some people! Food good and varied depending on budget.
Will be returning soon!

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Cervinia is absolutely fantastic, every time I have been here it has been sun, good weather and the piste rides are super lovely. If you like powder like I like, I can highly recommend both Cervinia and Zermatt. Here's a picture from yesterday!

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Great skiing in both Italy and Switzerland when you can cross to Zermatt (requires an international lift pass). Small cozy town, all accommodations are basically near the lifts.
Quite ok afterski (we were a bunch of girls in the 30s), and nice restaurants.

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Cervinia / Zermatt week 4 2018 does not go to history like the sunshine, but the snowfall can not be complained. About 3 meters in the village and 4 up on the Plateau Rosa!

Cervinia offers varied rides that work for most people with a little skid in the luggage and a dose to the heart, the same applies to Zermatt, but there is a lighter steep but often broader slope. There must be unlimited off piste when the snowfall has subsided and the avalanches are blown up but it did not happen the week I was there when almost a meter of snow came. But the pistachio is also wonderful! Very little queues in the lifts except possibly in the morning when everyone wants to get into the system.

Cervinia is a very small town, it is noted by tourist type. Family families, couples and elderly dominate, suits me who wants to get home rested but tired of the legs ;-) Good service in the village but worse in the system, borrowing a screwdriver was not obvious. Lunch (panini) from € 5 at the Black Hole in the village and € 10 in the slope but on the Swiss side it cost € 25 and upwards plus drink of course!

Would like to go back but then I will order more sun and less snow ?

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Rider: Peter Vahlfridsson Photo: Peter Vahlfridsson

Trail map

Trail map Cervinia-Zermatt 2020

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