Italy’s national tourism agency, The Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo (ENIT), recently published a list of what it considers as the country’s nine must-see ski resorts
According to the tourism agency, the nine best ski resorts in Italy cater to every need for unforgettable holidays and stays from North to South. Beside traditional ski destinations in Trentino-Alto Adige or in the Aosta Valley, it also possible to visit ski resorts in Tuscany and even in Sicily.
ENIT’s selected resorts include:
- Madonna di Campiglio, one of the most important ski resorts in Trentino and in Italy with a skiing area covering 150 kilometres of slopes with 63 lifts. The resort also integrates the Ursus Snowpark with more than 8 hectares of freestyle terrain, a boardercross slope and a 3-kilometre-long toboggan-only slope down from Monte Spinale.
- Ovindoli is nestled in the Sirente-Velino park, located at 1,375 m above sea level. This ski resort in Abruzzo is popular with alpine skiing enthusiasts thanks to its 20 km of slopes including 7 km of black slopes with 11 ski lifts.
- Courmayeur has a worldwide reputation, with its slopes offering a unique view of the peaks of Monte Cervino and Monte Rosa. For this reason, the town is among the most evocative ski resorts in the Aosta Valley. The resort has an excellent infrastructure with lifts serving more than 100 km of slopes and off-piste between the Chécrouit and Val Vény sides, two ski and snowboard schools available to all, and the important Courmayeur cable car that takes you to 3,466 m up to the iconic Mont Blanc.
- The Livigno Ski Area, one of the largest and most popular in Lombardy. Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and freestyle: there are plenty of opportunities for lovers of these disciplines along the 115 km of slopes served by 31 lifts. This makes Livigno, a delightful resort located at 1,816 m above sea level is a true paradise for snow lovers.
- Breuil Cervinia lies at 2,050 m above sea level at the foot of the Matterhorn near the Swiss border. It is one of Aosta Valley’s famed ski resorts. Cervinia’s 46 slopes stretch over 150 km, with 104 km of red pistes, 39 km of blue pistes and 11 km of black pistes. There are 19 lifts in Cervinia, including two cable cars and 12 chairlifts.
- Sestriere, stretching across the valleys of Chisone and Susa, is the place to be for those who want to ski in Piedmont. The ski resort is located at an altitude of 2,035 m with no less than 400 km of slopes stretching across the Via Lattea ski area. It includes 80 km of black pistes, 200 km of red pistes and 120 km of blue pistes served by 70 lifts.
- Abetone is one of the most suitable places for skiing in Tuscany. Abetone’s slopes are divided between 30 km of red slopes and 13 km of blue slopes, served by 21 lifts including chairlifts, ski lifts and conveyor belts.
- Roccaraso in Abruzzo is located at a height of 1,236m in the Alta Val di Sangro, only 200 km from Rome. Roccaraso’s 65 ski slopes cover more than 140 km – including 54 red and blue, 11 black – and three different ski resorts: Aremogna, Monte Pratello and Monte Pizzalto, with a total of 38 lifts.
- Skiing on Etna. Is Sicily a paradise for winter sports? It can be thanks to the two ski lifts on Etna. This gives visitors the opportunity to ski at an altitude of 2,700 m. on Italy’s highest active volcano. There are ten slopes in total – seven red and three blue, shared between the Nicolosi ski area, which can be reached in half an hour from Catania. At the Etna Nord-Piano Provenzana ski area at Linguaglossa on the northern slope of the volcano. The ski infrastructure comprises a four-seater chairlift and three ski lifts, while the Nicolosi ski resort boasts a six-seater gondola, a two-seater chairlift and three ski lifts.