The Matterhorn ski area is one of the largest in the Aosta Valley and is set within a unique landscape with 350km of piste skiing available on the same lift pass.
The slopes above Breuil-Cervinia link up with those of the Valtournenche, offering a total of 150 km of runs, which rise to 350 km for skiers that make use of the cross-border link with Zermatt. Here skiers and snow boarders will undoubtedly be spoilt for choice.
The village of Breuil-Cervinia is located at 2,050 metres with access to some of the highest lift accessed piste skiing in Europe. It has an incredible reputation for good snow throughout the season, along with an early start to the season… at the beginning of November!
In winter it has something to offer every level of skier from baby snow parks and nursery slopes, intermediate and easy going cruising through to long adventurous pisted runs and off piste routes.
We offer a wide range of accommodation and the village has a good selection of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops. The centre of the village itself is a traffic free centre, with a good range of après ski activities. So with a vast and varied ski region Cervinia offers something for everyone to enjoy the ski holiday of their choice.
Restaurants and Bars
There are numerous restaurants and bars lining the main Cervinia high street.
Whilst Cervinia is not a small place, the main heart is focused around the pedestrian centre. Many of the hotels offer restaurants which are open to non resident guests.
There are also some restaurants up on the mountain which remain open in the evening... why not spend an evening with a little more adventure!
Some of the places we would recommend include:
- Jour et Nuit - the best steaks in town with Luca and his family
- Hotel Restaurant Grivola
- Hotel Punta Mascognaz - Champagne Bar
- Plan Torrette (when staying at the Mon Reve B&B)
- Hotel Bar Meynet
- Hotel Hermitage
- Hotel Cime Bianche (up the mountain, but worth the visit)
Sports Centre and Pool
Relaxation and more
For the body and mind, relax after your day's sporting activities at the Valtournenche Sports Centre.
Here you can find:
- Sauna and Turkish baths
- Tennis court
- Indoor soccer, volleyball and basketball courts
- Relaxation zone
The origins of Breuil-Cervinia date back more than two hundred years ago, when uncontaminated nature dominated the area at the foot of the Cervino, and the Breuil basin was an immense Alpine pasture which could only be reached after walking for hours. “Breuil” in patois means "land of much water", indicating the numerous lakes and rivers that characterised this area. An enormous green meadow in summer, transformed into an endless stretch of snow in winter, in which silence and peace were interrupted only by the roar of avalanches.
The majestic beauty of the mountain and the landscape has encouraged mountaineers and intellectuals over the years to tackle the paths that led to Breuil. The village was at least two days travelling time from Chatillon, on foot or on the back of a mule, stopping off in Valtournenche to rest and perhaps to make an arrangement with a guide for the following day, to reach Breuil safely. In the 1930's there were very few buildings in the Breuil basin: The little church, a bar, a couple of hotels and a few private houses.
The company Cervino was founded in 1934 and the first Breuil-Plan Maison cable car was opened in 1936, beginning the development of what has become one of the main international ski resorts and which continues to be recognised for its state of the art technological innovation even today.
Things have changed over the years; now there's absolutely no difficulty involved in reaching Breuil-Cervinia and there are numerous buildings (perhaps too many) in town, but the excitement and amazement aroused by the sight of Mt Cervino, whether for the first or the umpteenth time, hasn't altered one little bit.