Skiing Italy

Ski and snowboard Italy. La Thuile ski resort.
The Italian side of the Matterhorn (Monte Cervino). Cervinia ski resort.
The freeride paradise of Alagna, part of Italy's magnificent Monterosa Ski.
Classic Italian skiing at Oulx, part of the Via Lattea.
The magnificent Skyway cable car uo to Monte Bianco above Courmayeur.
World's best train to ski lift connection is the Dolomites resort of Kronplatz.
Italy has some of Europe's best backcountry and heli-skiing terrain.
Perfect Italian groomer into the village of Sesto. 3 Peaks Dolomites ski resort.
Perfect Italian groomer into the village of Sesto. 3 Peaks Dolomites ski resort.
Cortina ski resort Armentarola trail ends with a horse drawn ski tow!
Skiing Italian off piste powder at Gressoney, part of Monterosa Ski.
Courmayeur ski resort Italy, below huge Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc).
Food is a wonderful part of the ski Italy experience. Lunch at Alta Badia.
Ski Italy and start the morning with a calimero - brandy eggnog & espresso.
Apres ski Italy. Not as rowdy as Austria, but more refined & still great fun.
Ski Italy for powder. Oulx (Sauze d'Oulx) ski resort, Via Lattea near Turin.
Amazing fun slopes for families are popular in Italy. Val Gardena ski resort.
Alpine huts & rifugios in Italy offer cosy retreats from the cold. La Thuile ski resort.
Shopping in some Italian ski resorts is brilliant. Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Ski and snowboard Italy.

Skiing Italy

Ski & Snowboard Italy

Skiing and snowboarding in Italy is a perennial Powderhounds favourite. Whilst Italy doesn’t necessarily come immediately to mind as one of world’s best known skiing and snowboarding destinations, the ski resorts of Italy are absolute world class in all aspects.

The Italian ski resorts are predominantly located across the mountainous areas of northern Italy that border France, Switzerland and Austria. Being on the southern side of the Alps, the Italian ski resorts boast an 80% chance of beautiful weather during winter. So in true Italian style you can sit outside and not let the snow get in the way of enjoying delicious pasta, grappa, spritzer, espresso or café latte with your new Italian friends.

Skiing in Italy is sometimes like being in two (or three!) different countries. German and Austrian cultural influences are prominent in parts of the Dolomites and French culture insinuates itself into the Aosta Valley.

Generally less expensive than their northern and western neighbours, Italian ski resorts are also known for their relatively uncrowded slopes. The ski resorts are not far from numerous airports making transit easy. Another bonus is that the fabulous cities of Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice are never far away.

In Italy you can ski the massive and spectacular Dolomites region in the east, go skiing in the true Alps in the north west, ride the 2006 Olympic resorts of the Via Lattea , or even ski down Mt. Etna in Sicily. Italy offers a diverse array of skiing options across more than 200 resort. It’s favoloso!

The Italian ski resorts can broadly be placed into a number of regions including the Dolomites, Brenta Dolomites, Valle d'Aosta, Ortler region, Alta Valtellina, Via Lattea, Apennines and others.

Aosta Valley Ski Resorts

In north west Italy bordered by Switzerland to the north and France to the west, the Aosta valley (Valle d’Aosta) has several of Italy’s premier ski resorts and some of its most eye popping scenery. Surrounded by western Europe’s highest mountains, the ski resorts of Cervinia at the base of the Matterhorn (Monte Cervino), Monterosa Ski(Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna) at the base of Monte Rosa and Courmayeur at the base of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) are all wonderful ski destinations. The brilliant La Thuile & Pila ski resorts round out the main fare in this sensational valley. Small Valle d"Aosta resorts for the more discerning among you include CrevacolChamoisChamporcher & Torgnon.

