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Breuil Cervinia, Italy

High-altitude, snowsure skiing on the Italian side of Zermatt.

What brings people to Breuil Cervinia (as the resort now styles itself) in winter in the 20th century is what brought climbers to the original village of Breuil in the 19th century: altitude. For climbers it was a launch pad for assaults on the nearby Matterhorn (Monte Cervino). For winter sports, it offers an unusual combination: slopes that are gentle and extensive, sunny and snow sure.

For cruisers who like to cover the miles on flattering slopes with no worries about unexpected challenges, there is nowhere like it. But experts should steer clear: they’ll find the slopes tame and the link with Zermatt disappointing because it doesn’t access Zermatt’s best slopes.

What’s Great

  • Extensive mountain with miles of long, consistently gentle runs, usually with excellent snow
  • High, sunny and snow sure slopes amid impressive scenery
  • Link with Zermatt in Switzerland provides some spectacular views and good lunches

What’s Not-So-Great

  • Very little to interest good or aggressive intermediates and above
  • Almost entirely treeless, with little to do in bad weather
  • Lifts prone to closure by wind, particularly early in the season- Village center pleasant, but ugly buildings further out
  • Link with Zermatt isn’t quite as valuable as you might expect
  • Village spoils some of the views
  • Steep uphill walk to main lifts, followed by lots of steps in station
  • Few off-slope amenities

Breuil Cervinia

Mountain stats
Acres of ski 1,114
Pistes 58
Snowmaking 50%
Halfpipes 1
Terrain Parks 2
X-Country 8 mi
Slope Stats
Top Lifts 11443 ft
Vertical Drop 4717 ft
Bottom Lift 6725 ft
Slope Difficulty
Beginner 30%
Intermediate 60%
Advanced 10%