The most visited ski slopes in Italy. Some useful information

Ski resorts in Italy: rating of the 12 best places for a ski holiday

Italian ski resorts are considered some of the best in Europe on a par with France and Switzerland. But if you compare with its northern neighbors, Italy is a little cheaper and skiing is at a different pace, with a relaxed atmosphere, where the main thing is to have fun, not to break records. This, combined with low ticket prices, makes Italy a very attractive place for a relaxing ski vacation.

So I’ve prepared a ranking of the 12 best ski resorts in Italy for you to get the most out of your vacation.

  • A little bit about skiing in Italy
  • Where to ski in Italy
  • 1. Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • 2. Livigno
  • 3. Bormio
  • 4. Val Gardena
  • 5. Cervinia
  • 6. Sestriere
  • 7. Courmayeur
  • 8. Alta Badia
  • 9. Madonna di Campiglio
  • 10. Val di Fassa
  • 11. Monterosa
  • 12. the Alpe di Susi

A little bit about skiing in Italy

Europe’s highest mountains, the Alps, border Italy to the north and west. On their snow-covered slopes are some of Europe’s most famous ski resorts. Only in the Dolomite Alps more than a dozen peaks exceeding 3,000 meters, so snow is almost guaranteed from November to April, and often the season lasts even longer.

The best region for skiing in Italy is the Dolomite Alps, where the 12 major ski areas have a total of more than 1,200 kilometers of pistes. But whichever region you choose – the Dolomites, Val d’Aosta (where Italy borders France and Switzerland) or the Savoy Alps west of Turin – you’ll be rewarded with spectacular scenery and excellent ski slopes that can last for hours, descending from the high peaks to the resort towns at the bottom.

You’ll find plenty to do in your free time as well, and vacation costs here are usually lower than in ski resorts in France or Switzerland.

Where to ski in Italy

To make it easier for you to choose, I’ve categorized the resorts:

  • Best ski resorts in Italy overall: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Livigno, Bormio
  • Best elevators: Val di Fassa, Val Gardena
  • Off-piste skiing: Monterosa, Sestriere, Cervinia
  • Best for families with children: Livigno, Cervinia
  • Value for money: Val di Fassa, Sestriere
  • Nightlife: Livigno, Sestriere, Courmayeur

And now the top of the best ski resorts in Italy in order:

1. Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The Dolomite Alps have been carved by a glacier, creating many vertical faces and rocky peaks. Because of this, the Dolomites have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the skiing here has become world-class. The most famous of the Dolomite Alps ski resorts is Cortina D’Ampezzo, since it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956.

The surrounding countryside is a very breathtaking sight. Towering over the town are the Cinque Torri, five peaks that not only serve as beautiful scenery for Cortina, but also provide daylifts from the peaks directly into the town. More than three dozen elevators take skiers practically from their hotel door to the snowfields just below the highest peaks.

If that’s not enough, the Dolomiti Superski pass includes full use of the elevators and pistes of 11 other Dolomite Alps resorts.

Families with beginners and intermediate skiers will find plenty of opportunities in Cortina d’Ampezzo, where there are slopes and pistes (routes) for beginners, and about half of the skiable terrain belongs to the intermediate level. The gentle wooded slopes in the Mietres area are especially good for children.

Experienced skiers won’t be bored – the rest of the slopes are for them, including the Olympia slope in Tofane, where the 2019 Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup was held.

The town is well equipped: there are hotels of all categories, excellent stores (it is the most fashionable of all Dolomite Alps resorts), restaurants, cafes and several spas. If you want a high-end vacation in an Italian ski resort, you’ll find it here (although you can find mid-range accommodations in Cortina as well).

2. Livigno

Livigno is known for its great freestyle winter parks, which are considered the best in Europe, as well as its remote location. But its relative inaccessibility makes it even more attractive to those who get to these places, because it has pretty low prices and good snow at 1,815 meters above sea level.

The ski slopes are located on both sides of the valley: excellent beginner and intermediate slopes on the west side of Costaccia-Carosello, and freestyle parks in the Mottolino area to the east. The main relief park has more than 60 trails for all skill levels. Experts can ride the off-piste slopes or ride from a helicopter.

