Skiing in Italy, perhaps more than anywhere else in Europe, is a sensuous experience. The sun is warm on your face; light, creamy pasta dishes lure even the most determined skiers from the slopes; fresh coffee is mixed with whisky, eggnog and cream to create a delicious bombardino, guaranteed to glue you to a sun-drenched terrace, soaking up the breathtaking scenery. For those who can fight the relaxed Italian attitude to skiing, gentle, well-groomed and generally uncrowded slopes await, together with some excellent off-piste skiing.
Italy’s resorts are clustered in the north-east, dominated by the Dolomites, and the north-west, dominated by Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa. Given the proximity of many of the resorts to an international border, they frequently have a cosmopolitan atmosphere and, in the case of Cervinia, Courmayeur and La Thuile, are linked to resorts in other countries.
From the Alps and Dolomites of northern Italy to Mt. Etna on Sicily, Italy offers skiing and winter sports vacations. Many ski resorts also make good summer hiking and climbing vacations, too. Here are some of Italy’s top ski destinations.
Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Madonna di Campiglio, Cervinia, Bormio, Ski ArabbaPasso Tonale, Selva Valgardena, Val di Fiemme, Gressoney