Why Skiing in Cervinia makes SO much sense for the intermediate skier!
15th December 2015
We love the long wide open slopes of Cervinia at high altitude that are suitable for even the most wary of intermediates. The best thing about skiing here is that the full area lift pass will cost you less here than if you were to buy it on the pricier Swiss side of the Matterhorn in Zermatt.
Cervinia Lies on the Italian side of the mighty Matterhorn (Zermatt lies on the Swiss side) – the two resorts are connected giving a total of 160km of pistes and it lies at 2050m so is one of the highest snow sure resorts in Italy.
Perfect cruising slopes of Cervinia
The wide, high, cruisy slopes of Cervinia will delight intermediate skiers, and even the red runs are easy in comparison to other resorts. The height of this resort makes it a fantastic destination for a late season ski holiday. The resort also has one of the longest runs in Europe being 2000m vertical and lasting for 13km down to Valtournenche with stunning views. Beware the trek back up as the last section has a long tricky drag.
The fast lifts in Cervinia will get you where you need to be quickly and efficiently and once there you’ll find well-groomed pistes and good snowmaking facilities (not that you’ll need much of that!).
Head for Zermatt if you are an advanced skier
Cervinia is not the place to be if you are someone who likes steep and deep or with moguls. There are few challenging runs for advanced skiers here, so we would suggest heading off to Zermatt via the Furl-Riffelberg gondola. Beware – there can be queues to get back over to Cervinia and high winds can sometimes close the links so keep an eye on the weather and the time. If the weather conditions are good while there make sure you head for Zermatt before the weather changes as it can do quickly in the mountains.
Great Terrain park in Cervinia
If you like a terrain park Cervinia has one of the best in Italy accessed by the Plan Maison or Pancheron chairlifts with all the toys you would expect apart from a half pipe. You will need a pass for this area which you would buy on a daily basis. For the youngsters there’s a smaller terrain park which is closer to the village.
Long mountain lunches in Cervinia
Mountain restaurants include the popular Chalet Etoile with great food and lovely sunny terrace. The Rocce Nere gives huge portions and is great value. There are many restaurants to choose from but they can be difficult to find as they are not named on the piste map.
One thing you definitely need to experience whilst on the mountains is a ‘Bombardino’ – a hot sweet eggy vanillary custard type drink which packs a punch with brandy, we often have one of these instead of dessert!
Choosing the right holiday accommodation in Cervinia
Skiline.co.uk have many types of Ski holiday to Cervinia and the surrounding close by resorts of Courmayeur, la Thuile, Pila and the Monte Rosa resorts of Gressony and Champoluc, in fact if you buy the 6 day lift pass you will be covered for 2 days on these Monte Rosa resorts.
We have over 9 hotels in Cervinia from 2* – 5* so something for every budget.
Situated just above the centre of the village the All-inclusive Club Med Cervinia hotels Ski back to door via a track which is suitable for all but complete beginners. To get to the slopes every morning Club med run a minibus service at fast frequent intervals to the lift. It’s a short stroll down into town.
Also above the centre is the White Angel hotel which is a newly built 4* hotel in a great ski in out location. The village is a 15-20 minute walk away however there is a free shuttle bus provided. The location and fantastic wellness facilities here are a huge added bonus.
Cervinia centre is pedestrianised in the main central street with cobblestones but you do have to search out the lively bars as its not the liveliest of resorts however it gets a little more buzzy on the weekends when the locals come up for some fun.
We feature a great chalet hotel in Cervinia called the Chalet Hotel Dragon which overlooks the main slopes and has a popular public bar, it is a super location to be in.
Other notable hotels in this resort are the good value Hotel Serenella which only 2* delivers on friendliness and good Italian home cooking. The 3* Breuil is a long-time favourite with our clients who love the ski in out location and just 1 minute walk to the ski school. The wellness facilities here include a sauna, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath.
Witten by Sarah Kinloch, sales manager and director of skiline.co.uk and a keen intermediate skier.