Livigno is scheduled to host snowboarding and freestyle competitions at the 2026 Winter Olympics. Livigno has a total of 110 kilometers of ski slopes: 12 for experts, 37 for intermediate level and 29 for beginners. There are also 250 VAT-free stores for those who want to buy ski equipment and rent.

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3. Bormio

North of Verona, near the Swiss border, Bormio offers skiers the only piste from the summit to the base with the largest vertical drop in Italy at 1,787 meters. Bormio’s main ski area, Vallesetta, is a great resort for intermediate skiers: 58 percent of the slopes are for them. About a third of the slopes are suitable for beginner skiers, making Bormio popular with families.

Only nine percent of the pistes are for experts, but the piste from the summit to the base is an unforgettable experience that makes up for it. The Stelvio circuit has hosted annual World Cup downhill competitions since 1985. In 2026, it will become the official skiing venue for the Winter Olympics. There are two dedicated free ski areas and a snow park.

The town itself is an attraction; it’s an old resort town with a rich history. There’s a charming old quarter filled with palatial buildings and dotted with squares, fountains, churches and chapels. There are also three excellent spas that draw water from hot mineral springs.

As a day trip, you can go to Livigno, which is about an hour by car through the mountains.

4. Val Gardena

Val Gardena is a region with small resorts and offers a more secluded ski holiday than, for example, the elite Cortina d’Ampezzo. Val Gardena is a region with a number of valleys, with 160 km of slopes and ski elevators, which are interconnected to form almost 400 km of interconnected skiing. From here you can ski down to the Marmolada glacier.

In Val Gardena there is also the longest ski run in the region, over 10 kilometers long. The piste is characterized by a variety of terrain, including a natural canyon with a frozen waterfall. The total height of this trail is 1,273 meters.

But Val Gardena has facilities for beginner and intermediate skiers – they won’t get bored here – about 65% of the trails that can be accessed from here are for advanced and experienced skiers, one of the highest in the Dolomite Alps.

Skiers come to Val Gardena not for the evening entertainment, but just to ski and relax afterwards in the small authentic alpine villages, of which there are three: Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva Val Gardena.

5. Cervinia

The Italian region of Valle d’Aosta northwest of Milan offers an experience that is on almost every skier’s wish list: skiing right below the summit of the most famous mountain in the Alps, the Matterhorn. The mountain itself is on the border between Italy and Switzerland.

The resort town of Cervinia on the Italian side is not as beautiful as Zermatt on the Swiss side, but its location is excellent – beneath the steep southern slope the profile of the mountain is just as beautiful and distinct.

Using the elevator directly from the center of Breui-Cervinia, you can ski the 350-kilometer Matterhorn piste system, which connects the two countries and three resort towns. The elevators reach a height of over 3,500 meters at Piccolo Cervino (called Little Matterhorn by the Italians), which makes Cervinia one of the best ski areas in Europe in terms of reliability of snow cover at high altitude.

The third resort town with pistes connected to this network is Valtournanche, whose elevators connect it to the elevators of Cervinia – a total of 23 elevators. The terrain on this side is surprisingly gentle, with plenty of beginner and intermediate level trails – about half of the 150 kilometers of pistes are marked as beginner trails.

Most experienced skiers will want to go for the more challenging runs on the Swiss side. Although the hotels and infrastructure in Cervinia and Valtournansch are not as upscale as in Zermatt, they do not have the big Swiss prices. Here you will find very comfortable accommodation and excellent Italian cuisine, as well as tourist attractions and entertainment for non-skiers.

6. Sestriere

The ski resort of Sestriere, located in the Savoy Alps west of Turin, is the legacy of Fiat founder Giovanni Agnelli, who built several hotels and four ski lifts here in the 1930s. This makes it one of Italy’s oldest ski resorts and the world’s first purpose-built ski resort.

For most of the time Sestriere was known mostly only to ski fans from Turin, but in 2006 they decided to hold the Winter Olympics here, and that breathed new life into the resort, with all the infrastructure renovated and many new hotels built.

