Although Italians are not known for skiing and snowboarding, Italy is still a place where these sports can be practiced. As a matter of fact, Italy possesses some world-class ski resorts.
The ski resorts in Italy are mainly located around the northern mountainous areas of Italy that border Switzerland, France and Austria. Based on its location, the Italian ski resorts have an 80% chance of good weather during the winter. You can actually sit outside with friends to enjoy grappa, spritz, sumptuous pasta, cappuccinos or espresso, without the snow getting in the way.
The experience felt when skiing in Italy is like visiting 2 countries at the same time. The German and Austrian cultural influences can be felt in parts of Dolomites, while the French culture dominates the Aosta valley.
Italian ski resorts are not only less crowded, they are usually a more economical option when compared with those of its western and northern neighbors. Transportation from the ski resorts is quite easy because they are located near airports. Also, the magnificent cities of Venice, Milan, and Florence are close by.
In Italy, the Dolomites region located in the east can be skied – you can ski the Alps to the north-west. You can ski down Mount Etna situated in Sicily or ride on the 2006 Olympic resorts of the Via Lattea. In Italy, there are over 200 resorts to choose from.
Regions where most are present include Valle D’Aosta, Dolomites, Alta Valtellina, Brenta Dolomites, Apennines, Ortler Skiarena and more.
Trentino S.Tyrol – Brenta Dolomites
Brenta Dolomites is a big ski area located in the western part of Dolomites. There are ski resorts at the Skirama Dolomites. There are 380 km of piste and 150 lifts. Brenta Dolomites ski resorts include Pinzolo, Madonna Di Campiglio, Tonale, Folgarida-Marilleva, Andalo & Monte Bondone and Pejo 3000.
One of the biggest networks of ski resorts in the world is Dolomiti Superski ski area situated to the north-east of Italy. The 12 major ski areas in this place are connected together by 460 lift systems. To enjoy all 12 ski areas at the Dolomites ski resorts, the Dolomiti Superski pass is recommended, because with it, you can access more than 1,200 km of ski slopes across the ski areas. The ski resorts are reputably known by a number of people. These resorts include Alta Val Badia, Cortina D’Ampezzo, Val Di Fassa, Val Gardena, 3 Peaks, Arabba-Marmolada, Kronplatz, Gitschberg-Jochtal, Monte Civetta and more. Also, the renowned Sella Ronda ski route is situated in the Dolomites and you can actually visit 4 resorts in a day around Sella Massif.
15 resorts make up the Ortler Skiarena in the Merano, Venosta valley, Eisacktal and Bolzano. Ortler ski resorts are situated in the north-east area of Italy, which is sandwiched between the Dolomites, the Alta Valtellina, and the Austrian border. Many powder hound secret treasures are at the Ortler ski resorts. These resorts include Val Senales, Reinswald and more. Skiing can be done at up to 3260m. The resorts can be accessed from Innsbruck, through Bolzano, and from Milan.
Piedmont – Via Lattea Ski Resorts
The Milky Way Via Lattea Ski area is located to the west of Turin. It has 320 km of piste and connects 70 lifts. Also, it was deemed one of the best ski areas in the Western Europe. Some of the major interlinked ski resorts are Sestriere, Claviere, San Sicario and Oulx, Cesana, Claviere. Many of the 2006 Olympic events were hosted at the Milky Way region. This location can easily be accessed by car or train from Turin. The TGV train coming from Paris stops at Oulx, giving tourists the opportunity to visit the ski resorts.
Aosta Valley – Aosta Valley Ski Resorts
The northernmost region of Italy borders Switzerland while the most western region borders France. The Aosta valley is situated in the north-west region of Italy and it houses many premier ski resorts together with their amazing views.
Amazing skiing destinations include Monterosa ski located at the base of Monte Rosa, Courmayeur situated at the base of Monte Bianco and Cervinia situated at the base of Matterhorn. Others include Chaporcher, Crevacol, Torgan, Chamois, La Thuileand Pila and more.
Apennines Ski Resorts
Apennines is longest mountain range in the south of Italy. The mountains extend over 1,200km to the south-east of the Italian peninsula. The Apennines houses some ski resorts, some extending over 80km of piste trails and 1,000m of vertical. Among the large resorts are Alto Sangro, Abetone, Campo Felice and Cimone.
Lombardy – Alta Valtellina Ski Resorts
If you’ve never heard of Alta Valtellina, then think Livigno, Bormio, Passo dello Stelvio and other skiing areas. The northern part of Brenta Dolomites holds amazing skiing and snowboarding areas.
Other Ski Resorts in Italy
Other amazing ski areas adjacent to Alpe Palù, Valchiavenna, Aprica and others, is the area that graces the slopes of Mt. Etna. Aside from the fact that Mt. Etna gets deep winter snow, it likewise has up to 1,400m vertical skiing combined with off piste at 2 ski resorts. The best route to Nicolosi and Piano Provenzana ski areas at the north and south sides of Mt. Etna in Catania.
Heli-skiing in Italy
European countries are not too known for heli-skiing, but one of the countries in Europe with a number of heli-skiing operations, especially around the Aosta valley is Italy. The major locations of heli-ski operators include Valgrisenche, La Thuile, Gressoney and Courmayeur.
Why Should You Ski and Snowboard in Italy?
There are a number of reasons to ski and snowboard in Italy. However, this subheading will discuss only a few of the reasons.
The geographical diversity and the Italian culture. The natural scenery of Monte Rosa, Monte Bianco, the Apennines, Dolomites, Mt. Etna and other mountains is beautiful! The mountains are very diverse as is the Italian culture. The cultural heritage in Italy could be different from valley another.
Amazing skiing and snowboarding. The quality of the skiing and snowboarding experiences from many of the ski resorts in Italy is just awesome! This is because ski resorts like Courmayeur, Monterosa, Via Lattea, La Thuile, the Dolomites and other areas have been exceptionally raised to world-renowned standard.
Endless skiing can be assured whether there is fresh, natural snow or not. This is because Italy is one of the best snow-makers.
The value you get is well worth with your money. Even with affordable and economical skiing and snowboarding, Italy is still one of the best skiing destinations in the world.
Many things about Italy is about La Dolce Vita, the sweet life! This is especially present in those few Aperol spritzers enjoyed on the sunny deck of a high alpine rifugio.