ALAGNA SKI RESORT | ITALY
The Alagna ski resort is located on the southeastern slopes of Monte Rosa. The area has limited groomed runs but is open of off-piste skiing, making it the Freeride destination in Italy.
The town of Alagna is a small village on the far eastern slopes of the Monterosa ski area, in the Lombardy Region of Italy. The old wooden buildings and quiet streets make it feel distinctly different from the conventional ski resort. But the three-valley network of lifts and pistes is anything but small-scale, and the slopes offer some of the ski area’s best off-piste opportunities. Expert skiers have plenty of bowls to play in, and the black Olen piste is a superb challenge.
When there is plenty of snow Alagna is one of my favorite areas to visit, however, high winds can close the lifts. There are very limited groomed runs and few options. However, there are three other resorts connected to Alagna to create Monterosa Ski area. There is also very little night life in the area so it is ski hard, off to bed, and an early rise to catch first tracks.
CERVINIA SKI RESORT | ITALY
The Cervinia Ski Resort is located on the southern slopes of the Matterhorn. Located in the Aosta Valley Region the Cervinia-Breuil resort is a less expensive alternative to Zermatt. You can ski the Zermatt slopes from the Cervinia side.
This is an excellent resort for anyone who likes easy well groomed piste. Cervinia resort is a perfect spring destination with plenty of sunshine. If you are looking for bumps and power this is not the best destination. There is some challenging terrain on the Zermatt side. But staying on the Italian side you lose a lot of time to get over to these areas.
The village was re-named Cervinia when it was developed for skiing in the 1960's, but you will still find the original name of Breuil when you are searching on the map. There is not a lot to do in the evenings and your are about 24 km up the mountain. For this reaon bad weather can shut down the resort in the harsher winter months, especially high winds.
WHAT IS THE SKING LIKE AT CERVINIA-BREUIL RESORT
CORTNA D'AMPEZZO | BELLUNO PROVINCE
Cortina d'Ampezzo is a town and comune in the Italian Dolomites in the Veneto Region of Northern Italy. Located in the heart of the Dolomites in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter sport resort known for its skiing trails, scenery, accommodation, shops and après-ski scene, and for its jet set and aristocratic European crowd. Although Cortina was unable to go ahead with the scheduled 1944 Winter Olympics because of the Second World War, it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956 and subsequently a number of world winter-sports events. Several films have been shot in the town, mostly notably The Pink Panther (1963) and For Your Eyes Only (1981).
Cortina is situated more or less in the centre of the Ampezzo valley, at the top of the Valle del Boite in the Dolomites, which encircle the town. The mountains in the area are described as "craggy" and "soaring", "unmistakable; like a massive coral reef ripped from the sea, strung with conifers and laced with snow". The town is positioned between Cadore (to the south) and the Puster Valley (to the north), Val d' Ansiei (to the east) and Agordo (to the west). Originally it consisted of numerous frazioni, isolated villages and hamlets, but from the 1950s it grew rapidly as a result of tourism. Only the most remote villages have remained isolated from the main town. San Vito di Cadore is to the south of Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Among the surrounding mountains are Tofane to the west, Pomagagnon to the north, Cristallo to the northeast, Faloria and Sorapis to the east, and Becco di Mezzodì, Croda da Lago and Cinque Torri to the south. The town centre is located at an elevation of , although the highest summit is that of the Tofana di Mezzo, which towers at . There is a significant water presence in the territory, consisting of fast flowing rivers, streams and small lakes (Ghedina, Pianozes,d'Ajal), which fill particularly during the summer snow-melt season. Fauna include marmots, roe deer, chamois and hares.
Located in the Dolomites, probably among the three most exclusive mountain sport resorts in Europe, Cortina (Petsch-Hayden in German) is known for its first-class hotels and the shops which line Corso Italia.
It was the host town of the 1956 Winter Olympic, and its astounding landscape, surrounded on all sides by the Dolimites, were the location for movies like Cliffhanger and The Pink Panther.
