Have you already chosen your ski holiday destination? Here is your Visit Italy guide on the best places where to ski in Italy.
Among the countless attractions that Italy offers to its visitors, mountain places undoubtedly play a very important role. In the winter season, ski resorts throughout the country are filled with enthusiasts who can't wait to put on a pair of skis and have hours of fun on the slopes, spending unforgettable days dedicated to sport and being together.
Visit Italy offers you a map of the best places where to ski in Italy. From Trentino Alto Adige to Veneto, from Valle d'Aosta to Emilia Romagna, most of the Italian regions have well-equipped ski areas and slopes that will allow you to better plan your next winter holiday.
Even if apparently mountain sports activities seem suitable only for those who already have experience, everyone can approach this world and start skiing without fear. Certainly it is necessary to obtain a whole series of accessories such as snow suits and jackets, gloves, protective masks and sticks, helmets, boots and other "technical" clothing. However, nowadays it is enough to easily inquire by contacting one of the countless Italian ski areas, already knowing what is essential to get first and what can be rented on the spot.
So let's go to the discovery of a complete map to better understand where to ski in Italy. With this resource you will be able to get a general picture of the offer, to then go deeper with the other Visit Italy articles and find the region and the ski slopes that best suit your needs.
Where to ski in Italy: the best slopes for your needs
If spending a vacation in a snowy place has always been your great desire, we at Visit Italy want to give you some advice on finding the mountain resort that is right for you. For example, you could consider choosing the ski resort closest to you, the one with the most efficient and modern ski services, or even the cheapest option or the most "glamorous" one, frequented by celebrities from all over the world. It is up to you to decide whether you want to spend your vacation in relaxation, intense physical activity, or in a particularly stimulating social setting.
An important parameter in evaluating where to ski in Italy is definitely the choice of the slope type you will find in the ski area. Whether you go with your family, your partner or a group of friends, it is very useful to know what types of circuits will be present once you get there. There are beginner slopes, referred to as "blue" slopes, on which newcomers can become familiar with skiing in total safety, thanks to the very low slope of the terrain and large recreational areas: this is the ideal solution for those who go with family or children, enjoying the sun and company in simplicity.
More competent skiers will go for the "red" slopes, suitable for the intermediate level, with a slope ranging from 30% to 50% and variable track width. Finally, the "black" slopes are suitable only for very experienced skiers, which allow them to reach higher speeds and also have a different degree of snow softness.
Fans of cross-country skiing will have to check for suitable trails, to practice the so-called "Nordic" variant without slope but with the use of snow walking sticks.
Other aspects to consider are, for example, the quality of the ski lifts, which if more efficient ensure that large numbers of visitors can move around nimbly and without having to wait too long; or the possibility of practicing other winter sports such as snowboarding, ice skating or freeriding (off-slope activities on fresh snow). All this also considering the price of services, where the cost of the ski pass is an important aspect: it ranges from 30 to 50 euros per day in the average, but it is possible to find offers and discounts for longer periods. For example, skisafari is an organized tour to ski in several ski areas on the same day, accessing a single ski pass.
So here for you is the complete list of regions to best choose where to ski in Italy. Quality of the slopes, services for families, small neighboring villages, snowparks, areas for expert skiers: each ski resort has its own peculiarities to know before your trip. Get ready for one of the most fun and exciting experiences of your life, immersing yourself in the magical atmosphere of nature in the mountains and living your vacation in Italy in a special way.
Skiing in Italy's smallest region, among enchanted mountains and valleys
With only 3260 square kilometers, Aosta Valley is the smallest region in our country and has almost entirely mountainous terrain. For this reason, it fascinates thousands of visitors every year in search of snowy landscapes, spectacular valleys and small mountain huts where they can find themselves in contact with nature.
Precisely because of its morphological characteristics, this region seems precisely designed for skiing, thanks in part to the presence of four of the highest peaks in Italy: these are Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso, each of which exceeds four thousand meters in height.
There are numerous ski resorts ready to welcome you to the Aosta Valley. Courmayeur is the most symbolic of them all, famous for its cross-country ski trails that overlook breathtaking valleys, as well as trails equipped for all levels of difficulty. Also very relevant are the resorts of Pila, La Thuile-where the Espace San Bernardo ski area, among the most important in the area, is located-and Valtournenche-Cervinia with the Matterhorn Ski Paradise complex, the highest in the Alps.
