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Highlights • Great for beginners• Ski 2 countries in 1 day • Glacier skiing beneath majestic Matterhorn
Not simply the best known resort in Italy, exclusive Cortina is one of the top ski destinations in the world, making it a definite feature on the ski bucket list. A common factor makes Cortina and nearby Selva, Madonna di Campiglio, Arabba and the Fassa Valley some of Italy’s top places to ski - the majestic Dolomiti Superski is the biggest (at 1,200km) area in the country – and has some of the most jaw-dropping scenery you’ll ever see.
Piedmont houses another of Italy’s leading ski areas – the 400km Milky Way, where in turn you’ll find some of the country’s leading resorts – laid back Claviere, après favourite Sauze d’Oulx and former Olympic town Sestriere.
The snow sure reputation of Cervinia, where you can ski with views of the Matterhorn and Livigno whose duty free status attracts crowds of shopaholics and party lovers every year, make these resorts winners when it comes to amazing snow. Passo Tonale is also snow sure thanks to the presence of the Presena glacier which you can usually ski throughout the year.
Alongside Cervinia in the Aosta Valley is Gressoney, much loved for its authentic, unspoilt setting in Monterosa ski (recently voted “Best Upcoming Resort” in the World Snow Awards). Courmayeur is another popular Aosta resort - good all round and positioned on the other side of Mont Blanc from French alpine legend Chamonix.
The Italians make best food in the world and the mouth-watering menus you’ll find in every Italian resort are a huge attraction of ski holidays here. If we had to pick a foodie favourite, Alta Badia where you’ll find Corvara and La Villa would probably win hands down - there are numerous highly acclaimed restaurants in the area, including a good few Michelin stars and best of all, you won’t be forking out a fortune to enjoy it.
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Hotels are the most popular accommodation in Italy’s ski resorts. Often they cost less than hotels in other European resorts, without compromising on perks like bars, pools, central locations and stonking good food. Chalets and apartments are less common but still available if you prefer smaller accommodation.
Hotel Adler in Ortesei is incredible. This place has thought of everything when it comes to creating perfect spaces to relax and unwind – cosy fireplaces to read beside, reclining loungers with Dolomite views, fine-dining restaurants for feasting on Italian cuisine and some of the best spa facilities in Europe.
The Club Med Pragelato Via Lattea chalets are the best of the Italian ski chalet bunch, usually wrapped in an all-inclusive package to make your ski holiday a breeze to book up. These chalets are great for families as childcare and ski lessons are included. There’s an indoor pool (shared with other guests), family restaurant (plus a formal dining room) and a lively bar.
Authentic pizza and pasta dishes galore, plus local cheeses and dried meats. For dessert, you could enjoy gelato (Italian ice cream), profiteroles or tiramisu. Bombardino is a classic ski-holiday hot tipple (warm eggnog, brandy and cream), and cold drinks include prosecco, limoncello, Aperol spritz and wine.
Cortina - ‘The Queen of the Dolomites’ - is a long-held favourite in Italy, thanks to its super style, relaxed vibe and gobsmacking scenery. This resort’s been the backdrop to a Bond film and hosted the Winter Olympics, proving that it has good looks and world-class terrain.
Cervinia, Passo Tonale and Arabba compete for top spot each year as some of the highest and most snow-sure ski areas in Italy. Sitting well above 2000 metres, they receive plenty of the white stuff, with January-April being the months with the deepest snow. Read more on our top 10 Italian snow-sure resorts page.
Yes, is the general consensus these days. Helmets protect against serious head injuries that you could get when skiing or boarding. We’ve put together a page of mountain safety and advice to help you stay safe on the slopes.
From Cervinia, you can access the 20km long run from Zermatt to Valtournenche with a skiable vertical drop of more than 2000 metres. You’ll need your ski pass upgraded to cover the linked Swiss resort of Zermatt too, which can be done on a daily basis or for a whole week.
The biggest vertical drop exclusively in Italy is Cortina’s famous Lagazuoi-Armentarola, which is almost 9km long and drops just over 1100 metres.
Cortina, aka the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’ oozes elegance and Italian charm with quaint buildings, belissimo restaurants and fashionable boutiques. Scenes from several films, including a Bond classic, have been shot here. Treat your loved one to a bombardino (an Italian brandy drink), authentic pasta dishes and perhaps something sparkly...
Late November/early December until mid-April on the whole. Exact dates are dependent on snowfall so vary year to year. These resorts tend to have the longest seasons:
Yes - Italy’s ski resorts are well set up for international visitors. You’ll find English speaking staff in hotels, restaurants, shops, ski schools and more. Our chalet package holidays largely attract British guests if you want to be able to socialise in English.
In most Italian resorts people will speak at least a little bit of English, but you could learn a few Italian basics like:
Cortina was popular with Italian aristocrats and British tourists as early as the late 18th century. The resort was due to host the Winter Olympics in 1944, but they didn’t take place due to the war. They finally hosted them in 1956 and the resort’s popularity skyrocketed.
291 was the total number of Italian resorts when we last checked. That number may change slightly as resorts merge or new ones are built.
(this information was accurate when written)
More than we can count on our fingers and toes, but the 6 most well-known areas are:
|Property||Resort||Price (per person)|
|Hotel Des Geneys||Bardonecchia||£ 619|
|Hotel Rive||Bardonecchia||£ 709|
|Hotel Diamant||San Cassiano||£ 1269|
|Hotel Fanes||San Cassiano||£ 1819|
|Grand Hotel Besson||Sauze d'Oulx||£ 769|
|Club Med Cervinia||Cervinia||£ 998|
|Club Med Pragelato Via Lattea||Pragelato Via Lattea||£ 607|
|Hotel Antares||Selva||£ 779|
|Hotel Cesa Tyrol||Canazei||£ 779|
|Hotel Cristallo||Sestriere||£ 759|