SKiiNG HOLiDAYS iN iTALY
Everybody loves Italy for its delicious food and charming history, but let’s not forget it’s also a world-leading skiing destination! Rubbing shoulders with French and Swiss skiing meccas, it has a great geographical location spanning the Alps and Dolomites. Traditionally known for its bargain skiing prices, Italy has evolved into a deservedly highly-rated skiing destination for all abilities.
The 300 skiing resorts are spread right across the country. The two best known skiing areas in Italy are the ‘Milky Way’ and ‘Dolomites Super Ski Pass Area.’ The ‘Milky Way’ has over 400km of famously sunny pisted downhill slopes. The high-altitude skiing peaks at over 2,800 metres above sea level and encompasses resorts Sauze d’Oulx, Claviere, Sestriere, Sansicario, Cesana and Montgenevre. The ‘Dolomites Super Ski Area’ has a colossal 1200km of ski pass linked terrain north-west of Venice. Linking resorts Selva Val Gardena, Val Di Fassa, Alta Badia, Arraba and Cortina. Italy is great for beginners and intermediates, and expert skiers and snowboarders will also be able to find what they’re looking for, try traditional alpine village Courmayeur on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc for decent off-piste.
Italian locals tend to be very friendly and welcoming. With the laid-back vibe here, you can really relax whilst skiing, dining out, drinking or topping up the tan sunbathing, ideal for family ski holidays to Italy. Families are very important in Italy, therefore children are well looked after. The Italian après scene is good value for money and lively in the right spots. Ski holiday accommodation in Italy has something suited to every budget. A bargain skiing holiday can be easy to find in Italy so have a look at Eclipse Ski’s latest deals or speak to one of our specialists for recommendations.
RECOMMENDED RESORTS FOR GROUPS iN iTALY
Claviere, Livigno, Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx.
In northwest Italy, or the Aosta valley, there is a choice of airports including Brescia Gabrielle D’Annunzio Airport, Turin, Milan, Bergamo, Verona, Geneva or Grenoble. The Dolomites can also be accessed by the Bolzano or Innsbruck airport.
The buses and trains in Italy are mainly for cities and travelling between them. The easiest way to get from the airport to an Italian ski resort is to hire a car or take advantage of the very reasonably priced private transfers on offer from alp-line.com.
Transfers from Brescia Gabrielle D’Annunzio Airport are available to Val Gardena and Arabba (Dolomiti Superski area) and Selva di Val Gardena (Sella Ronda ski area) and take 2-3 hours.
Turin has roughly 90 minute airport transfers on offer to Courmayeur and La Thuile (Aosta Valley ski area), Claveire, Sauscario, Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere (Milky Way), Bardonecchia (Piedmont region) and Cervinia.
Verona airport serves Val di Fassa (Dolomiti Superski area), Selva Val Gardena (Sella Ronda circuit) and Posso Tonale (Skirama Adamello-Brenta area) and transfers to these resorts are normally 2 hours.
For self-drivers seeking a road trip heading to the western Dolomite resorts such as Val Gardena, Italy has easy road links to France, Switzerland, Austria and Croatia. Eclipse Ski’s hot tip is to take the road down through Belgium instead of France to avoid paying toll fees. Before setting off, it’s a good idea to check the mountain passes are open. Passes including the Brenner Pass, Mont Blanc Tunnel and Frejus Pass may close under severe weather conditions.
Resorts located within iTALY
Large fashionable Bardonecchia is conveniently situated in a sunny basin on the French-Italian border. One of Italy's oldest resorts, the working town has well laid out slopes which attract returning keen skiers every year. It has 100kms of local pistes, plus it acts as an excellent base as you can easily drive to the Three Valleys or Milky Way skiing areas, opening up a huge potential for some serious skiing. Located at the Italian end of the Frejas tunnel which takes drivers through to France, it's easily accessed from Turin, which is only one hour's drive away. All these benefits contribute to making Bardonecchia one of Italy's top ski resorts!