The Monterosa Ski ski area includes as many as seven resorts to enjoy, the main ones being Champoluc-Frachey, Gressoney la Trinite-Stafal and Alagna-Valsesia. In total, Val d'Aosta offers about twenty ski resorts, cross-country skiing centers and other smaller areas that allow for quieter skiing away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts and at a definitely lower price.
Come skiing in the region with the coldest place of Italy
What better place to ski than in the region where the lowest temperature in Italy was recorded? In the Busa Fradusta resort, -49.6 degrees Celsius has been touched in the past. Trentino is a mountain natural treasure trove of extreme richness: amid glaciers and enchanted alpine lakes, history has also played a leading role here, with battles fought on its ridges during World War II.
In Trentino, the range of ski areas and slopes of various types is vast: more than thirty facilities of great quality will allow you to choose the right solution for your snow sports activities. As many as eight hundred kilometers of slopes are largely divided between the two major groups in this Alpine area, the Dolomiti Superski and the Skirama Dolomiti-Adamello Brenta.
Prominent among the countless ski sites is Madonna di Campiglio, considered the favorite place of VIPs and sports stars from all over the world: in fact, important special slalom races are hosted here, as well as hosting the Ski World Cup many times over the decades.
We mention here just a few of the resorts where skiing in Trentino can make a difference: Val di Fassa, Selva di Val Gardena and Sellaronda (all at the foot of the Dolomites); Pontedilegno-Tonale, divided between Trentino and Lombardy; Val di Fiemme, considered a top destination for Nordic skiing; Monte Bondone, also famous for the possibility of evening skiing with lighted slopes; and then again Canazei, Campitello, Pejo 3000-where you can take advantage of a cable car at three thousand meters above sea level to enjoy breathtaking views.
Trentino is therefore a skier's paradise, thanks to the presence of state-of-the-art facilities and consortiums that are constantly improving the facilities and services to visitors.
Ski vacations in the region between Italy and Austria
If you are thinking of choosing South Tyrol as your next destination to ski in Italy, you will be spoiled for choice. This region, forged by important historical events straddling two cultures and as many as three official languages, features dozens of resorts in its territory where you can put on boots and skis to enjoy the beauty of snow activities.
Alta Badia is undoubtedly among the most prominent ski resorts in South Tyrol. It boasts the presence of particularly wide slopes, in a ski area of no less than 140 km that connects several ski resorts and enters the Sellaronda circuit. Passo Gardena in particular is recommended for the amazing views in the middle of the Dolomites.
Also to be recommended is Plan de Corones (Kronplatz), whose ski facilities stand out for their great quality and continuous modernization: with cable cars, bus and train services to move nimbly from one area to another. There is also an excellent presence of "black" slopes for more seasoned skiers.
Val Gardena is the perfect destination for beginners and for those who want to spend a few days having fun with the family: the large number of slopes is perfectly suited to the needs of adults and children, in addition to being able to take advantage of a single ski pass that brings together as many as 12 ski areas. Here you will also find the Longia, the longest ski slope in South Tyrol, with its no less than 10 kilometers and an elevation gain of almost 1,300 meters.
In Obereggen, you'll find the Ski Center Latemar, a snowpark with no less than 50 kilometers of tracks, baby parks and themed trails suitable for the little ones, freestyle areas and evening entertainment activities: a true snow village perfect for every need, both for skiing and for experiencing moments of pure fun.
Winter sports in the westernmost region of Italy
The cultural, historical and artistic richness of Piedmont is beyond doubt, but its ability to offer great experiences to ski lovers is also truly remarkable. In this region you can easily find extraordinary places where you can try your hand at free downhill skiing or practice all the winter sports you desire, with super-long slopes and soft snow for true champion fun.
Among the ski resorts in vogue in Piedmont, Sestriere certainly represents its best known and most beloved. Around here you'll find an area with resources for skiers of all levels, high-altitude black runs and beginner-friendly blue runs, amounting to a length of about 160 kilometers, as well as a wonderful illuminated slope at night.
Bardonecchia, in the Susa Valley is certainly the best-known ski resort in the metropolitan city of Turin. Here 23 lifts and 100 kilometers of slopes offer a truly efficient and functional sports experience. From the center of Bardonecchia one can quickly reach the Jaffeau ski area by shuttle bus. This resort can be considered as the home of snowboarders, who find the Melezet snowpark the ideal place for their training.
