Cervinia to Zermatt

January – March 2023

From Cervinia to Zermatt crossing through “Porta Nera”

One-day unforgettable ski mountaineering and free ride experience in the hearth of Monte Rosa Alps, with unique view on Matterhorn. The descent through “Porta Nera” is a classic free-ride descent, connecting Cervinia to Zermatt, in a severe environment, surrounded by the seracs and crevasses of the Schwarztor Glacier, requiring good physical preparation and mastery of off-piste descent technique.

You can book individually or for a private group (maximum 6 people) with minimum notice, to offer the best possibility of evaluating weather and snow conditions. Route normally very popular, ideal period from January to mid-April, depending on snow conditions.
Recommended on weekdays to avoid crowding and fully enjoy the experience.
Possibility of overnight stay, the night before, at Rifugio delle Guide hut, in Plateau Rosà (3480m), to live a full mountain experience. Or in Cervinia or Valtournanche, to indulge in the pleasure of a relaxing afternoon.


8:30 am meeting in Cervinia (at the cable car departure station to Plateau Rosà).

After safety briefing and material check, we ascent to Plateau Rosà. Short descent on the Swiss side, following Zermatt resort area slopes, and ascent to Klein Matterhorn. From here, we follow a long crossing, and with slight ascent we reach Porta Nera pass (3734m), between Mount Pollux and Roccia Nera (about 1h 30min).
From Porta Nera, the thrilling and wonderful descent on the beautiful slopes between seracs and crevasses of the Schwarztor Glacier, brings us down to join Gorner Glacier, which ends with a narrow and characteristic passage between rocks and a stream, normally frozen in winter. At the exit of the canyon a short descent and we reach Furi, a small village above Zermatt. The cable-car  will take us back to Klein Matterhorn.  The long descent to Cervinia will complete our day, with a total of 1900 meters of descent.

General information:

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Effort: medium (7 hours of skiing), good physical condition required.
Equipment: freeride /ski mountaineering  skies, ski-skins.
Clothing: winter-proof hiking clothing, freeride backpack. In any case, the mountain guide will contact all participants for detailed information.
For equipment rental, please contact us in advance.
Group tour with guide: UIAGM Mountain Guide.
Min.2 Max. 6 participants. Single person via private negotiation.

Important Note:

Mandatory personal safety equipment (harness with lanyard and carabiner, ARTVA, shovel and probe) can be made available free of charge by the mountain guide.
Packed lunch not included.
Before departure, the mountain guide contacts all participants for useful information for the trip and for the necessary equipment.
The program may undergo variations at the unquestionable judgment of the mountain guide based on weather conditions, snow and the technical level of the participants.
In case of modification of the program, for reasons not dependent on the will of the mountain guide, any additional costs will be divided among the participants.


From Monday to Thursday
• 2 people: € 260
• 3 people: € 170
• 4 people: € 145
• 5 people: € 125
• 6 people: € 125

From Friday to Sunday
• 2 people: € 280
• 3 people: € 190
• 4 people: € 180
• 5 people: € 140
• 6 people: € 140


Booking allowed in any week-day of suggested period, subject to confirmation of availability of the Alpine Guide and safe snow conditions, with reservations closing and confirmation 5 days before requested date.
In the event of cancellation due to adverse weather conditions or force majeure, the entire participation fee will be refunded.
Penalty: 100% of the participation fee for cancellations from 4 days before departure.

• Cancellation insurance € 20

Excursions as per program, UIAGM mountain guide (International Union of Mountain Guide Associations)
Mountain rescue insurance
Common safety and first aid equipment

Transfer to the meeting point of the program
Own car park in Cervinia
International ski pass for ski lifts approximately 75 €/person (varies with dates)
Cancellation insurance: € 20/person
Health and accident insurance
Breakfast, lunch, dinners, drinks, refreshments during the excursion
Anything not indicated in the paragraph “the fee includes”

Information and reservations

stefano.piccoli@gmail.com    –  info@summit8.it