Italy ski holidays & resorts

Skiing on the Sunny Side of the Alps in Italy

Home to some of Europe's best skiing, scenery and food - skiing in Italy consistently impresses with many vowing never to return to the overloaded pistes in neighbouring countries. 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.

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Where to ski in Italy

Snow in Italy

On the slopes, Italy's ski resorts enjoy a good snow record. There is plenty of high skiing and you can even find glacier skiing in Cervinia. You will find the most snowsure ski resorts in Italy in Arabba, Champoluc, Sestriere, Livigno.

Best for Families

Kronplatz, based in South Tyrol and the Dolomiti Superski area is known for its modern lifts, guaranteed snow and breathtaking 360º views of the Dolomite Mountains. The pistes are well groomed and never overcrowded, making the resort ideal for all levels of skiers and particularly families and beginners.

Best for Groups

A firm favourite with us is the duty-free resort of Livigno which excels in combining value and fantastic skiing. The unique layout means there are dedicated areas and lifts for beginners straight from resort level, while more experienced skiers and boarders can head to the top and enjoy a huge range of on and off-piste skiing. For those looking for some serious fun, head to the Mottolino snowpark which has hosted many international freestyle competitions.

Another great choice is Cervinia, linked across the Swiss border with Zermatt, with extensive high altitude slopes, wide and well-groomed. Cervinia’s Val d’Aosta neighbours Gressoney and Champoluc in the Monterosa ski area, combine to give extensive family-friendly Italian ski holidays with exciting heli-skiing options for the more adventurous.

Best for Après

The Olympic ‘Milky Way’ resorts (Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere) are lively resorts with an active après scene. Sauze’s reputation for offering reasonably priced food and drink is justified and has helped cement its reputation as a popular après destination. Sestriere is home to the Tabata night club, which claims to be one of the biggest and the best that the Alps has to offer!

Best for Beginners

Located east of the Sellaronda circuit, Cortina is not called the 'Queen of the Dolomites' for nothing. It’s renowned for the excellent selection of skiing as well as superb accommodation, bars, restaurants and shopping. The Socrepes area of the mountain has wonderful nursery slopes and is one of the best beginner's areas in the Dolomites with some great progression slopes.

San Cassiano also offers a selection of the best blue runs in the Superski area at the top of the Piz Sorega gondola. You will find perfectly groomed and wide sweeping pistes with plenty of space to practise and develop those important skills.

Prebookable ski guiding

InChampolucyou can enjoy a stress-free tour of the local ski area and get your bearings on the first morning day of your holiday with a local qualified guide. Get insight into the best runs and places to ski on the mountain as well as some useful pointers along the way to improve technique.

Ski guiding is available to prebook with Inghams on your Champoluc holiday.

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Ski Regions in Italy


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 Tignes-Val d'Isére Ski Area in France, then throw in Austria’s huge Arlberg area too, to get anywhere close to the Dolomiti Superski’s staggering 1,220km of pistes!

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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.

Resorts in Milky Way Ski Area

  • from£719pp
  • 3 resorts
  • Area: 822km
  • Altitude: up to 3899m
VALLE D'aosta Coppia Piste Sci Breuil Cervinia (Foto Enrico Romanzi) 0568

One of Italy’s most beautiful ski destinations, the Aosta Valley has long been a favourite for skiers of all abilities looking for spacious runs, interesting surroundings, and good Italian food. The area is home to a host of traditional villages with access to over 800 kilometres of piste offering both gentle and challenging slopes.

Resorts in Aosta Valley Ski Area


Skiing in the sunshine in Arabba

Of the resorts that make up the celebrated Sellaronda circuit, Arabba has some of the most interesting runs 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.

Resort centre by night

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 Sellaronda circuit, it’s not called the 'Queen of the Dolomites' for nothing.

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Corvara and Colfosco are 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 Sellaronda circuit, they have easy access to the main slopes including connections to Arabba, Selva, Val di Fassa and the exhilarating Marmolada glacier.

