The Italians have their own ski resort called Breuil-Cervini and know the Matterhorn Mountain as Monte Cervino. When most people think of the Matterhorn they think of Zermatt ski resort, Switzerland. However, the Matterhorn mountain is situated in both Switzerland (Canton of Valais) and Italy ( Aosta Valley ).
Table of Contents
- About Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort
- Skiing in Breuil-Cervinia
- Overview of the Ski Runs & Area
- A Family Resort
- Breuil-Cervinia Ski Passes
- Location of Breuil-Cervinia village
- Ski Hire
- Staying in Cervinia Italy
- Eating on the Mountain
- Top Tips for Breuil-Cervinia
- Other Ski resorts in Italy
- Video Highlights – Cervinia Ski Resort Italy
About Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort
Breuil-Cervinia Italy is one of the most stunning ski resorts that I have skied in. At an altitude of 2,050m is one of the highest ski resorts in Europe. It literally feels like you are on the Matterhorn (cervino) as soon as you come out of your accommodation.
There is so much going for this resort from ski-in and out accommodation to having one of the longest ski seasons in Europe. As well as being able to ski as early as October as late as May with guaranteed snow. No wonder why so many people keep coming back for a ski holiday.
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Skiing in Breuil-Cervinia
I cannot fault this resort in any way, instead, all I can do is tell you about all the reasons why you should go skiing in Breuil-Cervinia. Combined it with the Valtournenche and Zermatt ski areas, you have over 300 klms of groomed ski runs. Which they are looking to expand within the next couple of years.
They already say that if you ski continuously for 4hrs every day for 6 days that you would not do the same run twice. If the new gondola goes through it will make it one of the biggest ski areas in Europe.
One of the cool things I like about the resort is that you can ski over to Zermatt Switzerland for lunch. Then back to Cervinia Italy for dinner. If you are a moderate skier, take the number 69 or 70 towards Zermatt village, which should take you around the Matterhorn (cervino). Most of the run is red but to be honest, I didn’t find it too hard to do but this is my personal opinion.
However, if you do decide to go over to Zermatt make sure you get home before the last chairlift. Otherwise, it will cost you a fortune to get back by taxi (Cab) and will take around 4 hours one way. If it does happen it is best to find a cheap room for the night in Zermatt.
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Overview of the Ski Runs & Area
Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort is located in Italy’s Aosta Valley, one of the highest resorts in the Alps. It’s high-altitude ski area links with both Valtournenche and Zermatt in Switzerland. That offer’s over 300klms of groomed runs and guaranteed snow during the ski season.
- Lift systems: 19 in Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche (combined) + 34 in Zermatt.
- Groomed Ski runs: 72 in Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche (combined) + 78 in Zermatt.
- Three children’s ski areas
- 3 Snowparks. Please note though that you CANNOT use the Snowpark without wearing a helmet!
Do the famous number 7 slope from the top to the bottom, where it ends in the Breuil area. It has some of the most amazing views, especially of the Matterhorn (Cervino). So make sure you have your GoPro ready.
Whether you are a confident skier or a beginner, it is always best to wear a ski helmet when skiing.
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A Family Resort
This is a great resort for families with children to enjoy together, especially while learning. A lot of blue & red runs are wide and in gullies. Making ideal for children to learn and not to be scared of going over the edge.
A few of the chairlifts have childproof locks so they won’t fall out, giving parents and guardians peace of mind when skiing in Breuil-Cervinia.
Other ski activities for kids
There are other fun activities off the slopes that will keep you and the kids entertained. The best bit some of them being FREE if you hold a ski pass for more than 3 consecutive days. Here are just a few of these other none ski activities;
- Go Ice-skating on the natural rink in the village
- Try your hand at snowshoeing
- Go swimming with the kids at the Valtournenche public swimming pool
- Take an adventure dog sledging that can be enjoyed by the whole family
It can get really cold in Breuil-Cervinia especially at the top, once when I was there it got to -16. So make sure to have good ski gloves for you and your kids, especially when skiing and waiting around. I wear Leki ski gloves they are a little pricey but fantastic for keeping the cold out.
Breuil-Cervinia Ski Passes
Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche offers various promotions and discounts during the ski season. They allow you the flexibility to use a ski pass for a couple of hours, half days, or over consecutive days.
Below are a couple of main things to know about the ski pass. A full list of prices and promotions is available on the tourism website under tariffs.
- You can get a ski pass just for the Breuil-Cervinia / Valtournenche ski area or an international pass for Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche and Zermatt.
- Buy your ski pass online to miss the queue and pick it up from the ski office.
Location of Breuil-Cervinia village
Turin Airport (also known as Torino) is the closest international airport. From Turin to Breuil-Cervinia is roughly an hour half drive. Geneva and Milan Malpensa airports are also alternative arrival points but add an extra hour of driving. If you are on a budget and looking for cheap flights, you can take Easyjet from London to Turin.
