The Italian resorts don’t have the scores of chalets you find in France, but when they do chalets, they do them superbly. From the foothills of the Dolomites to the slope-sides of snow sure Cervinia, chalets and chalet hotels are a wonderful way to ski Italy.
Things couldn’t be more simple, having breakfast, afternoon tea and supper served six days of the week, while you use the day off to explore the pizzerias this nation does best.
If there’s anything better than an Italian ski chalet, an Italian ski chalet with hot tub or sauna might just be it. With spa facilities and swimming pools, four and five star chalets make for a more-than-comfortable stay in the mountains.
For serious levels of luxury, pick one in a high-end resort like Cortina, where you can follow 007’s tracks down stunning Dolomite pistes, shop the boutiques of Corso Italia and sip Aperol Spritz as the sun sets over vivid orange peaks.
…and if there’s one thing that trumps an Italian chalet with a hot tub? It’s one right on the piste that you can ski in and out of. Not all Italian resorts are set up for a slopeside stay, but lots have chalets a short walk from the nearest lift or ski slope. Look out also for properties that have their own shuttle service, which’ll bring you to and from the ski area to save you the legwork.
Though chalets aren’t as plentiful in Italy as they are in the other skiing nations, there are some brilliant independently-run properties dotted around. Some are seriously luxurious, with spa facilities and antique furnishings, while others provide a simple but still comfortable base for the week.
Flights and transfers aren’t bundled in with accommodation like you’d find in a package holiday, which means you can pick the airport, airline and flight times that suit you best. Some prefer to drive at their own pace, while others opt for rail travel instead. If you’d rather someone else took care of the travel plans, we’re happy to do that for you.
Food however is still included, with chalet hosts serving you breakfast in the morning, providing drinks and snacks when you come in from the slopes and cooking up supper with wine on six days out of seven. The chalet host’s day off gives you the freedom to explore local restaurants, which in Italy is a real treat.