Italy ski holidays & resorts

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. Many of the top ski resorts in Italy are in the Val d’Aosta (where you’ll find Cervinia, Champoluc, Gressoney and Pila), the Olympic ‘Milky Way’ resorts (Sauze d’OulxSestriere and Claviere) or in the exceptionally scenic Dolomites (with famous resorts such as Cortina d’Ampezzo and Selva-Gardena). A firm favourite with us is the duty-free resort of Livigno which excels in combining value and fantastic skiing.

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! And enter Italy basking in glorious sunshine. 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 Sellaronda – 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 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.

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.

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

Resorts in Italy

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.

Simply stunning view of the Alta Badia area

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

Plan de Corones, known as Kronplatz is part of the famous South Tyrol and the Dolomiti Superski area and is known for its modern lifts, guaranteed snow and breathtaking 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

The Val di Fassa sits within the Dolomiti Superski area, directly on the famous Sellaronda circuit, and enjoys spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. 

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£889pp
  • Area: 180km
  • Altitude: up to 3275m

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.

  • from£579pp
  • Area: 150km
  • Altitude: up to 3883m

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.

  • from£729pp
  • Area: 50km
  • Altitude: up to 2624m

Nestled below Mont Blanc you'll find Courmayeur, the classiest village in the Alps. Famous for it's Monte Bianco Skyway cable-car which will take you on an adventure above the clouds, you'll never want for better views again. 

  • from£749pp
  • Area: 180km
  • Altitude: up to 3550m

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.

  • from£959pp
  • 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. 

Currency: Euro

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

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