The best late-season ski area?

Cervinio Paradise Ski Map 2023

Breuill-Cervinia, more famously known as just “Cervinia”, which sits on the border of Switzerland, is considered the best ski resort in Italy for the late season.
Together with Valtournenche and the famous Zermatt, they share the Matterhorn ski paradise ski area, which is widely seen as the most beautiful ski area in the world.
In this article, we will show you the latest amazing developments in the Cervino Ski Paradise ski area and everything you need to know before planning a vacation to Cervinia, and if you stick around until the end of the article, you’ll get some great tips that will help you make better decisions and save time and money!


Cervina. Behind the first row of hotels lies the pedestrian street

How to get to Cervinia?

The closest airport to Cervinia is Turin, with 1 hour and 39 minutes of transfer time. Milan Malpensa Airport, with a transfer time of 2 hours and 7 minutes and Geneva, with a transfer time of 3 hours.
Take note that a round-trip crossing of the Mont Blanc tunnel will cost you 57 euros per car if you are coming from Geneva.

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Best places to stay in Cervinia for skiers

Cervinia lies under the south face of the world’s most iconic mountain, the Matterhorn, aka Cervino, located at the highest spine of the Alps.
The village is located at an altitude of 2,050 meters, nestled at the bottom of a large bowl capped by the Matterhorn ridge to both the north and west, the Glacier on Plateau Rosa to the east,
And the Gran Sometta peak(3166m) to the south.

Matterhorn (Cervinio) in the background of Cervinia.

Matterhorn (Cervinio) in the background of Cervinia

The topography of the place enables the locations of most hotels to be close to the slopes if not ski in – ski out. We decided to make you a list of the top places
to stay for skiers. From 3 to 5-star hotels, as well as Chalets.  Here they are:

Hotel Excelsior Planet. close to everything. After renovations

Hotel Excelsior Planet****. Great value deal for couples. Amazing food and service, very good spa with indoor pool, ski-in and a 1-minute walk from Cretaz Chairlift, the fastest path to Crvinia snow park.
Hotel  Excelsior Planet is in a quiet area. but 2-3 minutes walk from the pedestrian area and many bars and dining options. The hotel had major renovations lately, so the feel is like
A new hotel. Check availability for Hotel Excelsior Planet.

White angel hotel

White Angel Hotel****. Ski in- ski-out hotel with one of the best views in Cervinia. The hotel has a fantastic south-facing spa with panoramic views and an indoor-outdoor pool. The spa is at an extra cost. It is not  recommended for total beginners because
It is located on a red slope, although the hotel does have a free shuttle service. It is recommended for skiers who intend to use the whole ski area efficiently. Check availability for White Angel Hotel****.

Les Neiges D’Antan. Perfect for romantic couples

Les Neiges D’Antan****. It is the best 4-star hotel in Cervinia, although it is actually closer to Valtournenche. Don’t worry about it. The hotel has an efficient free shuttle service to the Gondola in Cervinia as well as Cervinia Centre.
Les Neiges D’Anton is perfect for romantic couples. Its charmful location in the middle of nature and the way it blends with it is best seen in the spa, where panoramic windows in the sauna and outdoor Jacuzzis are the highlights.
This boutique hotel design creates a homely and warm atmosphere. The exceptional number of excellent reviews speaks volumes. Usually, one needs a fantastic experience to bother writing such a review. This place is extraordinary.
Check availability for Hotel Les Neiges D’Antan****.

Hotel Hermitage. Old European Nobility.

Hotel Hermitage Relais & Chateaux *****. The best hotel in Cervinia and Aosta Valley. This preserved Chateaux, and the extraordinary service will make you feel like a lord. The hotel has a free shuttle service to the lift and anywhere in Cervinia.
The hotel has an indoor pool with view and Spa with everything you need.  Probably the best restaurant in Cervinia is inside Hotel Hermitage. there are other amenities like a wine cellar and the rooms are spacious and have balconies.
Check Availability for Hotel Hermitage Relais & Chateaux *****.

There are many apartments or apartment hotels and chalets in Cervinia. Here are the most recommended ones:

Red Fox Lodge. exceptional reviews

Red Fox Lodge . New apartment hotel in the middle of town. A 5-minute walk from Cretaz lift and the end of the slopes. The hotel has a lift from its free parking Garage to the apartments. It is a family-run hotel with excellent breakfast and service. The apartments vary in size from 29sqm  studio for two, which can arranged as a double bed or two single beds, up to a 152 sqm apartment. all have well-equipped kitchens.The Red Fox Lodge doesn’t have a spa, but an average of 9.7 in booking after hundreds of fantastic reviews. Check availability for Red Fox Lodge.

