- Head to Chalet Etoile for lunch on the terrace. Ulla serves some of the best Swedish/Italian food this side of the Matterhorn. The Bar at Principe delle Nevi is good for après on the mountain, the terrace is hard to beat with a fantastic vibe and great views.
- Red 1 from Plateu Rosa all the way down to Valtournench is a hard run to beat first thing in the morning. Perfectly groomed pistes, awe inspiring views and most importantly, the mountain to yourself when you take first lifts.
- The new Pancheron chair has really opened up the left hand side of Cervinia. Skiing at the foot of the Matterhorn Reds 9, 24 and 29 offer some great long runs. I could easily spend a day playing around here before heading to Chalet Plantorette for some après ski.
- A day on the Swiss side of the Matterhorn is highly recommended. The ski area is vast but with an early start you can cover all three areas with ease. Harder slopes can be found here so you can get your fill of mogul runs, blacks and yellow (controlled off-piste).
With access to Europe’s highest lifts, and proud holder of the best snow record in Italy, Breuil-Cervinia is one of the world’s leading resorts. Located at the head of a long valley leading off the Aosta Valley, this high-altitude ski area links with both Valtournenche, and Zermatt in Switzerland, offering 350km of pistes overall. The abundance of great cruising runs here are particularly good for beginners and intermediates, and you can even ski here in the summer, too. Meanwhile, the village itself has plenty to offer after the slopes have closed for the day, including good restaurants and numerous activities.
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About the resort
Originally a mountaineering spot, high-altitude Breuil-Cervinia has evolved into what is now a welcoming village of contrasting architectural styles, predominantly purpose-built and modern, with easy access to the slopes. One of Italy’s more lively après-ski resorts, the atmosphere is particularly vibrant on the weekends, when Italian day-trippers come to town.
On the mountain
Breuil-Cervinia is all about high-altitude, cruising skiing where you can feel the wind in your hair while you drink in the spectacular views. Best for beginner and intermediate skiers, but with access to Zermatt’s more challenging slopes, the ski area as whole is hugely varied with lots to offer all levels. Heliskiing is also on the menu, as well as a large array of other exciting snow activities and a fantastic snow park.
Off the mountain
While other European resorts might have more to offer after the slopes have closed for the day, in Breuil-Cervinia there’s still plenty to keep you amused. As well as a relatively lively après-ski scene, there are lots of shops to browse and great restaurants to try. For the more active, there’s a natural ice rink, several swimming pools and some sports and spa options, too.
Where to stay
Breuil-Cervinia has an excellent range of accommodation available from 2 to 5 star including some fabulous new openings. Accommodation prices are generally lower than Zermatt in Switzerland which it is linked to. Accommodation is also available in the nearby village of Valtournenche (5 kilometres down the valley) which has lift connections to the main ski area and would suit those looking for a quieter place to stay. To book or for advice, contact one of the Cervinia specialists listed below.
Packages and tour operators
A number of UK tour operators can assist with arranging all elements of your holiday to Breuil-Cervinia including accommodation and travel from the UK and can advise you on the best accommodation options for you.