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.

Snow forecast

  • Thursday

    23 cm snow
    1 m/s
  • Friday

    16.8 cm snow
    Sun/clear sky
    1 m/s
  • Saturday

    6.7 cm snow
    Lätt snöfall
    2 m/s
What do you think about Cervinia?
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Was here last week in January 2017. Trotts a bad snow year so the ride was very good. The slopes are world class and offpiste opportunities everywhere. Because of the high altitude, you do not have to worry about the pistachio you are looking for. in the case of storms, there is a risk that they will close the lift to zermatt, so you must keep this in mind if you cross the border or you can ride some height meters.
The village itself is very small and close to everything but charming. There are a few exhibits and varied with restaurants from 5euro lasagna to expensive Michelin star restaurant where I did not even want to check the price.

But on average we ate for 6-15euro for simpler food like pasta and pizza
and 25+ euros for lamb and other meat dishes.

Beer in the hill about 7euro and 10euro in
bottle of wine from 12euro

Peter (Guest)
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Good snow and great skiing opportunities both on the piste and outside the piste. World class!

Lars (Guest)
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Have been there for two consecutive years, March 2016 and March 2017, and are very pleased with everything. With a lift card that also gives you access to Zermatt, there is endless amount to choose from. Good for sometimes it is cloudy on one side Matterhorn, it is the sun on the other.
Italian restaurants located in the village and on the hill provide cannon-good food. Quite alright off-piste with guide but above all good skiing in the slopes.

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There is always good skiing. Have been here 2 times last January -17 and that's very good. Now we had some bad luck with the weather as it blew away 2 days when basically the whole system was closed. But when everything is open, the ride is magical, would like to say there's something for everyone no matter what level. In our company, we had from the beginner to the worst "brädåkarproffsen" who without hesitation bumped down for anything ... but it was quite good to keep the company together. Unfortunately, there were only 1 visit on the Zermatt page when the weather did not allow anything else. Saw in a few other reviews that Cervinia is perceived as expensive but I do not share it. Can not say that a pizza or pasta for lunch including 130 buckwheat is so bloody. Went and get away cheaper than what if looking for "cheaper" places. We fixed an apartment over the net and booked everything with a rental car, flight etc and the total cost per person ended at about 4500: - including breakfast and beer / wine in the apartment. Have seen that part recommend "Ullas " and certainly good food but quite a bit on the plate and expensive, here is not enough for a lunch. Total summaries: Here is something for everyone and it is possible to party in the evenings, but it is not comparable to the worst party places.

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We were in cervinia for the third time during week 9 this year. I agree that it is significantly more expensive now than I experienced earlier. The system is bigger and more developed, but unfortunately, we experienced that the cervinia system does not want to get over to Zermatt and thus use the international lift card they sell. We were asked by the lady in ticket sales if we really wanted the international card as there could be a risk that you could not get over to zermatt every day. In retrospect, we understand what she really meant. The Italian side masked more than one occasion to open the top lifts that go to the plateau pink from which one gets to the zermatt system. By opening the top lifts for lunch only, you can not switch to the zermatt system on the other side of the village. Furthermore, it was shown that the zermatt had closed lifts which did not match. When we were on the zermatt page we could see the same wrong info for cervinia.
Obviously there is some kind of contradiction between the different systems, which means that you want to keep the "own" tourists on their side.
On Plateau Pink, we saw that the Italians have a project to set up a new lift from Plateau Pink to Klein Matterhorn. Zermatt has previously been the only one who had a gondola to this top. Addressing this is a given outing destination.
Furthermore, we found that the cervinia pistons system is not kept open in a professional manner, compared to the 10-20 numbers of other systems I have visited over the years. An example was not pissed until morning on several occasions, which meant that they did not get ready until one-two hours after opening.
The system is now being run by a private company, which can explain the lack of labor and pistols that only stand despite the fact that they are lagging behind.
Very complaining but we were not happy how the week had been until the last day ....
We received 40 cm of champagne powder overnight until our last day. Wonderful off piste in the sun with some people in the piste, when it was change Saturday. With this in the luggage it was easy to forget about previous irritation.
In summary, I would refrain from taking the whole family to cervinia as the system can not be used because the Italians do not want to get over to Zermatt and therefore worms. Perhaps it's the same thing on the Zermatt side, but it was not something we've been witnessing.
Where to stay with a family in Cervinia is difficult as there are a couple of discos to be watched with. The reason is that they open late and close at 0300 and 0400. The disco itself does not belong if you live nearby, however, the happy guests hear the more that made us sleep about 3 hours the first night. We managed to book another accommodation that was much better. Therefore, check that your accommodation is not in the mood of these discotheques.
The rating on the system when everything is open and no worms are 5. However, I reduce the score due to the above shortcomings to 3 because you can not use the entire international card.

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Well, Cervinia has become too expensive! Hard to find savory food at reasonable prices, most of the time is actually clearly more expensive than Sweden. Of course, skiing is very good, and extensive. Relatively easy to find offpiste pads that are not fatal, even for a week trip. The routing is self-evident if the view is good. But, as said, expensive. Unnecessarily expensive.

