Best Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Snowboarding

The 3rd most popular snowboarding destination in Italy.

  Matterhorn Ski Paradise, Aosta, Italy


  October 23, 2019

North of Torino and Pont St Martin, the Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche ski area has 69 pistes totaling 158km that are served by 23 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,850m. This ski resort is popular for its beginner and intermediate groomed pistes, along with advanced off-piste freeride terrain. Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche is a high altitude ski area that is known for reliable snowpack and exceptional vistas. The base elevation at Cervinia is 2,050m, the base at Valtourneche is 1,524m, and the top elevation at Plateau Rosa is 3,488m. The best Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche snowboarding is during the months of January to March.

It is part of the greater Matterhorn Ski Paradise that extends north into Switzerland. The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is truly an epic destination for freeriding snowboarders, especially if you are looking for 1,000m descents on ungroomed pistes on and off marked runs. Just looking around, you will see countless, untracked, above-treeline alpine bowls waiting for you to explore. And, there are plenty of maintained runs along panoramic ridges leading deep down into the glacial valleys below. Most of the skiers tend to say within the marked, groomed runs. The few snowboarders that do come here tend to be a little more adventurous and willing to deal with the numerous traverses needed to get in and out of the ungroomed runs.

The Matterhorn Ski Paradise consists of the northern Swiss-half centered around Zermatt and the southern Italian-half center around Cervinia/Valtournenche. Nestled under the shadow of the infamous Matterhorn (4,478m), the combined interconnected ski resorts have 149 pistes totaling 358km that are served by 57 lifts. The Cervinia/Valtournenche ski areas have 64 pistes totaling 158km that are served by 69 pistes. The Zermatt ski area has 80 pistes totaling 200km that are served by 34 lifts. The marked pistes offer a range of difficulty: 69km blue (easy), 188km red (moderate), 18km black (difficult), and 38km yellow (marked but ungroomed and not patrolled). In addition to the marked pistes, there are probably about the same amount of unmarked off-piste routes to explore with a guide. There are also 21km of marked pistes on the glaciers for summer usage. The Matterhorn Ski Paradise has a range of trams, gondolas, chairlifts, t-bars and even a railway to get you up to the lifts. To reach Zermatt from Breuil-Cervinia, head up the Plateau Rosa cable car or via chairlifts to the Theodul Pass.

In addition, the Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche ski area is part of the Cervino Ski Paradise. The Cervino Ski Paradise consists of three bus-interconnected ski areas (Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche, Chamois and Torgnon) that share a common ski pass.

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche is known by snowboarders for its pistes which offer spectacular views of the surrounding massive mountains. The village of Cervinia is located at the base of 4,478m (14,691 feet) Mount Cervino. This climbers paradise is also know for its powdery snow through April.

If you are looking for long snowboarding pistes, try the incredible long Cime Bianche run via Salette down 1400m into Valtourneche. Take the Chamois lift up and try snowboading all the way back down to Cheney in Valtourneche. Alternately, check out the 11.5km Ventina run from the glacier down into the center of town.

For some open bowl snowboarding terrain, make sure to explore the bowls between the Plateau Rosa and the Bontadini Chair Lift. A short hike is required, but this keeps them pretty untracked. The Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Ski Area also provides access to the Theodul Pass snowboarding backcountry area. It is access by heading up to Plateau Rosa and then taking two more chairlifts up and hiking across. If gladed trees are your thing, check out the lines near the Cieloalto Lift.

For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche has a terrain park called Indian Park to session. The Indian Park is located above Plan Maison (2800m), and is over 400m long with both beginner features and advanced kickers.

Keep in mind that the ski area is linked to Zermatt at the Plateau Rosa lifts and the Theodul Pass summits. Many lifts close all day after heavy snow or high winds, especially those connecting to Zermatt. Luckily, Zermatt has recently replaced their upper cable cars with an all-weather gondola system into the new recessed Klein Matterhorn top station. Tip: if the lift or piste is closed at the start of the day, it probably will not open during the day. And, don't be surprised if the upper lifts are closed for days at a time during long storms preventing access to Zermatt.