Sunny Kronplatz valley view

Kronplatz, also known as Plan de Corones, is part of the famous South Tyrol and the Dolomiti Superski area and is known for its modern lifts, guaranteed snow and breath-taking 360º views of the Dolomite Mountains. 

Resorts surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges, Selva sits directly below the Sella-Massif

Set in the Südtirol’s charming Gardena valley, Selva is a gateway to the famous Sellaronda skiing circuit, where you can ski around the gigantic limestone monoliths of the Gruppo Sella. The Sellaronda: is a delightful and not particularly challenging tour which can be easily achieved in a day by intermediate skiers.

Ortisei village all lit up at night

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 Sellaronda tour.

The wonderful resort of San Cassiano

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!

Tree-Lined Valley

Val di Fassa sits within the Dolomiti Superski area, directly on the famous Sellaronda circuit. Surrounded by snow-capped tree and mountain peaks, you wont ever get bored of the spectacular views. Choose from one of four villages, each with a different feel depending on your needs, whether that be lively après or somewhere more secluded and peaceful, the valley has it all.   

Tree-Lined Valley

Prepare for a picturesque Alpine haven, Madonna di Campiglio's majestic snow-capped peaks, pristine slopes, and charming village ambiance draw skiers and boarders from all around the globe. Revel in world-class runs while après-ski indulgences await in cosy lodges. Enchanting scenery, vibrant nightlife, and a rich culinary scene make it a premier destination for winter escapades.

Birds Eye View

Sauze d'Oulx is a vibrant resort with a thriving après scene. The abundant tree-lined skiing and wide open, cruising is ideal for intermediate skiers; and with access to the wider Milky Way ski area, there is plenty to occupy the discerning skier. Away from the pistes, the charming, old mountain village at the resort centre is an attractive escape full of bustling pubs, bars and restaurants.

Bluebird day in Sestriere

Sitting at the very heart of The Milky Way ski area in Italy, Sestriere and nearby Borgata is the perfect home base for those of us who truly love the mountains. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or a seasoned expert, The Milky Way ski area truly has something for us all!


  • from£749pp
  • Area: 115km
  • Altitude: up to 2800m

Lying close to the Swiss border, this snow-sure resort boasts an extensive, modern ski area whilst maintaining the traditional character of its original three villages. Granted duty free status in Napoleonic times, today's flourishing resort offers a wealth of winter entertainment and fantastic shopping. 

Skiers Enjoying Mountain Views

Without a doubt, the most popular resort in the little-known Monterosa ski area in Italy. Champoluc is a haven for those who are looking to take their skiing and snowboarding off the beaten track.

Gressoney Centre

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.

Matterhorn Views

Dominated by the mighty Matterhorn and surrounded by outstanding scenery, the village of Cervinia is one of the highest resorts in the Alps. The extensive ski area is served by an impressive lift system which connects Cervinia with Valtournenche as well as Zermatt in Switzerland. The village offers a great choice of shops, bars, nightclubs, pizzerias and restaurants.

Currency: Euro

No. of airports: 3 – Innsbruck, Verona & Turin

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Italy Ski Holiday FAQs

What are the top ski resorts in Italy?

Italy has some amazing resorts with beautiful landscapes to choose from - between Sauze d'Oulx, Corvara, Champoluc and Selva - you are spoiled for choice. Plus, Corvara and Selva are in the UNESCO world heritage site of the Dolomites, making them very popular choices.

What are the snow conditions like in Italy?

Italy's northern resorts have consistent snowfall records every year and the resorts are well maintained, often with snow-canon coverage as well.

What hotels are popular for skiers in Italy?

The options are almost endless here. The popular Col Alto in Corvara is great for adults with an extensive wellness area or there is the Hotel De Champoluc in Champoluc, perfect for families with children of all ages.

Which ski resorts in Italy are suitable for beginner skiers?

There are many ski resorts in Italy that are suitable for beginner or young skiers. Kronplatz and Cervinia are particularly well designed to cater for beginner skiers, offering ski school and dedicated areas to learn.

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