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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 past weekend saw light dustings recorded across a number of resorts across Italy, with only a few flakes not justifying a measurement coming over the Via Lattea, while La Thuile (75/300cm) saw 10cm, though no similar measurements for the rest of the Aosta valley. Elsewhere, resorts such as Passo Tonale (60/250cm) in the north saw around 5 cm falls, while the majority of the Sella Ronda measured between 5-10cm on Sunday.

Cloud cover had eased off on Monday 19th, with only light clouds giving way to a predominantly sunny day and moderately cold weather, hovering between -5C and -10C for the most part. Good skiing is available across the country due to new snow from the latter part of the week and the weekend as resorts are in full spin for peak season. A new weather system developing may bring snow for both the Dolomite resorts as well as those in the Piedmont on Tuesday; though for the moment no significant snowfall is expected until at least Thursday

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 220resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 23 are reporting good piste conditions.

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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 (23)

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1400m — 1950m)

78
55
48
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
750m 1000m 1400m 750m 100m

(1076m — 1951m)

52
22
14
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1514 m
800m 850m 1200m 850m 100m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report yesterday

Alagna webcam
150
100

Good
Crud
3 cm
7 days ago
86
49
16
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2091 m
850m 950m 1450m 850m 50m

(1502m — 2441m)

40
47
7
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1972 m
700m 900m 1500m 750m 100m

(1000m — 2100m)

17
43
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1550 m
750m 950m 1500m 550m 100m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report yesterday

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
130
80
Packed
Crud
10 cm
20 days ago
27
24
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1564 m
800m 1000m 1600m 600m 100m

(1640m — 2212m)

5
14
4
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1926 m
750m 1000m 1650m 900m 150m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

83
Packed 4 days ago
12
16
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2050 m
750m 950m 1550m 800m 150m

(1042m — 2125m)

2
14
1
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1584 m
850m 1100m 1650m 700m 150m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
42
17
6
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1418 m
950m 1000m 1450m 950m 150m

(1120m — 1630m)

2
15
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1375 m
600m 950m 1450m 750m 0m

(1074m — 1200m)

10
10
3
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1137 m
1000m 1000m 1450m 1000m 150m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report yesterday

230
65
Packed 5 days ago
6
19
5
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1735 m
900m 1150m 1700m 900m 150m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report yesterday

158
132

Excellent
Tracked
8 cm
4 days ago
31
45
6
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2045 m
700m 900m 1450m 750m 100m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
41
22
9
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1500 m
750m 1050m 1350m 400m 50m

(979m — 1585m)

8
21
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1282 m
700m 750m 1250m 500m 50m

(1295m — 2300m)

17
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1798 m
750m 1050m 1600m 850m 150m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report yesterday

180
60

Good

Varied
5 cm
4 days ago
17
28
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2051 m
700m 900m 1450m 800m 100m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report yesterday

Bardonecchia webcam
200
70
Packed
Varied
5 cm
5 days ago
Overcast skies // 21 Feb
19
5
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2031 m
850m 850m 1250m 1350m 400m

(855m — 1260m)

Bolognola-Ski webcam
4
82
1
light snow
heavy rain
heavy rain
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1058 m
1100m 1700m 1700m 1100m 550m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report yesterday

Bormio webcam
50
40
Packed
Crud
40 cm
19 days ago
6
26
5
light snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2118 m
750m 1050m 1600m 1050m 200m

(1000m — 1700m)

10
28
7
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1350 m
800m 1050m 1600m 700m 50m

(1200m — 1700m)

31
31
19
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1450 m
800m 1050m 1500m 500m 0m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
380
75

Excellent

Varied
2 cm
7 days ago
101
30
23
moderate snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2502 m
950m 1050m 1550m 1100m 200m

(1569m — 1824m)

52
2
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1696 m
1100m 1250m 1400m 1300m 1350m

(950m — 2275m)

1
9
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1612 m
650m 1000m 1450m 800m 100m

(950m — 2275m)

1
9
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1612 m
650m 1000m 1450m 800m 100m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
55
19
4
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2019 m
900m 950m 1400m 850m 100m