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There are no direct trains to the resort and the public bus does not run every day. The best way to get to the resort is by private transfer, shared transfer, or hire a car. All vary in price depending on what you can afford and what time of the season you go.
Hire a car
As there were just the two of us, we hired a car for our 4 days, which worked out cheaper than a private transfer going one way. Although there are car rental companies available from the airport, I suggest booking a car online beforehand. You can get fast and easy comparison rates on companies and rates with Travel Supermarket for FREE
We hired our skis from Sports Centre in the middle of Cervinia Village, which was recommended to us. We also received a discount with our ‘Winter Card’ (refer to the tips for more info), which is around 10%-15% off your rental. The staff was really friendly and the skis were of a high standard.
Beware if you are skiing for half a day during the week as most of the Village shops close for 2hrs over lunchtime for a Siesta. So you will need to get your skis back before 12.30pm. If it is going to be later, I would suggest talking to the shop.
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Staying in Cervinia Italy
There is an exceptional range of accommodation available in Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort. You can choose from basic apartments on AirBnB to luxury hotels with heated pools on Booking.com. The best bit is that most of the accommodation is either within walking distance to a chairlift or they are ski in-ski out hotels (something I definitely love). Check current availability for accommodation in Breuil-Cervinia.
Another option is staying in the connecting ski resort of Valtournenche which is part of your ski pass. Accommodation here is cheaper and the ski run back is pretty cool to do. I stayed in Valtournenche once and the hotel I was in pretty nice and the owners were great.
Hotel Excelsior Planet
We stayed at the beautiful 4-star family-run Hotel Excelsior Planet right across the road from the ski slopes and with views of the Matterhorn. This place had everything you need for a holiday, warm hospitality, a four-course dinner mixed between traditional Valle d’Aosta and Italian gastronomy, and a Wellness area to relax in the afternoon.
- Breuil-Cervinia area uses European adaptors
I usually do at least one (or maybe two/three) afternoon’s Apres ski skiing in ski resorts. However, I was unwell when I was in Breuil-Cervinia (not the resort’s fault), so I didn’t venture out. I did stop at a place called Bait Cretaz just above the Resort Village one night on the blue run home for a glass of prosecco.
This cosy place with a small adjoining hotel was run by a lovely Italian couple with a dog. Who occasionally wander into the bar looking for a friendly pat.
The bit I loved about this place is that they served sushi and it was really yummy. They even delivered to your hotel, if you didn’t feel like going out. I would usually be a little bit funny about these things but I tried the sushi and it was nice and fresh.
Eating on the Mountain
Chalet Etoile – Breuil-Cervinia
Chalet Etoile is renowned for making some of the best food on the mountain. Making them very popular over the years, even for skiers from Zermatt. You will have to book in advance during the peak period to get a table for lunch.
It is also a great spot to stop for a drink with the Matterhorn (Cervino), as your backdrop and Breuil-Cervinia Ski area below. It is definitely one of those views that you have to see to believe.
Schwarzsee – Zermatt
Looking for an option to eat in Zermatt on the Swiss side? Then I suggest skiing over to Schwarzseeo for lunch or even a drink. It has some amazing views of Matterhorn Mountain (Monte Cervino) and you can get some great pictures.
You will need to get the international ski pass that covers Breuil-Cervinia/Valtournenche and Zermatt. If, you want to see over to Zermatt even to eat.
Top Tips for Breuil-Cervinia
- Check with your hotel to see if you are eligible for the ‘Winter Card’, which gives you all sorts of discounts.
- Beware that a lot of the restaurants and shops close in Cervinia Village for a Siesta
- Don’t forget your GoPro for all those action shots while on the slopes in Italy.
- Catch the cable car from Laghi Cime Bianche to Plateau Rosa and stand on the yellow line, which is the border between Italy and Switzerland.
- If you do decide to head over to Zermatt or vice versa make sure you get home before the last chairlift. Otherwise, it will end up costing you a small fortune to get back via a taxi (Cab) and will take around 4 hours one way.
- My understanding is that you are not allowed to use a drone on the ski slopes and in the ski area.
- Activities: Looking to take a break from Skiing? Turin is just over an hour’s drive away from Cervinia and has lots to offer.
Other Ski resorts in Italy
If you are interested in discovering other Ski Resorts in Italy. Then I suggest checking out the following Italian resort that offers a variety of activities on and off the ski slopes.
- Cortina D’Ampezzo – Where luxury and skiing meet
- Val Di Fiemme – A winter guide on places to ski and where to eat
- Monte Bondone Ski Resort – LA weekend Ski Trip to Monte Bondone Ski Resort
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Thank you for reading this article ‘The Italian side of the Matterhorn, Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort Italy’, I hope it helped you to decide where to go for your next ski trip. Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort is definitely a great gem of a ski resort in Italy.
Have you been to Breuil-Cervinia Ski Resort Italy before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
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Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Breuil-Cervinia Tourism Office Italy. All views are my own and based on my own experience
Video Highlights – Cervinia Ski Resort Italy