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The region of Sestriere includes about 163 connected pistes, more than half of them for intermediate skiers, about 40 for beginners and 30 for experts. The altitude reaches 2,800 meters above sea level, so like Cervinia, Sestriere is among the best resorts in Europe for the reliability of snow cover in the highlands.

Despite its skiing history, Sestriere itself does not have many interesting places and attractions, not counting of course the beautiful mountain peaks.

In addition to skiing, bobsledding, ice skating, and dog sledding can be enjoyed here. The region is also home to the small ski resort of Pragelato, where you can ski the trails used in Olympic cross-country skiing competitions and possibly see the Olympic ski jump competition.

7. Courmayeur

Courmayeur is one of Italy’s most interesting ski resorts because it is located at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe.

To admire the view from Mont Blanc you will need to take the Funivie Monte Bianco cable car up the ridge line. Experienced skiers looking for a thrill should hire a guide and hope for ideal conditions when the unmarked and expert-only trails are open. If the weather isn’t ideal, you won’t even be allowed to elevator your skis on the elevator.

However, it is still worth going here at least for the beautiful views. There is a lot of off-piste skiing in the area, for which you will also need a guide.

But not all slopes are for experts: beginners will find gentler slopes in the “suburb” of Courmayeur Dolonne, but most slopes are best suited for advanced and intermediate skiers. In Val-Ferr√©, not far from Courmayeur, begins a 20-kilometer network of ultra-beautiful cross-country ski trails.

Also in Courmayeur you will find upscale restaurants, gourmet stores and luxury hotels. Thanks to its chic reputation and proximity to Mont Blanc, prices here are higher than in most other Italian resorts, but you can also find quite inexpensive hotels.

8. Alta Badia

Alta Badia is located in the heart of the Dolomiti Superski. The resort covers six villages, the largest of which are Corvara, San Cassiano and La Villa. The area has 130 km of its own pistes, but is also a good base to go to other Dolomiti Superski resorts.

Most of Alta Badia’s slopes are quite gentle and are good for beginners and intermediate skiers, only the slopes will be interesting for advanced skiers. For the experts there is one “black” trail – the descent of the Grand Risa World Cup in La Villa. There are plenty of off-piste descents, including the Val Mezdis, known as the “Valle Blanche of the Dolomites,” and the 1,400-meter downhill at Val Setus. What Alta Badia may lack in terms of steepness, it more than makes up for in scale.

When it comes to Italian food and wine, no other valley in the Alps has such a density of upscale restaurants in such a small area, including two Michelin four-star restaurants. Even the mountain huts here offer fine dining.

9. Madonna di Campiglio

In Madonna di Campiglio you get some of the best maintained pistes in Italy (with awards to prove it), elevators right from the center of town and a stylish atmosphere second only to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Its location in the Brentian Dolomites, just north of Lake Garda and Verona, is not as easily accessible as the more famous Dolomite resorts to the east, but once here, you’ll find enough snow and surrounding beauty to spend an entire vacation here.

More than 150 kilometers of pistes and slopes, among which there is the difficult for experts 5.75 kilometers of Dolomitica with 70 percent gradient, and skiing does not stop until sunset on the equally difficult Canalone Miramonti, which is illuminated for night skiing. People with an intermediate level of training will appreciate this resort, and the Ursus Snow Park snow park for freestylers is considered one of the best in Europe.

There’s plenty to do in the four villages beyond skiing, with cross-country skiing, ski mountaineering, ice skating, snowshoe trails, tobogganing, dog-sledding and ice climbing.

Throughout December and until January 6, the town is a fairyland of lights and holiday decorations, and the Christmas market sells local handicrafts and food in small houses.

10. Val di Fassa

Val di Fassa is a good choice for serious skiers. It’s not meant for beginners, and there aren’t many lower intermediate-level runs either, although all Dolomiti Superski resorts have at least 20 percent intermediate-level runs.

Canacei is the largest and most famous of the resort towns in the Val di Fassa region, with a mix of modern and traditional buildings and facilities, including spas and more post-ski fun than the nearby smaller towns.

