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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 There was a mixture of weather seen across Italy on Thursday 18th December. Some resorts experienced sunshine and clouds whereas others had light rainfall. There is a warm weather front in Europe at the moment and it has recently hit Italy, which even saw some high resorts such as Val Senales (5/260cm) experience light rainfall. There is a still lot of good riding available in Italy despite recent weather. The Presena Glacier (40/350cm) has an excellent base depth and on Thursday there were 20 lifts in operation. The weather was a mixture of sunshine and cloud with a mid-mountain temperature of around 2C. Cesena, Courmayeur, Claviere and Macugnaga are all still closed until snow conditions improve.If you are heading out to any of our featured Italian resorts this weekend you can expect much brighter skies, there should be a few spots of cloud but on the whole it'll be fairly sunny. The temperature looks as though it will drop and hover around zero before rising at the start of the new week, however come Christmas time a cold front will settle in, which will reduce temperatures significantly and could bring fresh snow.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 17 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best piste conditions (17)

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)

Abetone webcam
1
6
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
2700m 3400m 3550m 3100m 2400m

(1076m — 1951m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1514 m
2650m 3300m 3400m 2700m 2200m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alagna webcam
200

Good

Varied
5 cm
15 days ago
2
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2091 m
2100m 3150m 3350m 2500m 2000m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report yesterday

35
10 cm
5 days ago
5
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1972 m
1150m 2300m 3200m 2700m 1750m

(1000m — 2100m)

7
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1550 m
1150m 2300m 3300m 2600m 1650m

(1640m — 2212m)

7
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1926 m
1750m 3000m 3300m 2350m 1850m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report 10 days ago

Alpe di Siusi webcam
14
12 days ago
5
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2050 m
1200m 2400m 3100m 2800m 1900m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report 2 days ago

45
15 cm
5 days ago
4
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1584 m
1550m 2700m 3300m 2800m 2100m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
2
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
2150m 3250m 3400m 2550m 1950m

(1120m — 1630m)

1
8
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1375 m
1100m 2200m 3150m 2650m 1600m

(1074m — 1200m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1137 m
2150m 3250m 3400m 2550m 1950m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report 11 days ago

50
Packed 18 days ago
3
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1735 m
1450m 2750m 3350m 2600m 1900m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arabba webcam
50
7

Good
Limited
10 cm
4 days ago
6
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2045 m
1100m 2250m 3250m 2650m 1650m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
6
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1500 m
1800m 2750m 3400m 2800m 2150m

(979m — 1585m)

7
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1282 m
1150m 2200m 3150m 2500m 1700m

(1295m — 2300m)

Avelengo/Merano 2000 webcam
7
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1798 m
1250m 2350m 3100m 2650m 1800m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report 9 days ago

Badia (Alta Badia) webcam
30
Artificial 12 days ago
6
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2051 m
1100m 2250m 3200m 2650m 1700m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bardonecchia webcam
120
Fair
Limited
5 cm
17 days ago
1
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2031 m
2300m 3350m 3400m 2450m 1850m

(1370m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Bellamonte Alpe Lusia webcam
20
2
2 cm
5 days ago
6
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1855 m
1350m 2500m 3200m 2800m 1950m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bormio webcam
100

Good
Limited
10 cm
5 days ago
5
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2118 m
1150m 2400m 3350m 2350m 1750m

(1000m — 1700m)

2
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1350 m
1700m 2850m 3400m 2750m 2100m

(1200m — 1700m)

3
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1450 m
1900m 2950m 3450m 2850m 2200m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
180

Good

Powder
10 cm
5 days ago
3
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2502 m
2000m 3250m 3400m 2350m 1800m

(1569m — 1824m)

2
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1696 m
3250m 3400m 3500m 3300m 2800m

(950m — 2275m)

1
8
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1100m 2200m 3150m 2650m 1650m

(950m — 2275m)

1
8
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1100m 2200m 3150m 2650m 1650m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
2
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2019 m
2300m 3200m 3400m 2600m 2100m
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