Cervinia is on the Italian side of the Matterhorn (Monte Cervino in Italian) at the head of an offshoot of the Aosta Valley. It has two huge advantages that need to be balanced against the slightly ageing accommodation offered and the limited different terrain. The first big plus is that it has a huge area of easy cruising, motorway intermediate pistes which are ideal for Corporate groups and the second is that it is linked to Zermatt.
Limited quality chalets means that the only real option here is for one of the many hotels but these must be chosen with great care as the resort is spread out and several are poorly located. If single accommodation is a priority for your Corporate group, then the trick is to find one large enough, central enough and willing enough to entertain a request of that nature. Groups that are happy to utilise Twin accommodation will find their choice far greater, both in terms of budget and location.
Cervinia’s link with Zermatt is excellent in widening the scope of skiing but it can be shut due to wind. These high slopes, however, are wonderful in the sun and so it comes into its own later rather than earlier in the season. A slight downside is the lack of powder in Cervinia and, although Zermatt is well served in this regard, it takes too long to get to those areas if staying on the Italian side, however, this is counter-balanced by a huge area of easy, well-groomed, sunny, ‘ideal for Corporate’ intermediate runs.
Not it’s greatest strength in all honesty although, on the mountain, the Apres Ski Bar at the Hotel Principe delle Nevi is an ideal stopping point with DJ’s and occasional live gigs taking place. Both the Copa Pan and Lino’s are popular at the end of the skiing day and, in town, the Thistle Pub (yes, it is themed like a Brit pub) has live music and everyone crams onto the sun terrace in good weather. The nightlife, such as the Bianconiglio, is really good at weekends and peak weeks but quiet at other times.
Nearest Airport: Turin (TRN)
Flight Time (ex UK): 1hr 40mins
Airport to Resort: 2hrs
Resort Altitude: 2050m
Highest Lift: 3480m
Total Pistes: 160km
Total Lifts: 19
Linked Resorts: Zermatt
Ski In/Ski Out: 3/5
Time Difference (GMT): + 1hr
Chalet photo: by Trevor Bobowick [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobowick/] used under Creative Commons 2.0 Licence [(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
Skiers photo: (c) Fototeca ENIT/Gino Cianci