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Has become one of the best ski resorts in the Alps. The lift system is newly renovated, snow proof as it is located at the top of the Aosta Valley and a really nice city. The skiing varies with the flooring in Cervinia and harder skiing in Zermatt. Excellent restaurants on the hill with affordable options (on the Italian side !!). No elevator queues to talk about. Unfortunately Swedish travel agencies have opened their eyes to this place, why it is hard to find a hotel when it is fully booked on the law the weeks with a lot of Swedes in the piste!

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The weather is sunny and warm up to 15gr on em. down to -5gr at night.
Good and well maintained pistes, which were hard and nice in the morning, were very good, although it became a little bit more sorrounded into the system. As I said, the slopes kept at 13:14, which is very good.
We rented a guide one day as if we got up on klein matterhorn sloping out on the glacier. Very crazy after about 15 minutes, he found nice pads despite more than 1 week after snowfall and hot and sunny weather.
The offpist trip took us through 3 different glaciers before reaching the piste in the height of the fog in Zermatt.
1 ride on closer to 2000 altimeters with mixed ice cushions and crowds.
We did the next same trip 1 time before we lunched and started taking back to Italy.
We went with Heliski Cervinia, very professional loans of Abs Back Spade Sond Tranciver as well as harness included in the price.
They also had a deal with a restaurant in Zermatt which made the lunch not so expensive.
We also found on our own nice offpiste in the Cervinia and Zermatt side.
Did not experience Cervinia as a giant flap, there was a good ride to find.
Much older people who travel on the Italian side make the slopes last.
The slopes slightly worse maintained on the Swiss side, but very good anyway. Good lift connection with the gondola from the village right up to the cabin at Klein matterhorn. Which makes it easy to get back.
The food is high in Cervinia
The only negative is that the village is right dead, are you looking for good skiing and good food then go to Cervinia.
If you want a party then you should think about it a bit.
However, we are happy and will go back

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Week 11, 2013.

Visiting Cervinia for the first time and being pleasantly surprised. Cervinia's ski system is linked to Zermatt and Valtournenche via each lift over the mountain cam at approximately 3200 m altitude.
The village of Cervinia is about 1500 m and is the highest ski resort in Italy. The resort was very calm, no fuss a la St Anton with lots of duckling teens which I thought was pretty nice. By contrast, a lot of very good Italian food wherever you went. Big plus for restaurant Grivola in the village and small restaurant Rifugio Guide at 3400 m altitude.
"Ullas " by contrast (Chalet Etoile) that everyone talked about would be sooo good was a show of nonchalance and chaos and Route 66 food. Can we have gotten so bad on the day ??

Well, the ride in Cervinia was both steeped so you could get on well (108 km / h and Ski Tracker) and wide slopes for fine carving. No pillows on the whole week so the off-piste could not be explored.
We set off 2 days for skiing in Zermatt letandes after nice slopes but everything on that side felt just like a transport between the lifts. We did not get hold of that area and the only thing I remember is the area of ​​Rothorn Paradise, which offered some long beautiful yard with no people in.

For 2 days, it was such a storm (still clear blue though) so that the whole Zermatt was shut off. One day also Cervinia was closed so we took a taxi to Valtournenche who defied the wind. The ride there was ok but nothing I would spare one day because Cervinia was open.

To get back to Cervinia from Zermatt, you can either go the cabin up to 3890 m and leave home or take the toboggan lift from 4.5 km. To get home from Valtournenche you have to take a button lift of about 2 km (köööö warning). I suppose the reason for these lifts is that you can drive them even if it's blowing properly so people can always get home.

In terms of price, Cervinia was very affordable and you were warmly welcomed everywhere. Zermatt was good much more expensive and mentality different.

The highest ridge of 3890 m takes you by cab from the Zermatt side and, of course, it is worth only for the view and for the sake of sake, but do not expect any of the rides there. There is only one transport distance down to the other slopes.

I go back easily because the ride was really good and now that you are not 18, you also appreciate that the food and service were world-class but next time I'll probably fly to Geneva (3.5 hours transfer) and aim instead at Turin or Milan.

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Was there week 8 2010.

- Large system
- High, snow proof
- Nice city
- Close to Zermatt
- Good offpiste if you go out a bit
- Good for beginners

- To faint in many places
- Toughness, bad structure (think it has and do with Italy) in everything, eateries, service, lifts
- Many beginners

I thought it was very good, big part of the fact that we had very good weather every day and <-5C every day. Then I appreciate that there are not so many people in the hill (then you can lie down) and the lift queues become short. The ride was great if you chose non-blue parties but you should keep on red and black they are like our blue and red. Then you have the paradise of Zermatt just 4 lifts away. The week we were there, Zermatt was shut down 4 days out of 10 when Cervinia was cruel to live because we had sunny and good weather while the Zermatt side was stormy.

The service in Cervinia was not good; poorly structured staff and you have to wait then the food was good or bad and choose the right place.
Zermatt was exceptionally well-structured and efficient staff, simply great service, then it was easier to find good food places on the Zermatt side.

I still recommend that if you are looking for hardcore rides you should be on Zermatt since then you can live in Cervinia because it is easier to get there by car and a bit cheaper but not much. I had cruel offpiste skiing on the Cervinia side (powder snow) while the Zermatt side had ice crust on the snow (due to the hard blast). We did not get any heliski because of the blossom as well as Plato Rosa where ice cold -20C and extreme wind but this has and does with the weather.

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Beginners, children families -> Cervinia
Experienced -> Zermatt or Heliski

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