The Best Places for a Ski Vacation in Italy

by Darya Boronilo

If you are looking to find some of the best places for a ski vacation in Italy–you’ve found it! Snowy slopes, wind whistling in your ears, and an exhilarating feeling of adrenaline.  Do you miss those exciting emotions? It’s time to plan your next ski holiday, and winter is almost here! Of course, that begins with choosing the best ski resorts and the most stunning slopes.

However, picking between many different destinations can be difficult, especially when you have many wonderful options. Best-groomed trails or challenging ones? Quiet alpine villages or world-famous resorts?  To help you decide, we’ve created this guide for all types of holidaymakers, from families with various interests to groups of friends looking for the best après-ski. Every ski destination has its own unique charm, so follow us to find out what suits you best.

As you hit the Italian slopes for the first time, you will quickly understand that this is one of the most exhilarating and luxurious experiences you can have. Right away, you are entirely captured by the beauty of the snow-capped peaks and valleys, offering a breathtaking backdrop for your adventure. As you cheerfully inhale the frosty air and squint your eyes at the bright sun rays, slow down for a moment to appreciate the inviting and eternally festive vibes.

People walking big mountain with snow

Dolce Vita on the Slopes

Like many other things in Italy, skiing takes on a different pace from its northern neighbors. Although you might want to break some speed records on the slopes, the relaxed atmosphere here reminds you that the main point is the experience;  In other words, enjoying life and creating memories with those who came with you. After all, the famous Italian “Dolce Vita” spirit spreads everywhere in this country, even as far as the alpine summits!

You will most likely find yourself among the ruddy people in bright suits as you hear whistling in your ears as you point your tips down the best powdery mountains. Sip your morning espresso at cozy cafés, listening to the jovial live music played. Head to world-class spas for an afternoon recharge and quick relaxation. Dine at some of the most elegant restaurants with panoramic views, or enjoy a glass of wine by the large open fireplace of your alpine cottage. In other words, if jet-set glamour is part of your ski dream, you’ll quickly find it in Italy. And, with so many different ski regions and resorts, you’re sure to get the perfect spot for you. 

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Glitz and Glamour at Courmayeur, the Val D’Aosta

Our first stop is Aosta Valley, the picturesque northwest Italy region home to some of the country’s best ski slopes. Here, the valleys and mountains offer a variety of terrain, making it perfect for skiers of all levels. Are you looking for glitz and glamour in the Val D’Aosta? Follow us to Courmayeur, a pretty little ski village high on the shoulder of Mont Blanc. Prepare to spend the luxurious weekend among the stylish local skiers from Milan and Turin, the capital of beautiful Piedmont.
Firstly, ride up the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car for views from the top of Europe. As if hovering above the clouds, take your time to admire the glittering mountain peaks that seem to stretch forever.  Next, for the apres-ski, soak at Europe’s highest heated open-air swimming pool or pamper yourself at the Pré Saint Didier Spa. Finally, as France is just a few steps away, why not go cross-country skiing? The glamourous Courmayeur is definitely the place to see and be seen. So, come ready to shine! 

People walking on snow holding snowboard

Slopes for All Levels at Cortina d’Ampezzo 

Next up is the Cortina d’Ampezzo, a world-renowned ski resort in the picturesque Dolomites Mountain range. Marvel at the unique landscape of vertical faces and rocky pinnacles towering against a bright turquoise sky. It has earned the Dolomites a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Most importantly, the Cortina d’Ampezzo ski resort is best known for its role as host of the 1956 Winter Olympics. The skiing here has the reputation of being some of the best in the world. After experiencing the spectacular setting and the excellent skiing conditions, you might just decide to come back year after year.
 Family skiing

Time to Take a Stroll Down Main Street

The sharp Cinque Torri peaks provide a gorgeous backdrop for the town of Cortina. The views of quaint houses, wooden chalets, and elegant turrets of low buildings at the foot of majestic cliffs leave no one indifferent. Despite the town looking small, you have a lot to do!
Firstly, take your time to enjoy the lazy Sunday breakfasts at one of Cortina’s cozy hotels.  Secondly, you can dive into shopping at Corso Italia. The town’s main street features fancy boutiques such as Valentino and Furla, as well as antiques and jewelry shops.  Thirdly, stop for a sweet break and enjoy the feeling of creamy dessert melting in your mouth. Observe how the giant snowflakes dance in the air outside the windows of a small pastry shop. Very romantic!
And, of course, after a small city tour, you can take more than three dozen lifts. They allow skiers to access snowfields below the summit, at the crest of the highest ridges. If that is not enough, the Dolomiti Superski pass gives skiers full access to lifts and trails at 11 other ski resorts.  In addition, Cortina d’Ampezzo is an excellent place for families who want to enjoy the slopes together.
Beginners and intermediate skiers will find plenty of terrains to explore, with gentle wooded trails in the Mietres area that are perfect for children. And if you are still looking for a challenge, there are plenty of pitches and slopes for expert skiers, including the Olympia slope in the Tofane, which hosted the Women’s Alpine skiing World Cup in 2019. No matter your skill level, you will find plenty of fun at Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Mountain backdrop in Cinque Torri

