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Perhaps it’s the sunny climate or the national temperament, but family ski holidays in Italy are quite different from those in the other Alpine nations. In general, the Italians are laid back, late to arrive on the slopes and big on lunch. Many of the top ski resorts in Italy are in the Val d’Aosta (where you’ll find Cervinia and Gressoney), the Olympic ‘Milky Way’ resorts (Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere) or in the exceptionally scenic Dolomites (with famous resorts such as Cortina d’Ampezzo and Selva-Gardena).

Most places to ski in Italy tend to be marketed as being on the “sunny side” of the Alps. Certainly it’s not uncommon, for example, to enter the Mont Blanc tunnel from an overcast Chamonix – or even when it’s actually snowing there! One reason why the Italians love to lunch is the quality of the food. The cuisine in the Dolomites in particular is a wonderful mix of Italian, Austrian and Ladin (a language based on a local dialect and Latin which dominates some of the local valleys). The Dolomites are also the location for the celebrated Sella Ronda – a leisurely all day circular tour taking in several resorts, including Selva, Corvara & Colfosco and four mountain passes.

Cervinia, linked across the Swiss border with Zermatt, has extensive high altitude slopes, wide and well-groomed. Cervinia’s Val d’Aosta neighbours Gressoney in the Monte Rosa ski area, combine to give extensive family-friendly Italian ski holidays with exciting heliskiing options for the more adventurous.

Those who have never encountered the Dolomites while skiing in Italy will be inspired by some of the most astonishing scenery in the Alps. These sheer and towering limestone peaks are so different in appearance that some people think of them as a completely different mountain range. At dawn and dusk, sunlight produces variety of shades of pink and flaming red as it glints on porphyry - a reddish-purple rock of large feldspar crystals embedded in the limestone. In some Dolomites valleys the Ladin culture is still very much alive, and the locals are determined to preserve this heritage through the language, local dress, old customs, songs and the local cuisine. Skiing round the truly impressive Sella massif is one of the great highlights of a skiing in the Dolomites. This panoramic 25-mile circuit includes more than 16 miles of skiing and takes you through four Ladin valleys. The tour can be comfortably completed in five or six hours, even by less experienced skiers.

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Italy Regions & Resorts (16)

If you love to eat up the ski-miles, and want to do so on snow-sure slopes in simply glorious scenery, then you have come to the right place. You’d need to combine the 3 Valleys and Espace Killy in France, then throw in Austria’s huge Arlberg area too, to get anywhere close to the Dolomiti Superski’s staggering 1,200km of pistes!

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  • Area: 1220km
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Resorts in The Dolomites Ski Area

Of the resorts that make up the celebrated Sella Ronda circuit, Arabba has some of the most interesting slopes, and is a real skiers’ holiday base. It boasts excellent, challenging pistes, and the stunning slopes of the mighty Marmolada glacier are within easy reach.

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  • Area: 62km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
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£ 704 Per person

There’s only one ! The Olympic resort of Cortina D’Ampezzo is one of the most filmed, photographed, skied and visited resorts in the Italian Alps. Located east of the Sella Ronda circuit, it’s not called the 'Queen of the Dolomites' for nothing.

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  • Area: 115km
  • Altitude: up to 2939m
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£ 549 Per person

Corvara's delightful villages nestled in the Alta Badia region of the Dolomites and have been enjoyed by British skiers for many years. Ideally located on the Sella Ronda circuit, they have easy access to the main slopes including connections to Arabba, Selva, Val di Fassa and the exhilarating Marmolada glacier.

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  • Area: 130km
  • Altitude: up to 2750m
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£ 579 Per person

Kronplatz is part of the famous South Tyrol and the Dolomiti Superski area and is known for its modern ‘state-of-the-art’ lifts, guaranteed snow and breathtaking 360º views of the Dolomite Mountains. 

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  • Area: 1220km
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£ 674 Per person

La Villa, in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Italy, is situated at the foot of the Sassongher Mountain linking with the Dolomites’ famous Sella Ronda ski circuit. Located between Corvara and San Cassiano, it is one of the main ski villages in the region of Alta Badia - a UNESCO world heritage site.

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  • Area: 130km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
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£ 494 Per person

Set in the Südtirol’s charming Gardena valley, Selva is a gateway to the famous Sella Ronda skiing circuit, where you can ski around the gigantic limestone monoliths of the Gruppa Sella. This delightful and not particularly challenging 31 mile tour can be achieved fairly easily in a day.

 

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  • Area: 175km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
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£ 699 Per person


Ortisei (AKA St Ulrich), the  truly picturesque old community and cultural centre of Val Gardena, can all too easily be overlooked by skiers based in Selva – especially those  intent on ticking off as many resorts as they can on the celebrated Sella Ronda tour.

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  • Area: 175km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
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£ 764 Per person

The  Val di Fassa stretches from Canazei and Campitello, with their spectacular views of  the Passo Sella and Passo Pordoi to the mediaeval town of Moena, with skiing at Alpe di Lusia  and Passo San Pellegrino.

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  • Area: 170km
  • Altitude: up to 3342m
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£ 499 Per person

San Cassiano is a delightful village on the magnificent Dolomiti Superski area, well positioned between La Villa and Cortina, and close to Armentarola, with its famous horse-drawn ski-lift!

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  • Area: 130km
  • Altitude: up to 2950m
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The Milky Way is an international ski area linking Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Sansicario, Cesana and Claviere in Italy with Montgenèvre in France. Hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics here meant that the ski area was meticulously upgraded.

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  • Area: 400km
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Resorts in Milky Way Ski Area

Sestriere was built in 1930 by Giovanni Agnelli for the recreational pleasure of workers at his Fiat factory in Turin, but also to encourage a wider use of the motor-car in the immediate pre-war years.

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  • Area: 400km
  • Altitude: up to 2800m
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Sauze d’Oulx is a genuine, traditional village rather than a creation of the tourist industry. Its rowdy, cheap-and-cheerful image has long since been shed, and it’s now a much more up-market resort - but without up-market prices.

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  • Area: 400km
  • Altitude: up to 2800m
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£ 399 Per person

Breuil-Cervinia (to give it its full name) has a huge ski area, including some excellent off-piste opportunities and one of the biggest cable cars in Italy. At almost 3,500 metres, the Plateau Rosa and Furggen are the starting points for numerous skiing adventures, on and off-piste, with a stunning background of peaks of more than 4,000 metres.

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  • Area: 150km
  • Altitude: up to 3900m
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£ 458 Per person

La Thuile offers excellent skiing, good value for money and relatively few crowds. Linked to the French resort of La Rosière, it’s a large ski area, with a single lift pass covering 74 runs totalling 150 kilometres of marked runs on both sides of the border.

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  • Area: 160km
  • Altitude: up to 2579m
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£ 219 Per person

The Monterosa ski area is renowned as one of the largest skiing areas in Italy, spread across the three valleys of Gressoney, Champoluc and Alagna. There’s plenty to challenge boarders and skiers alike, with a great selection of high-altitude skiing, some testing off-piste descents and the glacier area with spectacular scenery.

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  • Area: 180km
  • Altitude: up to 3550m
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£ 549 Per person