One of the first purpose-built resorts, Cervinia has high-altitude, snow-sure skiing and easy access to neighbouring Zermatt. Cervinia is one of the most popular Italian ski resorts for the British, thanks to its good value for money (in comparison to Zermatt, it's by no means the cheapest Italian resort) and a magnificent snow record. The village sits above 2,000m, so you're guaranteed great conditions from November to May, and the glacier offers the opportunity to ski in the summer.
Resort Altitude: 1,600m
Resort Skiing: 3,480m
Total Ski Area: 160km
Blue Runs: 72km
Red Runs: 226km
Black Runs: 64km
Cross Country: 3km
Travel date 23/03/2019
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Cervinia is one of the highest ski resorts in the Alps, with a village height of 2,050m and a ski area (linked to Zermatt's) that rises up to 3,480m - or even 3,820m if you are returning from an excursion into Zermatt's terrain. Thus it is virtually guaranteed to have snow from early December until late April, despite the fact that many of its slopes have a southerly exposition. In addition, snow-making helps ensure season-long snow-cover on the lower slopes.
Cervinia’s ski area is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Advanced skiers will need to do a little detective work to find suitable challenges. However, it is a great place to learn to ski as well as for those that simply like cruising on well-groomed pistes. Day trips to the Zermatt ski area are fun, but it is important to allow plenty of time for these since getting stranded on the Swiss side for the night can be expensive.
This is a great place to learn to snowboard, with plenty of blue and red runs and good snow conditions. Snowboarders looking for more expert terrain to explore can take advantage of links over to Zermatt. Cervinia's snowpark, known as 'IndianPark' is situated in the Plain Maison. The park has a freestyle area stretching over nine acres with rails, kickers, music and a Big Air, so it's a great place to brush up on your freestyle.
With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.
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Scuola di Sci del Cervino offers a 'mini-club' for children, incorporating skiing with sledging and afternoon fun in the snow. Other ski schools also offer private and group lessons for children and supervised lunches are available too. Information on babysitting can be obtained from the tourist office or to plan in advance, please speak to our client service team who would be happy to help.
In town, five-star Hotel Hermitage's restaurant 'La Chandelle' has a stylish dining room offering fresh, international cuisine with an extensive wine list and even an olive oil menu.
La Champagnerie Du Cervin at the Hotel Punta Maquignaz is the perfect spot for a relaxed evening with its enticing selection of Champagne, Italian wines and cocktails. For something more lively, Yeti Bar near the Cretaz chairlift has a happy hour and snowsports films playing on their big screen. Alternatively, Lino's Bar serves delicious pizza accompanied by regular karaoke evenings.
Many Italian winter visitors who come to Cervinia are more interested in worshipping the sun than the snow, so non-skiers will not feel alone. There are plenty of restaurants around the village, on the lower slopes or around Plan Maison where non-skiers can meet up with their skiing or boarding friends at lunchtime. Excursions to the market town of Aosta and other places in the Aosta Valley are also possible.