Italian ski holidays
Ski Holidays & Skiing in Italy - Alps & Dolomites Chalets, Apartments to Rent, Self-Catering Holiday Rentals
Italian ski holidays - majestic scenery, great food and lively apres-ski. Plus there is plenty of variety from high altitude ski resorts such as Cervinia to quaint traditional resorts such as Courmayeur or Corvara in the Dolomites. In a nutshell, winter holidays in the Italian Alps or Dolomites, are fun for all the family, skiers and non-skiers alike.
Often over looked as a top ski holiday destination, the Italian ski resorts provide excellent value when compared to some of the French or Swiss ones. Whether its the cost of your accommodation, the lift pass or the apres-ski, your money goes much further and it does not mean compromising on quality - quite the opposite!
Italy's mountains have some of the most stunning alpine vistas in Europe and are home to several cosmopolitan and chic ski resorts such as Cortina and Madonna di Campiglio.
However, one of the best kept secrets are the villages in the Dolomites. Many are linked by an incredible 1220km of pistes covered by the Dolomiti SuperSki pass that makes this area one of the largest ski carousels in the world. Part of the attraction is the famous 27km Sella Ronda circuit plus the FIS downhill race course in Val Gardena.
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Where to stay
The Italian ski resorts generally offer a good mix of accommodation with quality family run hotels, holiday rentals including ski chalets, apartments and even farm houses that cater for all budgets.
The best value ski chalets can be found in those ski resorts that have managed to stay out of the lime light such as La Villa in the Dolomites. This will undoubtedly change as the word gets out that these ski resorts give you authenticity, culture and access to the same large lift linked ski areas as the mainstream resorts. Alta Badia, Val di Fassa and Val Gardena all fall in to this category.
There are several international airports that let you transfer to most resorts in under an hour - see our Italian ski resorts page for the distances to each ski resort. Plus, for ski transfers to the Dolomites, you also have Innsbruck and Munich. The main airports are...
- Milan Malpensa
- Milan Linate
There are over 200 Italian ski resorts dotted around the Alps, Dolomites and even as far south as Sicily varying in size, quality, culture (especially in the Eastern Dolomites) and accessibility.
MyChaletFinder features the international ski resorts in Italy but also, the ones off most people's radar as they rarely appear in the holiday brochures.
Quite often, these smaller resorts are linked in to a larger ski area so you have the benefit of a cozy authentic resort, cheaper accommdation and apres-ski and yet access to the same skiing as the glitzy international resorts.
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Summer around the ski resorts
Surprisingly to some, the ski resorts are often busier during the summer than in winter. The long sunny days can get surprisingly hot with temperatures north of 30 degrees not uncommon. The mountains provide that perfect mix of being able to chill out by the pools or beaches on the lakes and mix it up with some gentle hikes or adrenaline pumping mountain biking or glacier walks. Some of the most popular outdoor activities are:
- Mountain biking
- Sailing, kayaking, white water rafting
Summer skiing on the glaciers
There are several high altitude ski resorts that open for several weeks during the summer for some summer skiing on the glaciers. The best ski resort for glacier skiing is Cervinia on the Matterhorn glacier above Zermatt.
Our view on Italian ski holidays
The Italian Alps and Dolomites offer spectacular scenery, great skiing and very welcoming resorts with children being especially well looked after. In the warm summers, these stunning mountains attract alpine enthusiasts from all over the world who want to experience the Italian culture and enjoy these mighty peaks - whether hiking, mountain biking or simply chilling out by the pool....