Situated 200km from Geneva airport in the Aosta valley, Breuil-Cervinia offers some of the highest skiing in the alps. Purpose-built on the Italian side of the Matterhorn, Breuil-Cervinia is a skier’s dream.
With a modern infrastructure, glacier skiing, and a growing gastro scene, Cervinia attracts year-round visitors and offers some of the best early and late season conditions in the alps. A superfast lift network gives access to the rest of the valley, turning an already sizeable resort into a high-altitude haven with some of the longest descents in the world and over a two-kilometre vertical.
The town itself is much like other purpose-built resorts and has a lively nightlife with plenty of apres options, though that doesn’t mean that it’s not family-focused too. With a great mix of large and small hotels, chalets and apartments, Cervinia caters to all, and with a number of renowned restaurants, foodies will feel right at home too.
Breuil-Cervinia highlights: High reaching lifts and long, challenging descents, as well as a lively apres, make this a brilliant destination for those who want to ski hard and play hard.
Breuil-Cervinia is best for: Skiiers and boarders looking for a snow-sure option with plenty of high-altitude runs who don’t mind forgoing some traditional Italian charm.
Ski and Snowboard Guide to Breuil-Cervinia:
Sitting at over two kilometres above sea level, Cervinia is the perfect resort for skiers and boarders looking to ride the Aosta valley and prefer the Italian way of doing things.
Cervinia boasts an impressive 135km of predominantly red pistes that take skiers up to an eye-watering 3,490m. From Cervinia town, the fastest way to the top of the mountain is to take the gondola to Plan Maison, and then another up to Theodulpass, which puts you across from the Matterhorn. From here, skiers have a network of reds or blues to choose from and can ski in three different directions, dropping down behind the Matterhorn to Zermatt, heading back down to Cervinia, or skiing towards Valtournenche.
However, be sure that you have the right lift pass, as, despite the areas being entangled, you can purchase a Cervinia-Valtournenche pass which gives you access to around half of the skiable area linked by the lift network, or the Cervinia-Zermatt pass which gives you access to everything.
The Plato Testa Rosa Grigia is the highest lift-accessible point in Cervinia, but with the Zermatt pass, you’ll be able to soar to a lofty 3,899m atop the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, from which you can ski all the way down to the valley floor. What’s truly great about this area is that unlike most ultra-high lifts, the runs down are reds, which means it’s more accessible than many other glacier-topped resorts.
While Breuil-Cervinia has just 7 black runs, its 29 reds should keep competent skiers entertained. However, there’s plenty for progressing beginners, too, with 10 blues to choose from. And should you go for the Cervinia-Zermatt pass, giving you free rein of the entire Aosta Valley, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From tree-lined blues on the Swiss side to stomach-churning blacks in the shadow of the Matterhorn, there’s something for everyone here.
While beginners will have no problem getting lessons and hitting their stride, this resort offers a lot more for the adventurous skier, and beginners will pay for a pass that they’ll likely use little of. Experts, on the other hand, will come back year after year to find every hidden turn and powder stash and traverse the wonderfully large skiable area, soaking in the glorious landscapes as they do.
First-time and beginner skiers: With just one blue run heading back to town on the Matterhorn side and a steep bowl surrounding the other, first-timers will struggle to get much out of their lift pass unless they’re feeling brave, though, for those looking to progress quickly, Breuil-Cervinia offers plenty of challenges to tackle.
Intermediate skiers: Many reds and blues snake through the valleys above Cervinia, providing a great mix of tight, fast pistes and open runs perfect for afternoon cruising. And with access to neighbouring Zermatt perfectly integrated, those looking to push themselves will love all that’s on offer.
Expert skiers: With a nearly 4,000-metre-high top lift and glacier skiing famous the world over, Breuil-Cervinia offers a playground unlike any other for the expert skier or boarder. The fast lift network filled with numerous gondolas means you can stay warm too as you ascend, ready to tackle the next fresh powder line or snaking black.
Learn to ski and snowboard in Breuil-Cervinia
Ski School Group Lessons and Private Ski and Snowboard Instructors in Breuil-Cervinia:
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Children’s Group Ski Lessons Breuil-Cervinia
From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Breuil-Cervinia (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!).
We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.
SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety.
Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Adult Group Ski Lessons Breuil-Cervinia
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new.
Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private Ski Lessons Breuil-Cervinia
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time.
These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives.
A private ski instructor in Breuil-Cervinia can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons.
For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Off-Piste Guiding Breuil-Cervinia
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions.
A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Breuil-Cervinia. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
Snowboard Lessons Breuil-Cervinia
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Breuil-Cervinia designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!