The long winter season amidst the mountains in Italy begins almost everywhere at the end of November or with the traditional vacation days around December 8, and continues, if there is still snow, through Easter weekend, offering skiing and snowboarding lovers a vast range of winter sports to choose from, an enormous amusement park in nature, a playground, and a magical place to relax and get in shape.
No family will feel excluded: in addition to downhill skiing, in many Italian ski resorts you can have fun skating on ice, climbing up hills, alpine coasting, or taking evocative, peaceful walks through the snow, or on horseback, or even on a sleigh. Children will surely appreciate the many places dedicated to them, with babysnowparks, inflatable games, and downhill slopes with a bobsled or special snow "rings."
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The Abruzzo territory is enveloped by snow in the winter and is a magical sight for the eyes and the soul: the centuries-old beech groves and mountaintops, villages and ski resorts seem straight out of a fairytale. Alongside wildlife areas, Abruzzo offers you the chance to ski on famous slopes, like Roccaraso, at 1250 m above sea level, between the two safeguarded areas of the National Parks: the historic one of Abruzzo and the Majella Park, which organizes, in the fall and winter as well, enthralling excursions in search of wolves and bears.
Camigliatello is one of Southern Italy’s most evocative ski resorts. In central Sila you’ll find close by Lake Cecita and the Calabria national park. Another very popular ski resort is Palumbo Sila, on the slopes of Monte Gariglione and overlooking Lake Ampollino, where you can also go canoeing.
The Cimone ski area is the largest in Emilia Romagna and one of the most equipped along the entire Apennines, particularly beloved by snowboarders for the vast variety of off-track slopes. Kid skiers will find personalized slopes and amusement in the new babypark "Cimonelandia."
Friuli Venezia Giulia
The two large ski resorts in the region are, in the west, Carnia and, to the east, Tarvisio, a famous site beginning in the 1930s. Valbruna, Camporosso, and the suggestive Lakes of Fusine make up a fascinating land, perfectly equipped for winter sports.
Piancavallo, at 1260 m above sea level, is especially loved, not only for its slopes for alpine and downhill skiing (even at night, thanks to the well lit tracks), but also for excursions on foot and horseback riding.
The main ski resorts in Lombardy are found in Valtellina, in the valleys around Bergamo and Brescia, on the border with Trentino where you may also ski nestled in the nature of two important national parks: the Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio and the Parco Naturale Adamello - Brenta. Many celebrated ski resorts are found here: from Aprica with modern ski lifts that take skiers up to 2,300 meters above sea level to Foppolo, Livigno, considered by many the paradise of winter sports, or even Ponte di Legno, with a modern ski lift that allows skiers to visit, in less than 15 minutes, the tracks at Passo del Tonale.
Piemonte stands out for the fact that one-third of this region is covered by mountains. From Bardonecchia, at 1,312 m above sea level, made famous by the international competitions and Winter Olympics, to Sestriere at 2,035 m above sea level, known as the “paradise” for skiers beginning in the early 1930s, and Limone Piemonte, where you may ski right next to the sea.
Skiing on the Etna, facing the sea, immersed in a contrast between the white snow and the black lava rock is an unforgettable experience. The ski resorts along the Etna are two: at Nicolosi in the south and at Piano Provenzana-Linguaglossa to the north.
Amidst the Tuscan forests and woods, fall has the flavor of chestnuts and the many delicacies and sweets made with chestnut flour, especially in Garfagnana, a splendid place to visit in the winter and fall.
With the arrival of the snow, ski lovers flock to the Abetone, at 1,388 m above sea level, and the almost 50 km of perfectly kept slopes, making this one of Central Italy’s greatest ski destinations. Don’t miss the wonderful downhill slopes.
Trentino Alto Adige
Dominating the vast majority of the landscape in this region are the Dolomites, famous around the world for their height and impressive nature. There’s so much to choose from here: from Canazei in the heart of the Val di Fassa to the complex Folgaria Ski with two snowparks dedicated to snowboard lovers.
Considered by all the pearl of the Dolomiti del Brenta, Madonna di Campiglio offers skiers almost 60 kilometers of tracks, some with night lighting systems. Finally, special mention for the ski resort of San Martino di Castrozza - Passo Rolle.
In the Alto Adige area, Alpe di Siusi, at the foothills of the Sciliar and the Gruppo del Sassolungo, at 1,850 m above sea level, will satisfy winter sports lovers. Snowboarders, always fascinated by the Corvara and Alta Badia, may also try the great snowpark at Piz Sorega.
And after an entire day on the slopes, there’s nothing better than a hay bath and letting yourself be pampered by nature that in Alto Adige has a great tradition. Have a truly special stay at the new and exclusive Terme di Merano.
The wild and forest-filled landscape here in the heart of Italy bears extraordinary colors in the fall, offering incredible peace and tranquility as winter ushers in. On foot, by horse, or with skis, excursions in Umbria are surely an awarding, satisfying activity. Alpine skiing is practiced at Forca Canapine, on the Massiccio del Monte Vettore (Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini), while downhill skiing can be found on the icy slopes of the Vettore and at Pian delle Macinare (Parco Regionale del Massiccio di Monte Cucco).
The Valle d'Aosta can boast of the loveliest and most famous mountains along the Alps. Places like Cervinia, Courmayeur, or Pila need no introduction: an unforgettable landscape offers hundreds of kilometers of slopes of varying difficulty, always perfectly kept with top-level equipment.
Gressoney, at the foothills of the Monte Rosa, with its 200 km of tracks and avant-garde resorts, is considered the Italian capital of off-track skiing. Sports lovers join here not only to ski but also for the extraordinary selection of other opportunities: ascension, rafting, kayaking, paragliding, mountain biking, off track skiing / freeriding, downhill skiing, strolling...
In the fall, the unquestionable protagonists are apples, with two important fall feasts: the Feta di Pomme at Gressan and the Melevallée at Antey-Saint-André.
On the plateau at Asiago you can ski along the 80 kilometers of tracks, of varying difficulty and in part interconnected. The plateau is known to sports lovers across the world, especially as the paradise of Nordic skiing, with its 7 centers of downhill skiing and over 500 km of tracks, always well kept, of varying length and difficulty.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is Italy’s most mundane ski resort, famous not only for the quality and variety of slopes, but also for the exclusive shopping and intense nightlife. Along with San Vito di Cadore and Auronzo-Misurina, it is part of the Dolomiti Superski: Europe’s largest ski area. The mountaintops often go well beyond 3,000 meters, with the highest at 3,342 m at Marmolada, where summer skiing is also available.