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Campitello is an older town – in fact, it was the first ski resort in the region – and more traditionally alpine, with charming wooden barns and narrow streets. A cable car from either town provides easy access to the popular four-mountain pass trail, Sellaronda, which is 40 kilometers long, 26 of which are skied.

Although there are several alternatives here for experts, the entire trail can be completed in about six hours by skiers with average level of training in good condition.

11. Monterosa

One of the world’s largest ski networks, Monterosa includes the resort towns of Alanya, Champoluc and Gressonei, connected by elevators and creating 180 kilometers of ski terrain in Italy’s Aosta Valley. This is a wonderland for off-piste skiers, who can access miles of untouched snowfields, and the altitude of the terrain suitable for skiing reaches almost 3,000 meters. The views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, Europe’s three highest mountain peaks, are as breathtaking as the skiing.

From the charming alpine village of Alanya you can take the cable car up to 850 meters, then a second cable car for the same distance to Col d’Olen, at 2,881 meters.

From here you can reach two other villages and even more pistes and snowfields. It is one of the world’s largest mountains served by ski elevators. While this terrain is only suitable for experts, the separate Vold area near Alanya is designed for beginners and intermediate levels of training and is equipped with a snowmaking system.

This area is part of the Aosta Valley Pass system, covering a total of 800 kilometers of ski terrain, about 200 elevators and more than 10 ski areas.

12. the Alpe di Susi

In the heart of the Dolomite Alps, near Val Gardena, the 60 kilometers of Alpe di Susi pistes have something rare – almost guaranteed snow, even if nature doesn’t go for it. Because 100 percent of the slopes are equipped with a snowmaking system, they can guarantee good skiing from December to March.

86 percent of the slopes at Alpe di Susi resort are designed for advanced skiers, which is the highest in the Dolomite Alps. But the 60 kilometers of its own slopes and the 175 kilometers of runs and trails it shares with Val Gardena keep intermediate skiers and even beginners occupied.

Alpe di Susi is known as one of the most family-friendly resorts in the Dolomite Alps. It has a children’s ski park, ski school, children’s amusement parks, children’s excursions and state-of-the-art safety systems for children on the elevators. It’s also home to some of the best snow parks for boarders, equipped with boxes, steps and kickers.

Although lodging at these popular Dolomite Alps resorts can be expensive, small traditional hotels that can cost half as much as large hotels.

That’s all for now, thanks for finishing up. I hope I helped you with your choice of ski resort in Italy and that you have a great holiday! If you still have any questions, ask in the comments.

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Italy’s best ski resorts – brief description, tours, hotels, prices, photos

Italy's best ski resorts

Resorts

To date, Italy’s ski resorts are considered some of the best in Europe. The extraordinary scenery and breathtaking ski slopes, combined with well-developed infrastructure and unique gastronomy, make Italy one of the most popular destinations during the ski season.

The Dolomite Alps are the absolute leader among the best ski resorts in Italy, it is considered the best five-star ski resorts. Do not concede the Dolomites and the ski resorts located in Val d’Aosta, Piedmont, Veneto and the Swiss Alps.

10 reasons why tourists choose Italian ski resorts:

  • Significantly lower cost compared to the popular ski resorts of France, Austria and Switzerland, whose slopes, moreover, are always overcrowded;
  • stunning scenery;
  • inexpensive elevators;
  • delicious Italian food, especially homemade sausages and cheeses;
  • Opportunity to do shopping, especially in the duty-free zone;
  • The positive attitude of Italians to tourists;
  • sights in the form of ancient cathedrals and churches built in the mountains;
  • World Championships, seasonal festivals and events that take place every year in the ski resorts of Italy;
  • A fairly long winter season, lasting more than 4 months;
  • a wide variety of slopes of all difficulty levels.

The winter season in Italian ski resorts lasts from late November to the traditional Easter weekend. Most people who want to vacation in ski resorts of Italy, plan their holiday in advance (a few months before the trip), paying particular attention to the purchase of tickets, which in turn helps to significantly reduce this item of expenditure.