Of considerable importance is the ski area known as La Vialattea, composed of the resorts of Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Oulx, Sansicario, Cesana, Pragelato and the French resort of Monginevro. This consortium, which records at least ten thousand attendances each year, includes as a whole about 400 kilometers of skiing area, with innovative ski lifts that take visitors up to 2,800 meters above sea level.
Why ski in the region where the sea is the big star
Liguria is a land that stretches almost entirely along the coast, where the sea has always characterized local life, culture and traditions. However, the richness of this region also gives us a land full of majestic mountains, with an extraordinary abundance of forested areas and nature trails. This is precisely why we invite you to discover Liguria precisely if you are planning your mountain vacation to enjoy skiing and your favorite winter sports.
Skiing in Liguria is possible in the resorts of Monesi di Triora, Santo Stefano d'Aveto and Alberola. In recent years these ski resorts have been equipped with new two-seater chairlifts and snowmaking facilities. In addition to downhill skiing, you can practice other individual or group sports here: cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow-kiting, ice skating, biathlon, Nordic walking, and snowshoeing in the snow.
Monesi di Triora, in the province of Imperia, is the region's first ski resort, established in the 1950s and with a geographical location just a few kilometers from the sea, a stone's throw from Piedmont and France. It features a chairlift that provides a truly spectacular panorama, reaching Mount Saccarello-the highest peak in Liguria-to the statue of Christ the Redeemer. To date there are 8 ski slopes divided between blue and red, with a total track length of 17 kilometers.
In Santo Stefano D'Aveto, a Ligurian resort famous for its parks and natural beauty, you can ski in peace in a facility particularly suited for children and family vacations. Cross-country skiing is feasible thanks to a ring of about 2 kilometers that surrounds the trails, which run for 20 kilometers through the forests of Val d'Aveto. Facilities include a snow park, two new chairlifts from Rocca d'Aveto up to Monte Bue, and a ski lift at Prato Cipolla.
Alberola is located at an altitude of 1,000 meters in the Sassello area, in the province of Savona. Its low altitude allows tourists and visitors easy access to the ski resort. In its five slopes totaling eight kilometers where it is also possible to practice cross-country skiing thanks to a loop trail that surrounds the slopes.
Where to ski in northern Italy: get pulled into the snow by the locomotive of Italy
If you are in Lombardy or want to travel to this region to enjoy the beauty of the snowy mountains while practicing high altitude sports, you will find a wide variety of ski resorts not too far from Milan. Especially in the area between the two provinces of Sondrio and Brescia are the main complexes for skiing at its best, finding everything you need for your out-of-town sports vacation.
Livigno is a unique ski resort, known all over the world and recently awarded the title of best ski area in Europe: its entire area is located in a valley always caressed by good weather and mild climate, with soft snow that allows you to enjoy the services on the slopes from autumn until spring. You can enjoy both skiing at high altitude and down in the valley, using the large number of blue, red and black runs available.
Among Bormio's characteristics, however, is the great difference in lift height, amounting to as much as 1,000 meters between the highest and lowest parts of its peaks. It is located inside the beautiful Stelvio National Park and has the most technical and fun slopes in the entire Alpine arc. For fans of professional racing, its ski area is also home to periodic international alpine skiing championships
The Pontedilegno - Tonale ski area has a system of slopes with varied gradients and characteristics, equipped with an artificial snow system and 28 lifts with ski lifts and carpets, as well as a modern cable car that connects Pontedilegno to the summit of Passo Tonale in just a few minutes.
Enjoy the slopes in the snow where the Dolomites reign over everything
Among the three regions into which the spectacular massifs of the Dolomites are divided, Veneto and in particular the province of Belluno are the areas that hold the most mountains in this extraordinary and unique mountain range. Skiing in Veneto means experiencing sport and nature within a region that offers an unparalleled cultural richness, which you can enjoy once you have untied your ski boots after a fantastic day among the most beautiful slopes in this part of Italy.
Veneto offers the public a fairly wide range of ski resorts. Among them, the most famous and beloved ski resort in all of Italy is undoubtedly Cortina d'Ampezzo, which is part of the large Dolomiti Superski area. The prestige of this place has remained intact for decades, mainly due to the holding of world cup races and the presence of jet set stars who have even filmed some famous movies there.
