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Skiing in Italy

Ski holidays in Italy

A stay in Italy is all about the perfect balance between serious skiing, deliciously lazy dolce far niente and some of the best food you’ll ever eat. With resorts over the sunny Southern Alps and dramatic Dolomites, a famously laid back vibe on and off the slopes and enticingly lower prices than France, Switzerland and Austria, it’s no surprise that anyone who’s skied here is more than likely to return.

"Top Ten Best" Italian resort lists

List of all Italian ski resorts

It’s no surprise that Arabba has such a loyal following of dedicated skiers and boarders. A charming little village ...more ‣

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Highlights Pretty mountain village High altitude skiing Jaw-dropping scenery

Once a market town and now a trendy snowsports destination, Bardo has lovely forest trails, loads of wide, unpopulate...more ‣

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Highlights Superb snowparks Own rail station Bordering France

A Roman spa town, medieval market town and 21st century ski town are rolled into one in beautiful Bormio. Part of nat...more ‣

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Highlights Ski & Spa resort Near Livigno Historic centre

The cosy village of Campitello, snug amongst the stunning Sella Massif is a hot spot for intermediates with easy link...more ‣

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Highlights Beautiful setting Cuisine and culture Great value

The largest and liveliest Sella Ronda resort, with a central position amongst the majestic Dolomites, Canazei makes a...more ‣

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Highlights Beautiful setting Cuisine and culture Great value

Enjoy snow-sure conditions and terrain for all abilities, then kick back, relax and rub those aching thighs in world-...more ‣

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Highlights Great for beginners Ski 2 countries in 1 day Glacier skiing beneath majestic Matterhorn

Champoluc is a quiet, authentic Italian mountain town with jaw dropping sights of the Italian, French and Swiss Alps ...more ‣

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Highlights Extensive piste Traditional Italian village Scenery

Set in the stunning Dolomites, this elegant town delivers the perfect Italian ski holiday: good food and a relaxed at...more ‣

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Highlights Spectacular scenery Olympic resort Friendly locals Delicious regional dishes

The views are breath-taking, the village is classic and best of all, not many people know just how great Corvara is.....more ‣

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Highlights Great artificial snow coverage Jolly après ski Access to the Sella Ronda

Located on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc tunnel, chic Courmayeur is an intermediates paradise. Whether you want ...more ‣

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Highlights Pretty, car-free village International ski pass

The charming old villages in the Gressoney Valley – the middle of Italy’s very own Three Valleys - are the perfect ...more ‣

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Highlights Awesome scenery Pretty villages Laid back atmosphere

It’s hard to believe somewhere with so many accolades should be relatively unheard of in comparison to the European ...more ‣

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Highlights Authentic Tyrolean charm Pristine pistes Excellent lift system

Livigno’s fast climbing the ladder of Europe’s favourite resorts... and rightly so. We love the snow sure skiing, w...more ‣

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Highlights One of Italy’s highest Duty free shopping Authentic Alpine village

Among the classic destinations for Italian ski holidays, Madonna di Campiglio’s charming mountain village is one of ...more ‣

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Highlights Classic ski village Linked area Epic Dolomites scenery

We love the mix of Austrian and Italian influence that you find throughout Ortisei. It’s the main town in the amazin...more ‣

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Highlights Amazing scenery Charming village Italian & Austrian influence

Indulge in the sophistication of true Italian culture at this refined hidden-gem resort, tucked away in the Cottian A...more ‣

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Highlights Stunning panoramas Links to Via Lattea Authentic alpine setting Refined atmosphere

For such a tiddly, traditional village, San Cassiano has a tremendous amount of luxury: dine in 2 and 3 Michelin star...more ‣

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Highlights Sella Ronda tour Stunning scenery Dolomiti Superski Pass

Located high on the Sunny Balcony of the Italian Alps, with amazing Après and an expanse of scenic tree-lined routes...more ‣

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Highlights Links to Milky Way Amazing Italian après Family & group friendly

Comfortably nested within the Dolomites, Selva is part of the largest and arguably most beautiful ski area in Europe....more ‣

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Highlights Access to Sella Ronda Awesome Dolomite scenery Nearby glacier skiing

With world class skiing, beautiful vistas and a relaxed Italian atmosphere, Sestriere offers amazing, high altitude s...more ‣

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Highlights Relaxed atmosphere Cuisine & Culture vast Milky Way

Most popular ski resorts in Italy

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.