COVARA SKI RESORT | ITALY
Corvara is one of the best ski destinations in Italy. The spectacular Dolomite scenery is like something from a fantasy movie. The skiing is relaxed on well groomed slopes, and each descent treats you to an exceptional view of sheer cliffs. This is one of the few destinations where we pray for sun; snowfalls would interfere with our scenery-gazing without bringing any real benefit. There is on off-piste allowed within the resort area and the snowmaking normally ensures reliably good piste skiing.
WHAT IS THE SKIING LIKE IN CORVARA
The scale of the area is some compensation for the lack of challenge; the distances you cover on skis are huge. If you compare the overall dimensions of Corvara's slope network it beats even the famed Trois Vallées in France. There are three main resorts, each with its own slopes branching off from the main circuit. This is a great location for intermediate skiers. There are plenty of mountain huts offering good food and wine to enjoy along with the views.
The only drawback to the area in the last few years has been the lack of predictible snowfall. Also there are only a few expert slops and many of the runs are limited in Vertical distance. There can also be lots of crowds during the weekend and on the Sella Ronda circuit. The resort works hard each season to update lifts but the are still a few slow chairs and a couple of horse drawn transfers.
HOW TO GET TO CORVARA
WHERE TO STAY IN CORVARA
WHERE TO EAT IN CORVARA
FOLGARIA SKI RESORT | ITALY
Folgarida ski resort is located in the Trentino Alto Adige region of Italy. Folgarida is a great value resort that caters to all abilities. There are plenty of easy sunny slopes for beginners, and the area lift pass opens up 150km of skiing. Folgarida is also connected to Madonna di Campiglio resort and Marilleva. Folgarida resort is about 4 km up the road to Passo Carlo Magna and is a vacation destination for lots of families. The area has a small and friendly feel and there is an abundance of entertainment taking place in the hotels throughout the day and evening.
FOLGARIDA SKI RESORT VACATION DETAILS
- Resort Height 1300 meters a.s.l.
- Total Kms of Piste 150kms (including Madonna di Campiglio and Marilleva)
- Number of Runs - Easy 18 (39) - Intermediate 10 (20) - Difficult 4 (8)
- Number of Lifts 47 (1 cable car, 8 gondolas, 29 chairlifts, 9 drag lifts)
- Snow Making 64%
- Longest Run 3kms (8kms in Madonna di Campiglio)
- Mountain Restaurants 11
- Length of season Mid December - Mid March
- Ski-Train service with the Dolomiti Express on the way Trento-Malè-Marilleva. Discount on the ticket price for go and return if you buy a day skipass internal or Superskirama.
- 2 illuminated slopes for night skiing. In Folgarida at the end of the "Black" slope and in Marilleva on the slope "Biancaneve".
- 6 Ski and Snowboard School offer tapis roulant and fields first step equipped.
- 2 Kinderheim indoor on the slopes with support staff.
- Snowparks - Folgarida Marilleva SnowparX (1 Snowpark in Folgarida loc. Malghet Aut + 1 Snowpark in Marilleva loc. Panciana) with man-made structures and snow for the practice of freestyle. Track Slalom with Free timekeeping and video shooting SKIMOVIE, in Marilleva slope ‘Dos de la Pesa Facile’. Snowboard Parks 1 (in Madonna di Campiglio)
- Cross Country Skiing 22km available in Madonna di Campiglio, and in Val di Sole 4 km away.
Folgarida ski resort for Beginners
There's several gentle blue runs fed by a gentle chairlift and 2 drag lifts at the top of the gondola leading up from Folgarida - all around Monte Spolverino nursery slopes area. Plus, there's a nice blue run through the trees back to resort to practice those new skills on as the week progresses.
Folgarida ski resort for Intermediates
With recent investment in the lift system, it's easy to hop over to the prestigious ski area in Madonna di Campiglio, covered on an area pass. If you fancy a high milage finish to the day, don't miss the run down from Orso Bruno - 9km back to Folgarida without any lifts.For those into high mileage, it’s possible to ski all the way from Orso Bruno back to Folgarida town (over 9km) without taking a single lift.
