If you go on an Italian ski holiday, you’ll most likely end up in one of two main regions; the Italian Alps which border France and Switzerland or the Dolomites which border Austria and Switzerland. Wherever you choose, you’ll find a recurrence of jaw dropping scenery, incredible dining on and off the mountain and skiing to rival anywhere else in the world.
Home to some of the world’s largest ski areas, Italian ski resorts also compete with their French, Austrian and Swiss counterparts in terms of snow quality, mountain scenery, ski schools, modern lift systems and everything else that you look for on the slopes.
The Dolomites are twice the size of any other ski area in Europe with 1220km of pistes meaning your lift pass is amazing value for money. You have the option to ski in 12 resorts during your stay and the terrain is ideal for the intermediate skier.
The famous Milky Way ski area of the Italian Alps offers 400km of skiing (that’s larger than Tignes-Val d’Isere) and encompasses 6 resorts, each with their own unique character, including the well-known après hotspot resort of Sauze D’Oulx and the challenging runs of the high-altitude Sestriere.
An Italian ski holiday regards lunch and skiing in equal measure. You won’t just find some of the best runs you’ve ever skied in Italy, you’ll also be blown away by the quality of cuisine and the rich variety of restaurants offering a truly unique ski-gastronomy experience.
Sitting at 1500m, Sauze (pronounced “saow-zee doo”), is a firm favourite for Brits skiing in Italy. It’s reputation for some of the best après ski in Europe is well deserved and the skiing is great for intermediates.
As the highest resort in the Milky Way, Sestriere features some of the most challenging skiing, with steeper slopes and consistently the most snow per year in the area. Ideal if straight-up skiing is your modus operandi.
With its distinct Tyrollean charm, Val Gardena is a feature resort of the famous Sella Ronda ski circuit. Offering stunning views of the Dolomites, the combination of tree-lined and high alpine slopes are truly excellent.
Neighbouring ski villages in the Sella Ronda joined by the Borest gondola, Corvana and Colfoscoare are great choices for beginner skiers with their casual cruisey slopes and vibrant yet laid-back resort vibe.
Don’t let the size of this small ski village at the foot of the Marmolada massif deter you. Arabba features easy access to challenging ski terrain from a charming, quaint resort – overall, a traditional Italian ski experience in the truest sense.
Quintessentially Italian in every way, from its boutique shops to sophisticated nightlife, decadent dining to the immaculately groomed slopes. Madonna di Campiglio is a fantastic ski resort in the 380km Superskirama ski area.