If you’re planning a ski trip, here you find the top 10 ski resorts in Italy.
Sorrounded by the Alpi Retiche, deep in the Alta Valtellina ski area, Bormio has more than 200 km of ski slopes and above 70 skilifts. Renowned for the “Stelvio” slope – the name comes from the national park nearby – and having hosted international ski tournaments more than once, the city won’t let you down after a day on the snow. Before diving into traditional dishes (pizziccheri and sciatt are a must-have) take some time to chill in one of the three thermal baths of the city: Old Baths (Bagni Vecchi) to maintain the tradition of the termae romanae, New Baths (Bagni Nuovi) for a seventeen century sauna and Bormio Terme to enjoy a complete spa.
WHERE TO EAT: Restaurant Hotel La Genzianella. Typical dishes in a refined atmosphere. Via Zandilla 6, 23032 Bormio (SO).
WHERE TO SLEEP: Hotel Larice Bianco. Relax nearby ski runs and thermal baths. Via Funivie 10, 23032 Bormio (SO).
ACTIVITIES: Stelvio National Park Bormio’s Thermal baths. Via Stelvio, 14 23032 Bormio (SO).
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.bormioskipass.eu/en/
PASSO TONALE, VAL DI SOLE, TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE
Starting from an altitude of 3.000 meters, heading down for 11 km, taking off the skis and entering the hotel door. This is what happens at Passo Tonale in Val di Sole, precisely on the Presena glacier slope in the heart of Adamello’s ski area. This place in between Lombardy and Trentino astounds with its silences and delights the palate with specialties such as polenta with roe meat. Don’t be afraid of calories, there are a lot of options to dispose of them: from Pejo’s thermal baths to Nordic walking itineraries (more than 35, with various levels of difficulty), ending with a refined shopping session in Ponte di Legno.
WHERE TO EAT: Restaurant Hotel La Torretta. Traditional dishes, but also brick-oven pizza. Via Circonvallazione, 7 38020 Passo Tonale (TN).
WHERE TO SLEEP: Sport Hotel Vittoria. To ski right on the hotel landing. Via Nazionale 8, 38020 Passo del Tonale (TN).
ACTIVITIES: Pejo’s thermal baths: to take care of yourself and relax with mineral water. Via delle Acque Acidule, 3 38024 Peio Fonti (TN).
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.adamelloski.com/en/
Snow and Sicily may sound as a bizarre pairing, but the highest volcano in Europe flaunts 35 km of ski area from its peak of 3.350 meters. Alpine skiing goes along with freeride skiing through the canyons, strictly with an expert guide or reserved to pure amateurs such as the Caproni dell’Etna, who are always searching for new heart-stopping rides.
And if you’re getting tired of the classic ski-break hot chocolate, stop by the Rifugio Sapienza: panelle and arancini at an high altitude are guaranteed.
WHERE TO EAT: Hotel Rifugio Sapienza. Sicilian specialties 1.920 mt high. Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza, Nicolosi (CT) 95030.
WHERE TO SLEEP: Hotel Corsaro. To sleep above a volcano. Contrada Cantoniera, Nicolosi (CT) 95030.
ACTIVITIES: Ski touring and freeride. To enjoy the canyons’ view with expert guides: http://www.etnaexcursion.it/joomla_pinboard/it/home/english
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.etnasci.it/home/english-version
Many people will tell you that Tuscany is the perfect Italian region: crystalline sea, evocative hills and perfect mountains for a ski ride. Between these very mountains Abetone has its nest, a town of Pistoia’s Appenino that derives its name from the huge fir tree (“abete” in Italian) taken down at the time of the place’s foundation. Between Val Di Luce’s slopes and the glacial lakes of Pievepelago, going from a slice of artisanal blueberry cake to a bowl of Tuscan soup, don’t forget the nightlife: the Lupo Bianco club is the go-to place for weekend skiers. Speaking of taking a party to the top (of the mountain).
WHERE TO EAT: Ristorante La Regina. You can’t get out without trying their fried mushrooms. Via Uccelliera, 5/7/9 51021 Abetone (PT).
WHERE TO SLEEP: Val di Luce Spa Resort. Luxury, design and must see SPA in the middle of the Val di Luce. Via Val di Luce 51021 Val di Luce Abetone (Pistoia)
ACTIVITIES: Lupo Bianco Club. Via Brennero, 269 51021 Abetone (PT).
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.abetone.com/en/
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, VENETO
140 km of ski slopes between the Dolomites and all the jetset you need: if there’s a place that has never lost a feather, that’s Cortina d’Ampezzo. Designer shops succeed one another on Corso Italia. Cortina flaunts three Michelin starred restaurants and the denomination of Best of Alps as one of the twelve chicest venues on the Italian Alps. And if your evening isn’t spent dancing at the Vip club, why not indulging in a unique experience with stars and planets? The Astronomic Observatory of Col Drusciè Helmut Ullrich, with its guided tour, will definitely let you touch the sky.
WHERE TO EAT: Restaurant St. Hubertus. 2 Michelin stars and a chef who “cooks the mountains”. Strada Micura de Rue, 20 39030 San Cassiano (BL).
WHERE TO SLEEP: Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf. 5 stars, 4 restaurants, one disco club and one skating ring. Do you need anything else? Via Rinaldo Menardi, 42 32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL).
ACTIVITIES: Luxury shopping for everyone. Astronomic Observatory of Col Drusciè Helmut Ullrich.
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/ski-area/cortina
It’s the highest county in Italy, 2.035 meters, with the Vialattea (literally the Milky Way) ski area extending itself for more than 400 km.
