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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 Loads of fresh snow has fallen upon our featured Italian resorts this week. Thursday 27th April was a day of limited access powder skiing in Val Senales (0/110cm) and Livigno (83/115cm). Both resorts received between 35 and 45cm of fresh snow in the past 12 hours and well over half a metre in the past 24 hours. With limited options to ski below 2500 metres it is worth noting the currently very high avalanche risk further up the mountain. Conditions on snow are excellent, however, the prevailing weather is still offering very poor visibility and at time strong winds gusts. Current cloudy/stormy weather seems set to continue into the weekend, although the heavy snowfalls should start to taper off over the next 24 hours. The weekend should offer a chance to score some excellent last season lift accessed powder.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 168resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 2 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (2)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1400m — 1950m)

partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1675 m
2350m 2300m 2350m 2350m 2250m

(1076m — 1951m)

11
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1514 m
1900m 1600m 1650m 2050m 2000m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alagna webcam
47
38
light snow
heavy snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2091 m
1900m 1550m 1500m 2000m 1950m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report 24 days ago

20 cm
25 days ago
22
32
light rain
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 1972 m
2050m 2050m 1800m 2200m 2150m

(1000m — 2100m)

3
light rain
moderate rain
light rain
moderate rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1550 m
2100m 2100m 1950m 2150m 2100m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
3
partly cloudy
moderate rain
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1564 m
2100m 2050m 1850m 2150m 2150m

(1640m — 2212m)

23
23
snow showers
heavy snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1926 m
1800m 1400m 1400m 1950m 1850m

(1800m — 2300m)

Alpe di Siusi webcam
10
8
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2050 m
2150m 2000m 1800m 2150m 2150m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report 20 days ago

30
24 cm
56 days ago
5
2
clear
light snow
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1584 m
2150m 2000m 1950m 2050m 2100m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
5
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1418 m
2000m 1500m 1550m 1950m 1950m

(1120m — 1630m)

8
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1375 m
2000m 1950m 1700m 2150m 2150m

(1074m — 1200m)

rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1137 m
2050m 1550m 1600m 1950m 1950m

(1200m — 2270m)

10
5
clear
light snow
clear
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1735 m
2150m 1750m 1600m 2100m 2000m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arabba webcam
22
43
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2045 m
2050m 2100m 1850m 2150m 2100m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
1
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1500 m
2050m 2050m 2000m 2100m 2100m

(979m — 1585m)

partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1282 m
2100m 2100m 1900m 2150m 2150m

(1295m — 2300m)

Avelengo/Merano 2000 webcam
6
clear
snow showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1798 m
2150m 1850m 1750m 2050m 2150m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report 2 days ago

18
25
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2051 m
2100m 2050m 1800m 2150m 2150m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bardonecchia webcam
22
6
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 2031 m
1850m 1600m 1850m 2000m 2150m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bormio webcam
21
22
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2118 m
1950m 1700m 1600m 2050m 2050m

(1000m — 1700m)

partly cloudy
heavy rain
clear
light rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1350 m
2100m 1850m 1800m 2100m 2100m

(1200m — 1700m)

partly cloudy
moderate rain
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1450 m
2100m 2000m 2050m 2100m 2150m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report 2 days ago

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
235
30
×
Closed

Powder
50 cm
4 days ago
53
30
5
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2502 m
2000m 1550m 1550m 1950m 1850m

(1569m — 1824m)

clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1696 m
2850m 3050m 3000m 2800m 3150m

(950m — 2275m)

8
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1612 m
2100m 2000m 1750m 2200m 2150m

(950m — 2275m)

8
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1612 m
2100m 2000m 1750m 2200m 2150m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
22
12
snow showers
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2019 m
1950m 1500m 1500m 1950m 2000m