The sites where to practice skiing are varied, among them we find Passo San Pellegrino, Arabba in Marmolada, Civetta in Selva di Cadore, Folgaria - Fiorentini, Ski Area Comelico in Padola, San Vito di Cadore, Alpe del Nevegal and Monte Verena in Mezzaselva di Roana. Consortia grouping different ski facilities offer a variety of services including snowpark, state-of-the-art ski lifts, chairlifts and mano lifts, neighboring hotel complexes capable of accommodating hundreds of people, as well as rental of technical accessories for every need.
If your choice related to where to ski in Italy falls on the Veneto, you will definitely be thrilled by the large number of possibilities to practice your favorite winter sports. You will be able to easily find extraordinary places to try your hand at free downhill runs or practice all the winter sports you want, with very long slopes and soft snow for true champion fun.
Visit ski resorts in the territory of Italy facing the East
When planning your trip in search of the best place to ski in Italy, you might opt for one of the northern regions that faces east: Friuli Venezia Giulia has always represented an opening to neighboring cultures, a point of contact with Slovenia, with reciprocal influences with Austria and in general with Central and Eastern Europe. When it comes to mountain activities and places to practice alpine skiing, this region offers the most interesting things you could wish for to make the most of your vacation days among nature and snow-capped mountains.
Certainly Tarvisio is considered to date the most famous and popular ski area in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Mt. Florianca and Mt. Lussari are constantly beaten by thousands of skiers at all levels of experience, immersed in the magic of breathtaking views among intricate forests, snow-covered trails and rocks overhanging the valleys. It is the largest complex in the region and hosts the Women's Alpine Ski World Cup every year. Among the 33 kilometers of slopes available, the Prampero Slope runs down to Camporosso with 1,000 meters of elevation gain. If you are then stimulated by activities at a more relaxed pace, you can indulge in cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and husky sleigh rides.
The Piancavallo area has an area equal to 50 hectares of skiable trails, with 24 kilometers of slopes at altitudes ranging from 1,200 to 1,800 meters. There is also a long ring of trails for cross-country skiing and a whole range of sports facilities for skating and other winter sports. Related facilities also offer school camps, recreational areas for training beginners and children, and horseback riding excursion services.
The Ravascletto-Zoncolan ski area delights skiers with marvelous views of natural scenery from the Dolomites to the Carnic Alps to the peaks of the Julian Alps. Even during seasons with poorer snowfall, artificial supply systems provide a completely satisfying sporting experience. There are more than 28 kilometers of ski slopes with numerous lifts. It is also possible to book a snowcat or snowshoe excursions in the company of specialized guides.
Where to ski in Italy: in the mountains of the Bologna and Parma region
Divided into two major areas each with its own strong cultural identity, Emilia Romagna is as interesting to discover for the visitor who loves hospitality and good food. But after enjoying the extraordinary gastronomic riches, choosing this region to live intensely in the mountains and ski with friends will be an adventure that will leave you absolutely thrilled.
Emilia Romagna offers the public a rather wide range of ski resorts. The sites where to practice skiing are varied, among them we find Cimone - Montecreto, Corno alle Scale - Lizzano in Belvedere, Schia - Monte Caio, Sant'Annapelago, Febbio 2000 - Monte Cusna, Cerreto Laghi, Pratospilla, Piane di Mocogno, Pian del Falco - Sestola, Ventasso Laghi, Campigna - Montefalco.
If your choice related to where to ski in Italy will fall on Emilia Romagna, you will definitely be thrilled by the large number of possibilities to practice your favorite winter sports: you can easily find extraordinary places where you can try your hand at free descents or practice all the winter sports you want, with very long slopes and soft snow for true champion fun.
Consortia grouping different ski facilities offer a variety of services including a snowpark, state-of-the-art ski lifts, chairlifts and hand lifts, neighboring hotel complexes capable of accommodating hundreds of people, as well as rental of technical accessories for every need.
Practice winter sports where the Italian language was born
In Tuscany, the cradle land of Renaissance civilization, everything is a work of art: here literature and poetry have made the Italian language a masterpiece of elegance and richness. But Tuscany offers not only great culture, but opportunities to experience sports and nature in a rich and satisfying way, even for those who love to ski and enjoy winter at the foot of a snowy mountain.
The range of ski resorts in Tuscany is quite vast. The sites where you can practice skiing are varied, among them we find L'Abetone, Cutigliano - Doganaccia, Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps (Careggine resort, Passo delle Radici, Casone di Profecchia), Monte Amiata and the Zum Zeri - Passo Due Santi complex.