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Every year the number of tourists wishing to relax in the mountains increases, so more and more ski resorts in the rush to please tourists offer more and more additional services and activities.

Today spas, wellness centers, discounts on hotel accommodation and lunches in restaurants have become traditional.

As a rule, skiers and snowboarders who practice this sport professionally choose more secluded ski resorts, while families with children and inexperienced skiers prefer more equipped places for rest, equipped with modern ski elevators and other necessary facilities.

Italy’s ski resorts are the best deals:

Skiing is a risky enough sport so don’t forget to insure for emergencies.

The best ski resorts in Italy

Bray-Cervinia

Bray-Cervinia

The ski resort of Breuil-Cervinia is located in the Valle d’Aosta, at the foot of the Matterhorn mountain range (2050 above sea level). It is considered one of the best in the north. From here you can reach the Swiss side of the Matterhorn on the slopes of Zermatt via a single ski area.

All winter season, even at not very high altitude, there will be a fair amount of snow, which is practically 6 months a year. In total there are over 100 km of Cervinia slopes of varying difficulty. In summer the local track for cross-country skiing turns into a golf course. The area is also very popular for hiking and climbing the Matterhorn.

  • Milan (Malpensa 182 km);
  • Turin (120 km).

Sestriere

Sestriere

Sestriere ski resort is located at an altitude of 2035 m, in the largest ski area “The Milky Way” (Piedmont Region). It’s slopes are among the most difficult ones and due to the whole range of difficulties it was chosen to host the Turin Winter Olympics in 1996 as well as some other international competitions.

Local slopes are equipped with modern and safe equipment. The only drawback is that unlike other destinations Sestriere is quite famous and busy ski resort, so privacy is not possible here. Local infrastructure is very well developed, many hotels offer a wide range of services – fitness and wellness centers, indoor areas, fashionable boutiques, restaurants, bars, discos and cinemas.

Val Gardena

Val Gardena

Val Gardena is one of the best ski resorts in Italy, divided into three municipalities Ortisei, Santa Cristina in Val Gardena and Selva di Val Gardena (Trentino Alto Adige region). Val Gardena is located in the heart of the Dolomite Alps and offers quite challenging trails surrounded by beautiful pine forests.

The valley is very popular with tourists, partly because of the fact that it hosts the World Cup ski competitions. Together there are 175 km of ski slopes, 115 km of cross-country trails and 83 elevators.

  • Bolzano (43 km);
  • Verona (188 km).

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d

Cortina d’Ampezzo is located in the Veneto region, and is called the “Pearl of the Dolomites”, for the availability of slopes for all tastes. A total of 115 km of slopes of varying difficulty levels. Cortina d’Ampezzo is considered one of the best equipped ski resorts in Italy and is the ideal destination for a family vacation.

One of the strengths of this resort is the presence of numerous hotels, which can satisfy even the most demanding tourists. The main attraction of Cortina d’Ampezzo is of course the historic center of the city where the main sporting, antique and souvenir stores are. A very good hotel is the Hotel Mirage.

  • Bolzano (140 km);
  • Venice (149 km).

Livigno

Livigno

This ski resort is located in the Italian Alps (1,800 meters above sea level) and is the pride of the Lombardy region. Although the city is positioned as a very famous ski resort in northern Italy, but still for many this place is more associated with shopping. The fact that Livigno has a duty-free zone status, which means that many products are exempt from some taxes (VAT). Here you’ll find a huge number of stores, ranging from designer clothing boutiques, and ending with the usual souvenir shops.

The Aquagranda, Italy’s largest center for winter sports enthusiasts, is 20,000 square meters in size and includes a semi-Olympic swimming pool, black pool, Jacuzzi, thermal area, gym and spa. Good reviews are enjoyed by the nearby Hotel Livigno.

All local slopes are perfectly prepared. The ski season lasts from November to early May. For snowboarders there is a well-equipped snowpark Mottolino, and many hotels offer a full range of services for children (playrooms, babysitting, excursions and more). One of these places is the wellness hotel Hotel Spol – Feel At Home.

