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Welcome to the Ski Italy page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main ski resorts in the Dolomites and Italian Alps. Over recent years some of the most favourable piste conditions throughout the season have been reported at Cervinia, Cortina, Val Senales, La Thuile and Livigno although in any given week or season the best slope conditions may be found at any of the other high Italian resorts or at lower elevation ski stations among the trees in poor weather.

For off-piste powder, resorts such as Selva Gardena, Livigno, Chiesa, Madesimo, Arabba have proven among the most consistent either for fairly regular snowfalls, northerly aspect or for not getting tracked out quickly but check out the reports below for the latest news. Although there is excellent terrain for skiing and snowboarding in Italy, the scope for freeriding is a little limited because going into forbidden areas can land you with a €50 fine plus it is illegal to go off-piste without an avalanche beacon and rescue equipment. This policy means that secret snow spots are very well guarded but check out friendly snowboard shops for some useful advice.

While the snowfalls experienced by most Italian ski resorts are generally no match for those resorts on the northern side of the Alps they feature strongly in the record snowfall events for most seasons. Snowfalls of up to about 1m (3ft+) often occur during single storm events late in the Italian season and resorts including Cervinia, Madonna di Campiglio, La Thuile and the Monterosa ski stations (Gressoney, Alagna) commonly figure in those records. Italy is more temperate than its northern neighbours and the tree line often reaches over 2000m, which is great skiing or boarding in flat light.

Italy has one of the most diverse selections of ski areas of any country in the world with Italian ski resorts ranging from Courmayeur in the country’s North West by the slopes of Western Europe’s highest mountain, to ski areas on the slopes of Mount Etna on the southern island of Sicily in the Mediteranean.

You can ski Italy in almost every part of the country too, with resorts offering cross-border skiing in to Slovenia in the North East, as well as ski areas inland from Rome in the south of the central mainland and in the Apennine mountains further north.

There is a great variety in the types of resorts you’ll find when you’re skiing in Italy too.  One of the most famous areas, the Via Lattea, or Milky Way, in the North West of the country, was host to most of the on-snow events for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. It includes cross border skiing to Montgenevre in France, is home to Sestrière (Via Lattea), which was one of the world’s first purpose built ski villages, created by the family than ran the Fiat car company in the 1930s, long before the first French purpose-built ski areas were constructed, and only a few decades after the first Italian ski resort started at Claviere (Via Lattea), another part of the Milky Way only a few kilometres away.

In the north eastern side of the country the Dolomiti Superski region contains more than 50 individual ski villages spread between a dozen valleys which together offer more than 1,200km of piste.  These resorts are however more like traditional Austrian villages on the whole, as much of the pass, which takes 25% of the entire Italian ski market on its own, is in an area called the South Tyrol which was once part of Austria.

The Dolomiti Superski area is one of the largest passes in the world and remains the biggest to offer a fully inter-changable lift pass from day one (larger coverage areas that have developed recently in Austria have more usage restrictions). It also contains the world’s second largest lift/piste inter-connected ski region after the 3 Valleys – the Sella Ronda. This is a famous 23km circuit around the huge Sella mountain massif from which valleys radiate off, such as the famous Val Gardena, as well as Badia – famous for its gourmet food, and Fassa. Altogether more than 500km of piste is linked, putting it ahead of the Milky Way.

Italian skiing is also famous for its value – typically 10 or 20% below the average price for resorts in each size category, and even more so for dining out and drinking on and off the mountain. The price saving is most marked on the shared ski area of Cervinia in Italy and Zermatt in Switzerland which can be skied for substantiually less if you buy your pass on the Italian rather than the Swiss side. You’ll also pay up to 75% less for a nice handmade espresso on the Italian side than for a self service machine produced beverage in Switzerland.

Mountain scenery is another Italian forte – from the rugged Alpine mountains of the Aosta Valley in the West to the spectacular pink precipices of the Dolomites, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
And there’s also that famous Italian sense of style epitomised by the country’s more exclusive resorts including Madonna di Campiglio and Cortina d’Ampezzo, but visible almost everywhere.
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Italy: latest snow conditions round-up


