More than 40% of the Alps lie within Italy. It’s a country which not only offers spectacular alpine scenery and first class snow making and lift systems, it’s also an excellent choice when it comes to value for money.
The Dolomites in the east are among the most jaw-breakingly beautiful mountains of the entire Alpine range. A perfect combination of factors has made the whole area a park of natural beauty. Although it is the most northerly part of Italy, it is one of the most favoured for the frequency of its warm and sunny days. As a consequence, the fame of such resorts as Merano, Madonna di Campiglio and Cortina d'Ampezzo is renowned.
To the west, Lombardy, home to resorts including Bormio and Livigno, also attracts ski enthusiasts with 110 peaks over 3,000m high, 390 ski lifts and over 12,300 km of runs. There are also numerous cross-country pistes, marked tracks and paths for walking and biking.
West again, the Aosta Valley, is another vastly scenic region set in the highest mountains of Europe, studded with monuments and castles and home to enchanting resorts like Courmayeur, Breuil-Cervinia and La Thuile. A little further south, just a short distance from the art city of Turin, the Piedmont mountains feature a chain of resorts including Sauze d’Oulx, Bardonecchia and Sestriere, while nearby are the romantic hills of Le Langhe, where you can experience exquisite gastronomy and some of the finest wines in Europe.
|Resort||Altitude Range||Vertical Drop||Lifts||Kms of Downhill Piste||Cross Country||Glacier|
|Madonna di Campiglio||850-2550m||1700m||60||150km||40km||No|
Left to right: Pila, Aosta Valley ©welovetoski.com; Bardonecchia Old Town ©Ufficio del Turismo di Bardonecchia; Merano2000 ©MGM Frieder Blickle; Monte Lussari ©Agenzia Turismo Friuli Venezia Giulia