With a position between the snow-capped cliffs of the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of the Adamello, Madonna is a sight for the eyes at any time of year. At Christmas, things are even more spectacular - with fairy lights hanging from every corner and the town centre’s huge Christmas tree, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a winter wonderland.
Thanks to high altitude terrain, the snow should be pretty good even this early in the season, meaning if you’ve asked Santa for days spent skiing amongst the magnificent Dolomites, he shouldn’t disappoint. Even if mother nature isn’t up to scratch, the area has 95% artificial snow coverage, with programmed snow falling every day to give the slopes an extra dusting.
Look out for the traditional Christmas slalom which usually takes place on the Canalone Miramonti run – the race has been going for over 20 years now and it’s well worth being a spectator if the race is on while you’re here; the atmosphere is always fantastic!
There won’t be a dull moment off the slopes either… The resort traditionally hosts a Christmas market throughout December, which is perfect for getting into the festive mood. Past years have seen live music and entertainment as well as stalls selling food products like honey, dumplings, sweets and hot drinks (no day on the slopes is complete without a hot chocolate or glühwein...). Other festive things to do include ice skating on the open air ice rink (usually open late on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and dog sledding with the Athabaska school’s huskies at Piana di Nambino.
Most hotels put on a gala dinner to celebrate Christmas day - anyone who has skied in Italy is bound to mention the food, and the Christmas season is the perfect excuse to enjoy all the great dishes on offer. This is one of the busiest weeks for ski holidays, so make sure you book the best accommodation in advance before it’s snapped up!
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