Top Skiing locations in Italy
Skiing is fast becoming one of the more popular holiday choices and there are spectacular locations all across the world. However if you’re hoping to ski in Europe, the Alps are the place to be, whether it’s France, Italy or Switzerland.
France is particularly popular but increasingly so is Italy, which although slightly cheaper, boasts resorts and slopes that are just as spectacular.
This country is great for skiing, and below are some of the top skiing locations in Italy:
Located in the Veneto region, the Dolomites is one of the best skiing locations in the world and is certainly the largest. This beautiful area boasts 450 lifts, 1220km of marked runs and is perfect for both beginner and intermediate skiers, although there are some areas acceptable for the more advanced skier as well.
There are many wonderful resorts around this area. The Sella Ronda is particularly popular with keen skiers, whereas the San Cassiano appeals particularly to those that are hoping for a relaxing break in the many spas and excellent restaurants that the resort has to offer.
One resort that certainly can’t be missed, however, is the Cortina d’Ampezza. The skiing is only really adequate for the beginners and intermediates, but it is one of the most exclusive resorts in Europe. Spectacular scenery and beautiful architecture also make it one of the most expensive.
The Cortina does earn its price tag, however, and provides for its customers a museum, art gallery, cinema, indoor tennis facilities and restaurants. It also has tobogganing, bobsleds, ice skating and ice hockey for those who fancy something a little different.
Cervinia is located on the Italian side of the Matterhorn and provides excellent skiing for beginners and intermediates. The slopes link to the Valtournenche and at a higher altitude across to the Zermatt resort in Switzerland. Various pass offers allow skiers into these areas and so it is crucial to remember to take your passport with you on the slopes.
The area always has plenty of snow but is also usually very sunny, highlighting the impressive scenery even further. Unfortunately, it is can occasionally be prone to bad weather and unlike other areas the accommodation in the village is somewhat basic.
On the Italian side of Monte Bianco, Courmayeur provides slopes for intermediate and advanced skiers, particularly for those interested in going off piste. There is limited piste skiing available but this is more than made up for by the beautiful surroundings.
Courmayeur is a stunning medieval town surrounded by dramatic scenery. Superb restaurants and the Via Roma’s array of boutiques and bars offer some entertainment for when you aren’t on the slopes. This area is recommended as best for a short weekend trip.
The Piemonte mountains formed the backdrop of the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics. It hosts 52 ski resorts, 1300km of marked runs and thrilling descents for both experts and beginners.
Alpine and cross country skiing is on offer here but for those who appreciate a little variety there is also snowboarding, ice climbing, free riding and mountaineering. For something a little different, there are also horse treks and the ability to go sleigh driving.
In central Italy and only a few hours from Rome, the Abruzzo has 21 ski areas with 368 km of runs in the highest part of the Apennines.
Although not as grand or imposing as the Alps, these mountains can sometimes have more snow, making them a good alternative choice.
If you are considering going to this area, the most developed of the resorts is in Roccaraso. The skiing here is more than acceptable for everyone, be it if you are a complete beginner or a seasoned expert.