Skyline is not a word you often use to talk about a mountain town, but Sestriere surely has a peculiar one, with its “towers”, two hotels (one red and one blue) built by Giovanni Agnelli in 1930. Speaking of the Agnelli family, Lapo Elkann’s brand Italia Independent has its store between the exclusive shops in the city center.
For the evenings it’s mandatory to put on the best clothes and go out. A suggestion? The Classic Atmosphere concerts series at the Grand Hotel Sestriere.
WHERE TO EAT: L’Antica Spelonca. From an old stable to the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Via Visitazione, 23 10058 Sestriere (TO).
WHERE TO SLEEP: Hotel Principi di Piemonte. The Diamant de beaut Carita Spa treatment is made with real precious stones. Via Sauze, 3b 10058 Sestriere (TO).
ACTIVITIES: Classic Atmosphere concert series at Grand Hotel Sestriere. Via Assietta, Sestriere (TO). Italia Independent. Design and innovation made in Italy. Via Pinerolo, 8 10058 Sestriere (TO).
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.vialattea.it/language/en-US/Ski-Area/Localit%C3%A0/Sestriere
COURMAYEUR, AOSTA VALLEY
Or Courma, as the people from Milan would call it, having being enamored for a long time of this location in the Aosta Valley. Is this because of the Mont Blanc, with its 4.850 meters, the perfect background for the Courmayeur Mont Blanc ski area? Or is it because of the exclusive après–ski that include eating oysters and drinking champagne? Surely the city isn’t short of shopping ideas, and if you stop by Napapijiri you will feel like in a chalet in the middle of the woods.
WHERE TO EAT: Cafe Relais de l’Ange. Shrimps and oysters to perk up after a day skiing. Via Roma, 88 11013 Courmayeur (AO).
WHERE TO SLEEP: Auberge de la Maison. If you want to touch the Mont Blanc from your window. Passerin d’Entreves 16/a, 11013 Courmayeur (AO).
ACTIVITIES: Winter Eco Trail by night. Run by night for 13 km on the snowy paths. Only for the braves. https://www.100x100trail.com/en – The castles of Aosta Valley. Only for the dreamers. http://www.lovevda.it/en/culture/castles
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.courmayeurmontblanc.it/lang/EN/homepage
CHAMPOLUC, VAL D’AYAS, AOSTA VALLEY
It won’t be under the spotlights as Courmayeur is, but Champoluc in Val d’Ayas is still a gem from the Aosta Valley. Nestled in the Monterosa ski area, this place is the location of various social activities, such as the “Montagne en rose” festival, dedicated to women’s strength, or the Association Ayas km 0, for a short chain distribution of typical products (some examples: the Jambon de Bosses, rye black bread and Fontina cheese). After a day of skiing and tastings, nothing is better than a thermal bath: the pools situated in the town’s center also offer beauty treatments like the salt massage and the shamanistic ritual.
WHERE TO EAT: Restaurant Il Balivo. Romantic bites from a short chain distribution. Route Ramey, 11020 Champoluc (AO).
WHERE TO SLEEP: Hotellerie de Mascognaz. To take the wooden scent with you. 11020 Ayas, Champoluc (AO).
ACTIVITIES: Ski for free. Free skipass for people staying in one of the accommodations joining the initiative. Info at http://www.turismok.net/ski-for-free/ – Monterosa thermal baths. Relax among the conifer woods. Piazzale Ramey, 1 11020 Champoluc (AO).
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.monterosa-ski.com/?lang=en
CORVARA IN ALTA BADIA, TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE
The Trentine Dolomites combine dream-like ski slopes and the fascination for historical events. From Corvara in Alta Badia, in Bolzano’s autonomous region, the Great War ski tour departs, riding through the Falzarego pass and the Giau pass, real open-air museums thanks to the remains of the Italian trenches.
Getting to nowadays events, the initiative “A taste for skiing” sees 14 chalets all over the ski area offering dishes created by a collaboration between southern Italy and Trentino’s chefs. For a mouth-watering winter.
WHERE TO EAT: Rifugio Col Alt. Astonishing view and a cheeseburger with roe meat. Str. Col Alt, 1 39033 Corvara In Badia (BZ)
WHERE TO SLEEP: Hotel Col Alto. Modern designs joins the tradition of a chalet in the Alps. Via Col Alto, 9 39033 Corvara in Badia (BZ). http://www.colalto.it/en/hotel-alta-badia/1-0.html
ACTIVITIES: A taste for skiing http://www.altabadia.org/en/italian-alps-dolomites/food-and-drink/a-taste-for-skiing.html - Great War ski tour http://www.dolomiti.org/dengl/Cortina/laga5torri/inverno/index.html
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/ski-area/alta-badia
BREUIL-CERVINIA, AOSTA VALLEY
Placed on the border between Italy and Switzerland, with one of the largest ski area in all the Alps (the Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche Zermatt), the true protagonist in Breuil-Cervinia is technology: fiber optic network is everywhere, the skipass is electronic and you can find Skiplan panels all around the slopes for live news and forecasts. But this full immersion in the future doesn’t mean the past shouldn’t be celebrated: at an altitude of 3.450 meters there’s the Plateau Rosà, the higher museum in Europe, to hold all the secrets of high altitude constructions.
WHERE TO EAT: Wood Restaurant. An elegant mix between Swedish and Italian cuisine. Via Guido Rey, 26 11021 Breil-Cervinia (AO).
WHERE TO SLEEP: Hotel Les Neiges d’antan. To get a jacuzzi inside the snow. Crêt Perréres 11021 Breuil Cervinia (AO).
ACTIVITIES: A mountain of work. Plateau Rosà, the highest museum in Europe. http://www.cervinia.it/pages/BREUIL_CERVINIA_i_en/432
FOR SKI LOVERS: http://www.cervinia.it/pages/Home_i_en/211