Easy runs and nursery slopes are plentiful at Plan Maison, which is also the meeting point for ski school. Get there by taking the gondola or cable car from resort and you can always come back down the same way on your first day. The small Campetto and Cretaz chairlifts serve a wide area of sunny blue slopes, leading down to the resort centre. Under the tuition of the fun and friendly Italians at the fantastic Ride 'Em ski school, beginners make fast progress and are soon moving up to the higher, long, wide, undulating runs from Plateau Rosá and snapping the Matterhorn on their way down.
Cervinia is an ideal choice for the intermediate skier - long sweeping runs with an occasional mogul field to add extra interest. Not to be missed is the Red 7 (Ventina), an 8 km run from Plateau Rosà right back into Cervinia town. Choose a sunny day for a ski away day to Zermatt where a selection of runs and lifts link the two countries and their ski areas. Red intermediate runs will bring you across the glacier and back into the Italian side from the top of the Klein Matterhorn.
With no less than 7 marked black runs there is plenty to satisfy the better skier in Cervinia. The long Red 29 off to the right of the Pancheron chairlift and back to the bottom is not for the faint hearted. And for the experts amongst you, don't miss black 59 off to the left with its significantly steeper wall-like drop and mogul field thigh-burning middle. On the Swiss side there is plenty of challenge including some very steep runs under the Furi cable car.
The Theodul Glacier, located on the Klein Matterhorn in between Cervinia and Zermatt, is known to have some of the best snow in the region on its 23km of runs, which are predominantly wide blues and reds. Getting up to the glacier is done via the impressive Klein Matterhorn cable car from Trockener Stegg - An experience in itself as the highest cable car and cable car station in Europe. Some of the pistes run back to Cervinia itself and you'll even find the highest terrain park in Europe on the Plateau Rosa, the Gravity Park.
Rack up your mileage with a Ski Away-day to Pila. Just a 1 hour bus ride away from Cervinia, you’ll be able to weave through long tree-lined runs, race down well-maintained piste and admire the panoramic views over 4 of the highest peaks in the Alps, all in one day. With your Valle d’Aosta local lift pass, you get 1 free day to let loose on the fabulous terrain. This Ski Away day is not available on the Cervinia/Zermatt area lift pass. The bus will drop you off in Aosta city, where customers will then catch the ‘Pila Ski in the Sky’ gondola up the mountain. If there are non-skiers in your group, they can also take advantage of this excursion to explore the city of Aosta instead. Speak to your Crystal Rep for more details.
You'll be glad to know that, in Cervinia, there are very few draglifts - just one coming back from Valtournenche, and, if the Klein Matterhorn cable car is closed, it's a long couple of draglifts back from Switzerland. The resort is great for beginner and intemediate boarders, with lots of wide piste, and experts can let loose on the incredible terrain park, the IndianPark. You have to wear a helmet to get into the park - which is said to be the longest in Italy at 400m - which has lots of features for all abilities including rails, kickers and jumps. For the little ones, there's a small park near the village which has obstacles more suited to them. There are a couple of flatter areas across the resort to pick up some speed on, such as lower down Blue 5 coming into resort, Blue 85 from the Klein Matterhorn down into Plateau Rosa, and Red 35/36 crossing over into Valtournenche.
Prices given below for lift passes, equipment hire, ski school and packages are for information purposes only and may fluctuate during the season. Current prices can be found by proceeding with your booking.
Lift pass coverage:
|6 Days ||Adult ||Child (8-13) |
|Local (low) ||€222 ||€155 |
|Local ( high) ||€242 ||€170 |
|Area (low) ||€289 ||€203 |
|Area high) ||€316 ||€222 |
A 6-day local lift pass covers all lifts in Cervinia and Valtournenche, plus 2 days in the other Val d'Aosta resorts (La Thuile, Courmayeur, Pila, Gressoney and Champoluc). Area lift pass covers Cervinia, Valtournenche and Zermatt, but no additional days in the other Val d'Aosta resorts.
Deposit required for lift pass:
€5Photo required for lift pass:
Reduced prices for seniors over 65 years.
|6 Days ||Adult ||Child (4-11) |
|Standard skis ||€65 ||€45 |
|Intermediate skis ||€95 ||- |
|Advanced skis ||€106 ||- |
|Ski boots ||€36 ||€27 |
|Snowboard ||€95 ||€50 |
|Snowboard boots ||€36 ||€27 |
|Helmet ||€20 ||€20 |
|6 days - Adult ||Low ||High |
|Local pass + Standard skis ||€259 ||€277 |
|Local pass + Snowboard ||€286 ||€304 |
|Local pass + Ski carriage ||€244 ||€262 |
|Area pass + Snowboard ||€346 ||€370 |
|Area pass + Intermediate skis ||€346 ||€370 |
|Area pass + Ski carriage ||€305 ||€329 |
lift pass bundles do not include boots
|5 Days ||Adult ||Child (5-14) |
|Ski tuition AM (2.5 hours)(Low) ||€165 ||€180 |
|Ski tuition AM (2.5 hours) (High) ||€185 ||€195 |
: 7-27 Dec, 11 Jan-14 Feb, 01-28 MarHigh season
: 28 Dec-10 Jan, 15-28 Feb, 29 Mar-11 AprUsual hours of instruction:
10am-12.30pm (Mon-Fri)No. of ski school instructors:
Some courses may need minimum numbers to run. However, if these are not reached, private tuition for less hours will be offered.Please note:
Board tuition available to book locally, subject to minimum group numbers.
| ||Adult ||Youth (14-17) ||Child (8-13) |
|First Time ski (low) ||€411 ||€401 ||€365 |
|First Time ski (high) ||€445 ||€428 ||€391 |
For complete beginners only and includes 6 day local lift pass, 6 days equipment hire, 5 days tuition and child helmet.
| ||Adult ||Youth (14-17) ||Child (8-13) |
|Improver ski (High) ||€532 ||€515 ||€468 |
|Improver ski (Low) ||€575 ||€551 ||€500 |
Includes 6 day area lift pass, 6 days equipment hire, 5 days tuition and child helmet.
Please be aware the use of helmets by those aged 14 and under is compulsory in all Italian resorts.