Aprica Ski Resort

Hold on tight down the superb Aprica advanced piste tails.
Welcome to Aprica, the town below the ski resort of the same name!
Look hard and you will find off piste powder at Aprica.
Aprica ski resorts lifts are old but move everyone efficiently.
Another of the wide Aprica advanced trails, Direttissima.
Soak up the sun at Aprica ski resort near Rifugio Valtellina.
Ski in accommodation at Aprica ski resort.
Aprica skiing on dry packed powder.
Skiing Aprica.
The Ristoro Aprica above Magnolta at Aprica ski resort.
The Campetti learn to ski area at Aprica is excellent.
Campetti learn to ski area.
The ancient Piana Galli chair & beginner terrain at Aprica.
Nearly half of the terrain at Aprica is rated for intermediates.
Fresh lines on the flanks of Monte Filone, accessed by skinning.
Tracked powder skiing into the larch forests of Aprica.
Top to bottom skiing at Aprica ends at the Palabione gondola base.
Apres ski is easy at Aprica with 22 bars. Careful skiing down though.
Aprica village.
Take the leap and ski Aprica in the Valtellina, Lombardy, Italy. Ciao!

Aprica Ski Resort

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  • Aprica Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,162m – 2,300m (1,138m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (16)
    2 Gondolas / cable cars
    4 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    December to mid April
    9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 50km
    Longest run – 7km
    Advanced - 16%
    Intermediate - 42%
    Beginner - 42%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €36 to 41
    Child - €21 to 32

Aprica Ski Resort Italy

Aprica in Lombardy Italy is a surprising town & ski resort with a family-friendly atmosphere juxtaposed against serious fall line piste terrain and a lazy 22 bars!

The ample 1100m skiable vertical at Aprica provides a first-class skiing experience on the piste trails of the resort.

Pros & Cons for Aprica Ski Resort


  • Relaxed, laid back family friendly ski resort;
  • Quality north-aspect piste trails for all levels;
  • Serious extended fall line advanced piste trails;
  • Piste trails are tree lined & great in poor visibility;
  • Quiet during the week;
  • Superb learn to ski facilities & terrain;
  • Very good value for money;
  • Good après ski;
  • Ski-in accommodation available;
  • Proper town with full services at the resort's base;
  • Close to historic Tirano & train rides to St Moritz!


  • Relatively limited off-piste terrain;
  • Old lift infrastructure;
  • Car parking is awkward;
  • Low elevation resort base;
  • Toilet facilities lacking throughout the resort;
  • Aging accommodation.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Strange separation between town & ski area;
  • Excellent day trip from Tirano;
  • No terrain park (who cares?);
  • Limited high-end accommodation;
  • North facing terrain so often shaded & cold (better snow quality), but the village gets loads of sun.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Aprica stands out of the crowd for a couple of reasons, one good, one bad. The good is the quality of the piste trails. The bad is the quality of the lifts. That's a shame, but in no way a deal breaker.

See the Aprica ski trail map here.

Aprica skiing & snowboarding, regardless of your skill set, is awesome on the piste. An interesting & varied learn to ski area, long, wide trails like the Superpanoramica for beginners, fast, rolling runs for intermediates and genuine sustained fall line for advanced skiers set Aprica apart from many larger (& better known) ski resorts in Europe.

The ski lifts are another matter. The age & capacity of the gondolas & some of the chairs is such that they should have been put to pasture long ago. However, unless at the resort on a sunny Sunday, the crowds are so small that the minor discomfort of the lifts can be overlooked. The very modest lift price also reflects the infrastructure at Aprica.

For Powderhounds, there are some small areas of easy accessed larch & pine tree skiing, plus some whoops & yips in the high alpine. The ski trail map is a deception indicating a vast off-piste potential that in reality doesn't exist within the resort. The high alpine has some backcountry lines that no one seems to hunt out, so there is something for the adventurous long after the last snowfall.

See our Skiing Aprica page for more information.

Snow & Weather

At Aprica, if it is not snowing, the weather is generally sunny during winter. And whilst not blessed with the huge amounts of snowfall like just a bit north in canton Grisons Switzerland, Aprica has ample elevation & mainly north-facing terrain that holds what snow they do get, very well.

The low elevation base area can suffer early or late in the season, but the top of the resort above 1450m can be accessed in either direction by the 2 gondolas & from the mid station of the Baradello chair. Snow making covers most of the piste trails.

Where is Aprica Italy?

The ski resort of Aprica rises on north facing slopes above the town of the same name in the Valtellina of Lombardy, Italy. Located 17km by road south of wonderful Tirano, the resort can be accessed using the train & bus from Milan via Brescia & Edolo from the east or Sondrio or Tresenda from the west. One can drive the 160km from central Milan to Aprica in around 2.5hr.

The gateway airports to Aprica are Milan Malpensa (MXP) (for most international travelers) & the minor airports of Milan Linate & Milan Bergamo (for Europe & UK flight origins). Direct airport transfers to Aprica can be arranged here.

See our Travel to Aprica page for more information.

Aprica Accommodation

The town of Aprica is spread across the entire base of the ski resort. Some hotels, apartments, chalets (holiday homes) and guesthouses are adjacent to the lifts, but most line the main street of town (Coro Roma or the Via Valtellina) a short walk away. The main street has all the after-hours action.

The disjointed connection between the town and ski resort is odd and detracts from the overall ski experience. The town lacks 5-star hotels so anyone with coin will have to settle for a 4 star like the Hotel Arisch.

Search & book all Aprica accommodation here.

For those that have their own transport, the best alternative to staying in Aprica is in or near Tirano. The town has much going for it, plus is generally below the snowline, providing ease of movement (if that is important to you!). See below for some of the 'must dos' in Tirano. There are excellent accommodation options including some wonderful farm stays (often called B&Bs) in amongst the apple orchards like the Ca' Marchesi B&B.

Search & book all Tirano Accommodation here.

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals from Powderhounds partners are available in the centre of Aprica township. Search & book Aprica ski or snowboard rentals here.

Aprica Activities

No journey to the region would be complete without doing four things near Aprica. One is a visit to Tirano is essential for some lovely walks in the old town, the surrounding hills & orchards, plus a visit to the amazing 16th century Basilica (Sanctuary of the Madonna of Tirano). The Basilica contains a staggeringly complex 18th century 3000 pipe organ plus associated sculptures & artwork.

Two is a ride on the Bernina Express train to St Moritz in Switzerland. The train emerges from the Tirano station and clatters onto the main road thoroughfare in front of the imposing Basilica. The train passes over engineering marvels including the Circular Viaduct Bursio as it climbs nearly 1900m vertical, up and over the 2328m Bernina Pass to Lagalb & then Diavolezza stations, which are wonderful ski hills for Powderhounds. It then continues down past the toe of the Morteratsch glacier, ending at St Moritz in about 2.5hr.

Third is consuming the moving feast of ‘cucina tipica’ at the La Locanda Di Giovanna restaurant in the village of Mazzo di Valtellina. The 7-course fixed dinner menu will delight the senses and engorge your tummy with dishes typical of the region & includes varieties of wine & grappa in the miniscule price.

Fourth is a visit to the Tonale ski resort to ski the glacier and experience something completely different to Aprica. The main pass at Tonale is 45km west of Aprica, but the ski resort can be accessed via the ski lifts from Temù, only 30km away.


The Powderhounds reviewed Aprica in 2018 & had a great time screaming down the pistes at warp factor 10. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of page if on a mobile) to read its inciteful & witty ramblings!

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