ITALY Changeable weather was affecting many regions across Italy on Thursday 11th February, with early morning sunshine giving way to light snowfall by the afternoon. Conditions across many resorts have seen dramatic improvement of late thanks to recent snowfalls. The Dolomites saw some much need fresh snow, with totals in excess of 20cm falling in the majority of resorts in the region. The resorts of Arabba (40/48cm) and Campitello (15/80cm) saw the biggest gains, seeing around 40-60cm of new snow over the course of the week. Conditions have seen significant improvements as a result, with excellent slopes and pockets of fresh powder to be found off-piste. Base depths have seen significant improvements across the region, with good skiing now available across the entire mountain. Resorts across the Aosta Valley typically saw some of the heaviest of the recent snowfall, with Courmayeur (90/190cm) seeing around 50cm of fresh snowfall throughout Wednesday. Elsewhere conditions across the region have seen vast improvements, with 20cm of new snow ensuring that excellent skiing is currently available in the resorts of Cervinia (50/240cm) and La Thuile (60/220cm). The Milky Way region has seen some encouraging signs of improvement of late, with 20cm of fresh snow recorded earlier in the week. As a result, all links between resorts are now open, with 53 lifts currently in operation. Only 87km of pistes are currently open, although expect this to increase as conditions continue to improve. Cloud is set to move in throughout much of the afternoon on Thursday, bring with it the possibility of some light snowfall. This is likely to continue over much of the weekend, with resorts across the Aosta Valley likely to see around 20-40cm by the start of next week. Plenty more snow expected over the week ahead, with the heaviest of this likely to fall over the course of Tuesday. Temperatures will remain below freezing for the duration, with lows of around -5C across many regions. The avalanche risk is expected to be high for much of the week ahead due to the large volume of snow that has fallen over the past week. As a result, please take extra care if heading off-piste and be sure to check in resort for the latest avalanche information.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 209resorts. Powder is reported at 7 resorts and 34 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Italy

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best powder (7)Best piste conditions (34)

Ski resorts in Italy from A to B

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(1400m — 1950m)

5
65
10
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
1700m 1900m 1700m 1900m 1500m

(1076m — 1951m)

13
28
snow showers
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1514 m
1500m 1300m 1200m 1350m 1300m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report yesterday

Alagna webcam
70
25

Good

Varied
20 cm
5 days ago
35
67
2
light snow
heavy snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2091 m
1350m 1250m 1250m 1400m 1350m

(1502m — 2441m)

41
86
3
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1972 m
1050m 1050m 1450m 1350m 1450m

(1000m — 2100m)

23
45
1
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1550 m
1150m 1150m 1550m 1450m 1550m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report yesterday

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
60
20
Packed powder
Varied
15 cm
4 days ago
18
47
cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1564 m
1100m 1000m 1400m 1400m 1400m

(1640m — 2212m)

29
18
5
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1926 m
1200m 1200m 950m 1100m 1200m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Alpe di Siusi webcam
42
3
Packed 3 days ago
16
40
1
cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
1100m 1000m 1400m 1450m 1400m

(1042m — 2125m)

13
20
partially cloudy
moderate snow
clear
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1584 m
1350m 1350m 1400m 1400m 1350m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
16
23
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1418 m
1400m 1350m 1200m 1400m 1300m

(1120m — 1630m)

12
10
3
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1375 m
1200m 1050m 1350m 1400m 1450m

(1074m — 1200m)

7
2
rain showers
light snow
snow showers
heavy rain
snow showers
Mid station 1137 m
1400m 1400m 1200m 1400m 1300m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report yesterday

180
70
Powder
Powder
4 days ago
19
15
partially cloudy
moderate snow
partially cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1735 m
1200m 1300m 1350m 1350m 1450m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report yesterday

Arabba webcam
48
40

Good

Varied
32 cm
3 days ago
43
80
2
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2045 m
1050m 1050m 1450m 1350m 1500m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
16
45
partially cloudy
moderate snow
partially cloudy
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1500 m
1250m 1350m 1500m 1550m 1450m

(979m — 1585m)

15
32
snow showers
moderate snow
light rain
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1282 m
1100m 950m 1450m 1300m 1450m

(1295m — 2300m)

6
9
1
snow showers
light snow
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1798 m
1250m 1100m 1300m 1400m 1400m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report yesterday

Badia (Alta Badia) webcam
55
30
Packed 3 days ago
30
55
1
snow showers
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2051 m
1100m 1050m 1500m 1400m 1500m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report yesterday

60
30

Good

Varied
10 cm
3 days ago
27
12
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 2031 m
1450m 1500m 1100m 1300m 1150m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report yesterday

Bormio webcam
70
30

Good

Varied
20 cm
4 days ago
29
33
3
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2118 m
1250m 1150m 1350m 1350m 1500m

(1000m — 1700m)

20
9
partially cloudy
moderate snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1350 m
1200m 1350m 1450m 1600m 1450m

(1200m — 1700m)

20
36
partially cloudy
moderate snow
partially cloudy
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1450 m
1300m 1350m 1500m 1700m 1550m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
220
65

Excellent
Packed
20 cm
4 days ago
71
86
13
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2502 m
1400m 1400m 1150m 1350m 1250m

(1569m — 1824m)

2
9
1
light rain
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1696 m
2850m 2350m 2050m 1800m 1400m

(950m — 2275m)

9
16
3
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1150m 1100m 1450m 1400m 1450m

(950m — 2275m)

9
16
3
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1150m 1100m 1450m 1400m 1450m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
12
41
snow showers
moderate snow
clear
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2019 m
1400m 1300m 1200m 1450m 1300m