Best Ski Resorts in Italy
Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking for the best Ski Resorts in Italy
Italy has several huge ski areas and is less expensive and more relaxed than many of the other European ski resorts. One of the best is the central section of the Dolomites which is known for fantastic scenery and a wide variety of terrains.
Here the Sella Ronda which is a circular set of lifts and slopes around the Gruppo del Sella hosting many resorts.
It has to be said that the snow falls in the Dolomites is not always as great as the locals may like. However, really effective snow machines maintain good skiing conditions many miles of slopes.
In other Italian ski resorts such as Sestriere and Bardonecchia they enjoyed some of the best snow in Europe over Christmas 2016.
Best Ski Resorts in Italy – for Beginners
Passo Tonale – Alps
Passo Tonale is at an altitude of 1880m with lifts up to 3,088m. It enjoys plenty of snow due to the Presena glacier at 3000m with the season often running from October to June. Home to the Italian national ski team, the marked runs are mainly suited to beginners and intermediates. More advanced skiers looking for more challenging skiing can take the lifts to the pistes of Ponte di Legno and Temu .
There is a gondola from Passo Paradiso to the glacier at Passo Presena at 3000m. Less experienced skiers can just enjoy the fabulous views as the only run down is red.
Passo Tonal’s big draw though is the gentle slopes which offer a great training ground for beginners. There are two ski schools who can provide English speaking instructors for lessons without the worry of accomplished skiers wizzing by.
The chalet style village was developed as a ski resort and is generally quiet during the week. Weekends and the Italian holidays sees an influx of Italian skiers.
Nearest airport – Verona 2.5hrs
Best Ski Resorts in Italy – for Intermediates
Corvara is a friendly lively village in the Dolomites with access to Alta Badis leading to the Sella Ronda circuit. The neighbouring village of San Cassiano is quieter and both offer a good choice of quality accommodation. The area has 433km of slopes with a good variety of terrain this really is a skier’s paradise.
There are 38% blue runs, 53% red and 9% black so this area is not suitable for beginners.
There are plenty of enchanting mountain restaurants offering excellent Italian food. Just make sure you leave in time to catch the last lift down.
Nearest airport Verona 2.5 hrs
Alagna is a charming village in the giant Monterosa ski area offering some really challenging off piste sking. Alagna does not offer any night life as serious skiers need plenty of sleep after a day of tough skiing.
Although Alagna has only 15km of slopes it is linked to the more intermediate resorts of Gressoney and Champoluc. All covered by the Monterosa lift pass.
Alagna is at 1,212m where the lifts will take you to a lofty 3.275m setting out point for some challenging freeriding. These slopes are not for the faint hearted and a local mountain guide is essential.
Nearest airport – Milan 1.5 hrs