Ski Holidays in Italy

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.

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Skiing in Italy

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 Sellaronda Ski Area (Dolomites)

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.

Milky Way Ski Area

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.

Skirama Dolomiti (Superskirama)

The total Skirama Dolomiti area features 150 lifts and 380km of slopes across 8 resorts. This includes Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo in Val Rendena, Folgarida Marilleva, Pejo and Ponte di Legno/Tonale in Val di Sole and Lombardia and Paganella Ski (with the village of Andalo-Fai della Paganella) on the eastern side of the Dolomites. Monte Bondone is above the city of Trento, and Alpe Cimbra-Folgaria and Lavarone are located along the Adige river.

The most well-known resort within the region is Madonna Di Campiglio which provides access to over 150km of award-winning ski runs on the Dolomiti di Brenta ski pass.

Italian Cuisine on the Slopes

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.


Ski Resorts in Italy

Sauze D’Oulx

Sitting at 1500m, Sauze (pronounced “saow-zee doo”), is a firm favourite for Brits skiing in Italy. Its reputation for some of the best après ski in Europe is well deserved and the skiing is great for intermediates.

Sestriere

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.

Selva Val Gardena

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.

Corvara & Colfosco

Neighbouring ski villages in the Sella Ronda joined by the Borest gondola, Corvara and Colfosco are great choices for beginner skiers with their casual cruisey slopes and vibrant yet laid-back resort vibe.

Arabba

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.

St Cristina Val Gardena

St Cristina is the smallest of the villages in the Val Gardena valley and located just down from the larger more famous village of Selva Val Gardena. Its smaller size means its a much more tranquil and cosy resort, but it still has incredible accesses to the Sellaronda ski circuit meaning guests can have the best of both worlds.

Ortisei Val Gardena

Although not the most well-known to skiers, Ortisei is actually the biggest village in the Val Gardena valley boasting a wide range of shops and restaurants along its pedestrian high streets. Ortisei provides the last link in the valley to the Sella Ronda circuit as well as direct access to the smaller ski area of Alpe di Siusi.

La Villa

This charming traditional mountain village located in the heart of the Alta Badia is most famous for the Alpine Ski World Cup giant slalom which is held there every December. The traditional Ladin village has stunning 360-degree panoramas of the surrounding Dolomite mountains and its central location means it has perfect access to the Sellaronda via Corvara, as well as the ski area of San Cassiano.

San Cassiano

San Cassiano has the ultimate alpine appeal both on and off of the slopes. Its spectacular skiing scenery will take your breath away and the resort itself has a wide range of quality hotels and dining options including one and two Michelin-starred restaurants. You can access the Alta Badia ski area and then the Sellaronda ski circuit via the Piz Sorega cable car.

Cortina

Home to the 1956 Winter Olympic Games; Cortina d'Ampezzo has since been a key destination on the world skiing map. Surrounded by the spectacular peaks of Dolomites (a UNESCO World Heritage site) there are over 120 km of slopes at your ski-tips and the village is in close proximity to the Sellaronda ski circuit. This a great resort.

Canazei - Val Di Fassa

The southernmost resort of the famous Sellaronda circuit; Canazei in the Fassa valley, is a historical alpine destination. Located in the Trentino region, this village is quieter than some of the others around the Sellaronda, which has helped it to maintain a down-to-earth feel, in keeping with the rustic and traditional architecture throughout the village.

Three Peaks - 3 Zinnen Dolomites

A smaller and less well-known Italian ski area in the Sud-Tirol region is perfectly suited to families and guests who like to soak up the relaxed Tyrolean alpine culture. The area has 110km of pistes, 8 ski schools, varied accommodation and 24 mountain ski huts and restaurants that combine a beautiful mix of Alpine and Mediterranean cuisine.

Madonna Di Campiglio

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.


Ski Accommodation in Italy

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Ski Resorts in Italy

  • Arabba

    Nestled in the shadow of the Marmolada massif this unassuming ski village features easy access to challenging ski terrain from a charming, quaint resort. Retaining as much Italian ski heritage as poss …

  • Alta Badia, Dolomites - copyright IDM Südtirol - Alex-Filz - 2

    Corvara & Colfosco

    The twin resorts of Corvara and Colfosco, joined by the Borest gondola are located on a sunny plateau with an ideal location to access the Sellaronda and the rest of the Dolomiti Superski Area. Both f …

  • Madonna di Campiglio

    A secluded mountain town in the Val Redena area of the Italian Dolomites home to varied and extensive ski runs and a chic pedestrianised resort centre, both featuring many options to enjoy fine food a …

  • Alta Badia Mountains - copyright IDM Südtirol - Alex Filz

    Selva Val Gardena

    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 …

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