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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November 09, 2004
Muhz from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
One of the best kept secrets in the Alps. A small and unpretty town with a vast ski area, particularly suitable for intermediates. So called experts may get a little snooty about the lack of challenging runs (just a few blacks, and some reds are really only worthy of a blue, but the resort is linked to Zermatt which has miles of challenging piste and off piste. Stay in Cervinia and ski both sides of the mountain. The food and booze are much better than in zermatt, and the people are superb.
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.
March 25, 2019
Tim from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went there in mid March 2019. Snow was great, nothing to complain about there. Weather conditions and visibility seriously unpredictable though. Was there for 6 days, and the link to Zermatt was only open for 1 day in that time, although the altitude is a contributing factor to that. As someone else has mentioned, lifts are slow to open, which can lead to queues in the morning time, with everyone queuing for the same couple of lower lifts. Lift pass was 300 Euro or so for 6 days including the link to Zermatt, which is pricey considering the chance you have of getting over there. Pretty much all the runs can be downgraded a colour from everything I have experienced in France & Austria (blue run = green, red run = blue, etc). Everything is pretty cruisey, which may be to some people's taste, but there is not much to challenge people here. As a snowboarder, you constantly need to bomb it to make it across the flat sections (and there are a lot of them) which is fine in good visibility, harder if not. Village is nice with some good eating out, not a massive party town. All in all, if you want a not too challenging resort and don't mind the expensive lift passes, sure for relaxed skiing, this is fine. I think i'll be heading back to Austria next year though.
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.
January 25, 2012
Jo P from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from a week's skiing in Cervinia. We did, unfortunately, experience the high winds of this area. Friday wind and visibility made conditions poor so this was a short days skiing. Saturday no lifts were open in the area at all until lunchtime then one chairlift was opened that gave access to one blue and one red run. Even this lift kept stopping because of high winds. We did also have the most terrifying experience of being stuck on the old 3 man chair in the Valtournenche area in extremely high winds. Lift was shut by the time we got off but it is an experience I, and the rest of my party would never wish to repeat or for others to experience. I would advise, especially on older lifts, not to trust that because the resort are still running it, it will be ok to get on. Once we were off we went straight back to the hotel and had a large brandy which I don't even like!! Great to ski over to Zermatt, have lunch and come back to Italy! We did have 4 lovely days of great snow conditions and sun. Changing weather conditions are to be expected if skiing.
March 12, 2007
Garfield from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back 04/03-11/03. What a fabulous week's skiing and what a gem of a resort! Very snow sure and everything is no more than 5 minutes walk away. The steps up to the Plan Maison gondola can be a challenge in ski boots but if you want to avoid this, stay at the Hotel Astoria which is just 30m away (but don't expect gourmet food at the hotel)! The Dragon is excellent for apres with live music and big screen for sports (and Guinness!)and the Matterhorn Pizza does great food. Eating on the mountain is pricey (as expected) but try Chalet Etoile between Blues 4&6(stop by in the morning and book a table). A few things to note about this resort though because it's not all a bed of roses: 1) The weather is VERY unpredictable, more so than any other Alpine resort I have visited. The links with Zermatt close frequently and I would recommend buying a local pass and upgrading to the area pass when the lifts are open. Getting stuck in Zermatt will be pricey!!! 2) The lack of challenging skiing means that the Blues and Reds are plagued by 'speed freaks' who seem to have little regard for anyone else on the mountain and really spoil a wonderful array of cruisy blues and fun reds. 3) As noted below the chair lifts stop frequently and are painfully SLOW, even the brand new ones, it does seem to take an age to get anywhere. Also the piste grooming isn't the best as, despite the fact that there was tons of snow, the pistes were often hard and icy and didn't look groomed at all, even at first lift! All of this doesn't really mean value for money in one of the most expensive lift passes in the Alps! 4) You can all but forget the weekends as the car-parks and lower lift queues are packed by 08:30. This was the only time I had to queue all week and it made the pistes even more dangerous. I would happily go back to Cervinia now I know what to expect and hope for some more fresh powder as this really does bring out the best in this super resort.
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 12, 2008
Jack from Ski Canada Canada
Stayed at Club Med and had a great time. Perfect weather for 6 days so no problem with winds on top. The runs at Cervinia are great for lessons and the mountains are full of breathtaking views. No powder as the slopes are consistently groomed. Not safe for off-piste due to crevices on the glaciers. You have to plan your day to Zermatt as there is no way back, except up the lift. Overall, well worth a visit.
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.
May 12, 2020
Stefano from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
This wonderful ski resort will open for summer skiing on June 26th. Summer skiing is located at the Plateau Rosa': take the gondola to the top station Testa Grigia and ski down to the Plateau Rosa', just wonderful!