Alpine Village Experience and Friendly Locals at Val Gardena

Let’s now stop at Val Gardena, an alternative destination in the Dolomites and a hidden gem in the ski world. This smaller resort offers more intimate ski terrain than its larger glamorous neighbor, Cortina D’Ampezzo. Experience an authentic taste of Dolomites as your order traditional dishes like polenta and tris de canederli  filled with the flavor and personality of the region. Admire the most treasured works of local artists and reinvent your entire artistic aesthetic at your new favorite gallery. Try to chat with friendly locals fluent in Ladin, the ancient indigenous language. Catch your moment of relaxation and stroll along old trails. As you are breathing the crisp mountain air and watching a brilliant sunset playing with red highlights on the top of the mountains, you will quickly understand why Val Gardena has the fame of a tiny paradise for skiers.
tris di canederli, italian food

Italy’s Best-Groomed Trails at Madonna di Campiglio

Time to discover Madonna di Campiglio, one of Italy’s best-kept skiing secrets. Located in the Brenta Dolomites, Madonna di Campiglio offers 150 kilometers of trails and slopes for all levels of skiers. The expert-challenging 5.75-kilometer Dolomitica is one of the most popular trails, with its 70 percent gradient. And for those who want to ski at night, there are ski trails lit up for night skiing.
In addition, this ski resort offers something for everyone. Intermediates will appreciate the well-groomed trails, and with Ursus Snow Park nearby,  it’s a prime location for freestyle skiers looking to catch their next big air. It is considered one of Europe’s best freestyle parks. But you can do so much more besides skiing! Move out on foot and get to know the area on a more personal level. Visit the country fair and let childhood memories wash over you. Hold a cotton candy with sticky fingers or sample some homemade jam. Find a perfect souvenir to take home at one of the many small, slightly dusty antique shops. Read the newspaper while sipping hot coffee and watching people wander past. Or perhaps you’d instead choose adventure? Go for the challenging ice climbing or exciting dog sledding with your best friends. Whether you’re looking for a challenging day on the slopes or leisurely afternoon ice skating with the kids, Madonna di Campiglio has you covered.
sunset in the mountains

Reliable Snowfall and Duty-Free Shopping at Livigno

Our final stop is Livigno. It may not be a household name yet, but it’s definitely on the radar for skiers in the know. The resort is tucked away in a remote location, which is definitely part of its appeal;  Moreover, with the 2026 Winter Olympics scheduled to be held in Livigno, now is the perfect time for you to check out this small Italian valley’s world-class skiing. Livigno is home to 110 kilometers of ski runs, 12 of which are reserved for expert skiers. The remaining runs are divided equally between intermediate and beginner skiers. And with its reliable snowfall, Livigno is an irresistible destination for skiers of all levels.
In addition, there are many exciting activities besides skiing. You can’t miss the thrilling paragliding with the instructor and admire the landscape from above. As you fly, your instructor will record the exciting memories in the video shot with the HD camera. Watch it later to relieve the memories and share them with friends. After a great dose of adrenaline, immerse yourself in tranquility and relaxation at Aquagranda , one of the best wellness and sports centers in Europe. Next, stop for some shopping or get Christmas presents for your loved ones at Livigno’s numerous duty-free shops. In conclusion, for an après-ski after a day on the snow, sip your cocktail at the popular local bars with fantastic music, themed parties, and of course, great aperitivo options. Have fun! 
Paragliding during sunset

An Experience You Will Never Forget

If you want to ski on some of the most beautiful and luxurious slopes in the world, look no further than Italy. With sunny weather, stunning landscapes to take your breath away, local hospitality, plenty of gourmet pleasures, and good wines, skiing in Italy is an experience you will never forget. Contact us today and enjoy the winter vacation of your dreams. Our travel experts can help you plan the perfect tailor-made ski trip with all the best resorts and activities. So, what are you waiting for? Hit the slopes of Italy this winter!
And, if you’re looking for more travel inspiration, check out our other blog posts. We’ve got everything from tips on planning the perfect holidays to the most iconic places to visit in Italy.
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