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Resort guide to Cervinia - Italy

The perfect ski resort for beginners & intermediates with miles of long and gentle runs

Cervinia resort guide - a general overview

Cervinia combines high, sunny, extensive, snowsure slopes with impressive scenery and a link over to Zermatt. The skiing is well suited to both beginners and intermediates, consisting of miles of long, gentle flattering runs, but experts will find few challenging pistes. Its slopes are almost exclusively above the tree line on a high, open, west-facing bowl and are prone to closure by high wind particularly early in the season. However, come the Spring you won't find a better spot to cruise the reds and lap up the sun. The resort is situated at the head of a long valley and has developed rather haphazardly with no consistent style of architecture and tiresome walks from some of the accommodation. It has very few off-slope amenities, however there are many great bars and an array of restaurants to keep you interested.

Chalets in Cervinia have become more popular over the last few years as one or two operators fill the much needed gap in this particular market.

Airports

TURIN
(2 hours)
GENEVA
(2hr 30mins)
MALPENSA
(2hr 30 mins)

Resort stats

313km

2,050m - 3,480m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Early intermediates and anyone looking for miles of gentle runs
  • Fantastic scenery of the Matterhorn
  • Excellent village nursery slopes
  • Late season skiing
  • Skiing into Zermatt for the day

Cons

  • Strong intermediates and above
  • Can get windy, with lift closures
  • Lift system is a little old now
  • Not much to do if not skiing
  • Village not the most attractive

Cervinia Resort Restaurants

Cervinia boasts 50 or so restaurants to cover most tastes. For pizza there is Casse Croute, The Vieux Grenier at the hotel Grivola and the Capanna Alpinia. For more variety The Chamois, Copa Pan, Bricole and Nicchia have plenty to offer. For local speacialities Miason de Saussure or the Jour et Nuit are recommended. If you wanted something a little different then the Baita Cretaz mountain hut is worth investigating.

Cervinia Mountain Restaurants

Our favourite is Chalet Etoile which is beneath the Rocce Nere chair-lift above Plan Maison. Here you will get traditional italian mountain food. There is also the Rifugio Teodulo where excellent pasta is served. Other recommendations are the British run Igloo restaurant (good burgers), Baita Cretaz , The Bontadini, Motta (on the upper slopes of adjoining Valtournenche) and Lo Baracon dou tenne.

Cervinia Apres Ski

For its reputation Cervinia is disappointing. There are enough bars but during the week these are lacking atmosphere. The town comes alive on the weekends when many skiers come up from Milan and Turin. Recommended bars are - the bar at the hotel Grivola, the Copa Pan, the Dragon bar, Lino's, the Yeti, Torette and the Hostellerie des Guides.

Cervinia Nightlife

One or two discos open up on the weekends. Bianconiglio is the one we like.

Cervinia Resort Map

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