These facilities belong to sister consortia that offer a variety of services including snowparks, state-of-the-art ski lifts, attached hotel complexes capable of accommodating hundreds of people, with technical accessory rentals for anyone who needs them.
If your choice related to where to ski in Italy will fall on Tuscany you will definitely be thrilled by the large number of possibilities to practice your favorite winter sports: you can easily find extraordinary places where you can try your hand at free descents or practice all the winter sports you want, with very long slopes and soft snow for a real champion fun.
Skiing in the homeland of great artists and Renaissance palaces
The only Italian region with a plural name, Le Marche also offers a wide variety of cultural riches of rare beauty. The birthplace of Raphael, Leopardi and home to extraordinary Renaissance architecture, this area will also allow you to enjoy activities related to skiing and winter sports.
Among the most important ski resorts is Frontignano, an area equipped with eight slopes with easy and medium difficulty, inside which we find a snowpark, a youth recreation camp and a sledding area. You can also easily practice nordic walking, snowshoeing in the woods and freeriding on many dedicated slopes.
In the Sibillini Mountains we find the Sarnano ski area, with slopes that can be enjoyed after dark, and a snowpark area entirely dedicated to snowboarders. It has as many as nine ski lifts, two ski schools, slopes and school camps for children.
Another well-equipped destination is Bolognola, near a wonderful medieval village. Here the ski facilities have 6 kilometers of slopes, numerous ski lifts, rental area for skis and snowboards, as well as slopes approved for slalom, super G and giant slalom competitions for advanced skiers.
Experience the joy of snow in the green heart of Italy
Among the many options to choose from when thinking about where to ski in Italy, Umbria represents a great option that is easily accessible from different parts of the peninsula. If you're already familiar with the history and wonderful medieval culture of the Umbrian villages, you'll just have to experience this region during the winter season as well, equipping yourself with boots, ski suit, goggles, hat and everything you need to have fun in the snow.
In the area around Perugia you will find two major ski complexes. In the town of Costacciaro you can visit the Pian delle Macinare cross-country skiing center, which has already been renowned for several decades for cross-country skiing at the foot of Monte Cucco. All around is a wonderful beech forest, which attracts tourists throughout the year thanks to a very good promotion of the area.
In Gualdo Tadino, less than fifty kilometers from Perugia, the Fondo Valsorda ski area also specializes in cross-country skiing: it consists of three loops, with a medium level of difficulty and a drop of about thirty meters. Hiking skiing and snowshoeing can also be practiced.
Between the Pantani di Accumoli and the Piani di Castelluccio, in the territory of Castelluccio di Norcia, the Sibillini Cross-country Skiing Center is the largest specialized cross-country skiing area in central and southern Italy, with as many as 25 kilometers of trails that start at a basic difficulty level and gradually climb to the more challenging tracks. Also notable is the Monti del Sole chairlift, which provides spectacular views, as well as being frequented by astronomy enthusiasts.
Skiing in Italy amid three immense national parks
Among the regions of Italy that call to mind the idea of snow, mountains and winter sports, Abruzzo certainly constitutes a major landmark. The reason is related to the presence of the magnificent Abruzzo Apennines, with its abundant snowfall that puts it on par with prestigious ski resorts in the Alps and the Dolomites. Here you will find efficient and well-connected ski facilities, with a long season from November to May attracting visitors from all over Europe.
Abruzzo offers the public a fairly wide variety of ski areas. The sites for skiing are varied, among them are: Roccaraso, Rivisondoli, Campo Felice - Rocca di Cambio, Campo Imperatore in the Gran Sasso, Monte Magnola in Ovindoli, Pescasseroli, Prati di Tivo, Prato Selva, Scanno and the Godi Pass on Monte Rotondo.
Roccaraso is certainly the largest and best-equipped ski area in the region. The resort of Roccaraso - Rivisondoli, is included in the Skipass Alto Sangro ski area, which includes the resorts of Monte Pratello, Pescocostanzo and Barrea for a total of more than 150 km of ski slopes and 60 km of cross-country skiing.
Thanks also to the new skisafari service, which allows you to use the services of several nearby ski areas on the same day in the same pass, you can further vary your options and experience snow activities in a truly unique and unforgettable way.
How to ski in central Italy around the capital city
If you find yourself around Rome but do not have the ability to travel to other regions to go to a ski resort, you can also find good solutions within Lazio to be able to ski and practice other winter sports.
