When you think Italy, one usually envisions the idyllic hills and sunny grape farms where you can spend the day making wine and watching the sun set as you munch on some tasty Italian treats. However, despite the sunny imagery that is so popular of Italy, it is also the perfect destination to visit during the winters, particularly for skiers.
The best part is that Italy is usually more laid back in its approach as the perfect skiing destination. This means that you can experience less traffic in Italy as the majority of skiers head to other locations such as Switzerland, Austria and France. Opting for Italy is also worthwhile since it has the ambience coupled with low costs, comfortable accommodations, hearty fare and amazing slopes. If you’re thinking of visiting Italy, the following are some of their best ski resorts to visit.
An Italian resort which is renowned for its consistency in snow, the Cervinia is worth a visit. With summer skiing also being an option, Cervinia offers great snow runs that are any skiers’ perfect playground. Connected to Zermatt via the lift in Switzerland, skiers get to enjoy access to both resorts with the help of an international pass that gives them access to around 251km of prime skiing ground. While the Cervinia isn’t as scenic as other resorts, you are guaranteed to find snow here even when the winters have been dry. The Indian Park here is considered among the best in Italy.
2. Cortina d’Ampezzo
If you want to ski but also rub shoulders with the who’s who in town, head over to Cortina d’Ampezzo. An ancient mountain town, Cortina holds the reputation not only as ski town but for being one of the chicest spots in Italy. Skiing opportunities in Cortina are great as the little town hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956 and offers skiing on 115km of slopes. While the skiing experience did begin to stagnate a bit, they’re actively working to rectify this aspect with the introduction of showshoeing hikes as well as hosting group camping excursions to a restored encampment that was used by soldiers in the past.
3. Passo Tonale
If you’re looking for the best ski resort for beginners, Passo Tonale is the place to go. Located near the Presena glacier, snow can be found here from October to June. This factor makes it the go to place for Italy’s national ski team. The runs here are suited for beginners and intermediate skiers but Passo Tonale is also linked with Temu and Ponte di Legno via lift. The slopes here are perfect for advanced skiers. With two ski schools available and plenty of hotels and resorts including the Hotel La Mirandola that has been around since the 12th Century, there is plenty to see and do here.
4. Sauze d’Oulx
Sauze used to hold a reputation as a party resort since the 1970s with an active night life, but it has managed to tone it down a bit. Skiing here is a wonderful experience as you get undulating, snow covered runs, many of which are thought to be the best ones in Italy. It also shares terrain and links with other resorts such as the Sestire, Sansicaro the Montgenevre and the Milky Way. In total, you get access to over 400km of pristine skiing runs and have access to 66 lifts. The local town here is cost effective and going to the local bars, pubs and restaurants isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg.
If you want a challenge, one of the best resorts to visit in Italy is the Livingo. Almost inaccessible, reaching the resort is a challenge, requiring three hours travel by the Innsbruck. This time can be extended if you’re travelling to it from any hub airports. However, the long travel times are more than worth it as Linvingo has high quality parks, reasonable costs, as well as reliable snow fall. With a total of 5 different parks, this place is a skier’s playground and offers ski runs, slopes, rails and air bags that are perfectly suited for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers.
For a family friendly ski resort, head to Corvora that is located near the craggy Dolomites range. The runs are extremely suitable for cruising and are perfectly suited for beginners. With close proximity to the Alta Badia and the Sella Ronda skiing areas, there are plenty of skiing runs to access here. The panoramic views here are also great, with an enchanting quality that attracts the eye. With the presence of luxury three, four and five star hotels available for accommodations, you can really enjoy the view of Corvara from the comfort of your room.
If you like off country skiing and exploring the landscape while skiing, Alagna is the perfect destination for you. With ski runs and picturesque terrain that is considered to rival those of the Chamonix, located in France, Alagna offers glorious snowfields that produce a stimulating challenge, particularly for expert skiers. The little village also has quaint architecture with wooden farmhouses and stone churches. However, it isn’t a place with an active night life and doesn’t have many places that are open late at night. You can expect lights to be out pretty soon once dinner is done with. The challenging terrain also makes it necessary to have a mountain guide with you.