10 Best Ski Resorts In Italy

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The snow-covered slopes of Italy’s north and west borders offer plenty of skiable terrains for skiers of all levels. With some of Europe’s highest mountain ranges, not only are you assured of excellent skiing conditions but also of majestic sceneries worth posting in your IG stories. Skiing in Italy also means enjoying the great apres-ski experience, many of which can be availed of in the rustic and charming towns in the resort. If you’re planning an Italy skiing trip, here are some of the best resorts worth paying a visit.

1. Bormio

The uninterrupted summit-to-base run and stunning vertical of Bormio is considered to be one of Italy’s finest and is more than enough reason to pay this ski resort a visit. Located in Alta Valtellina of Lombardy, the ski resort is accessible via buses and trains from Milan and St. Moritz. If you’re coming from the nearest airport (Milan Malpensa) be prepared for a 3-hour drive.

Bormio’s primary ski area is Valleceta on the slopes of Cima Bianca. First-timers can practice with their beginner skis in the runs and a snow park that can be found mostly at mid-altitude levels, along with small slopeside hotels, cafés, and resto-bars. Plenty of ski and snowboarding instructors and guides can also be found here offering lessons ranging from one hour to a full day. For those who are looking for a more exhilarating run, there’s the Stelvio piste where World Cup races are held.

There are also plenty of things to enjoy off the slope. Go on a tour around the old quarter and be charmed by historic palatial buildings, piazzas, and fountains. If you simply want to relax after a long day of skiing, visit one of the different spas with mineral-rich hot springs or drop by in any of the trendy bars and nightclubs.

Reasons We Love Bormio

  • Plenty of off the slope activities including a vibrant nightlife around town.
  • An eye-watering vertical drop of over 1000 meters descent from the summit of Cime Bianca to the village.
  • Combined lift pass that connects you with nearby ski resorts, perfect for those who love jumping from one resort to another.

2. Livigno

Tucked deep in the mountains of Alta Valtellina in Lombardy, Livigno is may appear to be an isolated ski resort. However, it does not lack any of the amenities and features of other snow parks in Italy. Its location gives it that raw, natural charm and character that some ski resorts lack.

There are two main ski areas, the first being Costaccia-Carosello and the second being Mottolino, situated on either side of the valley. The former is the bigger of the two and is situated on the western edge of the resort, while the latter is found on the eastern side. There is plenty of beginners runs in the area, as well as some middling reds or intermediate runs. There are also a few short black runs around the resort. If you’re into heli-skiing, you’ll find it here as well.

Reasons We Love Livigno

  • Duty-free shops are available in the area if you’re looking for something to bring back home.
  • Beginner-friendly ski resort with plenty of ski instructors and guides.
  • Affordable overall, perfect for skiers on a budget.

3. Sestriere

Siestriere is in the Piedmont region of Italy and is the highest-altitude ski area in the extensive Milky Way linked ski area. The elevation of the place guarantees consistent snow cover, but the weather is generally sunny and delightful up there though you’ll still want to make sure that you wear ample skiing base layers and outer layers.

The local ski area has two distinct linked sectors namely Monte Sises and Monte Motta. The foot of Monte Sises is a wide snowfield and is mostly populated by beginning skiers, while on the upper slopes you’ll find the World Cup and Olympic slalom piste. Monte Motta has long red and black base-to-summit descents, as well as the historic ‘Kandahar Banchetta’ World Cup and Olympic downhill course.

If you want to avoid the crowds, come during weekdays as weekends normally see the resort filled to the brim.

Reasons We Love Siestriere

  • Full day or multi-day heli-skiing available.
  • Allows easy access to all other Via Lattea ski resorts via the Fraiteve gondola using the standard daily ski pass.
  • Great après-ski experience.

4. Val Gardena

Val Gardena is located in the central Dolomites and is in a valley dominated by the famous Dolomites peak of Sassolungo and the monstrous Sella Massif. It is considered by many as the best ski resort in the whole of Italy, especially when you consider the resort size, amenities, and facilities. There are also various ski-in and ski-out facilities. Of course, it wouldn’t rank that high in many skiers bucket list if it doesn’t have high-quality snow covers. That said, it’s no wonder that it has become the favorite go-to the ski resort for families and beginner to intermediate skiers.

Being the biggest and one of the most frequented ski resorts, it is generally crowded especially in the high traffic areas. This will leave the trails rather worn even early in the day.

Reasons We Love Val Gardena

  • More than 175 kilometers of runs connected by an array of lifts.
  • Great value lift passes considering the number of lifts and skiable terrain.
  • Allows direct access to the Sella Ronda network and Dolomiti SuperSki area.

5. Cortina d’Ampezzo

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Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the oldest ski resorts not just in Italy but in the whole of Europe. Although it is popular for skiing, it is known more for its postcard-worthy sceneries so don’t forget your skiing camera. Very few ski resorts can compare to the beauty of Cortina’s landscapes.

The resort is split into several ski areas, each of which has their character but all enjoyable and breathtaking all the same. Tofana is the highest and considered to be the most spectacular, though Pomedes is the largest and more spacious. The gently angled slopes provide excellent runs for beginners, making this a great place for kids or adults who are just learning how to ski.

Another thing that makes it the perfect holiday getaway for families is the apres-ski experience. The village is home to several five-star hotels, though there are plenty of affordable accommodations in the area as well. The shopping district is one that you’ll enjoy, and the nightlife is as bustling and vibrant as one would expect from a world-class ski destination.

