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Downhill ski run, Cervinia
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Downhill ski run, Cervinia

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Cervinia ski resort

About Cervinia

Ski runs
Beginner runs:
20
Intermediate runs:
41
Advanced runs:
11
Total runs:
72
Ski lifts
Chairs:
12
Drags:
8
Gondola cable cars:
5
Total lifts:
25
Parks:
3
Introduction

Cervinia is one of Italy's most important resorts and has carved a niche as a rather upmarket enclave, perhaps in part because of its cross-border link to Zermatt in Switzerland. The resort is named after Monte Cervino, the Italian name for the Matterhorn, which casts a shadow from overhead.

Known fully as Breuil-Cervinia, the village is also significant in ski history because this was one of the first purpose-built (more or less from scratch) resorts in the 1930s. It also remains one of Europe's highest resorts, and with the ski lifts linking up to 3,899m (12,792ft) – Europe's highest lift-served point – Cervinia offers virtually guaranteed snow.

Cervinia is open for winter sports through the summer months with access to Zermatt's glacier skiing, which stretches over both sides of the border. The summer vertical is usually the biggest available anywhere – just as the huge winter one is – providing an 11km-long (6 miles) run.

Location

Cervinia is at the head of the Aosta Valley, part of the Alps in northwest Italy. The resort lies on the border with Switzerland, close to the Swiss resort of Zermatt.

Website
www.cervinia.it
Slope Elevation
Cervinia
Resort:
2050m
Top:
3480m
Base:
1524m

On the slopes

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.

Weather

Base (day)

Wind (mph) Base Weather Base Max Temp Visibility Cloud-cover Rain
Tue
3
sse
Part Cloud Rain Thunder Day
Patchy light rain with thunder
1
4
°C
Good
20-40%
0mm
Wed
5
se
Part Cloud Rain Thunder Day
Patchy light rain with thunder
1
2
°C
Good
20-40%
0mm
Thu
6
sse
Occ Light Rain
Patchy light rain
1
3
°C
Moderate
60-80%
0mm
Fri
5
sse
Occ Light Rain
Patchy light rain
1
3
°C
Moderate
40-60%
0mm
Sat
2
w
Sunny
Clear skies
1
9
°C
Good
0-20%
0mm
Sun
2
ssw
Sunny
Clear skies
1
7
°C
Good
0-20%
0mm
Mon
3
wnw
Part Cloud Rain Thunder Day
Patchy light rain with thunder
1
6
°C
Good
20-40%
0mm

Base (night)

Wind (mph) Base Weather Base Max Temp Visibility Cloud-cover Rain
Tue
4
se
Occ Light Rain
Light drizzle
8
°C
Poor
80-100%
0mm
Wed
4
se
Mod Rain
Light rain
4
°C
Moderate
80-100%
0mm
Thu
4
sse
Fog
Fog
4
°C
Poor
80-100%
0mm
Fri
2
ssw
Fog
Fog
4
°C
Poor
80-100%
0mm
Sat
4
nw
Clear
Clear skies
3
°C
Good
0-20%
0mm
Sun
4
wnw
Occ Light Rain
Patchy rain possible
4
°C
Moderate
20-40%
0mm

Summit (day)

Wind (mph) Summit Weather Summit Max Temp Visibility Cloud-cover Rain
Tue
2
sse
Part Cloud Rain Thunder Day
Light snow showers
0
°C
Good
20-40%
0mm
Wed
3
se
Part Cloud Rain Thunder Day
Patchy light snow with thunder
0
°C
Good
20-40%
0mm
Thu
5
sse
Occ Light Rain
Patchy moderate snow
1
°C
Moderate
60-80%
0mm
Fri
8
sse
Occ Light Rain
Patchy moderate snow
2
°C
Moderate
40-60%
0mm
Sat
9
w
Sunny
Sunny skies
2
°C
Good
0-20%
0mm
Sun
5
ssw
Sunny
Sunny skies
2
°C
Good
0-20%
0mm
Mon
8
wnw
Part Cloud Rain Thunder Day
Patchy light snow with thunder
0
°C
Good
20-40%
0mm

Summit (night)

Wind (mph) Summit Weather Summit Max Temp Visibility Cloud-cover Rain
Tue
5
se
Occ Light Rain
Light snow
0
°C
Poor
80-100%
0mm
Wed
5
se
Mod Rain
Moderate snow
1
°C
Moderate
80-100%
0mm
Thu
6
sse
Fog
Fog
2
°C
Poor
80-100%
0mm
Fri
10
ssw
Fog
Fog
2
°C
Poor
80-100%
0mm
Sat
6
nw
Clear
Clear skies
0
°C
Good
0-20%
0mm
Sun
7
wnw
Occ Light Rain
Patchy snow possible
-
1
°C
Moderate
20-40%
0mm
Last updated at 16:05, Tuesday 16 September
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Symbols indicate the predominant weather for the day in question, calculated based on a weighting of different types of weather. So if a day is forecast to be sunny with the possibility of a brief shower, then we will see a sunny or partly cloudy symbol rather than a rain cloud. For the purposes of this ski forecast, "day" is the 12 hour period 06.00 to 18.00.
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