Cervinia offers the excitement of a two-country skiing holiday as you can access the Swiss resort of Zermatt from here. Better known as Breuil-Cervinia, this is one of the highest resorts in the Italian Alps at 2050m with skiing opportunities up to 3883m and is dominated by the mighty Matterhorn Mountain and is surrounded by some of Europe's mightest peaks.
There is an incredible skiing area to test all abilities with the higher slopes connected to Valtournenche and Zermatt with up to date lifts giving access to slopes such as Plateau Rosa at 3480m and the Little Matterhorn at 3883m. Imagine the spectacular views from vantage points best described as "the roof of the world!" A further advantage is the "snow-sure" slopes where good skiing is guaranteed throughout the winter.
The Breuil Cervinia resort opens up fantastic skiing opportunities and the state-of-the-art lifts ensure little or no queuing, even at busy times of the season. There is something for everyone with slopes to be enjoyed by all levels of skier. No need to worry if you are a raw beginner, a novice in your second season, a red run confident enthusiast or a real black piste fanatic, Cervinia has something for you all. There are many kms of high altitude "cruising" and both intermediates and confident skiers can enjoy a really long red down to Valtourenche (also on the Italian side) at 1524m.
If you are a real novice, or a family with children, the Cretaz lifts offer the sunny slopes leading down to Cervinia centre with additional easy runs at Plan Maison where the Breuil ski school really help beginners to find their "skiing legs" quickly so that before the end of their week-long holiday they will be enjoying the undulating pistes at Plateau Rosa.
Intermediates can enjoy an 8km long run from the Plateau Rosa down Ventina and even cross to Zermatt on a day excursion. But do try and select a nice sunny day to enjoy the views and the pistes! Expert skiers will find no fewer than 7 marked black runs, some challenging red runs as well as mogul fields. The Plan Torrette is a long black and not for the faint hearted whilst the Bardoney is a mogul run which is really challenging. On the Swiss side there is the very steep run beneath the Furi cable car so if you are a really proficient skier looking for that holiday exhileration, then this is a resort which can fulfill your needs to the full
The village has a good selection of shops, restaurants with plenty of cafes and lively bars whilst out on the slopes there are a selection of mountain huts for meals or simply a stop for a hot drink. Apres ski consists of a skating rink, swimming pool, excursions by ski-doo, snowbike and paragliding.
If you are driving, the distance from Calais is only 629 miles but allow 10/11 hours and a full day (or overnight drive which is better). If you are flying, the nearest airports are Turin (118km) or Milan (160km). You can select between a resort lift pass or one which covers the Zermatt area as well but only go for this if you are a capable or expert skier.