What Makes Italy The Perfect Destination For A Skiing Holiday?

What Makes Italy The Perfect Destination For A Skiing Holiday?

If you love skiing holidays like we do, you may be searching for your next winter getaway location. 

With its snow-capped mountains, clear blue skies, and picturesque slopes, Italy sure doesn’t hold back when it comes to offering the perfect skiing environment.

Over the years, Italy has become a beloved skiing destination for us Brits but you may be wondering, what makes it so special? In this guide, we take a look at just a few of the reasons why you should take to the slopes in the incredible country.

 

Variety of Ski Resorts

When choosing the perfect location for your ski holiday in Italy, you’ll want to focus your attention on two regions. These include the Dolomites, a mountain range in northeastern Italy, and the Italian Alps, which border Switzerland and France.

For beginners, Pila is a suitable option thanks to its network of long blue runs. Additionally, Cortina is widely known for its beautiful yet relaxing environment that is ideal for those learning the ropes.

Advanced skiers should look no further than Sestriere. The assortment of challenging off-piste slopes is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.  Sestriere is also part of the Milky Way ski area, spanning over 400km of skiable terrain and featuring over five peaks.

If cross-country skiing is more your thing, Livigno should be at the top of your list. Over 40km of trails can be found here and are prepared with tramlines. The blue trails are steady yet still offer that much-needed rush when heading downhill.

 

Perfect Weather

Don’t let the snow fool you, the sun is always shining in Italy regardless of the temperature. The ski season typically starts in November/December and finishes in April, meaning you’re able to race down the slopes in the morning and catch some rays in the afternoon before relaxing in the evening.

Combine this with picture-postcard scenery and you have one of the most stunning skiing destinations in the whole of the world. The striking Alpine peaks look just as breathtaking in the morning glow as they do at night – it truly is awe-inspiring.

 

Delicious Cuisine 

While skiing and snowboarding are an important part of your holiday, you can’t go to Italy and not sample the food. Traditional foods include pizza, pasta, risotto, and freshly brewed coffee. 

You’ll find that the more traditional resorts come to life as the sun sets, with buzzing restaurants and lively bars lining the cobbled streets. And don’t forget about ‘Aperitivo time’ – the perfect opportunity to indulge in tasty snacks and a post-ski tipple.

 

Value for Money

Prices for food, ski lessons and lift passes can be almost half the price of what you pay for in nearby countries like France or Switzerland. 

 

Best Ski Resorts in Italy

Italy really does have some of the best ski resorts in Europe, and these are some of the top rated destinations to consider for your holiday:

  • La Thuile
  • Selva Gardena
  • Sauze d'Oulx
  • Cervinia
  • Alagna
  • Champoluc 
  • Madonna di Campiglio
  • Cortina
  • Livigno

 

Plan a Ski Break to Italy

The main ski season in Italy generally runs from December to April, these are the months with most snowfall and best conditions. If you are planning a European ski getaway, Italy really is one of the best places to go. Book your trip today.