The main destinations in Lazio for being able to practice both ski mountaineering and cross-country skiing are generally within a few kilometers of the capital. Mount Livata is located above the town of Subiaco, in the Monti Simbruini park, about an hour and a half from Rome. Here you'll find slopes for all levels, a snow park and even cross-country skiing areas.
Mount Terminillo, about one hundred kilometers from Rome, is a peak more than two thousand meters high, belonging to the Monti Reatini chain: these are the most beautiful peaks in Lazio, and it is an ideal place to enjoy landscapes of extraordinary beauty while practicing snowshoeing.
Contextually with the ski center of Mount Terminillo, Campocatino is a ski resort located in the municipality of Guarcino on the slopes of the Ernici Mountains. This place is really interesting for a variety of winter sports: ski mountaineering, freeriding, ice skating.
In the province of Frosinone, we find Campo Staffi, a ski resort near the town of Filettino. It lies between the two mountain ranges of the Simbruini Mountains and of the Cantari Mountains and belongs to the Apennine Natural Park. The complex has cross-country skiing trails, with several ski lifts and as many as eight trails divided by degree of difficulty.
Where to ski in the land of truffles and movie scenery
If you choose Molise for your snowy mountain sports vacation, you will discover a lesser-known area than others that will enchant you with the beauty of its castles, the magical scents of its typical white truffles, the landscapes used as sets for famous films, and the excellence of its gastronomy.
The offerings of Molise's ski areas are quite modest, including the resorts of Capracotta in Isernia and Campitello on Mount Matese. Nonetheless, the available offer revolves around modern facilities offering a variety of services including snowparks, state-of-the-art ski lifts and attached hotel complexes capable of accommodating hundreds of people.
In these ski areas you can practice without any limitation the winter sport most suited to your style: snowboarding, snow-kiting, ice skating, biathlon, bobsledding, curling, ice hockey, sledding, skating and all variants of skiing (alpine, cross-country, ski jumping, Nordic combined, freestyle skiing).
Find out where to ski just a few miles from Neapolitan civilization
Those who visit Campania certainly do not have as their main image in mind large expanses of snow-covered mountain ranges. Nevertheless, if in your search to find a place where to ski in Italy you have thought of this region to combine winter sports with the charm of Neapolitan and Southern culture, you can still find good options without having to go too far. In the nearby mountains of the Apennines some ski resorts will suit you.
Starting from Naples, you can reach the mountains of Molise in about two hours, with in particular the Campitello Matese ski area on the border between the two regions. The ski area has as many as 40 kilometers of slopes and 7 lifts. The most popular slopes are the Caprio slope and the so-called Cristallo track, the latter of which has been made compliant to officially host world cup races. Additional winter sports facilities are the mogul ski slope for freestyle enthusiasts, organized tours in the off-trail paths in the middle of the countryside, and a snowpark divided into three areas between beginner, intermediate, and expert levels.
The other two main locations for skiing in areas bordering Campania are Mount Matese and Roccaraso, in Molise and Abruzzo, respectively. In fact, Roccaraso represents the main destination for all ski and winter sports enthusiasts in the entire Campania area: this complex is home to truly comprehensive ski facilities that make the experience quite comparable to that of the ski resorts in the Alps. Slopes for cross-country skiing, school camps and activities dedicated to children, catering services and wellness areas, and equipment rental stores are what the travelers desire most to compose their holiday experience in the best possible way, enjoying unforgettable days with friends, family or your partner.
Go snowing in the land of the stones of Matera
In Basilicata, the winter sports-loving traveler can choose from several ski areas scattered along its territory.
Many ski facilities and ski areas are located near the mountains of the Lucanian Apennines, at peaks that exceed two thousand meters in height. Particularly in the area of the Pollino massif, snow is present on the various mountain slopes for several months, allowing winter sports-related tourism to remain constant throughout the year.
There are as many as six main ski areas in Basilicata: Sellata-Pierfaone-Arioso in the areas of Abriola and Sasso di Castalda; Monte Volturino (Calvello, Marsicovetere); Montagna Grande in Viggiano, Sirino and Pollino. All of these facilities offer cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, Nordic walking, snowshoeing, and free areas for sledding and bobsledding.
On Mount Sirino, in the province of Potenza, there are ski facilities with high-quality ski slopes, which descend from the mountain peaks to the shores of Lake Laudemio, allowing you to enjoy extraordinary natural landscapes. Near the resorts of Lagonegro and Lauria you can go cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and even snowshoeing in the midst of nature.