Dolomites Ski Resorts

The main Dolomites (Dolomiti Superski) ski area in the north east of Italy provides one of the largest ski networks in the world. as the 12 main ski areas in the region are connected by 460 lift systems. The best way to experience this sunny and snowy area is with the “Dolomiti Superski” pass which accesses 1200+ km of ski slopes across the twelve ski areas. The ski resorts have either big reputations or none (!) and include Cortina d’Ampezzo, Alta Badia, Val Gardena, Val di Fassa, Arabba-Marmolada, 3 Peaks (Drei Zinnen a.k.a. Sesto), Plose, Gitschbegr-Jochtal, Kronplatz, Civetta and others. The world famous “Sella Ronda” ski route is in the Dolomites and enables you to visit 4 of the resorts in one day around the Sella massif. The easiest route to the Dolomites is via Milan (Malpensa airport), Innsbruck, Munich or Venice and then a train and/or bus to the resorts.

Brenta Dolomites Ski Resorts

The other large ski area in the western Dolomites region is in an area known as the Brenta Dolomites. The Skirama Dolomiti ski area combines 8 ski resorts to access 380 km of piste and 150 lifts. The ski resorts include the popular Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Folgarida-Marilleva, Pejo, Tonale, Andalo & Monte Bondone. Access is best via Milan, Venice or Innsbruck through Tirano or Trento.

Via Lattea Ski Resorts

Just west of Turin is “The Milky Way” (Via Lattea) ski area that has 320 km of piste and connected by 70 lifts and is the best value ski area in Western Europe. The main interlinked ski resorts include the Claviere, Oulx (Sauze d'Oulx) Cesana, Sestriere and Sansicario. Hosting many of the 2006 Winter Olympic events, “The Milky Way” region is easily accessed via train or car from Turin. The TGV fast train from Paris stops at Oulx for quick and easy access to this great ski area. Also, nearby is the cracking ski resort of Bardonecchia

Alta Valtellina Ski Resorts

Never heard of the Alta Valtellina? Think Bormio, Livigno & the lesser known Santa Caterina, Passo dello Stelvio & Valdidentro (Bormio's close neighbour). Some excellent skiing & snowboarding in the alps north of the Brenta Dolomites. Access is best via Milan. Passo dello Stelvio is only open in summer - there is too much snow in winter!!

Ortler Ski Resorts

The Ortler Skiarena is a little known ski region made up of 15 resorts in the Venosta valley, Merano, Bolzano and Eisacktal. Located in north east Italy wedged between the Austrian border, the Dolomites and the Alta Valtellina the Ortler ski resorts include a number of real Powderhound secret treasures. The relatively unknown resorts of Solda, Val Senales, Meran 2000 & Reinswald have some great value skiing at elevations up to 3260m. Access is best from Milan or Innsbruck via Bolzano.

Apennines Ski Resorts

Further south is Italy's longest mountain range called the Apennines. They extend for 1200km south east along the spine of the entire Italian peninsula. A number of small ski resorts are spread along the Apennines, but also some quite extensive ones with over 1000m of vertical and 80km+ of piste trails. The larger resorts include Abetone , Alto Sangro, Cimone and Campo Felice.

Other Italy Ski Resorts

Aside from some outlying Alps ski resorts (outlying = secret stashes that we are going to review!) near Tirano like Aprica, Alpe Palu - Valmalenco and Madesimo, one more interesting Italy ski area graces the potentially fiery slopes of Mt Etna. Sicily's famous volcano and the highest point at 3,350m, Mt Etna often gets deep winter snow and has up to 1,400m of vertical skiing at two ski resorts combined with off piste. The Piano Provenzana and Nicolosi ski areas on both the south and north side of Mt Etna are best accessed via Catania.

Heliskiing in Italy

Italy is one of the few European countries to have several f heliskiing operations on the high Alps, particularly around the Aosta valley. Heliski operators are based near La Thuile, Valgrisenche, Courmayeur, Gressoney (Monterosa) and further afield at Livigno & remote Riale (Val Formazza). More information on heliskiing is coming soon.

Cost of Skiing in Italy

Aahh Italy. Not only is the food better, the coffee smoother & the wine exceptional compared to most ski destinations on earth but the cost of skiing is also amongst the cheapest in the western world. Ski lift passes are incredibly competitively priced - easily the cheapest of the 'Big 4' Alps ski nations that includes Switzerland, France & Austria.

