Cervinia , Italy
Cervinia is perfect for intermediate skiers who like to take lunch seriously. Cervinia combines high, sunny, extensive, snow-sure slopes with impressive scenery and a link over to Zermatt. The ski area consists of miles of long, gentle flattering runs but experts will find few challenging local pistes and will have to head over to Zermatt (covered under the same area lift pass).
Cervinia's ski slopes are almost exclusively above the tree line on a high, open, west-facing bowl which is a little exposed to bleak mid winter conditions. However, come the warmer months in spring you won’t find a better ski area to cruise the reds and lap up the sun.
Despite the rather drab appearance of Cervinia as a resort the choice of decent eateries is quite surprising. Combine these great restaurants with those of Zermatt and you have one of the best on-mountain dining experiences in the Alps combined with one of the largest interlinked ski areas. It's a winning combination.
The resort is situated at the head of a long valley and has developed rather haphazardly with no real consistent style of architecture and some tiresome walks from some of the hotels to and from the lifts. It has very few off-slope amenities. However, there are many great bars and an array of restaurants to keep you interested.
Pros & Cons
- Early intermediates and anyone looking for miles of gentle runs
- Fantastic scenery of the Matterhorn
- Excellent village nursery slopes
- Late season skiing
- Skiing into Zermatt for the day
- Strong intermediates and above
- Can get windy, with lift closures
- Lift system is a little old now
- Not much to do if not skiing
- Village not the most attractive
Cervinia boasts 50 or so restaurants to cover most tastes. For pizza there is Casse Croute, The Vieux Grenier at the hotel Grivola and the Capanna Alpinia. For more variety The Chamois, Copa Pan, Bricole and Nicchia have plenty to offer. For local speacialities Miason de Saussure or the Jour et Nuit are recommended. If you wanted something a little different then the Baita Cretaz mountain hut is worth investigating.
Our favourite is Chalet Etoile which is beneath the Rocce Nere chair-lift above Plan Maison. Here you will get traditional italian mountain food. There is also the Rifugio Teodulo where excellent pasta is served. Other recommendations are the British run Igloo restaurant (good burgers), Baita Cretaz , The Bontadini, Motta (on the upper slopes of adjoining Valtournenche) and Lo Baracon dou tenne.
For its reputation Cervinia is disappointing. There are enough bars but during the week these are lacking atmosphere. The town comes alive on the weekends when many skiers come up from Milan and Turin. Recommended bars are - the bar at the hotel Grivola, the Copa Pan, the Dragon bar, Lino's, the Yeti, Torette and the Hostellerie des Guides.
One or two discos open up on the weekends. Bianconiglio is the one we like.