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VALCHIAVENNA, ITALY

Ski Holidays in Valchiavenna, Italy

The Valchiavenna, Madesimo – Campodolcino Ski Area offers skiing enthusiasts 60 km of piste, 35 km of which have programmed artificial snow facilities. The Ski Area starts at Madesimo, 1550 m in altitude, from where most of the uphill transport leaves and continues up to the Pizzo Groppera at 3000 m and into the Val di Lei.

The uphill transport system, renewed over the last few years, has 9 chairlifts, mostly four-seater with an automatic hooking system to which a brand new six-seater chairlift and an eight-place gondola have been added. The Cima Sole-Groppera cable car completes the picture. Those coming to ski in the Valle Spluga can take advantage of the service provided by the underground funicular railway that, in five minutes, connects Campodolcino (1082 m) to the pistes at Motta (1721 m). It is one of the most modern and innovative in Europe and, in only a few minutes, rises at least 638 m running through a tunnel carved out of the rock.

Resort Statistics

Valchiavenna ski resort
Level Rating Runs
Beginners 14
Intermediates 13
Advanced 5
Snowboarders
Total Runs 32
Resort Statistics
Ski Lifts 11
Snow Parks 1
Highest Lift 3000m
Chairlifts 9
Gondolas/Cable cars 2

Skiing in Valchiavenna

The wide variety of pistes and the facilities offered by the Valchiavenna, Madesimo – Campodolcino Ski Area satisfy everybody’s requirements: children, beginners, expert skiers and snowboarders. The area boasts 14 blue runs, 13 red runs, 5 black runs, 3 training pistes, 2 recreation areas for children and a snow park, to which can be added the marvellous off-piste tracks. Without doubt the most famous is the historic Canalone, that descends from the Pizzo Groppera to the valley covering three kilometres of track consisting of humps and moguls. There are two ski schools available for private or group lessons.

The Valchiavenna, Madesimo – Campodolcino Ski Area has very interesting possibilities for snowboarding as well as skiing, both on piste and going down on fresh snow on unbeaten pistes and mixed tracks with jumps and acrobatic manoeuvres. The Snow Park is located in the heart of the Ski Area in Acquerela (1800 m), an area set aside for the lads and lasses with snowboards. It is easily reached by the new 8-place gondola and by the Montalto 4-seat chairlift. It contains 3 Jumps, 1 Spin, 1 Rainbow Rail, 4 Rails, 1 Box and a Halfpipe (length 130 m, width 20 m, height 4.5 m). All the uphill transport can be accessed by snowboarders and the ski school also provides lessons for this variation to classic skiing.

Snow conditions in Valchiavenna

70% of the slopes have snow making facilities which adds to the natural snow for guaranteed skiing throughout the season.

Apres-ski, restaurants and other activities in Valchiavenna

The ski area has no lack of mountain refuges with bars, restaurants and refreshment points. 

Other activities include:

  • Paragliding
  • fat Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Free-riding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Winter Walking
  • Ice-Climbing
  • Snowkiting
  • Ice-Skating
  • The flying circus
  • Snowmobiling

Transfer time in Valchiavenna

You can get to Valchiavenna from various airports including Milan Malpensa, Zurich, Milan Linate, Milan Bergamo and Lugano from most of which you can jump on the nearest train or drive within 3 - 5 hours.