Cervinia from above
Cervina mountain vista
  • Access to 350km of slopes across Cervinia, Valtournenche and Zermatt
  • Excellent snow record across high-altitude slopes - ideal for spring skiing
  • Plenty of sun due to the valley’s open nature, although can be windy too
  • Amazing long trails including 20km descent from the Klein Matterhorn
  • Ideal for beginners and intermediates, and other snow activities available
  • Boarder-friendly, and features Italy’s highest and best snow park

On the mountain

Cervinia piste

The ski area

There are plenty of places to play here. High, cruising runs, and some of Italy’s longest pistes can be enjoyed, including the epic 20km descent from the Klein Matterhorn to Valtournenche. It’s an intermediate’s dream and with 350km of runs to choose from, you won’t need to ski the same slope twice all day. Skiers can access the slopes from Cervinia using the Plan Maison cable car and the Cretaz chairlift, or the Plan de la Glaea lift from Valtournenche. From Plan Maison you can take another cable car to Plateau Rosa for access to Zermatt, and to the runs leading down to Valtournenche. Steeper pistes can be found in the small area of Cieloalto towards the valley floor.

Speeding down the mountain

Lift pass options

Historically it was a little complicated to ski in both Cervinia and Zermatt, but thanks to the introduction of the International Lift Pass, you can now ski everywhere under one ticket – but remember to take your passport with you for crossing the border into Switzerland! Alternatively, you can opt for the Italian Area Lift Pass which just covers Cervinia and Valtournenche. Day extensions can be bought separately for skiing in Zermatt. Beginners can opt for a dedicated pass giving access to the carpet lifts, the ‘Campetto’ chairlift in town and the ‘Baby La Veille’ skilift in Plan Maison.

Cervinia black run

Ski standards and types

Aspiring beginners and intermediates have a whole world of skiing at their feet here. Scenic, wide, well-groomed blues dominate, and plenty of the reds are gentle enough for early skiers too. Complete beginners have good nursery and easily accessible gentle blues to progress to, while experts may feel more limited here, although there is some steep terrain on offer in places. Snowboarders can enjoy boarder-friendly runs and a superb snow park.

Beginners  |  Intermediates  |  Advanced/experts  |  Snowboarders

Heliskiing in Cervinia

Off-piste and heliskiing

Good off-piste terrain can be found at Cieloalto, and around Plan Torrette and Rocce Bianche. Just off the Ventina piste you’ll find interesting off-piste, as well as in the steep gulley left of the black piste from Theodul pass to Fornet. From the top of the Klein Matterhorn you can descend on the Theodul glacier, crossing under the cable car line to reach the Gorner glacier, and then ski down towards the Furi cable car station. Those looking for a heliskiing adventure can go up to 4500m high in Monterosa for long powder runs down to Valtournenche or Champoluc.

Ski school

Ski schools and mountain guides

Cervinia has three ski schools offering group or private ski or board lessons, with beginner friendly meeting points on the mountain. Ski guides can offer a day of on-piste guiding to show you the best of the Cervinia / Zermatt ski area or for those in search of powder, mountain guides and heliski excursions are available.

Snow-dinghying

Other snow activities

If you fancy a break from skiing, there are plenty more snow activities on offer in Cervinia including snow-tubing, snow-biking, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, kite-skiing, air-boarding and paragliding. You can also try ski mountaineering complete with a guide, or even climbing a frozen waterfall. Another highly entertaining option is snow dinghying: a 280m descent in a single-seater dinghy or an 8-man dinghy with friends. There’s also an ice-karting track and an ice rink in the village itself.

Eating on the mountain

Mountain restaurants

There are lots of choose from. Most are self-service, but there are some great table-service options too. Whether you’re stopping for a quick burger or a drawn-out Italian lunch in the sun, you can find something to suit you here. For great views try Bontadini at the top of the Fornet chair, or Rifugio Teodulo facing the Matterhorn. For great value try Tuktu at Plan Maison or any of the restaurants on the Valtournenche side of the mountain. Then of course there’s the whole of Zermatt and its wonderful mountain restaurants to choose from, too.

Little skiers

Skiing for children

Children aged 5 and over can book group lessons, and the Cervino ski school offers a special all-day service where kids can combine ski lessons with playtime, including lunch. There’s also a babysitting and kindergarten area at Plan Maison.