Zermatt is often named as the place to ski in Europe. No doubt it is superb there, but many other places – some even greater in my opinion – are overlooked or simply out-shone by Zermatt’s reputation. Let me introduce you to Cervinia – the Italian alternative to Zermatt. Here are just some basic facts.
Reference: roundtrip from New York JFK Airport, fly in at Friday, January 30, return on Saturday, February 7, 7 nights lodging, 6 days skiing.
Airfare New York JFK – Geneva International GVA (1 stop-over): € 671 (Air Lingus, roundtrip, price per adult), duration 13-22 hrs
Airfare New York JFK – Milan Malpensa MXP (direct flight): € 553 (British Airways, roundtrip, price per adult), duration ~9 hrs
Zermatt: 3 hr 52 minutes with train from nearest international airport (Geneva, GVA), Zermatt is car-free.
Cervinia: 2 hr 15 minutes with car/transfer coach from nearest international airport (Milan Malpensa, MXP).
Prices for appartments or hotel room can be found in the range of € 1,400 (mid-range hotel, 2p room, incl breakfast) or € 2,000 (self-catered apartment, 4 persons, 2 bedroom).
Walk to the lifts (from town centre):
Zermatt: 650 m (9 minutes)
Cervinia: 250 m (4 minutes, slightly uphill)
Time to top (Plateau Rosa, using lift system):
Zermatt: 3 gondolas + 1 decent (~45 minutes)
Cervinia: 3 gondolas (~35 minutes)
Skipass prices (for exactly the same ski area!: 357 km of prepared runs):
Zermatt: 434 CHF ~€ 384 (6 days, international ski pass), based on current exchange rate
Cervinia: € 280 (6 days, international ski pass)
Zermatt: pricey and tasteless
Cervinia: tasty and cheap
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