Skiing in Italy is a long-standing tradition, with the Alps providing a stunning background and a skiing wonderland. Italian ski resorts have frequently been the subjects of film — both for their slopes and luxurious hospitality. We cover some of the best places to ski in Italy, focusing on Italian Alps skiing.
Let’s talk a quick look at the Alps’ best Italian ski resorts.
Located on the southern side of stunning Mont Blanc, Courmayeur is famous for some of the best skiing in Italy. An elegant atmosphere with picturesque stone houses lining the streets it’s like stepping into a wintry postcard.
Viewed as Italy’s best all-around ski resort, you can gaze at the highest peak in the Alps from your hotel room. If you’re not a well-versed skier there are many ski schools in the area where you can hone your skills.
After hitting the slopes, consider a short jaunt over to the thermal baths of Pre Saint-Didier to rest tired muscles with a hot soak.
We can’t discuss the best Italian ski resorts without mentioning Cortina. Known for its jet-set apres ski scene, Cortina was featured as a glamorous film destination in classics such as The Pink Panther and For Your Eyes Only. Cortina hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics — so you know it can deliver a world-class skiing experience.
The view in Cortina is as luxurious as the resorts themselves. Many of the chairlifts provide an excellent view of the Cinque Torre, a series of mountain peaks that resembles a series of five towers.
Cortina’s forms part of the Dolomiti Superski, a network of ski locations that can all be accessed with a single pass. Cortina holds three of those 12 resorts, with Faloria Cristallo Mietres, Tofana and Lagazuoi 5 Torri, totalling 66 tracks running around 75 miles in length. If downhill isn’t your speed, the area boasts extensive cross-country skiing. Overall, Cortina delivers one of the best ski holidays in Italy.
Madonna di Campiglio
Where to ski in Italy? You could head to Madonna di Campiglio, the gateway to the Brenta Dolomites. With very little in the way of line-ups and 75 miles of trails at a variety of levels, this resort has something for everyone.
Madonna has a happening nightlife and delicious traditional cuisine, ranging from polenta with deer stew, to ricotta gnocchi.
Evenings can also deliver a special treat: sign up for a sunset ski. Stay after the ski lifts have shut down and see the burning red sky as the sun sets over the Dolomites. Stop for a quiet bite with a local ski expert in a mountain hut, then grab a torchlight. Skimming down the mountain with fire in hand, it’s an amazing way to end a day on the slopes.