Skiing in Italy ranges from The Italian Alps and The Dolomites of northern Italy
to Mt. Etna in Sicily on an active volcano. Some of
the best skiing in the Alps is in
Italy, even though it does not receive the alpine acclaim of
Austria, France and
the Swiss Alps. The Italians are passionate about
their skiing, their food and their fashion - skiing in Italy is not about
accumulating vertical - its about looking stylish and enjoying the sun, the
scenery and socializing in the mountains.
The Italian Dolomites, bordering Austria, offer incredibly alpine mountain
scenery of the soaring jagged peaks amid the biggest collection of Italian skiing slopes and villages.
and Val Gardena are the most well-known ski areas,
beautiful villages in the Dolomite Super Ski Region that encompasses 1,200 kilometers of skiing among 12
unique ski areas and 450 lifts.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is among the largest
and most chic ski resorts in Italy, called “The Queen
of the Dolomites,” bordering Austria. Cortina ski resort is famous for hosting
the 1956 Winter Olympics, and was featured in such films as Pink Panther,
Cliffhanger, and James Bond’s “For Your Eyes Only” for its spectacular
mountains, authentic village and 5
star hotels like Cristallo. Cortina’s highest ski mountain is Tofana at over 9,000-feet. The ski area of
Val Gardena in the Dolomites is best
known for hosting annual World Cup ski events, like Cortina and Alta Badia. Part of
the Sellaronda circuit, a
42 kilometer ski day through the incredibly scenic Dolomite ski areas of
Badia, Arabba, and Corvara, there is so much skiing here - you should visit the
Dolomites for at least a week. Val
Gardena is a gorgeous valley of ski lodges and huts, with skiing on 80 lifts and an 8,261-foot summit. The Dolomites five star lodging and Michelin rated dining, plus extensive on
mountain huts with sun decks and delicious alpine cuisine, make it a top luxury
ski vacation destination.
Courmayeur is on the opposite side of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc)
from France and the ski resort of Chamonix. Courmayeur is a wonderful alpine
village and a top ski resort in Italy. Courmayeur’s peak, shared
with Chamonix, is 9,064-feet.
Cervinia or Monte Cervino in Italy borders
Switzerland. While not quite as charming as Zermatt, Cervino is less expensive,
with wonderful Italian food, wide open gentler slopes, and cars are allowed, while they are not in
the village of Zermatt. You can ski back and forth to Zermatt from Cervinia from the Klein Matterhorn on
the Plateau Rosa. Cervinia is 6,725-feet, and the longest run is over 20km long,
one of the longest in the world. the on mountain dining at Chalet Etoile is
superb, especially on the sun deck with a view of the snowy slopes!
The Milky Way in Italy is massive, with six resorts extending over 400
kilometers with highest summit elevation of 7,815' bordering the French Italian
mountains. While not as vast as the Dolomite Super Ski Region, Sauze d'Oulx Pragelato is the biggest among the Milky Way of Claviere,
Sestriere, Cesana, and Montgenevre France. All these ski resorts are easily
accessed from Torino, several of these Italian ski resorts hosted skiers during the 2006
Winter Olympics in nearby Piemonte. The Piedmont Region, in northwest Italy, offers
53 ski resorts - the best known skiing is Turin, or
Torino, for hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics. Finally, Mt. Etna is an Italian
ski resort located on Sicily's volcano.
We have skied the Italian Alps Dolomites - for truly exceptional for their
scenery, snow, sunshine, fantastic food and gracious Italian hospitality. See our
reviews of the Dolomite Super Ski region, where to stay at the finest mountain
lodges and where to find the best skiing in the Dolomites.