Italy is a spectacular choice for a ski holiday, boasting some of the world’s best ski resorts it’s a destination that combines high altitude skiing, mouth-watering Italian cuisine plus an après ski scene in a league of its own. Perhaps even more noteworthy is the affordable price tag and just how far your holiday budget can travel. Italy offers a great collection of ski resorts and the diversity on offer means that everyone from pro skiers, to first time beginners and winter sports fans can find their perfect winter escape.
Get started on planning your ideal Italian ski holiday with help from our top 5 resorts listed below.
Iglu Ski on the snow-sure slopes in Cervinia at the start of the ski season
Best for beginners
Be wowed by beautiful alpine forests and magnificent glacier views in Champoluc, the largest resort in the Monterosa region. With access to skiing in Gressoney and Alagna there are 180km of pistes in total across the 3 valleys. A ski holiday at Chalet Hotel de Champoluc boasts ski-in ski-out access which skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will love.
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Best all-round resort
A favourite destination for British visitors with one of the longest ski seasons in Italy, Livigno is a tax free ski haven. Charming and rich in history, the resort has an extensive selection of bars, restaurants and shops as well as an excellent selection of pistes for all abilities, which makes Livigno a top all-round resort.
The ski area is split into 2 separate sections on either side of the valley with skiing between 1815m up to 2800m. Beginners will excel with the help of Livigno’s award winning ski school and brilliant easy slopes. Intermediates will enjoy the large selection of blue and red runs across the resort and experienced skiers and snowboarders can test their abilities in the freeride areas.
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3. Sauze D’Oulx
Best for skiers on a budget and groups
Sauze d’Oulx has long held the torch for being a popular party destination and has had Brits flocking in for the infectious après ski scene for decades. But times have progressed from the days when parties overruled the pistes and Sauze d’Oulx now flaunts an attractive balance of quality ski runs, mountain village charm and just the right amount of entertainment to ensure you don’t miss a full days skiing on some of the best pistes in the country. Skiing at Sauze d’Oulx can be great fun for all levels with skilled ski schools available for beginners, intermediates or those looking to pick up a few new advanced skills. Experienced skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the 400 km of slopes stretching across the colossal Milky Way ski area. From Sauze D’Oulx you can ski Claviere, Montgenevre and Sestriere.
Skiers on a budget will appreciate the range of cheaper accommodations including Hotel Derby and Clotes Apartments. We recommend Chalet Hotel Edelweiss for excellent value - packages include free ski guiding and coaching.
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Chalet Hotel Edelweiss in Sauze d'Oulx
Best for skiing the Dolomites
Meet the elite of the Italian ski world at Italy’s most fashionable and stylish resort. As a previous host of the 1956 Winter Olympics and popular stop on the World Cup skiing circuit, Cortina d'Ampezzzo boasts premier skiing amongst the unbelievably magnificent backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains. Shopping and lunching hold as much prime time here as skiing, due to the luxury boutiques and top class eateries lining the charming cobbled streets of Corso Italia, the epicentre of Italian skiing lux. Keen skiers will appreciate the less crowded circuits (whilst more than half of Italian visitors parade their fur coats), perfectly groomed slopes and excellent selection of main skiing areas. The Dolomiti ski pass boasts access to 12 ski resorts and 1200 km of slopes including Cortina, Kronplatz, Val Gardena, and Arabba.
Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria offers brilliant value for a week holiday in this exclusive resort or for a luxury stay in Cortina choose Grand Hotel Miramonti Majestic.
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Spectacular mountain scenery in the Dolomites
Best for snow-sure skiing
Settled in the mountains of Northern Italy and spilling over into Switzerland, Cervinia is a popular snow-sure resort offering a fantastic grand skiing area with links to Zermatt and Valtournenche. Skiers of all levels can expect to be welcomed by excellent snow conditions with a virtually guaranteed top to bottom blanket of snow on the slopes. Cervinia is a perfect resort for beginners and intermediates with easy gradients providing ample opportunities for practice runs. Advanced skiers can enjoy a fantastic range of slopes by taking advantage of the easy links to other popular resorts.
Fuel your days on the slopes with homemade Italian pizza and delicious fresh seafood. Make some time to fully explore the resort as some of the best mountain restaurants are not pinpointed on the resort piste map. For all-inclusive convenience stay at Club Med Cervinia or the popular Chalet Hotel Dragon is located in the centre of town with its own bar.
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