Now that Christmas and Epiphany are over in Italy, it’s time to hit the slopes.
While Italians are historic devotees of sunbathing and beach combing, there is quite a fan base dedicated to skiing.
Italy may not be the first country that comes to mind when thinking of ski resorts, but it certainly has its share of great slopes and glamorous places to see and be seen, even in the Winter.
And don’t forget about all of that beautiful, soul-warming Italian food that will keep you going for daytime skiing and night time dancing.
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Courmayeur aka Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc): Located in Valle d’Aosta, this is a classic little Alpine village in one of Italy’s stunning northern regions. Along with great slopes, there’s plenty of shopping, nightlife, and great dining.
Cortina d’Ampezzo: This glitzy resort town is in the Northern reaches of the Veneto. Wildly popular, it is also very expensive. Set in the Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo is definitely tops with Italians when it comes to Winter weather destinations.
Matterhorn (Monte Cervino): Also located in the beautiful Valle d’Aosta, this town is situated just on the Italian side of the Swiss-Italian border. The less expensive (and more car-friendly) side of Zermatt, this is a great place to go for cozy comfort, Alpine-style.
Southern and Central Italy
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Roccaraso: Located in beautiful and rugged Abruzzo, Roccaraso is the ski town of choice for Central and Southern Italians. It has a bustling town center and active nightlife. Other surrounding towns with slopes are Rivisondoli, Castel di Sangro, Pescocostanzo, Ovindoli and Rocca di Mezzo, to name a few. Skiing in Abruzzo will reward you with far fewer foreign tourists and constant contact with Italians. The food of the region is especially well-adapted to the cold climate with grilled meats and hearty stews starring on every plate.
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Mt Etna: Yes, even Sicily has great skiing! The two towns are Refugio Sapienza and Piano Provenzana. While the slopes probably won’t attract advanced skiers looking for a challenge, it has long and gradual runs well-adapted to beginning and intermediate skiers. Mount Etna is a very active volcano, so the ski-scape is as interesting as it is exciting and different.