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Best Places to Ski in Italy

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Italian For A While
Italian For A While

Summary: Are you eager to hit the slopes in Italy? Our detailed guide showcases the best places to ski in Italy. From the most thrilling runs for avid skiers to welcoming family areas, and from dining options to additional leisure activities, we cover it all for the ultimate ski trip.

Italy, with its stunning alpine scenery and charming mountain villages, is a winter wonderland for expats and digital nomads who are also ski enthusiasts. From the breathtaking peaks of the Dolomites to the snow-covered slopes of the Aosta Valley, Italy offers a diverse range of ski areas suitable for all ability levels. Whether you're looking for family-friendly resorts, challenging off-piste adventures, or picturesque settings to work and play, Italy's ski destinations have something for everyone. Here are the 7-10 best ski areas in Italy that you should consider for your next winter getaway.

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Veneto, Dolomites
Family Friendly: Yes

Cortina d'Ampezzo, known as the "Queen of the Dolomites," is a glamorous ski resort that hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. It offers a variety of slopes for all skill levels, breathtaking scenery, and a lively town with plenty of après-ski activities. The resort is part of the Dolomiti Superski area, one of the world's largest ski circuits.

We Recommend: For a unique dining experience, try Ristorante Tivoli, which is known for its gourmet cuisine and excellent wine selection. Nestled in a cozy mountain setting, it's the perfect place to indulge after a day on the slopes.

Val Gardena

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: South Tyrol, Dolomites
Family Friendly: Yes

Val Gardena is a valley in the Dolomites offering a mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert runs. It's part of the Sellaronda ski circuit, which allows skiers to tour around the massif of the Sella group. The area is also known for its woodcarving tradition and Ladin culture, adding a unique cultural twist to your ski experience.

We Recommend: Enjoy a meal at the family-run Restaurant Freina, famous for its local Ladin and Tyrolean specialties, and its sunny terrace with a view of the Sassolungo mountain.

Madonna di Campiglio

Ability Level: Intermediate and expert.
Location: Trentino
Family Friendly: Yes

Madonna di Campiglio, nestled in the Brenta Dolomites, is known for its high-quality skiing and vibrant nightlife. The resort is connected to the nearby ski areas of Pinzolo and Folgarida-Marilleva, offering a vast terrain to explore. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a mix of active days and lively evenings.

We Recommend: Cantina del Suisse is a popular spot among locals and visitors for its cozy atmosphere and delicious pizza. It's a great place to unwind and mingle with fellow skiers.

Cervinia

Ability Level: Beginner and intermediate.
Location: Aosta Valley
Family Friendly: Yes

Cervinia boasts one of the longest ski seasons in Italy, with reliable snow conditions thanks to its high altitude. The resort is linked with Zermatt in Switzerland, offering access to the iconic Matterhorn. It's an excellent choice for families and those who prefer gentler slopes.

We Recommend: For a taste of local cuisine, try Ymeletrob, a bar and restaurant that offers a warm, rustic ambiance and a selection of fine wines and regional dishes.

Alta Badia

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: South Tyrol, Dolomites
Family Friendly: Yes

Alta Badia is a ski paradise for families and food lovers, with its sunny slopes and renowned culinary scene. The area is part of the Dolomiti Superski and offers scenic runs suitable for all levels, as well as access to the Sellaronda ski tour.

We Recommend: Visit the Rifugio Bioch, a mountain hut that serves traditional Ladin dishes with a modern twist. The panoramic views from the terrace are simply breathtaking.

Bormio

Ability Level: Intermediate and expert.
Location: Lombardy
Family Friendly: Yes

Bormio, located in the heart of the Stelvio National Park, is known for its thermal baths and challenging slopes, including the famous Stelvio piste. It's a great destination for those looking for a mix of winter sports and relaxation.

We Recommend: After a day on the slopes, unwind at the cozy Keller Steak House, which offers a selection of grilled meats and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Sestriere

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Piedmont
Family Friendly: Yes

Sestriere, part of the Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski area, hosted the alpine events during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. It offers a wide range of slopes and is particularly good for intermediate skiers. The resort is also known for its modern facilities and vibrant après-ski scene.

We Recommend: For a memorable dining experience, head to Ristorante Il Centro, where you can enjoy traditional Piedmontese dishes with a contemporary touch.

La Thuile

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Aosta Valley
Family Friendly: Yes

La Thuile is a quiet and picturesque resort with a friendly atmosphere, offering uncrowded slopes and a connection to La Rosiere in France. It's an ideal spot for those seeking a more laid-back skiing experience without sacrificing the quality of the slopes.

We Recommend: Lo Riondet is a charming restaurant situated along the ski slopes, perfect for a lunch stop. They serve delicious local dishes with a stunning view of the surrounding mountains.

Plan de Corones (Kronplatz)

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: South Tyrol
Family Friendly: Yes

Plan de Corones, also known as Kronplatz, is renowned for its well-groomed slopes and modern lift system. It's part of the Dolomiti Superski area and offers a variety of runs for all skill levels, as well as a snow park for freestyle enthusiasts.

We Recommend: The mountain restaurant Corones offers panoramic views and serves a mix of Tyrolean and Italian specialties, making it a great spot to refuel during your ski day.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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