Italy offers some of the best skiing in Europe, from the breathtaking Dolomites in the north-east to the Alps in the west, where you’ll find some of the tallest mountain peaks in Europe. With its reasonable prices and laid-back Italian lifestyle, these are the pistes to hit if you´re looking for a holiday that offers excellent skiing combined with a true taste of Italy. If you’re looking for a ski resort in Italy, try one of these.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Veneto
Fantastic scenery complemented by traditional Italian hospitality means this is the resort to visit for a memorable skiing trip. Set at 1,225m above sea level, Cortina d-Ampezzo has a number of different ski areas, from the gentle slopes of Socrapes for beginners to more advanced runs for intermediate and advanced skiers. Perfect for experienced skiers is the Hidden Valley – a run known for its breathtaking beauty and openness – giving a true feeling of tranquility.
A spectacular example of skiing at its best and particularly suitable for intermediate skiers, Bormio is perfect for skiing, snowboarding and relaxation in its historical thermal spas. With 112 separate slopes and 62 ski lifts, this resort is popular with both skiers and snowboarders. With its slopes reaching a height of 2,500m Bormio promises a full season of skiing combined with an excellent choice of accommodation, bars and restaurants.
One of the oldest ski resorts in Italy, Sestriere was purpose-built in the 1930s and has served skiers of all levels ever since. The resort has been modernised over the years, and is an excellent location for exploring the 400km Milky Way circuit on the Italian-French border. Sestriere also boasts an abundance of panoramic views to be experienced whilst descending the slopes or enjoying the après ski.
Breuil-Cervinia, Aosta Valley
This is the perfect location for skiing of all levels, with high altitudes – guaranteeing snow all season – and over 350km of slopes. The lift system connects with nearby Valtourneche and Zermatt in Switzerland. In addition to the excellent ski facilities Breuil/Cervinia is famous for its stunning landscapes and is dominated by Switzerland’s mighty Matterhorn mountain. There are also plenty of other attractions if you don’t only want skiing such as cross country tracks, a snow park, dog sledding, ice karting and bowling.
Courmayeur, Aosta Valley
At 1,224m and with 100km of slopes the charming town of Courmayeur is nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe. After a day spent on either the beginner’s nursery slopes, intermediate pistes or the more advanced runs for hardened skiers you can enjoy a taste of true Italian hospitality at one of the many bars, bistros and restaurants in the town. Courmayeur combines excellent skiing with pure Italian tradition. At approximately 2 hours from Turin this is a perfect choice for a full skiing holiday or a weekend break.
So although perhaps not so popular as the other skiing resorts of Europe, if you’re looking for a ski resort in Italy there’s plenty of choices and some excellent skiing terrain.