Cervinia's skiing is spread over wide, treeless slopes, climbing up to the Swiss border. The high altitude and glaciers allow Cervinia’s season to start in October and last until the beginning of May. Snow sports then begin again in late June and continue through to early September for summer skiing.
Most of the remaining old drag lifts have been replaced in recent seasons by state-of the-art chairs and, most recently, the main cable car up to the Swiss border had its cabins upgraded to provide full panoramic views.
Beginners have a snowsure nursery area right next to the resort to enjoy. Cervinia's high altitude means that this should be snow-covered all winter, whereas in many traditional resorts at lower altitude, nursery slopes may only be open a month or two in midwinter.
Intermediates have the most slopes to explore, with some of the world's longest reds, including a 15km (9 mile) run back down to the resort from Plateau Rosà.
Thanks to the lift link with Zermatt, advanced skiers and boarders have enough exciting steep terrain on and off piste to keep them happy all season; but there are relatively limited options for experts in Cervinia compared to its Swiss neighbour.
Heli-skiing is also popular here, with vertical descents of around 3,000m (10,000ft) possible in good conditions – the largest in the Alps.