Skiing in Italy ranges from The Italian Alps and Dolomites of northern
Italy to volcanic skiing on Mt. Etna on Sicily. The Piemonte (Piedmont)
Region in northwest Italy
offers 53 ski resorts and 1300 km of runs, the best known is Torino (Turin)
for having hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Cervinia or Monte Cervino in Italy borders the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt, and while not as charming as Zermatt, it is less expensive, with Italian food, and you can ski back and forth (cars are not allowed in Zermatt). Cervinia's lift accessed summit on the Plateau Rosa is 11,417', and the longest run is over 14 miles long, one of the longest in the world.
Courmayeur is on the opposite side of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) of Chamonix in France. Courmayeur is a wonderful alpine village and many say the best ski resort in Italy. Courmayeur’s peak is 9,064-feet, shared with Chamonix.
The Italian Dolomites, bordering Austria, offer spectacular mountain scenery and several Italian skiing villages, Cortina d'Ampezzo and Val Gardena are two of the most well-known ski areas.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is the largest ski resort in Italy, called “The Queen of the Dolomites.” Cortina ski resort is famous for hosting the 1956 Winter Olympics, and has been featured in films like Pink Panther, Cliffhanger, and James Bond’s “For Your Eyes Only” because of the spectacular mountains, classic Italian alpine village and bobsled run. Cortina’s highest ski mountain is Tofana at over 9,000-feet.
The ski area of Val Gardena in the Dolomites is best known for hosting frequent World Cup ski events. Part of the Sella Ronda circuit, Val Gardena has 80 lifts and a 8,261-foot summit. Finally, Mt. Etna is an Italian ski resort located on Sicily's volcano.
We look forward to skiing the Italian Alps and Dolomites and providing you Italian ski vacation reviews soon.