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CERVINIA ITALY

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Cervinia, ITALY is located in the Aosta Valley on the backside of the Matterhorn. Cervinia has a long winter season with an excellent snow record and opens for summer glacier skiing and snowboarding at the end of June until September.

Cervinia Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The terrain at Cervinia consists of steep extreme off piste skiing and snowboarding, open powder bowls with long linking corduroy groomed trails cut through them and gentle beginner slopes. All areas are supported by a fast and efficient lift system.

Cervinia is lift linked to the neighbouring Swiss resort of Zermatt giving the 2 combined resorts over 300 kilometres of fantastic skiing and snowboarding terrain. For more information on Zermatt click here

Skiing and Snowboarding the Matterhorn Ski Safari from Cervinia

To explore the interlinked resorts of Cervinia and the neighbouring Swiss resort of Zermatt take part in a day long Matterhorn Ski Safari trip.

The Matterhorn Ski Safari covers over 32,800 vertical feet (10,000 meters) of skiing and snowboarding terrain without using the same trail or lift twice. A Matterhorn Ski Safari Piste Map highlights the sequence of trails starting from Cervinia leading all the way to Zermatt and back again. To do the trip you need to purchase an international ski pass which gives you unlimited access to the Zermatt terrain.

Occasionally the link to Zermatt is not open as high winds can close the Swiss side's upper slopes. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to get back from Zermatt to Cervinia as if you miss the last cable car a road taxi back to Cervinia is a long and costly experience!

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Cervinia

Advanced skiers and snowboarders at Cervinia can choose to head off piste into very challenging terrain or stick to groomed fast trails.

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Cervinia Terrain

The off piste terrain surrounding the Gran Pista di Valtournench trail is littered with cliff drops and chutes and even the occasional crevasse!

It is highly advised to explore the off piste terrain with an experienced guide who knows the area well. It is not unknown for an unexperienced off piste skier or snowboarder to perish on Cervinia’s surrounding peaks.

The groomed long leg burning steep Gran Pista di Valtournench trail leading from Plateau Rosa down to the neighbouring resort of Valtournench is over 10 kilometres long and will test even the very best skiers and snowboarders endurance skills.

Purchase an international ski pass and head to the neighbouring Swiss resort of Zermatt for more exciting on and off piste terrain.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Cervinia

Intermediates at Cervinia can happily cruise the entire resort on long wide powder packed groomed trails.

One of the most magnificent runs at Cervinia is the 8 kilometre long cruise down from the top of Plateau Rosa to the Cervinia lift base area. From Plateau Rosa take the Ventina Ghiacciaio trail which intersects with the Ventina Goillet trail before finally linking with the Ventina Bardoney trail ending at the base of the Plan Maison Gondola.

The Gran Sometta 3 trail under the Lago Goillet Chairlift is fast and steep as is the Rocce Bianche trail on the right hand side of the Rocca Bianche Chairlift.

Purchase an international ski pass and explore more groomed intermediate trails on the neighbouring linked Swiss resort of Zermatt.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Cervinia

Cervinia is an excellent resort for beginner skiers and snowboarders with many wide gentle slopes on the lower mountain areas.

First time skiers and snowboarders head directly to the Baby Cretaz nursery slope to learn the basics before catching the longer Cretaz II Chairlift to practice on the wider Cretaz trail.

Once confidence grows take the Plan Maison Gondola followed by the Plan Maison Chairlift to the upper mountain Fornet Area. From here turn left to access the long winding and thrilling Plan Maison 1 trail which eventually links with the Plan Maison Cervinia trail leading back down to the base area.

Cervinia has three ski and snowboard schools offering group, private and day long lessons for all ages and ability levels with professional bilingual instructors. Freestyle and off piste powder lessons are also available.

First Tracks Skiing and Snowboarding at Cervina

Cervinia has recently introduced first tracks skiing and snowboarding every Thursday morning from January to April. Early risers enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on the Breuil Cervinia Cable Car to the Plan Maison Area before whisking down the freshly groomed slopes.
First Tracks is limited to 60 skiers and snowboarders and must be booked in advance.

Cervinia Terrain Park

The Cervinia terrain park is the highest snowpark in Europe located at almost 3,000 meters above sea level.

The Indian Park is on the left hand side of the Fornet Chairlift just below the Theodulpass in the Fornet area. It has large and impressive boxes, rails, kickers, pipes and huge jumps suitable for all levels of freestylers.

Other Activities at Cervinia

Other activities at Cervinia include ice skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, paragliding tobogganing and hiking.

In 2009 the very popular Moonlight Descents were introduced at Cervinia. Taking place on full moon nights guests dine at the upper mountain Plateau Rosa Area in candlelit mountain huts and bars before cruising down Trail 6 to the Plan Maison Cable Car guided only by moonlight.

Indoor activities include swimming, climbing walls and receiving massage and beauty treatments.

Cervinia Shopping

The main street in Cervinia is lined with ski and snowboard shops stocking the latest equipment and rental gear, fashion boutiques, gift and souvenir shops, toy shops, shoe shops, home-wares shops and photography galleries.

Cervinia also has grocery markets, delicatessens, butchers and wine stores.

Cervinia Restaurants

On the slopes don’t go past Restaurant Tuktu at the top of the Plan Maison Gondola. The restaurant has a dining room, self serve cafeteria and a large outdoor sun deck with fantastic views. The food served is delicious. Choose from hot steaming bowls of seafood pasta, carbonara, speciality duck and meat dishes. The restaurant has a full bar with a good wine list.

The Town of Cervinia has 40+ excellent restaurants, pizzerias and cafes.

La Chandelle Restaurant in the Hotel Hermitage serves traditional and local Italian dishes complemented by an excellent international wine list.

The beautiful candlelit dining room in Le Vieux Grenier serves wood fired pizzas, home made pasta dishes and delicious desserts.

The Hotel Lac Bleu restaurant has weekly speciality nights with wine tastings and local pork dishes and Italian cheeses.

For food on the run the English pub in the Dragon Hotel serves good hamburgers and French fires.

Cervinia Nightlife

Cervinia has an active nightlife with small busy bars, pubs and nightclubs.

One of the most glamorous and trendy bars in Cervinia is the Bianconiglio nightclub hosting some of Europe’s best DJs and bands throughout the winter season.

The popular Irish Pub has an après ski happy hour every night attracting large crowds. It has a wide selection of beers on tap and is open until 2am every morning.

The Dragon Pub has a small Welsh Pub upstairs and a typical friendly English pub downstairs.

For a quiet drink sit by the open fireplace in the bar in the Hotel Bucaneve.

The L’etoile nightclub doesn’t open until 11pm on Saturday nights with dancing and good times continuing until the very early hours of the morning.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
11,446
3,489
Base
6,725
2,050
Average Snowfall
Lifts
24
Trails
55
1,114 acres
Terrain %
advanced
10
intermediate
60
beginner
30
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
2
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