Folgarida ski resort for Advanced
There's ample off piste opportunities around the entire area - look out for the off-piste itinerary around the back of Monte Spinale, local guides will be able to organise a trip to this area. For some 2km long, knee trembling blacks, try the steep Nera Folgarida and Nera Marilleva.
AFTER SKIING IN FOLGARIDA
The atmosphere is very Italian: relaxed and informal and generally quiet during the week. It is mainly centered around the hotels.
Night skiing, ice skating, cinema showing Italian films, Nordic walking excursions, snowshoe walking
GETTING TO THE FOLGARIDA SKI RESORT
PLAN DE CORONES SKI RESORT | ITALY
Plan de Corones is little-known outside of Italy and Austria but popular with locals because of its excellent intermediate terrain and hi-tech lift system. The slopes have 100 per cent snowmaking, and it is used very well.
There several small resorts spread around the base of the mountains with lifts and runs forming a spider like network. San Vigilio is a pretty little village with its own little area of slopes separate from the main Plan de Corones area but linked by a cross-village gondola. On the other side of the mountain is Percha, now linked by lift and rail service from Brunico.
There are two great long runs with 1300m vertical that are always well groomed that run down to the town of Brunico. The Plan de Corones resort is great for beginner to intermediate skiers. There is also plenty of options for the advanced skier to explore but very little off piste. It is close enough to other resorts that you could get over to Corvara or the Sella Ronda for a day.
The only disavantages of the area is that the villages are very quiet for those looking for night life. Also there is very little English spoken in the area and you should have a good grasp of German rather than Italian. A great resort for a ski week but if you are a full day skier you could get bored after a few days.
HOW TO GET TO PLAN DE CORONOES SKI RESORT
SESTRIERE SKI RESORT | ITALY
The Sestriere ski resort is located in Piedmont Region of Italy and along the border with France. Sestriere is a fairly new resort built to take advantage of the higher elevations of it's northwestern facing slopes. It has gained popularity due to hosting the 2006 Olympics and World Cup races each year. However, the location of the resort does not get regular snowfall and has to make use of snow making machines throughout the season.
The Sestriere ski area is a popular weekend destination of residents in the city of Torino. However, this is not the best resort selection of a ski vacation. There is a varity of slopes with terrian for all levels of skiers. The resort is also part of the France and Italian Milky Way area. The ski ares of Sauze d'Oulx and Sansicario reachable by the Sestriere lifts.
When they built the Sestriere resort the urban planners did not lay out the support facitlites very well. There is very little after ski activities in during the week but on the weekend the long lines and influx of day skiers liven up the village.
SKI AND SNOWBOARDING IN ITALY
Ski resorts in Italy the best destination in Europe, based on price, as it was notably cheaper than the other three main ski countries, such as France, Switzerland and Austria. Many Italian resorts now boast modern and fast lifts, advanced snow making and the scenery is splendid particularly so in the Dolomites. If we carried out a survey of our clients who ski in Italy I feel the number one reason they go would be the mountain restaurants, of which there are many, normally small and family run, and all now are smoke free.
The Italian approach to skiing is a relaxed and friendly one. Skiing is only a small part of the whole experience;
- Lunch and friends,
- all equally important to the Italians.
The Italians don't take their skiing too seriously, late starts, long lunches and early finishes leaves the slopes clear for the rest of us. Many Italians only ski at weekends so during the week the slopes are generally quiet. This is particularly so for resorts close to the northern cities such as Cortina, Courmayeur and Madonna where the slopes can feel empty during the week.
The accommodations at Italian ski resorts are mainly in hotels. There is a limited selection of chalets that are always booked quickly, so early booking is recommended.
At Italian resorts it is now compulsory for all children under 14 to wear a crash helmet.
SKI RESORTS IN ITALY