Visitor reviews for Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Ski Resort

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Ratings

Overall: 3.8. Based on 19 votes and 31 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.7

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.2

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.8

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.2

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.5

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche.

Public Transport: 3.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.6

(1) No places to stay in/near Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.7

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.0

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.4

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.2

(1) Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.6

(1) There are no snow groomers at Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche are groomed daily.

Shelter: 2.4

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.4

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.6

(1) Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.5

(1) The staff at Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.1

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.1

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.3

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.5

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.4

(1) No intermediate terrain at Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.2

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.7

(1) Not even a kicker at Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 2.9

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.7

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.4

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.4

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.6

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.0

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 2.6

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.7

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.7

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.1

(1) Overall, Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.3

(1) Overall, Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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December 20, 2006
jorge sousa from Ski Portugal Portugal
Just back from Cervinia 08/12-19/12. Great snow, good ski lifts, not many queues, not all the slopes were open or groomed but amazing off-piste. They´ve got good hotels with very competitive prices. The after-ski is not the best and the night life, forget it. The Swiss part, the slopes are better groomed and more challeging and the town of Zermatt with the electric cars and the chalets is unique do not miss it, here the prices are much higher. In conclusion, a place to return.
April 18, 2006
Campbell McCaughrain from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back from Cervinia 8 - 15 April 2006. The skiing is as good as everyone says but Ski convenience does not exist here. From leaving the village to stepping onto the snow at Plan Maison there are 162 steps to negotiate plus a lot of uphill climbing in ski boots while carrying skis and poles. If you want to go higher there are even more steps to climb. On the slopes you will find every lift will drop you off well below the next one so more climbing. Considering how much the lift company are charging for a lift pass I think they need to do better than this. Looking on the bright side you will come back a lot fitter than you went. With typical Swiss efficiency the sign in the cable car station queue on the Zermatt side said "Waiting time from this point 50 mins and it was indeed exactly 50 mins. The Matterhorn seems to generate its own weather and for 4 days we could see blue sky all around but we were in cloud and falling snow.
March 27, 2006
Joy from Ski Sweden Sweden
We would have loved the opportunity to get over to Switzerland but the bad weather in the beginning of March put a stop to those plans. When the sun doesn't shine in the Alps you get to looking around a bit more than you would normally. Cervinia was probably a pearl in the 1960s and 70s. Unfortunately it's now unkempt and unattractive. Lots of very old lifts that are like park benches and freezing cold when the winds of Cervinia blow, as they often do. It was an unusual event to get on a lift and get to the top without at least 2 stops. The main lift terminals are badly in need of repair, broken and slippy floors, uphill and down dale so that you're bathed in sweat before the day even starts. Lots of rooms up on the mountain-side but very difficult to get transport up there after a restaurant visit in the town. Poor bus services to boot. The best things about Cervinia were the friendly resauranteurs and shopkeepers, the good food and reasonable prices. Will we be back? No siree.
February 23, 2006
mike from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I am inclined to agree with the previous report wholey, but renters of skis and boots beware ...check the underside of the skis before you take them out of the shop and make sure they have no scrapes or scratches and there is no damage on the boots and agree a price and ask for a copy of the contract. The reason I am reporting this is because we were taken for a ride by the hirer, there are loads of them so shop around (avoid the one on the left after the carpark near the tourist office on the main road into Cervinia.) Above all have a great time.
February 17, 2006
Andrew Downes from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We used Cervinia as a base to ski all over Zermatt and it was awesome! Great scenery, the highest cable car in Europe and generally amazing lift infrastructure. Cervinia itself is a lovely resort but a little quiet for a lads' holiday (which is what we were on), though there is one fantastic night club and several decent bars, the pick of which for us was the Dragon. Restaurants are plentiful but very similar to each other and the traditional dishes are on the pricey side - I would recommend a half board deal for some good value variety of food. Thomson put us up in the 2* Hotel Gorret, which was basic but very friendly - great weather reports and run recommendations from the guy who does breakfast! The worst snow base for many years meant basically only 2 routes down the mountain were open in Cervinia, though each was made up of several runs many kilometres in length with lift points to go back. For the extra few euros the international lift pass was excellent value for money, opening up hundreds of runs and a great snow park on the Swiss side. We ate in Switzerland every day - take Swiss francs for best value, though they will accept euros. The shortest route back to Cervinia was a tiresomely long drag lift, though you can go a longer route via a cable car. The payback was not paying Swiss prices for accommodation. A great find, and a resort I would like to go back to.
February 01, 2006
Andrew from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Having skied in Cervinia twice in mid-December I can vouch for its snow certainty, although not all areas were open. The pistes are very well-maintained and as befits a resort with such a big drop, long. The only drawback is the tendency for it to get windy, so much so that everything closes. In December 2003 some of the chairs were open but slowed down due to the wind and frequently stopped - some of the gusts were over 100mph and that was scary stuff. Pretty lairy but part of life's rich pageant; the face-mask I bought for 20 Euros was essential. Watch out for the steps coming away into town from the bottom cable car. They are sloped and icy. Do get over to Zermatt - it's great skiing and worth it to see the prices you have to pay in Switzerland and laugh. And go up to the glacier on the Klein Matterhorn and ski down onto the Ventina and all the way back to Cervinia. 12+ Km of leg jelly. Then have a couple of drinks at Cafe Whymper. Fantastic place.
December 16, 2005
Keith (Skimonkey) from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I'm a now a frequent visit to Cervinia. I first visited on a Thomson package a few years ago but now travel independently. Really easy access from Turin or Milan. A great snow-sure resort with the international lift pass covering the fabulous Zermatt. The Hotel Edelweiss in Cervinia offers great value half board deals and the people are really friendly. There's a free ride to the gondola station each day. Excellent for families with Kids Clubs and crêche etc. Recommended.
December 06, 2005
G Ritchie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great intermediate, cruising resort. Huge amount of skiing, excellent lift system. Virtually guaranteed snow. Went week b4 Christmas, and was really quiet. On some of the pistes we were the only skiers. Hotel Grivola, well placed, 2 star hotel. Basic. Good value at that time of year, but is overpriced in the peak times. Would recommend Cervinia to everyone, especially families.
October 31, 2005
Elton from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Stayed at the fantastic Hotel Grande Murailles in Valtournenche 5 mins down the road from Cervinia. Short 4 day break so great spot to get access to Cervinia and Zermatt as it has its own gondola, although for quicker access into Zermatt I recommend getting bus or driving to Cervinia. Slopes are intermediate paradise big cruisers to make the heart sing aswell as some nice steep stuff in Zermatt. Overall great place great food and you can get over to one of the worlds best in Zermatt without Swiss prices.
February 20, 2005
DALE from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Skied Cervinia first week in Feb. 2005.Stayed in Hotel Breiul and were more than happy with everything they had to offer.Fantastic central location and not far from main lifts. Rooms very nice and clean although single rooms were a little small, staff wonderful and so friendly. Food also very good and we would certainly stop there again. Skiing in Cervinia was superb for all levels and the widest we have seen,very quiet and hardly ever had to wait to get on lifts.Only got over to Zermatt on our last day due to strong winds that closed the lifts to the top but is certainly worth getting an international pass to go.Overall, had a fantastic week in a great resort, superb slopes on great snow.