Perfect for beginners and intermediates, Cervinia has big village-centre baby slopes backed by miles of long, gentle confidence-inspiring runs, dotted with excellent, cosy, log-fired mountain restaurants.
This old climbing village has evolved so the attractive old centre is compact, car-free, cobbled and reasonably pretty, and surrounded by nondescript but convenient apartments. Its location at the head of the Aosta valley makes it easily accessible from Turin and Milan, and the Italian resort is much cheaper than pricey Zermatt, which it links to at the top of the ridge.
Over the years Cervinia has been used by many as a way to access Zermatt’s slopes on a budget – the famous Swiss resort is on the other side of the mountain, but it is time consuming to get there and closes in bad weather. The resort has a lot of advantages in its own right though, particularly when it comes to learning to ski or building confidence on the high, snow-sure, open and sunny pistes.
Off the slopes there’s not all that much for non-skiers to do, although the bars and restaurants are great quality and well-priced. However, for skiers there are plenty of cheap package deals available to Cervinia and the snow record is excellent.