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Where to Ski in Italy’s Alps

If you are looking forward skiing in Italy, you’ve hit the jackpot!

From the magnificent Dolomites in the northeast to Europe’s largest mountain, in the northwest, the staggering Mont Blanc, dozens of top star resorts extent the Italian Alps. Expect excellent slopes and lively après-ski scenes-all combined with the great food and laid-back attitude that’s the mark of bell’Italia.

Naturally, deciding to go skiing in Italy is an easy choice. But selecting the right resort for your trip might be much more difficult. Each resort has something specific to offer its guests.  Here’s the list of Italy’s best ski resorts, whether you’re looking for glamour and sparkles or a family trip, traveling with snowboarders or expert skiers.

The James Bond of the Dolomites is Cortina d’Ampezzo: Very glamorous, chic and always put together. Cortina gives the feeling of the classic Italian Alpine town, but lures in a largely international crowd-many of whom come not necessarily to ski, but to shop in the fashionable boutiques on Corso Italia and soak up the beautiful winter sun.

Courmayeur is a classic Alpine village that sits under the imposing ridges of Monte Bianco -Mont Blanc-. Although Courmayeur has a lot to offer visitors, it has only 36km of predominately intermediate runs for more advanced skiers, it’s best for a short or weekend trip.

Pila keeps being a fairly hidden gem among Italian ski resorts, and is not very much known outside of Italy, but it offers quiet slopes and short lift lines, letting beginners to get in a lot of practice!

Traditional Courmeyeur or the extravagant Cortina are often chosen over Livigno by foreign tourists, but the remote resort has a lot to offer and for a low-price Duty-free Livigno is one of the most price friendly resorts along Italy, either on and off the slopes.

Milan and Bergamo are the nearest airports, but Zurich in Switzerland is an option as well, they all have easy shuttle transfers to the central train station. Throughout high season, local buses have direct service from Milan to Bormio with a follow-up connection from Bormio to Livigno. And Cervinia, one of the highest mountains in Italy, is sure to have snow.