Skiing in Italy should be on every skier's list. A country blessed with so many beauties, has also some of the most beautiful alpine areas in the world. The Dolomite mountains above all, famous for the spectacular Alpenglow, when the sun is setting and the rocky peaks take on colors that go from pinkish hues to flaming reds.
Pale di San Martino, Dolomites Mountains
And the Dolomites are also the ultimate ski paradise: unbeatable, for beautiful scenery and variety of terrain.
Santa Maddalena, Dolomites Mountains
The “queen of the Dolomites”, Cortina d’Ampezzo (1224 m. a.s.l.), is a renowned destination for skiers in the Veneto region. With 110 km of non-stop thrills, the adrenaline is in the air: the Winter Olympic Games of 1956, numerous World Cup, Nordic Skiing Championships and competitions of every sort have been held here. Cortina is also a glamour place and the alpine tourist destination par excellence. As well as Madonna di Campiglio (Trentino region): they name it “pearl of the Brenta Dolomites”. Nestling at an altitude of 1550 meters in the stupendous valley between the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella, it’ a discreet and elegant town. You can set out from the centre and return without ever removing your skis: at your disposal, countless kilometers of runs, with different degrees of difficulty.
Madonna di Campiglio
Whether you are a seasoned pro or complete novice, the range and variety of slopes makes Italy a perfect destination for anyone’s skiing vacation. The dazzling landscape of Italian Alps provides unforgettable views, when you’re on the slopes. Hundreds of kilometers of runs, directly connected, inspires one to explore new skiing regions and runs every day. There’s a huge difference between skiing up and down the same tracks every day during your holiday, and experiencing the emotion of travelling by ski, moving from a valley to another one, from village to village, discovering mountain wilderness. It’s like a travel in the travel: a feeling of freedom, riding through valleys and snow covered forests and, why not, relaxing with a good glass of wine or a gourmet dish in one of the charming high altitude refuges.
The amazing Sellaronda ski tour (again in the Dolomites) is truly one of a kind. It’s a panoramic circuit around the Sella group: a carousel of slopes, going over 4 passes (Sella, Gardena, Pordoi and Campolongo) and through 4 Ladin valleys (Fassa-Trentino region, Gardena and Badia - Alto Adige, Arabba -Veneto region). The length of the circuit, including both ski lifts and ski runs, is a little less than 40 km and it’s an easy route to ski along, set in a landscape of rare beauty. This ski tour is just one among hundreds of possibilities in the Dolomites ski area, with its 1,200 km of snow, sun kissed inviting slopes and state-of-the-art lift facilities.
And it’s not just the Dolomites. There are other important Italian ski areas, located in the northern regions of Piedmont and Val d’Aosta, for example. As well as those in the already mentioned Trentino, Alto Adige and Veneto, they offer endless opportunities for great skiing: from classic off-piste descents, to special snow-experiences like heli-skiing, ski mountaineering and ski-touring. You just have to enjoy the adventure, better if under the control of a professional and passionate mountain guide, that will help you to discover the magical Alpine backcountry.
The so-called Via Lattea (italian for Milky Way) is an incredible international skiing area in the Piedmont region: huge spaces, sunny snowy expanses, panoramic runs connecting ancient traditional villages with modern towns providing all comforts and entertainment. It comprises the ski resorts of Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, Oulx, Sansicario, Cesana, Pragelato, Claviere and the French Montgenèvre. In total there are 400 km (250 miles) of skiable pistes, more that 212 skiing connected courses, and 69 ski-lifting facilities, whose altitude ranges from 1380 metres in Cesana to 2800 metres on top of the Motta course.
Ski slopes in the Via Lattea
The Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Zermatt area is one of the largest in the Alps: this endless snowy area begins at 1,524 metres, in Valtournenche, embraces Breuil-Cervinia, rises up to 3,400 meters of Plateau Rosà, touches the 4,000 of Piccolo Cervino (Klein Matterhorn) and from there you can ski down one long slope with a difference in height of 2000 metres! All this, with the majestic sight of the Matterhorn and with the chance to ski all day without ever repeating the same run twice, alternating easier runs with those of increasing difficulty.
The Cervino Mountain
Between Aosta Valley and Piedmont, 7 mountain resorts - Champoluc, Antagnod, Brusson, Gressoney-La-Trinité, Champorcher, Gressoney-Saint-Jean and Alagna - form the Monterosa ski area: 180 kilometers of completely groomed slopes (the 98% has programmed snow system), and much more. It develops on three valleys and two regions, covering a changing and different territory with breathtaking sceneries, and offers also exhilarating off-piste routes, with hectares and hectares of fresh virgin snow. A real freeride paradise!
Many luxury Italian tour operators can book you into a luxury hotel, but few provide the opportunities Charme&Adventure can. We understand the importance of unique experiences that live forever in people’s memories. For more ideas and details about exciting and original ways to experience winter in Italy, contact us.by Arianna on Oct 27, 2016