Top Ski Locations In Italy

Italy is a fantastic place for skiing with its range of high altitude resorts and amazing slopes, with so many to choose from however where do you go?

There are literally 100s of ski resorts in Italy all unique in their own way suitable for different people and different holiday experiences. Therefore let us help and create somewhat of a shortlist for the best places to go skiing in Italy.

La Thuile ski resort, Aosta Valley, Italy
La Thuile ski resort, Aosta Valley by Leo-setä

1. Passo Tonale

There are a few great four star hotels in the area so you can sleep in luxury, brilliant food with 8 restaurants and 5 bars in the area it is truly a fantastic overall experience.

Best of all however the Passo Tonale is part of the Adamello ski area which is inclusive of the Temu, Ponte di Legno and Presena glacier, perhaps the best part of the experience is that it isn’t crowded like most other resorts. There are slopes for all different abilities ranging from 4km to 10km in distance.

Passo Tonale, Italy
Passo Tonale, Italy by Gabri80

2. Cortina d’Ampezzo

A town in the Alps located in Northern Italy, Cortina d’Ampezzo is possibly the most popular location in Italy partially due to how photogenic the resort is as you will often come across a picture of the town.

Nicknamed the Queen of the Dolomites there are lots of skiing areas nearby such as the Cortina Cube, Tofana and the Lagazuoi-5 Torri. Although one of the busiest areas for skiing it’s truly a fantastic experience for the whole family.

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

3. Selva di Val Gardena

Many years ago Selva di Val Gardena was part of Austria but now belongs to Italy, although German is more widely spoken.

The skiing areas are the Ciampinoi and Ortisei, there is great scenery in the area producing spectacular sights, a mix of open and wooded slopes which are excellent with several of them having big verticals.

There are also slopes for near beginners however you need to take a bus to get to them which is a possible downside, but don’t let that put you off!

Selva di Val Gardena, Italy
Selva di Val Gardena by Val Gardena – Gröden Marketing

4. Sestriere

Located at the beating heart of the Milky Way, Sestriere offers 400km of slopes for all abilities, it also has a brand new lift system meaning you can get up the mountain far quicker than most neighbouring ski resorts.

Be warned however the lifts sometimes close with little warning meaning you will end up in France when skiing down the slope and taxis back aren’t cheap, so beware of high winds. The resort has great entertainment and restaurants which give justice to how good the slopes are.

Sestriere panorama, Italy
Sestriere panorama by ChiaVB

5. Courmayeur

At the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the western part of Europe, is Courmayeur, an Italian town. There are lots of snow cannons topping up the slopes, as it’s so popular it often needs that extra topping up.

The area is renoun for its wooded area skiing which supplies skiers with a challenging slope suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers.

Skiing in Courmayeur, Italy
Skiing in Courmayeur by Leo-setä

Tips For Skiing In Italy

Most of the ski resorts in Italy are located quite far away from the airports so car hire may be the ideal solution to get to your destination.

Please also remember if you are travelling in winter that winter tyres or snow chains might be needed by law, even if they are not they are a good safety precaution, it may also be an idea to hire a 4×4 due to space and the ease of tackling the wintery terrain.

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