San Domenico Ski Resort
San Domenico ski resort Italy
San Domenico ski resort Italy
San Domenico ski resort Italy
San Domenico ski resort Italy
San Domenico ski resort Italy
San Domenico ski resort Italy
San Domenico ski resort Italy
San Domenico ski resort Italy
San Domenico ski resort Italy
San Domenico ski resort Italy

San Domenico Ski Resort

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     San Domenico Ski Trail Map
  • San Domenico Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,420m - 2,488m (1,068m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (7)
    1 gondola
    4 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to early-April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 35km
    Longest run - 8km+
    Advanced - 42%
    Intermediate - 38%
    Beginner - 20%
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 24/25
    Adult - from €39
    Child - from €29
    Child u/8yr - Free
    Magic Pass is valid

San Domenico Ski Resort Italy

San Domenico ski resort looks to have everything a true powder hound is seeking. A luscious skiable vertical on advanced terrain in a high snowfall region is a great start. A quiet, authentic Italian mountain valley and villages combined with cheap lift passes seals the deal. Located on the Swiss border near the Simplon Pass between Brig & Milan, San Domenico is relatively easy to get to via the train/bus, but can 'interesting' by car!

A project to replace old chairlifts with a new gondola didn't go well for San Domenico and as a result the resort did not operate any ski lifts for the entire season 23/24. It will be interesting to see what happens here in season 24/25.

Pros & Cons for San Domenico Ski Resort


  • Located in a high snowfall zone.
  • Majority of terrain above 1,900m elevation.
  • Skiable vertical of over 1,050m.
  • Awesome value lift pass.
  • Modern lifts in the upper mountain.
  • Quality on-piste trails for beginner & intermediate skiers & snowboarders.
  • Very quiet during the week.
  • Loads of backcountry & ski-touring terrain available.
  • Public transport access by train & bus is not too shabby.


  • Old, slow double chair from the village to mid-mountain.
  • Small (ish) amount of ski trails (but with excellent diversity for all abilities!).
  • Genuinely frightening access road up from the valley.
  • Limited number of on-mountain restaurants and bars.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Might feel too small & isolated compared to other ski areas, but that's the way we like it!
  • Compact alpine village is quiet & may have limited accommodation over weekends.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lift & Terrain

The San Domenico skiing & snowboarding terrain has undergone a total revamp in the last decade. New chairs in the upper mountain, plus extensive slope development and snowmaking down to the base have changed the mountain for the better. The highest lifted point is 2,488m altitude providing a 1,068m of skiable vertical back down to the village. Ample freeride terrain and 42% advanced rated slopes make it a tasty proposition. The total of 35km of trails puts it at the smaller end of the European ski resort rankings, but size doesn't necessarily matter in the hunt for powder. But if size does matter to you, then the longest run of over 8km in length should make you smile, or at least nod in appreciation! The valley trail is covered by snow-making to ensure the full descent is possible at all times of the season.

Check out the ski trail map for San Domenico below.

San Domenico Ski Trail Map
San Domenico Ski Trail Map

A plan to install a gondola from the base up to mid-mountain seems to be an on again/off again proposition at San Domenico, ultimately resulting in no lifts running for season 23/24. Until it is fully implemented, a slow, old double chairlift gets one up to the action with plenty of time to scope out the lay of the land and the gorgeous surrounds. Thankfully most of the skiing takes place in the upper 550m vertical of the resort which is well served by modern 4 & 6-seater chairs.

Lift Passes

Lift tickets at San Domenico are super affordable & awesome value for what is on offer. Weekdays are usually cheaper than weekends and purchasing online prior to arrival is cheaper again …….. just the way us tight-arse powder junkies like it! From season 24/25 the resort is included on the Magic Pass.

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Where is San Domenico Italy?

The San Domenico ski resort is in northern Piedmont (Piemonte) on the Italian side of Simplon Pass, near the border with Switzerland. Nestled high above the Divedro valley (a.k.a. Simplon valley, Simplontal or Val Divedro!), the nearest main town & train station are at Varzo, 11km by road to the south-east. The centre of Milan is less than 2hr (153km) drive away to the south-east of the ski area, or 3hr is avoiding the tolls on the motorways! The important Swiss transport hub of Brig is only 17km away to the north-west of San Domenico, but a round-about 60km drive (70min) via the 2,005m Simplon Pass.

The closest international gateway airport is Milan Malpensa (MXP), only 1½hr drive to the south. A private transfer direct from Milan Malpensa airport provides the most efficient way to visit San Domenico.

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To save the planet, the recommended mode of travel to San Domenico is a combination of train & bus, though regional train services during the week can be extremely limited - planning is essential. From Brig, the regional train in the direction of Domodossola takes 21min to Varzo. Getting to Brig is easy from anywhere in Switzerland. From Milan Malpensa airport or central Milan, a convoluted journey of varying permutations usually involves two or three trains to get to Varzo via Busto Arsizio, Gallarate & Domodossola. Journeys can take from 3 to 5hr depending on connections. From Varzo train station the route number 8 bus travels 5 to 6 times a day up to the ski resort, with the journey taking around 30 minutes.

Search & book here for train tickets to Varzo. Buy bus tickets from the driver or get a taxi up to San Domenico.

If hunting out a sneaky powder day, driving a rental car is best from the Italian side, but a little more challenging via the Swiss side (over the Simplon Pass). Parking in the resort village is free and usually ample. Note that the road from Varzo up to the ski area is extremely narrow and would be challenging on an icy day. Take care, or take the local bus!

For hints, tips & warnings about getting to Italian ski resorts in winter, see our Travel in Italy page.

San Domenico Accommodation

San Domenico is a very small village at the base of the ski area set in a delightful forested alpine valley location that provides a feeling of splendid isolation from the woes of the world. The most lux place to stay in San Domenico is the new Hotel La Vetta. Alternatively there are a handful of well-priced hotels (including Albergo Ristorante Cuccini), holiday houses and apartments plus some exceptional bed & breakfast guesthouses (including the highly rated B&B Torri di Veglia). Down the road toward Varzo, the new Il Teggiolo BnB also gets rave reviews.

Alternatives to the resort village are in the valley town of Varzo. A range of fabulous, traditional B&B guesthouses are on offer, but the drive up & down the road evry day may seriously fray your nerves!

Search & book here for all San Domenico ski accommodation.


The Powderhounds will review San Domenico next season, hopefully riding up the mountain in the new gondola! We have heard great things about this resort and headed there on a quick logistics reconnaissance in March 2024, noting the narrow access road and new gondola waiting to be built (sitting in pieces in the car park). Stay tuned for our sparkling repartee, new photos & insights.

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