Top Ski Destinations in Italy
The Italian Alps extend across Italy’s northern borders and offer all kinds of places to ski, from traditional villages to purpose-built resorts. Whichever ski destination you choose, you’re likely to find excellent food and a friendly welcome, as is the case everywhere in Italy. Here are some of the top ski destinations in the Italian Alps.
Cervinia is a high altitude village resort in the Aosta valley, right below the towering Matterhorn. It has miles of long, gentle slopes and generally reliable snow conditions from around December to April. It also offers some summer glacier skiing.
Cortina is Italy’s most fashionable ski resort, and is in a spectacular setting in the Dolomites. The historic and beautiful town once hosted the Winter Olympics and makes a stunning base both for winter sports and for summer mountain adventures.
Corvara is a traditional village resort in the Sella Ronda, a huge circular network of ski slopes around the sheer limestone cliffs of the Gruppo di Sella. The views of the Dolomites are spectacular and there are miles of long, wide easy slopes. It’s a good base for beginners and families.
Courmayeur is a charming old village in the Aosta valley, right on the French border. With fantastic views of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain, Courmayeur is linked by cable-car to Chamonix in France. The resort has a limited range of pistes.
Madesimo is a small, friendly, traditional resort which is close to the Swiss border and is a two to three hour drive from Milan. The slopes are mostly intermediate, but if you’re feeling brave there’s also a very challenging black run which is known as the Canalone, and descends 1,000 vertical metres over three kilometres.
The Italian national ski team trains at Passo Tonale, as there’s a glacier here which guarantees snow for much of the year. This compact resort offers value for money and some easy slopes. It is linked to Ponte Legno, which has some more challenging runs.
The Monterosa Ski area consists of three unspoiled valleys which are linked by pistes. Each valley has a traditional village resort: Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna. There are some great runs for intermediate skiers and the area is good for heli-skiing.
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If you’ve ever skied in Italy, where did you go, and how was it?