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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.
Italy has plenty of magnificent ski resorts right across the Alps. Whether you're looking for a huge ski area like the Dolomiti Superski (Cortina d'Ampezzo, Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Alpe di Siusi, Val di Fassa Arabba) covering over 1200km of pistes, snow-sure slopes like Cervinia or a quaint ski resort like Livigno, Italy has something for everyone.
Look no further than Cortina. The local ski area has 140km of pistes, and you also have access to the 1200km of Dolomiti Superski area, included in the area lift pass. It has bundles of history too – from a battleground in the First World War to hosts of the seventh Winter Olympics. Visit the local church which was built in the 1700s and the Olympic Ice Stadium.
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)
Cervinia is Italy's highest ski resort, with the highest piste sitting at 3480m. Lifts usually open in mid-late November, and you can even ski on the glacier in summer - Cervinia has the best snow conditions all season! Courmayeur and Champoluc are also great options for early season skiing in December due to their high ski areas.
Sauze d’Oulx is in the Milky Way ski area and has access to over 400km of pistes suited to all abilities. The town has many exceptional bars and restaurants - it has a great buzz about it. January tends to be the coldest winter month and thanks to the south-facing slopes, you'll feel the cold a lot less in Sauze d'Oulx. Livigno, Cortina d'Ampezzo and Sestriere are also firm favourites among skiers looking to beat those January blues.
February is the busiest month of the ski season, and an excellent place to go to avoid the crowds is San Cassiano. It is a charming resort, slightly off the beaten track but it has access to the massive Dolomiti Superski area. However, if you're looking for something a bit quieter, you can stick to the local area.
Passo Tonale is the place to get a mix of snow and sun in March. The resort sits at 1883m with skiing up to 3000m - the perfect height to keep the snow conditions in great shape. This south-facing ski resort will make sure that you get the best of spring skiing. Selva, Arabba and Canazei also come top of the list for sunny skiing in March.
Cervinia is Italy's best resort to ski at the end of the season. It has some of the best end of season snow anywhere in the Alps. You can ski on the glacier all summer - proving Cervinia to be the best place to ski all year round.
Italy is the perfect place for a first-time ski trip, whether you're taking the kids away or going with some friends. Cervinia is the ideal beginner resort for new skiers and snowboarders to build confidence, with a vast learning area and plenty of wide blue runs. If you prefer a smaller ski resort in Italy, try Corvara, with over 50% of runs being Blue there's more than enough terrain for a first-time ski holiday.
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.
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...
|Property||Resort||Price (per person)|
|Hotel Aaritz||Selva||£ 1199|
|Hotel La Perla||Canazei||£ 829|
|Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria||Cortina||£ 879|
|Hotel Amerikan||Livigno||£ 779|
|Hotel St. Michael||Livigno||£ 779|
|Sport Hotel Arabba||Arabba||£ 859|
|Club Med Pragelato Via Lattea||Pragelato Via Lattea||£ 621|
|Chalet Soldanella||Selva||£ 1039|
|Grand Hotel Besson||Sauze d'Oulx||£ 759|
|Hotel Mignon||Selva||£ 899|