There are many and varied ski resorts in Italy from the huge Dolomites and Milky Way ski areas to Cervinia which backs on to Switzerland, to the smaller more quaint areas such as the Monterosa ski area with its pretty villages and more laid back style.
Italy’s share of the British market has been slowly increasing in recent years with skiers looking to save money and its popularity is fast increasing.
Most popular ski areas in Italy
By far and away the largest and most popular ski area in Italy is the Dolomites with the Dolomiti Superski pass which consist of Arabba, Selva Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Canazei and Campitello amongst many others. This famous linked circular area is so under rated that we have to shout about it a little more! The lift system here has been upgraded and it’s surprisingly easy to get around on the varied terrain. The stunning views of the central dolomites which tower above you wherever you are on the circuit is one to behold.
This area is best suited to intermediate skiers who are looking for quiet slopes and excellent value for money. Lift pass prices are reasonable and eating out on the mountains is a joy not only to the palate but also the purse!
At 2050m, the highest, most snow sure and popular resort is Cervinia which backs on to Zermatt and the Famous Matterhorn peak. There are km’s of wide easy runs for even the most timid of skiers and the slopes are pretty and sunny. The link to Zermatt can sometimes close in high winds but if you can get over there do!
The village is quiet and attractive
The Milky Way ski area has been one of Ski Lines favourites for a long time. It backs on to Montgenevre in France and have an extensive varied range of pistes all at excellent value for money. The Milky way ski are consist Sestriere with the highest skiing, Pragelato where Club med have one of their flagship All-inclusive hotels, Sauze D’Oulx which has character and great après as well as the smaller less well known linked resorts of Claviere, Jovenceaux and Sansicario.
The three valleys of the Monterosa ski area offer quiet uncrowded varied slopes with plenty to suit the off piste enthusiast. Champoluc with tis traditional friendly town, Gressoney and Alagna offer skiing like it used to be in unspoilt mountain villages linked by lovely pistes best suited to intermediates.
Après ski in Italian ski resorts
If après is your thing you need to head for Sauze D’Oulx which has a great atmosphere with plenty of venues to choose from whether it be après bars, win bars, full on night clubs or live music venue. The town is set around a cobbled village square and has lots of restaurants to choose from too.
Italy for Families
Champoluc and Gressoney offer a wide range of chalets hotels and chalet hotels some with childcare included such as the Chalet hotel Val Verde in Gressony.
Club Meds hotel in Cervinia has kids clubs and is all inclusive so excellent value for money in this usually more expensive resort.
Italy is one of the food capitals of the world and consequently is hard to find a bad restaurant here. One notable mountain restaurant lies in Sauze D’Oulx where there’s a lovely family run authentic restaurant on the piste serving rustic local dishes, its call Ciao Pais, well worth seeking out!
- Skiline have a variety of hotels in Italian resorts - From small rustic family run pensions up to all singing and dancing 5* all-inclusive resorts. We have something for everyone.
- The Hermitage in Sauze D’Oulx is right on the slopes and next to the main lift it’s an unbeatable good value hotel and great for groups.
- The Chalet hotel Breithorn in Champoluc is a former Italian run hotel and full of character in this pretty village.
- You can ski back to the door of the Chalet Soldanella in Selva.
- The Portavescovo is right at the foot of the piste in Arabba and the Pac Victoria chalet hotel in Cortina is great value for money and has a great reputation in this normally upmarket and more expensive resort.