Learn to ski in Cervinia
Located in the Italian Alps at an altitude of 2,050m, Breuil-Cervinia is a c.a. 1hr 45mins drive from Turin and 2,5hrs from Milan Malpensa. The resort has 200km pistes at all levels and is Italy’s most snow-sure, lying in the shadow of the Monte Cervino mountain - known by most as the Matterhorn. The resort opened in 1936 under the name Breuil. However, in the 1940’s it was decreed that the name should be changed to Breuil-Cervinia, in honour of the Italian mountain ranging above it.
Breuil-Cervinia’s high altitude means that snow is virtually guaranteed from November to May. It is also part of the Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Zermatt skiing region, which is one of the largest in the Alps. This extensive ski domain has a total of 360km of pistes and stretches across three valleys within Italy and Switzerland, the skiing area ranging in altitude from 1,524m at Valtournenche to 3,883m at the Piccolo Cervino.
Ski lessons for beginners in Cervinia
Breuil-Cervinia is definitely one of the best places in Europe to learn to ski, with excellent nursery slopes and 18 groomed beginner runs. Also, it is no secret that the red runs within the resort are so gentle that they would be classified as blue elsewhere.
Ski schools in Cervinia offer ski lessons from age 5yrs upwards, lessons lasting for 2,5hrs and the meeting point being at the top of the Plan Maison lift. Beginners are firstly taught the very basic moves of glide and the snowplough, to help them get used to their equipment.
The next step is to progress to some of the gentler slopes within the resort to practice longer glides and eventually try the first parallel turns. The main beginners area within Cervinia is at Plan Maison, which has various easy blues, plus a meandering green that traverses the mountain from Laghi Cime Bianche.
Slightly higher up, various reds meander down from Theodulpass - this being a further recommendation of the ski schools in Cervinia. Theodulpass is reached by taking a succession of ski lifts up from Plan Maison.
Kids’ ski lessons in Cervinia
Kids’ ski lessons in Cervinia are available for young skiers aged 5yrs and above. Ski novices are taken to the nursery and beginner slopes with magic carpets around the Plan Maison lift. The meeting point for the ski schools in Cervinia is directly by the top station of the lift. Here, first-time skiers learn their first moves on the snow; gliding and the snowplough.
Once basics have been established, beginners graduate onto slopes with more of a gradient. Around the Plan Maison area are plenty of gentle blue runs, the blue 5 run making a right-angle turn midway before leading back down to Breuil-Cervinia.
Advanced beginners practice their newly-learned technique on the slopes around the Campetto chairlift or in Plan Maison at the pommel lift and chairlift. The 11km Ventina red run is a skiing highlight and recommended by the ski schools in Cervinia as the ultimate goal for intermediate skiers.
Ski lesson prices in Cervinia
Ski schools in Cervinia offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season and does not include any extras, such as equipment:
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Ski hire Cervinia
There are 12 snow-sports hire centres within Cervinia, for skiers and snowboarders who prefer to rent their equipment.
Cervinia ski pass
The main ski pass available in Cervinia covers both the Breuil-Cervinia plus Valtournenche areas. Price variations of the ticket are available, according to length of stay, age and season. Ticket supplements can be bought to cover additional lifts, such as on the Matterhorn, or specific local areas, such as Zermatt. Ski schools in Cervinia will be happy to provide further details.
The best ski school in Cervinia
Ride’em Ski School
Ride’em offers ski, snowboard and freeride lessons both in groups and privately. Lessons are taught in English French and Italian
At the school flag by the top station of the Plan Maison lift
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What makes learning to ski in Cervinia so special
Breuil-Cervinia's high altitude – 3,480m at the top lift station – means that snow is virtually guaranteed from November to May. The resort is also open for summer glacier skiing and snowboarding, as well as at weekends already in October. Some ski schools in Cervinia offer lessons already in October.
Nestled in at 2,800m, Cervinia proudly lays claim to having not only the highest but also one of the best snow-parks in Europe: IndianPark is located in Plan Maison and is a 400m long, 100m wide freestyle area with kickers, rails a boarder cross course and lots of atmosphere. The park is open every day of the week throughout the season.