Italy Ski Holidays
The Italians have a justifiably fantastic reputation when it comes to their hospitality for holidaymakers and they also have some amazing ski domains, so a ski holiday in Italy combines the best of both. Skiing in italy is a unique experience, relaxed and informal, with fabulous and hearty Italian cuisine on the slopes and in resort. The Italians love children so it is a natural choice for families. On top of this, Italy ski holidays provide excellent value with a great atmosphere.
Skiing in Italy
Although it is maybe the least well known of the four major alpine ski nations, such as France, Austria and Switzerland, it is nevertheless home to more than 300 unique ski areas. It is blessed with some giant ski areas, but for sheer beautiful scenery and wide variety of terrain, you cannot beat the Dolomites. The Sella Ronda, at the heart of the Dolomites is a circular network of lifts 23 kilometers long, taking in the Italian ski resorts of Val Gardena, Arabba, Canazei and Corvara – for which you can buy a Dolomiti Superski pass covering no less than 433 kilometers of runs. And when you return from a long day skiing, you can sit on your balcony sipping an aperol spritz, whilst watching the majestic rock and crags of the Dolomite mountain range transform themselves into a strong shade of pink come sunset.
The Italian Culture
The borders of France, Switzerland and Austrian surround Italy – which means that culturally there are many different influences, depending on whether you go east or west. The Ladin culture is still very strong with locals determined to preserve their heritage in their language, singing and local customs. A plus side of being surrounded by France, Switzerland and Austria is that you can stay in an Italian ski resort and nip over to another country. Cervinia, for example, shares its ski area with Switzerland, so you can ski over the border for lunch in Zermatt in the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn. Or why not ski Italy and France in one day on the Milky Way – which boasts 400 kilometers of slopes – spanning Sauze d’Oulx, Sansicario, Sestriere an Claviere in Italy and over the French border to Montgenevre.
But there is no need to stray away from the Italian mountains to another country. There are plenty of great ski resorts in Italy for beginners, such as Kronplatz in the Dolomites and Bardonecchia in the Aosta Valley – right up to expert skiers where we recommend Corvara with its excellent off-piste, and Cervinia. You can even try heli-skiing at La Thuile for the adventurous skier.