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Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio is probably the best ski resort in Trentino. It is located in the valley of the Dolomite Alps and is surrounded by spectacular ski elevators on both sides. Like the aforementioned ski resorts, Madonna di Campiglio has hosted many international competitions but beyond that it has plenty of stores, restaurants, bars and nice hotels making Madonna di Campiglio very popular with celebrities. A good and inexpensive apartment hotel is the Ambiez Residencehotel.

Madonna di Campiglio is located 1,550 meters above sea level, some ski slopes are functioning at night, which allows for night walks. All slopes are equipped with modern ski elevators. For snowboarders is Ursus snowpark equipped with everything you need for jumping. Tourists are also offered tracks for Nordic skiing and children’s areas equipped with inflatable games. In the center of the town there is an ice rink.

  • Bergamo (178 km);
  • Bolzano (107 km);
  • Verona (176 km).

Courmayeur

Courmayeur

Courmayeur is an exclusive and magical ski resort located in northern Italy, in the “heart” of the Alps, at the foot of Mont Blanc, Valle d’Aosta region. Courmayeur has earned its reputation as the most fashionable ski resort in the Valle d’Aosta region, so it is here that many tourists come every year for their unforgettable winter vacation. In addition to extreme skiing, you can find other important facilities such as health and fitness centers, places of entertainment such as nightclubs, bars, restaurants, cinemas and boutiques.

Courmayeur is 1,220 meters above sea level. If you do manage to visit Courmayeur, do not miss a visit to the nearby town of Pre Saint Didier, namely its thermal springs, where you will have the opportunity to swim in an outdoor pool with thermal water surrounded by snow and enjoy a beautiful view of the Mont Blanc. The city hotel Locanda Bellevue enjoys excellent reviews.

  • Turin (150 km);
  • Milan Malpensa (212 km);
  • Milan Linate (235 km);
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio (259).

Limone Piedmont.

 Limone Piedmont

Limone Piedmont is a modern ski resort located in the region of the same name. It offers a total of 80 kilometers of ski slopes of varying difficulty, 20 of which are equipped with snow systems. A large number of ski elevators (18) and a cable car make it the ideal place for a family vacation.

Limon Piedmont is only an hour drive from the popular seaside resorts of Riviera and Monte Carlo. A great advantage is that you can find a hotel to suit all tastes and with all amenities, for example a good family place to stay is the Hotel Edelweiss. In the nearby village of Panice Sottana there are two routes (3 and 5 km) for cross-country skiers. Those who wish can take a guided tour on snowshoes with a professional guide.

Bardonecchia

Bardonecchia

The ski resort of Bardonecchia is the ideal place for a fun weekend and winter holiday in Piedmont. It is also called a skier and snowboarder’s paradise, here everyone will find slopes to his/her liking which are perfectly prepared thanks to the modern snowmaking systems.

Bardonecchia is situated at 1,310 meters above sea level, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. This area is ideal for families with children, with a kids’ club and playground, slides for downhill sledging and snow tubing. You can always find an instructor who will teach basic skiing lessons. Great popularity Bardonekkia won because of the modern snow park. Book an apartment in Bardonecchia.

Alta Badia

Alta Badia

The Alta Badia ski resort is located in the southeast of South Tyrol (1,300 meters above sea level), in the center of the Dolomiti Superski ski run. This place is perfect for exploring the Dolomites. The ski season is open from late November to mid-April, during this period you will not find a better place for skiing and snowboarding.

The resort is equipped with modern ski elevators and prepared ski slopes. Alta Badia is especially popular among the experienced skiers, but there is also a small ski area for children and beginners.

  • Bolzano (100 km).

Italian ski resorts prices

Without a doubt, an unforgettable vacation in Italy’s ski resorts depends on the right choice of accommodation, so start your search and compare hotel prices in advance with the most popular service Booking:

Tours to ski resorts in Italy

With a convenient search engine you can book a tour or find out the latest prices for ski resorts in Italy (link to the official website Travelata.ru: search tours online here).

Search tours to ski resorts in Italy. Once on the site do not forget to use filters, for example – “close to the elevator”:

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