I'm looking at a road map how to get from Zermatt to Breuil-Cervinia. I wonder if it is possible to get there by short path? Please note I will travel with luggage and ski equipment. Is it possible to bypass with luggage in cable-car?

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    An alternative could be to ski through the ski resort to Cervinia (like skifans has written in his answer) and only take the necessary clothes for one or 2 days in a small backpack, and ship the rest of the luggage (if it's a larger amount) by Postal service.
    – dunni
    Jan 11 '19 at 11:20
  • @dunni Keep in mind you're crossing a national border here (Switzerland -> Italy), so postal service is going to be expensive and error-prone.
    – Mast
    Jan 11 '19 at 16:32

Unless your luggage is a back pack and you are willing to wear your skis this is not possible. Pedestrians are usually allowed onto cable car lifts and in some cases chair lifts (although you would be unable to carry any bags for the latter).

If you have a look at the piste map: http://www.cervinia.it/en/inverno/skirama

Then you can see that between Plateau Rosa and Trockner step there is no possible route you can do. Traveling from Zermatt to Cervina there are T-Bars but you need to have ski equipment to use them and cannot travel on them down hill.

A T-Bar: T-Bar

If you do want to attempt this then you don't need to purchase a full day pass. You can buy a single assent from Cervina to Plateau Rosa (http://www.cervinia.it/en/inverno/tariffe-tronchi-ar) for a lower cost then a full day pass. You would then need to ski down to Zermatt. You can also buy single journeys from Trockner Steg to Zermatt (https://www.matterhornparadise.ch/en/Book/Online-tickets/Single-tickets-Trockener-Steg) which would reduce the skiing. I do not know if these are available at Trockner Steg, and would recommend buying this in advance.

In addition it should be noted that Zermatt is car free. You cannot drive there. You would need to leave the car around 5km down the valley at Tasch and get the train: https://www.zermatt.ch/en/arrival/Arrival-by-car

Things are changing though, and in while the above information is still correct - it was recently announced that a new cable car would be built (ETA: 2021) which would make the route passable for pedestrians: https://www.remontees-mecaniques.net/accueil/actu-zermatt-accord-trouve-pour-la-liaison-italie-suisse-via-un-telepherique-3s-185.html

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    To sum it up: except for the Plateau Rosa - Trockener Steg section you can do the trip on cable cars. I would ask the operator(s) if it could be possible to have someone drive you in a snow cat between those stations. It is not steep at all.
    – Sebastian
    Jan 11 '19 at 12:18
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    "... in some cases chair lifts (although you would be unable to carry any bags for the latter)" if by bags you mean suitcase style bags you're correct, but Backpacks are perfectly fine and very normal to wear on chair lifts in switzerland
    – MindSwipe
    Jan 11 '19 at 13:58
  • I have also seen operators attach sleds and other bulky cargo to chair lifts. Jan 11 '19 at 14:44

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