If you haven't been here for a few years, Cervinia has opened three new challenging black runs for riders to explore: Pista Nera del Cervino, the Gran Roc, and Vallone 5.

After a morning of shredding, when you are looking for lunch try the Le Rifugio del Cervino (3,480m) at the top of the Grigia lift or Chalet Etoile off Plan Massion.

For apres ski, hit the Yeti bar. For some nightlife, which starts at midnight, do not miss the Black Hole Bar in the pedestrian walkway of Cervinia, the Dragon, the Garage Disco Club, and end up at the Discoteca Banconiglio. The village can be reasonably quiet on the weekdays but slammed on the weekends, which bring plenty of traffic on the access road from Aosta. The village of Brueil-Cervinia is a purpose-built resort with several harsh concrete buildings. Further down valley, the village of Valtournenche is much more traditional but keep in mind the Salette gondola base is actually outside of town requiring a walk or bus.

To reach the snowboarding in Breuil-Cervinia by air, the two nearest airports are Turin Caselle (TRN) and Milan Malpensa (MXP). The Turin airport is served by European airlines, and the Milan Malpensa airport is served by both European and major international airlines. While a rental car is fast and convenient with a sense of independence for getting to the ski resort, it can be a huge source of stress with complex road network navigation, locating the expensive resort overnight parking, and challenges with narrow roads during poor winter weather. But, unlike the easy public train and bus options for Swiss and Austria ski resorts, the public transport options out of Milan and Turin are very complex with difficult connections from multiple non-integrated transportation companies. While driving can be a couple hours, the public transportation options stretch into 4-7 hours of additional travel.

From Milan Malpensa airport, the only train option is the Malpensa Express leading into downtown Milano Centrale (45 minute ride every 30 minutes). From Milano Centrale, take the train to Chivasso (may require a connection) where you will change trains leading up into Valle d'Aosta. The main train stops in Valle d'Aosta for public buses up to ski resorts provided by Arriva Savada ( include Chatillon which leads up to Torgnon, Chamois and Breuil-Cervinia). So, in all, it could take five trains plus a final bus. Alternately, if your time works right, there is bus service that skips the trains directly to the final train station in Chatillon from Arriva Savada (, which runs three times a day during winter months. From Chatillon/Saint-Vincent train station, use the coach bus service up the valley north into Breuil-Cervinia (1 hour).

From Turin Caselle airport, there is a metro train from the airport leading into downtown Turin (Madonna di Campagna). Unfortunately, the train station needed for Valle d'Aosta destinations requires a taxi or ride from Madonna di Campagna to the Torino Porta Susa or Porta Nuova train stations. Alternately, it is possible to take a bus from the airport direct to the train station. Then, there is a train to Ivrea where you'll connect for the train into Valle d'Aosta. The main train stops in Valle d'Aosta for buses up to ski resorts include Chatillon for Torgnon, Chamois and Breuil-Cervinia. So, in all, it could take a minimum of a bus, then two trains and a final bus. As a final option, there is a direct bus from the airport to Aosta train station Arriva Savada (, which runs three times a day during winter months. From Aosta, you can take a regular train back down the valley to the aforementioned train station to catch a bus up to the ski resorts. From Chatillon/Saint-Vincent train station, use the coach bus service up the valley north into Breuil-Cervinia (1 hour).

PRO TIP: There is a proposal to interconnect Valtournenche with Champoluc in the Monterosa Ski Arena to the southeast via a gondola. Make sure to check with the ski areas before coming about this proposed interconnect.

Overall, Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche is the 3rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 57 snowboarding resorts in Italy. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche including Zermatt and Grachen.

Local Contacts:  Cervinia (39) 0166-949136; Valtournenche (39) 0166-944380.

Best Season:  Jan. - Mar.

Base Camp:  Hotel Grivola; Hotel Briethorn; Studio Breuil Cervinia (0166-940238); Hotel Miravidi; Hotel Marmore, Hotel Gorret

Luxury Loding:  Hermitage; Excelsior Planet; Punta Marquignaz

Breakfast Restaurant:  La Samovar Tea Room

Reference Source:  click here

PDF Map:  click here

GPS:  45.93418, 7.631364

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  10/23/2019

ID:  18813

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