Italian ski holidays FAQ:

Use the search bar at the top of this page to find a holiday that fits with your requirements. Our packages can include travel, accommodation, meals and more to make your holiday booking really simple.

On our Italy ski deals page. There are smashing offers like:

  • Buy a ski pass, get half-price equipment hire
  • Free ski guide sessions
  • Discounts for last minute dates.

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.

Italian resorts you can drive to:

Italian resorts less than a 90-minute transfer from the nearest airport:

  • Bardonecchia’s train station can be reached from London St Pancras, changing in Paris, with a journey time of around 8 hours.
  • Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere are under 30 minutes taxi transfer from the nearest train station.
  • Selva is under 45 minutes from the nearest station.
  • Livigno is under 2 hours from the nearest station.

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.

Cortina and Canazei are big towns in the enormous Dolomiti Superski area, opening up a whopping 1200km of ski terrain which can all be accessed on an area lift pass.

Here’s more information on Italy’s biggest 10 resorts.

Cervinia, Corvara and Selva are full of life and soul.

  • Sound Club in Cervinia is great for a dance.
  • L’Got in Corvara is a top cocktail spot.
  • La Stua in Selva puts on some cracking live music.

Our après-ski in Italy page gives the low down on the top 10 Italian resorts for après-ski.

You can find the full top 10 list of cheapest Italian resorts here.

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.

Cortina tops the list of most luxurious in Italy, closely followed by other magnificent resorts like Madonna Di Campiglio and Courmayeur. See our page on luxury resorts in Italy to read all about these and more.

These are all fine boarding spots with their wide runs and nifty snow parks. Here’s our snowboarding in Italy top 10 page.

The full top-10 list of best Italian resorts for off-piste skiing can be found here.

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.

Blue slopes are easiest, red runs are intermediate and black-labelled pistes are most difficult. See our handy pistes page for more information.

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.

Some more tucked-away, less-visited Italian resorts are:

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...

Cortina in the heart of the Dolomites - a UNESCO world heritage site - has blow-your-ski-socks-off scenery. The town is jigsaw puzzle perfection. In the evenings, pedestrianised cobbled streets are lined with candlelit wine bars. Check out our prettiest resorts in Italy page.

Passo Tonale could be described as a less eye-catching Italian resort but is nonetheless fit-for-purpose with great snow, a good dose of sunshine and serious value for money. If you want an Italian winter getaway with better looks, our prettiest resorts in Italy page will come in handy.

  • December for early season snow
  • January for lower prices and less crowds
  • February for some of Europe’s quietest half-term slopes and peak snow conditions
  • April for spring weather calling for al fresco lunches t-shirt skiing

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:

  • Cervinia (open until early May, and then summer skiing on the Matterhorn opens from June)
  • Cortina (open until early May)
  • Livigno (open until early May)
  • Passo Tonale (open until early May)
  • La Thuile (open until late April)

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:

  • Hello - ciao [pronounce: chow]
  • Goodbye - addio [pronounce: add-e-o]
  • Yes - si [pronounce: see]
  • No - non [pronounce: non]
  • Please - per favore [pronounce: per-fav-or-ay]
  • Thank you - grazie [pronounce: gra-zee]
  • Sorry/Excuse me - mi scuzi [pronounce: me-sku-zee]
  • Help - aiuto [pronounce: ay-o-toe]

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:

Dolomiti Superski covers 1200km of downhill runs, across resorts including:

You can buy a pass for the whole area, though some sections are joined by bus and not by ski lift.


Our Olympic Ski Resorts page contains information on the top-10 Olympic ski resorts.

Which are the best Italy ski holidays?

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

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