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Ski Holidays in Italy

Italy Ski Holidays

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 scenic skiing to rival anywhere else in the world.

An Italian ski holiday regards lunch and skiing in equal measure. You’ll be blown away by the quality of cuisine and the rich variety of restaurants offering a truly unique ski-gastronomy experience at quite unbelievable value.

Ski Areas 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!

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.

Skirama Dolomiti (Superskirama)

The total Skirama Dolomiti area features 150 lifts and 380km of slopes across 8 resorts. This includes Madonna di Campiglio (with 150km of its own ski slopes) 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.

New Italian law that will be in full effect from 1st January 2022-
  • Don’t Drink and Ski. Checks can be carried, fines between 250 and 1000 euros.
  • Compulsory Liability Insurance for downhill skiing and snowboarding (can be purchased with the lift pass). Fines between 100 to 150 euros.
  • Compulsory Helmet must be used by minors of 18 years old (except for cross country skiing). Fines between 100 to 150 euros
  • Off-piste skiing, ski touring and hiking activities
  • ARVA device shovel and probe must be carried when going of piste. Fines between 100 to 150 euros

New Italian law more in details:

  • Don’t Drink & Ski- Article 31 states that: “it is prohibited to ski while intoxicated as a result of the use of alcoholic beverages and toxicological substances”. Therefore “non-invasive quality checks or tests including through portable devices” can be carried out and, in the event of a positive result, the assessment can be carried out at the nearest police office or command. Fines range from 250 to 1000 euros.
  • Introduction of Compulsory Liability Insurance for downhill skiing and snowboarding- Article 30 states that all users of alpine ski slopes must have a compulsory insurance “which covers one’s civil liability for damage of third parties”. Users can have their own liability insurance, otherwise lift companies might have one available to purchase with the lift pass (even on a daily basis). In the absence of the insurance the fines range from 100 to 150 euros in addition to the withdrawal of the ski pass.
  • Compulsory Helmet for Minors of 18 years old (except for cross country skiing)- The age for which use of helmets is compulsory for skiing, snowboarding, telemarking and sledding as indicated by Article 17 is raised from 14 to 18 years of age. Fines from 100 to 150 euros.
  • Off-piste skiing, ski touring and hiking activities- Article 26 has been updated adding hiking activities to off-piste skiing and ski mountaineering (even with snowshoes only) and, in addition to “the appropriate electronic reporting and search systems”, shovel and probe have been added among the objects that must be carried off-piste. Fines range from 100 to 150 euros.

Ski Accommodation in Italy

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Ski Resorts in Italy

  • Arabba

    (Sellaronda) 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 her …

  • Cortina

    (Sellaronda) Cortina is known as ‘The Queen of the Dolomites’. This small mountain town in the Ampezzo valley at 1,220m has a history steeped in tourism, mountaineering and of course, skiing – i …

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    Corvara & Colfosco

    (Sellaronda) 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 …

  • Courmayeur Italy


    Access to a huge ski area including Chamonix from the refreshingly idyllic surrounds of an Italian mountain village with great food and boutique shops. Ski the famous Vallée Blanche and soak in the b …

  • La Thuile

    Located in the l'Espace San Barnado ski area with over 152km of slopes is the compact and fun ski village of La Thuile. British skiers may best know it for being connected to the French resort of La R …

  • La Villa

    (Sellaronda) La Villa, the central village in the Alta Badia valley, is located at the intersection the skiable routes to the neighbouring village of Corvara, San Cassiano and Badia. The village itsel …

  • 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 …

  • San Cassiano

    At 1,537m and glistening under the looming Lavarela and Conturines massifs, sits the village of San Cassiano. Part of the Alta Badia ski area and located at the eastern edge in a sunny valley, San Cas …

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    Selva Val Gardena

    (Sellaronda) 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 …

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    St Cristina Val Gardena

    (Sellaronda) 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. …