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May 16, 2010

Skiing in Italy

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Ski Resorts of Italy

The skiing season in Italy usually lasts from December to late March. You can also ski all year on the glaciers in such places at the Marmolada Glacier in Trentino, Alta Adige and Mont Blanc and the Valle d’Aosta.

Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina is in the Ampezzo Valley near the north-east border with Austria. It is part of the Dolomiti Superski Region. The top station is at 3243 meters and the base is at 1224 meters. That is a fabulous vertical drop of more than 2000 meters. There are 5 cable cars, 24 chair lifts and 8 surface lifts. Season Passes for the valley are around 500 Euros or more and the Dolomiti SuperPass is approximately 700 Euros.

Madonna di Campiglio
The village is at 1522 meters. Local Season Passes are about 500 Euros. The Hotel La Felce has beds from around 37 Euros. The San Lorenzo in Banale (18kilometers away, Nembia Apartments) has beds from 11 Euros.

San Martino di Castrozzo
San Martino di Castrozzo is in the Trentino region. There are 22 lifts. The Ostello Dolomiti offers shared rooms for around 30 Euros. There are buses from Trento or Bolzano.

Bardonecchia is a small ski resort in the Italian alps, located in the west of Italy, with the highest point being at about 2750 meters.

Canazei is in the Val di Fassa, Val di Fassa local season passes are 400-500 Euros.

Alagna Valsesia
German is spoken in the valleys. The tourist office website is at The nearest train station to Alagna is Varallo Sesia. The Ayas Gressoney and Sesia Valleys from the Monterosa Ski Area. From Alagna Valsesia a cable car climbs to the Punta Indren at 3260 meters. You can get a train or bus to this area.

The ski area is about 2050 meters and goes from the Valle d’Aosta to the Matterhorn. Smaller ski resorts are Antey St-Andre, La Magdaleine and Valtournenche. You can get a bus to here. Local season passes are more than 200 Euros while season passes that include Zermatt in Switzerland are more than 600 Euros.

Corvara is in the area of the Dolomiti super pass, 40 kilometers east of Bolzano. The nearest railway station is the Bruneck (38 km). From here taking the shuttle bus to Corvara Val Badia. From all reports a great place to ski.

Plan de Corones or Kronplatz
The Plan de Corones is at 2275 meters, near Brunico in the Sudtirol. They are part of the Dolomiti super pass. A local season pass is more than 600 EUR.

Part of the Milky Way, the piste are above 2500 meters, there are 92 lifts plus connecting ones between other resorts such as Sauze d’Oulx. Get there from Turin, Oulx, then bus to Sestriere.

Solda is in the Trentino area to the west of Bolzano. There are 11 lifts some over 2500 meters.

Val Gardena
Val Gardena is part of the Dolomiti super pass. Local season pass is more than 500 EUR for the use of 83 lifts.

Tarvisio is in the far north-east of Italy near Austria and Slovenia with 11 lifts. Top station is 1800 meters.

La Sila
La Sila consists of two resorts in the south of Italy in Calabria – Camigliatello Silano and Lorica. The highest point is about 1800 meters with about 6 kilometers of piste. Its very basic skiing. Lorica is 11 kilometers away and is a little higher at 1900 meters but only with two lifts. Hotels start at around 40 Euros. There is a YHA in Cosenza for around EUR16. New Dino’s Hotel at San Giovanni in Fiore is 31.50 EUR.

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