Ski Holidays in Italy

Italy's more recent development as an international winter sports destination owes a lot to prices that are appreciably lower than those in other Alpine countries. It has some other obvious attractions such as its consistently good food and wine, friendly atmosphere and splendid scenery - especially in Courmayeur and the Dolomites.

Perhaps less recognized is the fact that Italy has some of the most modern lift systems in Europe, state of the art snow-making and top notch grooming. There is also some superb lift-accessed off-piste in the Vallee d’Aosta resorts and with heli skiing outlawed in much of the rest of the Alps, this is the best place for it.

The low prices and Italian’s lovingly embracing approach to ‘bambinis’ mean that many resorts are ideal for families. The flexibility of the hotels and short transfer times, particularly to Courmayeur and the rest of the Valle d’Aosta, make it an ideal and affordable destination for short breaks and ski weekends.

Our Favourite Italian Ski Resorts

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Courmayeur Resort | Momentum Ski

Courmayeur

No-one knows Courmayeur like we do, with a 27 year history in this resort, we provide a service that is second to none. The perfect ski weekend resort and a food-lovers paradise.

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Cervinia Resort | Momentum Ski

Cervinia

Altitude! A high resort with even higher skiing that is linked to Zermatt across the border in Switzerland to provide an enormous ski area. It is overlooked by the towering southern face of the mighty Matterhorm.

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Madonna di Campiglio Resort | Momentum Ski

Madonna di Campiglio

Award winning piste grooming, the beautiful scenery of the Brenta Dolomites, excellent food and a charming town.

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Madesimo Resort | Momentum Ski

Madesimo

Discover it before everyone else does and the prices start to go up – a wonderful Italian hidden gem.

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La Thuile

A sizeable, snow sure, underused and underated ski area that is linked to La Rosiere in France. Perfect for a great value Italian ski weekend or to avoid the crowds during peak holidays.

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Other Italian Resorts We Recommend

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Dolomites Resort | Momentum Ski

Dolomites / Sella Ronda

There is a phenomenal concentration of village ski resorts in the stunningly beautiful Italian Dolomites, that centre around the mighty limestone massif of the Gruppo Sella. Many of these are linked to make up the renowned intermediate paradise of the Sella Ronda circuit – Selva Val Gardena being one of the largest along with Arabba, best for more challenging skiing and quick access to the Marmolada glacier, and Corvara which enjoys a great location from which to explore the different linked sections of this vast area. There are plenty of other villages in the area, some linked to the main lift system and others that are more isolated hidden gems worth exploring for their deserted slopes. The whole area is also blessed with a huge number of top restaurants - another resort worth a specific mention is San Cassiano, at the heart of this gourmet hot spot and home to some notable hotels such as the wonderful Rosa Alpina.

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Cortina d'Ampezzo | Momentum Ski

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Although not linked directly to the Sella Ronda ski area, Cortina d'Ampezzo is still part of the Dolomiti Superski pass and is one of the most well-known resorts in the Dolomites. Dominated by its magnificent green-and-white bell tower and a glittering confection of grand 19th-century mansions, it is one of Italy's most upmarket winter destinations. Located just a two-hour drive from Venice, it's also one of the easiest resorts to access in the area making it extremely suitable for short breaks.

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Monterosa Resort | Momentum Ski

Monterosa

Often referred to as Italy’s 3 valleys but the absolute antithesis of the French version beyond the geographical comparison: underrated skiing, quiet, great value and a wonderful sense of space on the mountain. On top of the well groomed pistes, the off piste terrain and heli skiing on the Monte Rosa are the real draw. Champoluc at the western end of the area is the most substantial village, popular with families and those that want a little more going on. Gressoney, in the middle valley, is really a collection of three smaller villages, St Jean, La Trinite and Stafal that all have a raw alpine feel. This is the best place to stay to access the full extent of the mountain and is home to the excellent local guiding and heliskiing operation. The perfect destination for a weekend of heliski and off-piste action. Alagna is the third valley for serious off-pisters only.

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Milky Way Resort | Momentum Ski

Milky Way

Via Lattea, or Milkyway in English, offers 400 kilometres of pistes that link Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, Sansicario, Pragelato and Montgenevre in France to provide an impressive amount of mainly intermediate, high altitude skiing. Home to the mountain based disciplines of the 2006 Turin winter Olympics and conveniently close to the city. Sestriere in particular was built for snow being at over 2000 metres with north-west facing slopes and extensive snowmaking.

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