Based on one of the world's most beautiful mountains, Cervinia is a charming purpose-built ski holiday resort with oodles of charm. Based on the Italian side of the 4478 metre high Matterhorn mountain, Cervinia is lift-linked with neighbouring Swiss resort Zermatt. High altitude grants the village snow-sure slopes from December through to April making it a reliable choice for planning your ski holiday to Italy.
Home to winter sports for over a century, the cosy ski holiday village hasn't lost any of its elegance or over-expanded. One of Italy's highest resorts, its snow-sure slopes surround the charming alpine village. Part of the impressive Milky Way skiing area, the resort offers superb skiing combined with an ample variety of runs. So many in fact, you'll struggle to ski them all in just a week.
Cosmopolitan Courmayeur lies on the opposite side of the iconic Mont Blanc to French resort Chamonix, which is just a short drive away. A picturesque ski holiday town with cobbled streets, stylish shops, cafes, bistros and lively bars, all surrounded by breathtaking high-mountain scenery for holiday snaps to treasure. The exciting skiing and climbing appeal to Brit skiers, so check out our amazing ski deals for Courmayeur.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dolomite mountain ski resorts encompass Alta Badia, Alta Pusteria, Arabba, Campitello, Canazei, Civetta, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Ortisei, Plan de Corones, San Martino, Selva, Val di Fasse, Val di Fiemme, Valle Iscarco, Tre Valli and Val Gardena. The South Tyrolean region of the Alps has dramatic jagged granite rock scenery with majestic sunsets of pink and red skies at sunset. The Dolomiti Superski Pass covers 1,220 kms of pisted runs covering 12 regions, an area this size guarantees something for everyone.
Located in the Aosta Valley, traditional Italian village La Thuile is on the French-Italian border. Still fairly undiscovered and unspoilt, the slopes of La Thuile are quiet and suitable for mixed ability group skiing holidays. Offering one of the few direct links over to France, La Thuile coupled with La Rosiere makes up the Espace San Bernando skiing area. The classic alpine skiing resort is perfect for family ski holidays or those seeking a bargain skiing holiday.
High altitude skiing holidays based close to the Italian-Swiss border in the breathtaking Valtellina valley, Livigno has access to one of the largest skiing areas in its region. Based on three original villages called San Antonio, Santa Maria and San Rocco spread along a single 10km road, it's Europe remotest resort. The duty-free/tax free haven is ideal for those seeking to access some excellent pistes whilst on a budget skiing holiday.
Skiing holidays to the Milky Way circuit encompass resorts Bardonecchia, Sauze d'Oulx, Claviere, Pragelato, Sestriere, Sanscario and Cesana. The mostly-Italian ski area also encompasses French resort Montgenevre. Staging the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, Sestriere has helped to put the Milky Way in an even more favourable position. The picturesque Piedmont region is known for its big wide open pistes and north-facing sunny skiing. With only an hour-long transfer from Turin airport, the Milky Way is ideal for weekend ski breaks and family ski holidays.
Passo Tonale is one of Italy's highest ski resorts, the first to open and the last to close, it offers early to late season skiing holidays. With slopes mainly above the tree line Passo Tonale offers guaranteed snow and smaller than anticipated queues on the ski lifts. As with all Italian ski resorts families are welcomed with open arms.
Traditional and lively, the pretty village pronounced 'Sau-zee doox' is perched high in the Susa Valley. One of many villages which make up the superb Milky Way skiing area, the skiing holidays here are excellent value for money. Popular for group and family skiing holidays, the long established ski resort is known for its long sunny days which entice British skiers to return year after year.
Pretty chalet-style village Selva lays in the heart of the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site the Dolomites Mountains. Part of the Val Gardena Ladin valley, Selva can be found on the most recognised ski route of the Dolomites Superski pass, the Sella Ronda ski circuit.
The high altitude grants top-class snow conditions for skiing holidays, making it more snow-secure than its neighbours and a popular choice for exploring the Milky Way ski area. Perfectly positioned on a sunny plateau, the Italian ski resort Sestriere was the first purpose-built centre of the Alps!