Reasons We Love Cortina d’Ampezzo

  • Excellent nursery slopes for kids and beginning skiers.
  • Generally uncrowded during early mornings, lunchtimes, and late afternoons.
  • Spectacular and Instagram-worthy landscapes all around.

6. Alta Badia

Situated between the Sella massif and the passenger, Alta Badia offers one of the best in the country in terms of skiing and apres-ski experience, all in an exquisite Italian setting.

The ski resort is connected with fast and comfortable lifts, providing direct access to the Sella Ronda and the Gran Risa. The Gran Risa is the ultimate black run in the area, a world cup quality terrain that descends to La Villa. Much of the resorts 130 kilometers of piste trails are suitable for beginners and intermediates, but there are more challenging runs off-piste.

Reasons We Love Alta Badia

  • Makes a good base for exploring the Dolomiti Superski area.
  • Ski guides and lessons are available at the villages of Corvara and San Cassiano.
  • Traditional Ladin, Mediterranean, and South Tyrolean food and beverages make the apres-ski experience worth it.

7. Courmayeur

Courmayer is considered to be the classic alpine resort, nestled in the foot of Monte Blanco amidst the breathtaking sceneries of Aosta Valley. Skiers from all over the world have always been entranced by its old-world charms and authentic traditional character, blended with modern facilities and amenities to ensure visitors’ comfort and convenience.

The ski area in Courmayeur is very open and straightforward, with runs above the tree lines in the Checrouit and the forested slopes of Val Veny. Although most of the trails are suited for intermediates, there are several beginner-friendly runs at the top of the main lifts. For expert skiers who are looking for adventure, head to the off-piste terrains over at Chamonix.

Reasons We Love Courmayer

  • Stylish cafés and bars in the central quarter of the town offer great apres-ski experience.
  • Heli-skiing excursions around the Aosta Valley are available.
  • Over 20 miles of interesting terrains for cross country skiers.

8. Monterosa

One of the lesser-known in Italy is Monterosa, but it has slowly started gaining more and more patrons as the years went by. Being less popular than other resorts in the country, it has fewer visitors and therefore was able to retain its unspoiled charm and beauty.

Monterosa is composed of three linked resorts in three adjacent valleys, namely Champoluc, Gressoney-La-Trinite, and Alagna. All share the same network of lifts, and all of them have the same rustic Italian vibe. Of the three, Champoluc is the largest while Alagna is the smallest. Whichever of the three you choose though, you are guaranteed some great skiing whether that be on-piste or off-piste.

All in all, though, Monterosa is smaller in scale than other ski resorts in the country, but it’s no less as enjoyable and caters to skiers of all levels. For instance, most beginners spend their time in Champoluc and Gressoney, while expert skiers will have a grand time in Alagna, especially as the village sits beneath the Punta Irden glacier. Those who are into heli-skiing will also find it available here.

Reasons We Love Monterosa

  • Less crowded than other ski resorts.
  • Ice rinks are available at Gressoney and Champoluc for kids who are not ready for skiing.
  • Great value mountain restaurants.

9. Madesimo

Madesimo is situated in Lombardy in the Swiss border, about two hours away north of Milan. The nearest airport is the Milan Malpensa, and can be accessed through private transfers or a combination of train and bus transport. Given its location, it strikes the perfect balance between alpine villages, ample pistes run and those with cross country skis can enjoy routes like the Angeloga.

The ski resort has an exciting skiable vertical of 1500 meters, with swathes of freeride powder for expert skiers. Although most of the runs are for beginners and intermediates, there are several black runs available for advanced skiers, the most popular being the Canalone black descent.

Reasons We Love Madesimo

  • Great ski-in and ski-out village.
  • Excellent snowboarding park with jumps, rainbow rails, pipes, and boxes.
  • Proximity to other small resorts.

10. Alpe di Siusi

If there’s one thing you’ll love about Alpe di Suisi, it would be that it has guaranteed snow from December to March. Equipped with snowmaking and efficient grooming systems, skiers are assured of perfect skiable terrains to enjoy.

Located in the heart of the Dolomites, the ski resort has over 50 kilometers of slopes for skiers to enjoy. Although much of the terrains are for advanced skiers, there are plenty of runs for both beginners and intermediates to play in. The Sassopiatto, a challenging plateau above the Alpe di Suisi is perfect for those who are looking for an exciting run. This is skiable only under the right conditions (mostly during spring) and is best traversed with a local ski guide which you can easily find in the area. Snowboarders will also have a grand time in the resort as it is fitted with some of the best snow parks complete with boxes, steps, and kickers.

This resort is also hailed as one of the best go-to places for family vacationers. Children with their skis and kid’s ski helmets will have a grand time in the ski school and kindergarten, kid’s parks, and even a special children’s tour. The lifts have even been designed with state-of-the-art child safety features.

Reasons We Love Alpe di Suisi

  • Various improvements including the changing of the small chairlifts to more spacious six-seaters.
  • Family-friendly ski resort with complete amenities for young skiers.
  • Almost guaranteed snow.

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Skiing in Italy is certainly an enjoyable and exciting experience, with all the beginner-friendly runs and advanced trails available. Of course, an Italy skiing trip wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t indulge in local food and beverage served in quaint and charming cafes in the area. All that said, there’s always something for every skier and snowboarder in Italy whichever ski resort you choose.

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