How to holiday in Zermatt without the expensive price tag!

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Zermatt is a resort known all around the world for its skiing, climbing and hiking, not to mention its stunning scenery, mountain chalets, picturesque town centre and let’s not forget to mention; rather expensive price tag! If you fancy a winter vacation in the mountains but don’t like the idea of an overinflated budget, then why not head to Zermatt’s neighbour, Cervinia.

Zermatt and Cervinia share the same ski area


Cervinia is perched on the border of Italy and Switzerland and Zermatt can be reached easily through the pistes that connect the two towns. Cervinia and Zermatt are well known for its high altitude mountains, the skiing all year round and the world famous Matterhorn mountain, which is perched high up majestically overlooking the valleys.

The resorts of Zermatt and Cervinia share the same ski area – the 20 lifts in Cervinia and 34 in Zermatt total up at 160km of Italian and 200km of Swiss turf. But that’s not all they have in common. Both lie at the foot of that most iconic of mountains: the Matterhorn.

If you’ve seen pictures, you’ll understand why skiing in full view of that geological wonder is yet another tick box on the diehard skier’s bucket list. So what do you choose? Zermatt or Cervinia? Both resorts have their pros and cons. Let’s try to help you decide which to choose when booking your winter vacation this year.


Most have heard about Zermatt

Most skiers have heard of Zermatt. It’s probably the most famous destination for skiing holidays in Switzerland. You would have heard of the stories of fresh powder, the quaint village and luxurious accommodation on offer not to mention the glamorous après ski lifestyle. But perhaps it might be a bit too decadent for your taste? Perhaps having to spend sky high amounts just on restaurants, evening cocktails and high-end chalets into your budget which takes away from enjoying the slopes during the day? Here’s the secret: you needn’t spend thousands on a holiday to enjoy the Matterhorn experience…

Welcome to Cervinia

Yes the Italian side of the Matterhorn is less iconic, less glitzy but most of all has a lower price tag than of its more expensive neighbour Zermatt. However being on the Italian side of the Matterhorn really does have its benefits. The ski pass alone will cost you less in Cervinia than it does in Zermatt and not to mention the day to day living costs, restaurants, après ski, and chalet accommodation.

On the Italian side, the slopes are mostly suitable for intermediate skiers, with a few tougher slopes to choose from. Being on the sunny side of Matterhorn makes it not only pleasurable rather than freezing cold, particularly in December and January, but also the added bonus of the glacier at 3480m and resort level at 2050m nearly always enables you to ski all the way down – whether it’s an early-season trip or the Easter holidays.

If you’re on the lookout for perfectly-groomed runs for a proper fast piste cruise, Cervinia is the resort for you.


HelloChalet has a wide range of Chalets, Apartments and Rascards in various stunning locations in Cervinia in close proximity to the pistes! Ski from your doorstep and enjoy the thrill of the pistes at your fingertips! Why not take advantage of our InHouse Private Chef facilities where you can partake in local gastronomic delights and enjoy true decadence in the privacy of your Holiday Home.

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