The Turin Olympics ski resorts of the Via Lattea have the best value lift pass in the world. In season 2018/19 a day lift pass cost a tiny €38 providing access to a total of 310km of quality piste trails & 50 ski lifts in the Italian section. Astonishing!

As with any ski resorts, it is possible to spend a fortune on accommodation when skiing Italy. The opportunities for a cheap overnight in a gorgeous rifugio or guesthouse are prolific & the general cost of living is less - food, drink, car hire.

Why Ski & Snowboard Italy

There are so many reasons to ski and snowboard Italy. Here are just a few.

Awesome skiing and snowboarding. Several Italian ski resorts are Powderhounds favourites because of the quality of the ski experience. The ski resorts of Monterosa, Courmayeur, La Thuile, Via Lattea and the Dolomites are exceptional by world standards.

Geographic and cultural diversity – from the heights of Monte Bianco and Rosa to the unique Dolomites, the Apennines and even Mt Etna, the mountains in Italy are as diverse as the culture, which can change from one valley to the next.

Value for money. Italy offers some of the cheapest skiing snowboarding in the western world world.

World’s best snow-making. If mother nature is being fickle, the Italians have snow-making down to a fine art. You will be guaranteed endless skiing, fresh natural snow or not.

Après. A few Aperol spritzers on the sunny deck of a high alpine rifugio will be all you need to say, “I love skiing in Italy.” You can then understand why so much in Italy is about la dolce vita!

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

CLASSIC Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
The very best skiing in the Dolomites linking 6 ski resorts & spending 4 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Ski the best groomed trails in the Dolomites on this classic ski safari. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,245
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SPECIAL Dolomites Ski Safari
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | DOLOMITES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
A special ski adventure set amongst the awe inspiring landscape of the Dolomites. Linking 9 ski resorts via groomed slopes by ski, taxi, helicopter & snowmobile, spend 5 nights in mountain rifugi under the guidance of your dedicated host. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,765
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Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 1,944
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Skiare GOLD Packages
PRIVATE GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a private guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
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USD 3,684
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Skiare SILVER Packages
MIXED GROUP GUIDED INSTRUCTIONAL PACKAGES
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Make the most of your Dolomites ski holiday with a MIXED GROUP guide / instructor who will show you many of the great sights & ski areas whilst helping you to improve your skiing. Whilst this example package is based on 7 nights, packages are fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 days plus and can start from any day of the week.
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USD 2,732
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Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Tour
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
2 - 5 Days | 2 - 5 Nights | 2 - 5 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 701
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours

Livigno Italy Freeride Snowboard Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Based in the resort of Livigno Italy, a high altitude ski and snowboard paradise with a long and snowsure winter, we will freeride untracked Italian powder. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone and meet new friends.
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USD 1,793
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Bormio Freeride cat-skiing at Santa Caterina
GUIDED CAT SKIING POWDER TOUR
1 Day | 7hr Cat Skiing
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Fully guided freeride powder cat skiing day in the alpine backcountry of Santa Caterina Valfurva. Use lifts & skins to ride untracked powder with a small group. Private singles or groups apply for your best dates & number days. or enquire to join a group.
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USD 158
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Bormio Freeride Powder Day
GUIDED FREERIDE POWDER TOUR
1 Day | 7hr Skiing or Snowboarding
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Fully guided freeride powder ski & snowboard day in the alpine terrain of Bormio, Santa Caterina & Valdidentro. Use lifts & skins to ride untracked powder with a small group. Private singles or groups apply for your best dates & number days. or enquire to join a group.
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USD 158
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Chamonix Alps Ultimate Women's Ski Tour
GUIDED SKI TOUR | WOMEN ONLY
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski 3 countries in one week with an all female group based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier & Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps.
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USD 2,995
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Heli Skiing Tours

Heliski Val De Susa
GUIDED OFF-PISTE HELISKIING
2- 6 Days | 2 - 6 Nights | 5,000m vertical/day
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Heliski the powder laden Susa valley in Piedmont, Italy. Enjoy 4-5000m vertical a day with single descents of up to 1600m. Stay in beautiful accommodation at Sestriere ski resort. Get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 1,797
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