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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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500 km  of endless ski fun on the mountains of the Dolomites, Italy

Santa Cristina

12:00 am 10 Jan 2014

Selva di Val Gardena 1.563 m, Italy

Val Gardena

12:00 am 7 Jan 2014

Perfect groomed slopes!, Italy

Val Gardena

12:00 am 7 Jan 2014

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Italy: latest snow conditions round-up


ITALY Around half of our featured Italian resorts remain open after the Easter weekend. Alagna (40/200cm) will be closed through this week but then will reopen again for 25, 26 and 27 April. They'll then close again before reopening for the final weekend of the season at the start of May. Passo Tonale (0/500cm) has skiing on its upper slopes and the Presena Glacier available. There was quite a lot of fresh snow over Easter up high and the glacier looks in fantastic shape for the time of year. Fresh powder can be found off piste in most areas.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 20 resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 10 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 (10)

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)

Abetone webcam
1
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1675 m
2650m 2700m 2700m 2050m 2050m

(1076m — 1951m)

rain showers
light rain
rain showers
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1514 m
2650m 2500m 2700m 1850m 1850m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report yesterday

Alagna webcam
200
20
×
Closed

Varied
10 cm
4 days ago
35
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2091 m
2650m 2550m 2700m 1850m 1800m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report today

6
4
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1972 m
2450m 2650m 2750m 2550m 2300m

(1000m — 2100m)

Alleghe webcam
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1550 m
2500m 2600m 2800m 2550m 2350m

(1640m — 2212m)

32
2
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
light rain
Mid station 1926 m
2550m 2550m 2600m 1750m 1700m

(1800m — 2300m)

Alpe di Siusi webcam
9
4
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 2050 m
2350m 2650m 2750m 2500m 2250m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report 7 days ago

250
25 cm
29 days ago
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1584 m
2600m 2650m 2750m 2450m 2350m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
1
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
heavy rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1418 m
2650m 2550m 2650m 1800m 1650m

(1120m — 1630m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1375 m
2450m 2550m 2750m 2500m 2200m

(1074m — 1200m)

rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
heavy rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1137 m
2600m 2550m 2650m 1750m 1550m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report 2 days ago

140
Packed 5 days ago
5
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1735 m
2550m 2650m 2700m 2250m 2200m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report yesterday

Arabba webcam
opens in 226 days
14
5
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 2045 m
2400m 2600m 2800m 2550m 2300m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1500 m
2650m 2700m 2800m 2500m 2400m

(979m — 1585m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1282 m
2500m 2600m 2800m 2550m 2350m

(1295m — 2300m)

Avelengo/Merano 2000 webcam
3
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1798 m
2400m 2600m 2700m 2400m 2150m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report 17 days ago

Badia (Alta Badia) webcam
90
20
×
Closed

Varied
32 days ago
19
8
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 2051 m
2450m 2600m 2750m 2550m 2250m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report yesterday

Bardonecchia webcam
17
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2031 m
2600m 2500m 2450m 1550m 1500m

(1370m — 2340m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bellamonte Alpe Lusia webcam
270
30
80 cm
32 days ago
2
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1855 m
2500m 2650m 2750m 2550m 2350m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report yesterday

Bormio webcam
23
10
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
light rain
Mid station 2118 m
2400m 2550m 2650m 2150m 2000m

(1000m — 1700m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1350 m
2600m 2700m 2750m 2300m 2300m

(1200m — 1700m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1450 m
2650m 2700m 2750m 2450m 2400m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
330
15

Excellent

Varied
10 cm
3 days ago
13
66
4
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2502 m
2600m 2550m 2600m 1650m 1450m

(1569m — 1824m)

clear
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1696 m
2950m 2200m 2200m 1900m 2000m

(950m — 2275m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1612 m
2450m 2550m 2750m 2500m 2200m

(950m — 2275m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1612 m
2450m 2550m 2750m 2500m 2200m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
33
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2019 m
2650m 2550m 2700m 1850m 1800m
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