The Italian ski resorts are scattered across the Alps and the Dolomites. Skiing and riding in Italy is generally a bit less expensive than the neighbouring resorts in France, Switzerland, and Austria. Italian resorts are also known for their family-friendly atmosphere, sunshine, delicious food and less crowded slopes.
Skiing in Italy
Being on the southern side of the Alps, the Italian ski resorts boast an 80% chance of beautiful weather during winter.
Skiing in Italy is sometimes like skiing in two different countries, with German cultural influences prominent in the South Tyrol, and French culture in the Aosta Valley. Generally less expensive than their northern neighbours, Italian ski resorts are also known for their relatively uncrowded slopes. The ski resorts are generally not far from numerous airports making transit easy, and another bonus is that the fabulous cities of Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice are never far away.
In Italy you can ski the massive and spectacular Dolomites region in the east or go skiing in the Alps in the north-west where the 2006 Winter Olympics was hosted, view Mont Blanc and Mont Rosa, or even ski down Mt. Etna in Sicily. Italy offers a diverse array of skiing options across more than 150 resorts including cross-border skiing into other countries.
The main Dolomites (Dolomiti) ski area bordering Austria provides one of the largest ski networks in the world as the 12 main resorts in the region are connected by 450 lift systems. The ski areas include the exclusive and expensive Cortina d’Ampezzo, Kronplatz, Alta Badia, the very popular Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Arabba, Alta Pusteria, Valle di Fiemme, San Martino di Castrozza, Valle Isarco, Trevalli-Moena and Civetta.
“The Milky Way”
Just west of Turin is “The Milky Way” (Via Lattea) ski area that has 400 km of piste and 140 ski slopes connected by 93 lifts. The main ski resorts here include the classic and charming Claviere, large and popular Sauze d’Oulx, Cesana, the purpose built Sestriere, and Sansicario. Hosting many of the 2006 Winter Olympic events, “The Milky Way” region is easily accessed via Turin (Turino) Airport, and the railway between Italy and France is located nearby.