There is nowhere else in Europe that offers outstanding snow conditions, spectacular scenery and vibrant, passionate people, outstanding food and drink and traditional ski resorts, skiing in Italy has it all.
Italy is renound for long snow seasons, and a great snow record, with over 100cms falling on a regular basis.
The winter Olympics were held in Italy in 2006 increasing the popularity of this fabulous country, many Italian ski resorts have since received a huge makeover, improving lift systems and building bigger and better hotels and also increasing the snow making cannons to ensure even coverage in the early and late parts of the season.
Italy's choice of ski resorts are so vast that the areas are split into more areas, The most famous being the Dolomites which include areas like Arabba, Selva (Ideal for expert skiers) and St Christina and also Canazei and Campitello, all offering outstanding snow, hundreds of kilometres of piste. Its so large that you will struggle to ski the whole area in a season, let alone in a week. The Sella Ronda circuit is a 26 kilometres loop that links all these resorts and is covered on an all area lift pass, although you can stick to your resort lift pass if you don't wish to go further afield.
Another famous ski region in Italy is The Milky Way, including resorts such as Claviere, Sauze D'Oulx (both perfect for families), and Sestriere, again offering fantastic conditions, especially for boarders, with the uncrowded slopes and long, cruisy runs and huge choice of snow parks and huge lift systems. Sestriere is of course where the Winter Olympics of 2006 were held and offers some amazing downhill skiing and also these resorts are mostly linked together on an all area lift pass too.
Other resorts which are excellent regardless of your level of ability or your budget are resorts such as Cervinia, Cormayeur, La Thuille and Bardonecchia, being excellent for beginners, families, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.
And last but by no means least in Livigno, which is an excellent beginner resort, and has the added bonus of being a tax free destination, offering some excellent duty free shopping and of course cheap food and drink whilst in resort too. One of the liveliest resorts too, it makes it suitable for groups of young people or for those wishing to experience a great apres ski.
Night-life in Italian ski resorts is vast and varied, look out for hotels offering "Apertivos", a free pre dinner drink exclusive to Italy. Apres ski is sophisticated, with some of Europe's best restaurants and classy bars and wine bars, all offering great hospitality and service.
Many of the villages are traditional and offer a good selection of places to wine and dine, but all hold the charm and beauty expected when travelling here. The accommodation again is varied, from basic 2* pensions all the way up to exquisite 5* luxury ski packages, everything from self-catering to catered chalet, there is nothing you cant find in Italy, it truly has it all.
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