Where to ski in Italy: downhill in the land of trulli
However, Puglia has many fascinating places to spend relaxing days in the snow. Among them is definitely Monte Sant'Angelo, a hilltop village on the slopes of the Gargano, where small local traditions are still present.
Castel del Monte in Andria stands on a plateau that is often covered by snowfall. This wonderful castle of Frederick II acquires a value that makes it even more magical. The panoramic views surrounding the structure immerse the castle in a fairy-tale atmosphere in which to immerse yourself.
One of the most popular places for skiing near Puglia is definitely the ski resort of Monte Volturino, a popular destination for the majority of the inhabitants of this region. Another place not far away is the ski resort of Camigliatello Silano, where you can devote yourself to skiing with your loved ones and experience unforgettable moments between sports in close contact with the popular culture of the place.
Put on your ski boots and come to the places of myth in southern Italy
Although it is located in the Deep South and its postcard images do not recall much in the way of mountains and snow, Calabria is unexpectedly blessed with a rich presence of peaks and mountain ranges. The chain of the Apennines reaches the Sila plateau, passes through the Reventino and Mancuso mountains on the Serre and reaches Aspromonte.
The Palumbosila ski area is among the best stocked in all of Calabria, with several runs of varying difficulty. The longest, called the Panorama, measures two kilometers and has several detours to change your downhill route. Here you will also find lighted slopes for evening skiing, bobsled and skating tracks, and hiking and snowmobile service.
Camigliatello Silano has the most important facilities in Sila, with efficient sports facilities thanks to its central geographic location in the surrounding area. The Rifugio del Tasso is a short distance away, and from here visitors can access the facilities to climb to high altitudes on Monte Curcio, where they will find a long blue run for everyone and a red run aimed at downhill experts.
The beauty of Gambarie d'Aspromonte lies in its wholly original geographic location: here you can ski with the sea in the background, in a breathtaking location that looks out to the Strait of Messina on one side and the Calabrian coast on the other, evoking the legendary stories of Scylla and Charybdis. Alpine skiing slopes cover a ten-kilometer area around Mount Scirocco, the surrounding area of which is rich in accommodations that also offer wellness services and with quality gastronomic offerings featuring typical regional products.
Go snowing on a volcano on Italy's largest island
In addition to the splendid sea and wonderful cultural and gastronomic riches, Sicily can also offer you the opportunity to ski and practice winter sports, enjoying the winter sun and the high-altitude breeze.
Compared to regions in northern Italy you will certainly have far fewer options for skiing in Sicily, due to its climate and morphology. Nevertheless, you won't have to give up your desire entirely, because you will still find good options for your ski vacation.
There are three ski resorts on the island: the first two are located on the volcano Etna, the third on the Madonie Mountains. In Nicolosi you will find the Etna Sud ski resort, while in Linguaglossa you can go to the Etna Nord - Piano Provenzano ski center. The third complex is called Piano Battaglia and is located on the other side of the island, in Petralia Sottana in the province of Palermo: it is a small, low-altitude facility that is also suitable for snowboarding or gentle sledding in total safety.
Skiing in the land of nuraghi and unspoiled nature
Sardinia is synonymous with beauty, good living in nature and the time that seems to stand still. The summer season seems to be the one that best satisfies the needs of tourists, with the wonder of its beaches, natural parks and the charm of its history, with the Nuragic civilization and the cultural wealth it has left us.
However, even during the winter season this enchanted island can offer great satisfaction to lovers of altitudes and fresh snow to beat with skis, snowshoes and boots. There are several ski areas and ski resorts in Sardinia where winter sports can be enjoyed: the most important are Monte Spada, Bruncu Spina, S'Arena and Separadorgiu.
In Fonni, on Mount Bruncu Spina, there is a remarkable ski area, the most important in Sardinia, with two lifts and a ski lift that can carry eight hundred people; it has three slopes with a total length of three kilometers. Separadorgiu, on the other hand, is known for its trail equipped with one kilometer of descents that will make you literally sling at speed amidst the splendid vegetation of the place.
Going to Monte Spada, on the other hand, you will find a small private ski resort, aimed especially at beginners and families with children, which features a system of two manovie and also mechanical systems to produce artificial snow. S'Arena also presents an equipped ski resort with a farmhouse inside: here you can also enjoy side activities such as helicopter skiing, snow-kiting, ice skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
When to ski in Italy today: some tips
After briefly reviewing the best places where to ski in Italy, we at Visit Italy can do no more than advise you to refine your search to choose the region and ski resort best suited to your needs. For example, if you are looking for a complex best suited for skiing with children, our in-depth pages divided by region will guide you toward the best choice for you.