La Cresta Chalet, ski in ski out

La Cresta Chalet****.   Located next to the White Angel Hotel, La Crest Chalet has new luxurious apartments, from the 40 sqm Junior suite to the 145 sqm Penthouse Suite.  The perfect ski in – ski out location, the amazing view, the superb breakfast, and the spa with the jacuzzi on the Balcony make it one of the best apartment hotels for skiers in Italy. The hotel has a staggering 9.5 review score on Booking.com. Check availability for La Cresta Chalet****

There are two main ski passes you can buy in Cervinia:

Cervinia – Valtournenche ski pass, which includes the Italian side of the Matterhorn paradise and consists of 150 connected km of ski runs
It costs 312€  for 6 days and is recommended for beginners.
For intermediates and advanced skiers, we recommend buying the international ski pass, which costs 438€ for 6 days, consists of 360 km of connected ski runs, and is worth every penny.
The Swiss side is bigger, more diverse and absolutely beautiful. Here, you can visit the amazing pedestrian town of Zermatt.



Take note: it is important to leave early in the morning and pay attention to the weather.
Don’t worry too much, though. If you do happen to get stuck on the Swiss side due to inclement weather or just because you’ve missed the last lift to little Matterhorn, we’ve got a pre-prepared solution to that problem coming up at the end of this article.
Together with Zermatt, Cervinia shares the largest glacier ski area in the world and the largest summer ski area in Europe.
The snow even maintains its ski quality in April because of the high altitude, and its big bowl serves as a huge reflector; so for all the northern people who want to tan quickly, Cervinia is an ideal location for late-season skiing and good weather.

Be aware, though, that Valtournenche is closed on April 20.

Valtournenche.. Cheaper option, but close after April 20th.

Valtournenche. Cheaper option, but close after April 20th.

The main ski area of Cervinia is a little boring as there are almost no trees throughout the majority of it.

.Cervinia’s runs are well groomed and great for beginners and intermediates, the best of which is run 7, from Rosa Plateau all the way down to Cervinia. This run stretches for 13km and features a vertical drop of almost 1,500m, from the highest point in the Italian side to Cervinia itself.

Run 7. Best run in cervinia

Run 7. Best run in cervinia

For snowboarders, there are lots of easy off-piste areas and an average snow park called Indian Snow Park.

Indian snowpark

Indian snowpark

For free-riders and advanced skiers there’s also Heliski here. You’ll also find options for cross-country skiing, and many others winter activities.

Pedestrian area

We recommend to enjoy your Apres ski at Delle Nevi.

Delle navi apres ski. Many Swedish.

Delle navi apres ski. Many Swedish.

For an extra special Cervinia experience, if you’re evening is under the light of a full moon, plan to stay at Chalet Plan Torrette, and ski back after dark under moonlight.

Chalet Plan Torrette

Chalet Plan Torrette

To conclude, here are our ratings for Cervinia. These ratings are for the extended ski pass:

For snowboarders: 8

Advance skiers: 8

Intermediate skiers: 9.5

Beginners: 8.5

Freestylers: 7.5

Free riders: 9

Night life: 6

Apres ski: 7

Resort charm: 7

Our total score for Cervinia is: 8

Insider tips

Before we go, as promised, here are those bonus tips we talked about earlier.

First up, if you end up stuck on the Swiss side, it’s far better for your wallet to accept defeat and book yourself a room there for the night. Insisting on a cab back to Cervinia will cost you at least 500 euros and mean around 5 hours on the road!

Top tip number two: if you come with a car, it is cheaper to stay in Valtournenche.
On days when you decide to ski to Zermatt, we recommend that you park at Cervinia because it will save you precious time that you’ll need to explore the Swiss side properly.
There are plenty of free parking options in Cervinia. But be aware and plan ahead on nice weekends, as there can be traffic jams.


The new Alpine Crossing 3S cable car. Testa Grigia station.© Zermatt Bergbahnen AG

The opening of the new Matterhorn Alpine Crossing  3S cable car between Testa Grigia Peak(3458m) and Klein Matterhorn(3883m) is a game changer.
It enables the crossing from Cervinia to Zermatt and vice versa for pedestrians. It became the highest border crossing in Europe.



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