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Zermatt to Cervinia?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hello!

From bottom of Zermatt to top of Cervinia, how long does it take using lifts/trams, etc., non-stop?

Thank you.
Edited by gpaulski - 12/27/09 at 9:05am
post #2 of 19
Hi, I did it a a few weeks ago.  You have to take the Gondola, then the cable cars to the top.  That takes about 45 minutes I would think, then maybe 20 minutes to ski down. 
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Gracias!  How about returning time, Lifts,etc. bottom of Cervinia to top of Zermatt, then ski all the way down to base of Zermatt?

Much obliged!

While I've got you, is Cervinia good for more than 2 days, intermediate/advanced groomers?
post #4 of 19
I only took one run down to eat lunch at the base in Cervinia, but it is a large resort.  It seemed to  very good for intermediate/advanced groomers.  And Zermatt is right there if you need more terrain. 
post #5 of 19
I didn't like Cervinia much when I skiied there this December, but if you cruise all the way down you can make it in 15 minutes pretty easily. Like Snowbird said, count on about 45 minutes to an hour to get all the way back to the Swiss side.

I was told by the locals that Cervinia is the best place to ski on in the late season (March). I've skiied Zermatt for 3 seperate weeks, and this last trip was the only time I decided to get the week long combo ticket.

I wouldn't recommend it. I think you kill too much time riding the lift back over to the swiss side to make it worth it (if you ski back down to the town twice that's 2 hours of lift riding!). Like Snowbird said, you go once just to brag about skiing into Italy and having some pasta. I would just buy the single day supplemental lift card for Cervinia for anyone else.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you.  Probably better to stay put in either side and enjoy it all!
post #7 of 19
NO, I would definitely go.
But -
1) dont go the first day of your trip. KM is around 13,000ft high. give your body time to acclimitize
2)  Go on a sunny day.
3) Don't go the last day of your trip.
4) take your passport.

apparently - if the weather turns bad - sometimes they cut off the return link. Which would force you
to stay in Italy for a day.
post #8 of 19
I've done this a number of times, both from the Cervinia side and the other way around. The answer to "how long does it take" and "is it worth it" is, "it depends."

First, what sector are you skiing at Zermatt. If you're over at like the Stockhorn area, it's a long way to the lifts that go toward Cervinia. It's faster to walk through town (or take a taxi) than it is to ski down to those lifts (which requires a lift transfer higher up anyway, unless you're in the Gonergrat area (saying all this from memory, excuse me if don't have names quite right).

Second, what's the snow like. Zermatt has much better skiing than Cervinia, but Cervinia has superior snow. It can be worth it to go there for the snow.

Also, weekends are crowded at both resorts, so liftlines will lengthen the process.

Finally, wind sometimes shuts the link. Even if it's open, on a windy day you might be risking getting stuck if they decide to close down.

Food/feel-wise, I'd say not much difference at that height; you'd have to ski all the way down to the town of Cervinia to really notice that you're in Italy.

Cervinia is a much misunderstood mountain. There is excellent offpiste, but it's mostly a cruising mountain with great snow. It's very good for what it is. Zermatt has even better offpiste, though pretty dicey without a guide.

For a really good discussion of the Zermatt/Cervinia link and its feasibility, look at any copy of Where to Ski and Snowboard. It might also be on their website, wtss.uk (I think).
post #9 of 19

I think Zermat is very expensive while Cervinia is cheaper. The Matterhorn from Zermatt is very nice but it is a quite long distance while from Cervinia is very close. Food in Cervinia is amazing. This is my experience with the 2 different sides of the matterhorn.

post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanky all, can't wait to do this trip!

post #11 of 19

Did you see this TR from last season?  Has a video.  Father and son from Scotland who stayed in Italy.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/111408/version-2-cervinia-zermatt-week-long-trip#post_1446509

post #12 of 19

Here is a video of part of the run down to Cervinia, shot last November by my brother:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aC0VYSwiNmY

post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Marco Buoni View Post

I think Zermat is very expensive while Cervinia is cheaper. The Matterhorn from Zermatt is very nice but it is a quite long distance while from Cervinia is very close. Food in Cervinia is amazing. This is my experience with the 2 different sides of the matterhorn.

 

 

post #14 of 19

There are LOTS of nice places to stop and eat in Zermatt, probably more good on-mountain eating establishments than anywhere else in the Alps. Yes, it's more expensive than on the Italian side but not prohibitive. And if my memory is correct, that Italian place shown above is about the only atmospheric choice on the Cervinia side. Zermatt is teaming with them, lots with mouth-dropping views. If you're going to ski Zermatt, that's part of the reason to go, so budget it. 

Check out "+" point no. 5 here: http://www.wheretoskiandsnowboard.com/resorts/Zermatt/

BTW, allow me to indulge in a little snobbery about Italian food. You might or might not eat well in the Italian Alps, depends where you go, as always. But if you're getting a plate of, like, pasta with a tomato-based sauce or some other "staple" of Italian cuisine, you're being fed tourist fare. The regional cuisines from the mountains are something different altogether. To my palette, there's  less of a difference between the authentic local cuisine Cervinia vs. Zermatt than, say Cervinia vs. Milan or Bologna. 

post #15 of 19
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And if my memory is correct, that Italian place shown above is about the only atmospheric choice on the Cervinia side

 

There are many places to eat in Cervinia with a fantastic view, for example in Thodulus restaurant there is a wonderful balcony in front of the matterhorn. I think that is the highest point you can eat and see the matterhorn at the same time, as we are 3500 meters high. In Klein Mattherhorn you can eat but the balcony is poor.

 

The prices in Zermatt are enormous, I have been to Le Gitan and I paid 75 Euro each, in Cervinia at Metzelet I paid 20 Euro for higher quality mountain food! Raclette, Fundue, Polenta and Salsiccia..

post #16 of 19

You might be right, but the point remains. If you're going to Zermatt, you have to budget for eating out at lunch. Better to economize at dinner or something (and you could do a trip there without renting a car, if you're looking to save cash). It's just one of the best things about the place. And this from someone who usually skips lunch. 

post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 

Gracias!

post #18 of 19

give you an example - 

 

for our 11am stop-

 

Cervinia - 1 brandy, 1 coffee, 1 water and and 1 hot chocolate - 11 euros!!!

Zermatt - 1 brandy, 1 coffee, 1 water and and 1 hot chocolate - 21 euros!!!

 

as far as my fave place to eat in zermatt was the glacier big base restaurant... cant remember the name - decent priced for there and huge choice... 

post #19 of 19

Yeah well if you're doing Zermatt you know you're spending money, there's not really any getting 'round that. 

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