You might then also ask yourself when to ski in Italy today: obviously the winter season and the early months of the year are the most suitable, but some particularly cold resorts manage to guarantee the presence of soft, compact snow as early as October into early spring.
To conclude, below we list a brief summary of the places in Italy to remember when planning your snow vacation. Visit Italy wishes you a magical and unforgettable experience among the most beautiful peaks of our country.
· Skiing in the smallest region in Italy: Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso-Courmayeur, Pila, La Thuile with Espace
San Bernardo, Matterhorn Ski Paradise in Cervinia-Valtournenche
· Skiing in the region with the coldest place of Italy: Madonna di Campiglio, Val di Fassa, Selva di Val Gardena and Sellaronda (at
the foot of the Dolomites); Pontedilegno-Tonale, Val di Fiemme, Monte Bondone, Canazei, Campitello, Pejo 3000
· Ski vacations in the region between Italy and Austria: Alta Badia, Plan de Corones (Kronplatz), Val Gardena, Ski Center Latemar in
· Winter sports in the westernmost region of Italy: Sestriere, Bardonecchia, snowpark of Melezet
· Skiing in the region where the sea is the big star: Monesi di Triora, Santo Stefano d'Aveto and Alberola
· Skiing in the north in the locomotive of Italy: Livigno, Bormio, Pontedilegno-Tonale
· Where to ski in Italy: in the mountains of the Bologna and Parma region: Cimone - Montecreto, Corno alle Scale - Lizzano in
Belvedere, Schia - Monte Caio, Sant'Annapelago, Febbio 2000 - Monte Cusna, Cerreto Laghi, Pratospilla, Piane di Mocogno, Pian del
Falco - Sestola, Ventasso Laghi, Campigna - Montefalco.
· Winter sports where the Italian language was born: The Abetone, Cutigliano - Doganaccia, Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps (Careggine
locations, Passo delle Radici, Casone di Profecchia), Mount Amiata and the Zum Zeri - Passo Due Santi complex.
· Ski resorts in the region facing the East: Tarvisio, Piancavallo, Ravascletto-Zoncolan
· Skiing in Italy in the midst of three national parks: Roccaraso, Rivisondoli, Campo Felice - Rocca di Cambio, Campo Imperatore in
the Gran Sasso, Monte Magnola in Ovindoli, Pescasseroli, Prati di Tivo, Prato Selva, Scanno and the Godi Pass on Monte Rotondo.
· Skiing in the homeland of great artists and Renaissance palaces: Frontignano, Sarnano, Bolognola
· Skiing where the Dolomites reign over all: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Superski area, Passo San Pellegrino, Arabba in Marmolada,
Civetta in Selva di Cadore, Folgaria - Fiorentini, Comelico Ski Area in Padola, San Vito di Cadore, Alpe del Nevegal and Monte Verena
in Mezzaselva di Roana.
· Where to ski in the land of truffles and movie landscapes: Capracotta (Isernia), Monte Matese: Campitello Matese
- Skiing around the capital: Mount Livata, Mount Terminillo, Campocatino, Campo Staffi
· Discover where to ski a few kilometers from Neapolitan civilization: Campitello Matese, Monte Matese, Roccaraso
· Experience the joy of snow in the green heart of Italy: Fondo Pian delle Macinare in Costacciaro, Monte Cucco, Fondo Valsorda in
Gualdo Tadino, Fondo Sibillini in Castelluccio di Norcia
· Skiing in the land of the stones of Matera: Pollino massif, Sellata-Pierfaone-Arioso in the areas of Abriola and Sasso di Castalda;
Monte Volturino (Calvello, Marsicovetere); Montagna Grande in Viggiano, Sirino and Pollino.
· Where to ski in Italy - downhill in the land of the trulli: Monte Volturino, Camigliatello Silano
· Ski boots in the places of myth in southern Italy: Palumbosila, Camigliatello Silano, Monte Curcio, Gambarie d'Aspromonte, Monte
· Where to ski above the volcano in Italy's largest island: Etna Nord - Piano Provenzano, Etna Sud - Nicolosi, Piano Battaglia
· Skiing in the land of nuraghi and unspoiled nature: Monte Spada, Bruncu Spina in Fonni, S'Arena, Separadorgiu