There’s a number of superb Italian ski resorts, but choosing the right one can be difficult and all depends on what you are looking for. Monterosa offers one of the world's largest ski networks and vast snow domains where the off-piste skier can happily play. Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomites provides a brilliant array of slopes and pistes for beginner and expert alike. Sestriere is an all-season winner with access to the famous Milky Way ski slopes and Olympic standard runs and facilities. Madonna di Campiglio is a huge resort but still remains untouched and picturesque. In short, there is a large selection of ski resorts in Italy and we have tried to make your decision easier by matching the resort to your needs as a skier and holidaymaker.
Finding the right Italian resort for you
Thinking of heading to Italy for your next skiing adventure? Here’s everything you need to know.
The list of reasons to go on a ski holiday in Italy are endless. The people are nice and laid-back, the food is delicious (as is the wine), the prices tend to be cheaper than other European ski destinations, and most importantly, the slopes are perfect.
Ski area: Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Zermatt
Slopes: 380km of slopes: 27 black, 30 red, 73 blue, 0 green
Italian ski holidays have reached peak popularity and accessibility, but we all know there is nothing more daunting than going skiing as a beginner with a bunch of experienced friends. Some resorts are better than others for beginners, and Cervinia is definitely one of the best.
As well as jaw dropping views of the Matterhorn, Cervinia features seemingly endless, low gradient slopes, giving skiers the chance to practise and build on what they learned in lessons. And with two ski schools and plenty of nursery slopes, there is no reason why any new skier won’t be making the most of the resort’s perfect runs in no time.
Another big reason to visit Cervinia is the altitude, which at 2,050m makes it one of the highest resorts in the Alps. You are pretty much always guaranteed great snow from November to May and long days of sunshine at the end of the ski season.
Ski area: La Vialattea
Slopes: 440km of slopes: 42 black, 118 red, 54 blue, 30 green
Taking the whole family skiing can be a magical, yet also stressful experience, and finding the right child-friendly resort is easier said than done. Luckily, Pragelato has a little bit of everything. The beautiful, family-focused resort is laid out like a village, with quaint chalets dotted around the hillsides forming the perfect setting for local exploration.
Many ski resorts can feel crowded and hectic, but what makes Pragelato especially perfect for a family trip is just how quiet, untouched and secluded it is. When walking through the picture-perfect surroundings, it can feel like you are the only people there, making the whole trip completely unforgettable.
But don’t be fooled by the small, close-knit nature of the resort: it is actually in the heart of The Via Lattea (Milky Way) – the second largest ski area in Europe – which hosted the ski-jumping and cross-country events at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. With the recently built cable car, you can get there from the town in no time.
**Ski area: **Monterosa
Slopes: 132km of slopes: 6 black, 2 red, 54 blue, 30 green
Alagna is internationally renowned for being one of the world’s best off-piste skiing destinations. The quiet streets of the village and picture perfect wooden buildings makes it feel very different to conventional ski resorts. Sitting at the bottom of Monte Rosa, one of Europe’s highest mountains, the town’s reputation for having the best selection of long, off-piste opportunities has given it the accolade of being the freeride capital of the Alps.
As well as being a paradise for off-piste skiers, Alagna Is also the perfect place for mountaineering. In fact, after the birth of mountaineering in the second half of the nineteenth century, many of the town’s population became pioneering porters and guides. Because of this, the town actually played a crucial role in the evolution of the exciting, and often treacherous, activity.
Alagna is the perfect destination if the nightlife of Italy’s other resorts aren’t appealing to you, and you’d rather be focusing on exploration and endurance.
Ski area: Alta Valtellina
Slopes: 110Km of slopes: 2 black, 37 red, 29 blue
If you are looking for somewhere that appreciates the act of après-ski as much as the act of skiing itself, then look no further than Livigno.
As well as being a beautiful resort and a great place to ski, the town plays host to a whopping 150 bars, meaning that you will always find a perfect spot to let off some steam after a long day on the slopes. Plus, the town’s duty-free status keeps the price of food and drink at a low cost.
The slopes of Livigno cater mainly to beginners and intermediate skiers, so if you’re more experienced, it may not be the resort for you. But if you’re looking for a relaxing ski and late night après ski, the resort town ticks all the boxes. Club Med has a range of ski resorts in Italy, including our luxurious mountain retreat in Cervinia, and our peaceful, family-focused resort in the Piedmont region, Pragelato Sestriere.
When planning long days on the slopes, you want to be looked after when relaxing without your skis on. An all-inclusive ski holiday means everything is taken care of including transport, accommodation and meals. With Club Med, ski passes are already registered, lessons are included, Kids Clubs are free and you will be able to enjoy delicious food and pure pleasure in our spas and swimming pools. All-inclusive can make a brilliant ski holiday even more magical: find out more and try it for yourself.