Italy’s Best Skiing Resorts for Beginners

Before booking a skiing vacation, there are many things to consider. And one of them is ones level of experience. As a greenhorn, choosing the best skiing resorts for beginners is very important.

Italy’s ski resorts are definitely very popular among European and overseas skiers. And if you are just a beginner you won’t be disappointed. The country offers some of the friendliest and best skiing resorts for beginners. These resorts have suitable steep terrain and beginner ski slopes.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto, Italy
Cortina d’Ampezzo by Manuel Bierbauer

Passo Tonale, Trento

Lying between 1,884 and 3,100 metres above sea level, Passo Tonale is one of the best skiing resorts for beginners in Italy.

With six well marked rails for beginners alone that are generally clear, safe and sunny, as well as gently sloping runs easy for beginners to practice and learn quickly, it is undoubtedly the perfect destination for learners.

Skiing in Passo Tonale, Trento, Italy
Skiing in Passo Tonale, Trento by Josef Grunig

One of the special reasons Passo Tonale is one of the best skiing resorts for beginners is its gentle open slopes that forms an almost seamless nursery space to allow learners gain confidence without the interference of advance skiers who boasts of more speed and expertise.

With a long snow season that lasts from October to May, it is the perfect location that caters for almost all year round skiing activities. The same reason the Italian national team use the location for their training sessions.

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Skiing in Passo Tonale, Trento by Josef Grunig

Finding a trainer for your skiing lessons is also not a problem as Passo Tonale boasts of two ski and snowboard schools. And you do not have to worry whether you’ll be able to understand Italian to follow the lessons.

They have quality and friendly English teachers to cater for the needs of foreigners. So, no need for a dictionary, special Italian Language courses or interpreters.

Lift at Passo Tonale, Trento, Italy
Lift at Passo Tonale by Vašek Vinklát

While Passo Tonale is the ideal destination for beginners, it is also suitable for mixed ability groups that include the intermediate and advanced skiers. The resort prides itself with a 100 km of marked runs (pistes), with the longest run around 11 km (from Presena Glacier to Ponte di Legno).

It has 30 lifts, slopes of about 1,120m to 3,015m and a Six-day lift pass cost €202 for adults and €102 for children.

Passo Tonale in summer, Trento, Italy
Passo Tonale in summer by Gabri80

Bardonecchia, Piedmont

If you would prefer a quieter place that is not as commercial as Passo Tonale, then Bardonecchia is another great destination for beginners. Located in the province of Turin, this commune town is a favorite skiing destination frequented by the locals.

Skiing in Bardonecchia, Piedmont, Italy
Skiing in Bardonecchia by Malcolm Murdoch

In 2006, the Winter Olympics snowboarding event was hosted in this Italian town. The resort boasts of over 100 km of runs and a total of 23 ski lifts. There are four ski schools in the town with over 250 trainers available to teach skiers of all levels from beginners to advance.

A wide range of daily ski passes are available for purchase and the prices for Six-day skipass range from €150 to €180 for adults while children under 7 have a special discount pass that can be purchased for €30.

Bardonecchia ski resort, Piedmont, Italy
Bardonecchia ski resort, Piedmont by

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Veneto

With its spectacular views over the Dolomites, an all-encompassing nursery slopes in the Socrepes area and great instructors that are very good with children, Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the best skiing resorts for beginners that Italy has to offer.

Often referred to as one of the world’s most stunning ski resorts, it boasts of a 115 kilometers of pistes. This unique Alpine resort has pastures and wooded slopes rise from the valley up to 2,000 meters. An extra 1,000 meters is added by spires, the sheer cliffs, and crags of pink limestone.

Skiing in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto, Italy
Skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Veneto by Manuel Bierbauer

The 1956 Winter Olympics was hosted in this skiing resort. In addition, several other World Cup events as well as motion pictures have taken place in this town that is located in Veneto, a region where you can also find one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Venice.

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