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Skiing and Snowboarding in the Italian Alps

Posted by Darya Camacci on January 15 2016

Want to take a winter vacation that includes skiing or snowboarding?

A trip to the Italian Alps, also known as the Dolomites, is a great way to visit Italy and get some runs in too.

One of the largest ski regions in the world, the Dolomites mountain range in northeastern Italy are a popular destination in summer as well as winter. Vacationing in winter comes with its advantages: Less expensive flights and seeing the country's scenic beauty amplified by a coat of snow.

If you are a winter sports lover, the Alps will be an unforgettable experience. This is the premier winter vacation destination in Italy and with a huge variety of resorts, you can take your pick. The mountain ranges are some of the most spectacular in the world, presenting challenging ski runs to experienced skiers, along with easier runs for beginners and children.

winter vacationing in the alps offer ice climbing among other adventurious activities

It's even possible to ski across national borders into France or Switzerland in the Alps. Besides skiing and snowboarding, the Alps offer cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing and hiking.

Adventurous individuals can dabble in night skiing or extreme skiing. Additionally, there is snow rafting, crazy sledge and other ways to fuel your adrenaline on the steep slopes of the Dolomites.

When you're done for the day, you can enjoy unique South Tyrolean specialities such as wine, pasta, local cheese and other gourmet products that you won’t find anywhere else in the country.

Top Ski Resorts In the Italian Alps

Alta Badia

Alta badia a popular ski resort

One of the most popular ski resorts in the region boasts plenty of great runs suitable for all levels. Alta Badia is centered on the town of Corvara and its location makes it great for exploring other areas via ski or snowboard. It’s also very well connected by a comfortable ski lift connection to many of the slopes in the region.

This resort is ideal for families given the amount of easier trails for beginners. However, there are more challenging runs as well for adults and experienced skiers and snowboarders.


Cortina d’Ampezzo

cortina d'ampezzo hosted the 1956 winter olympics

Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the most spectacular and famous ski resorts in the entire Dolomites and hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. The mountains here have some of the most challenging slopes you’ll find in the Dolomites.

You’ll also be treated to some quality shopping in the town of Cortina with many jewelers, artisan stores, art galleries and more to tickle the fancy of any traveler.


San Martino di Castrozza

alternative accommodations are mountain huts

San Martino di Castrozza resort has fully furnished mountain huts that can be rented out and plenty of shopping. This is one of the best resorts in the Dolomites for a winter family vacation, with many restaurants, markets and bakeries full of Italian delights. 

A ski trip to the Dolomites in Italy is the perfect way to enjoy your winter vacation. If you need help choosing the exact destination for your family, Bella Vista's experts will be glad to help. Call us at 877-723-0802 or email any time at no obligation to you.

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Topics: Groups and Family Tours, Scenic Locations, alps, winter

Darya Camacci

Written by Darya Camacci

VP Sales & Marketing BellaVista Tours