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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 The weather over Italy is currently quite calm, with light clouds dotting a sunny sky, leading to good conditions. Though there are only four featured resorts currently open, each of which are providing only limited skiing, there are more beginning operations this weekend, including Arabba (25/48cm) and Courmayeur (10/130cm). The forecast shows light snowfall beginning on Saturday and continuing over the weekend, before briefly pausing on Monday and Tuesday.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 196resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 5 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 piste conditions (5)

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)

32
26
43
light rain
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1675 m
2450m 1650m 900m 1200m 1550m

(1076m — 1951m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1514 m
2000m 1050m 1100m 1300m 950m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report yesterday

Alagna webcam
4
1
3
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2091 m
1850m 950m 1050m 1250m 900m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report 9 days ago

50
10
30 cm
12 days ago
26
5
23
moderate snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1972 m
2000m 700m 450m 850m 650m

(1000m — 2100m)

16
4
16
heavy rain
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1550 m
2050m 750m 500m 850m 800m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report yesterday

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
2
2
8
moderate rain
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1564 m
2050m 900m 600m 1000m 800m

(1640m — 2212m)

6
3
9
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1926 m
1650m 650m 950m 1300m 950m

(1800m — 2300m)

opens in 11 days
8
8
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
1950m 700m 550m 1000m 750m

(1042m — 2125m)

moderate rain
cloudy
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1584 m
2100m 1100m 800m 1200m 1100m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
1
4
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1418 m
1850m 850m 1100m 1450m 1000m

(1120m — 1630m)

11
1
15
moderate rain
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1375 m
1750m 600m 400m 1100m 700m

(1074m — 1200m)

3
rain showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1137 m
1850m 800m 1100m 1500m 1050m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report today

20
Artificial 5 days ago
4
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1735 m
2000m 950m 850m 1250m 1100m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report yesterday

Arabba webcam
48
25
×
Closed

Varied
15 cm
9 days ago
30
5
22
moderate snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2045 m
2000m 700m 450m 800m 650m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
5
4
7
heavy rain
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1500 m
2150m 1350m 800m 900m 850m

(979m — 1585m)

15
7
8
heavy rain
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1282 m
1800m 650m 550m 650m 700m

(1295m — 2300m)

Avelengo/Merano 2000 webcam
5
2
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1798 m
1900m 850m 550m 1250m 900m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report yesterday

50
15
×
Closed

Varied
10 cm
12 days ago
22
3
14
moderate snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2051 m
1900m 650m 450m 900m 700m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report yesterday

Bardonecchia webcam
opens in 7 days
6
1
5
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2031 m
1850m 500m 800m 1550m 1100m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report yesterday

Bormio webcam
12
2
5
moderate snow
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2118 m
1850m 600m 500m 1200m 950m

(1000m — 1700m)

heavy rain
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1350 m
2100m 1200m 900m 1100m 1100m

(1200m — 1700m)

2
1
2
heavy rain
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1450 m
2200m 1350m 850m 1000m 1050m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
110
5

Good

Varied
10 cm
17 days ago
15
6
15
light snow
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2502 m
1700m 550m 900m 1400m 850m

(1569m — 1824m)

8
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1696 m
2800m 1900m 1450m 1850m 2500m

(950m — 2275m)

10
8
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1800m 600m 450m 1050m 750m

(950m — 2275m)

10
8
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1800m 600m 450m 1050m 750m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
1
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2019 m
1900m 950m 1200m 1400m 1050m