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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 Spring conditions are taking their toll on many of our featured Italian resorts and we have already seen some close their gates for the end of the winter season. We are expecting more resorts to close this weekend as many pistes have closed. The best skiing currently available can be found in the Val D'Aosta region with Cervinia (40/250cm) still operating all 14 of its lifts and also providing good links into Zermatt, Switzerland. The resort was very sunny on Thursday 23rd April, spring conditions were apparent throughout the resort but firmer slopes were available higher up at the Plateau Rosa region. The links into Zermatt were also open so there was a huge range of slopes there to be enjoyed.The current band of sunshine and clear skies is forecast to wind down unfortunately as thicker clouds are expected to develop with the weekend, which could bring rainfall to many resorts.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 48resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 4 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best piste conditions (4)

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)

Abetone webcam
19
partially cloudy
light rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1675 m
2800m 2700m 2650m 2500m 2450m

(1076m — 1951m)

2
moderate rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
partially cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1514 m
2600m 2550m 2500m 2450m 2200m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report yesterday

Alagna webcam
23
13
heavy rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2091 m
2550m 2550m 2550m 2300m 2100m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report 21 days ago

100
40
10 cm
29 days ago
30
19
light rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1972 m
2550m 2550m 2600m 2050m 1900m

(1000m — 2100m)

6
9
light rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1550 m
2550m 2550m 2550m 2100m 1950m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report yesterday

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
2
7
light rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1564 m
2550m 2550m 2600m 2250m 2000m

(1640m — 2212m)

20
8
heavy rain
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1926 m
2450m 2400m 2450m 1900m 1950m

(1800m — 2300m)

Alpe di Siusi webcam
2
12
6
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2050 m
2500m 2550m 2550m 2150m 1950m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report 29 days ago

165
30 cm
30 days ago
1
2
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1584 m
2550m 2500m 2550m 2400m 2150m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
1
heavy rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1418 m
2600m 2500m 2500m 2100m 2150m

(1120m — 1630m)

5
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1375 m
2600m 2550m 2550m 1950m 1800m

(1074m — 1200m)

rain showers
moderate rain
heavy rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1137 m
2600m 2500m 2500m 2050m 2150m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report 7 days ago

125
Spring 21 days ago
9
5
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1735 m
2500m 2500m 2550m 2150m 2050m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report yesterday

Arabba webcam
32
18
light rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 2045 m
2550m 2550m 2600m 2000m 1850m

(1000m — 2000m)

9
18
rain showers
light rain
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1500 m
2550m 2550m 2600m 2400m 2050m

(979m — 1585m)

4
rain showers
light rain
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1282 m
2600m 2500m 2550m 1950m 1750m

(1295m — 2300m)

7
1
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1798 m
2500m 2550m 2550m 2150m 2000m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report 33 days ago

Badia (Alta Badia) webcam
40
5
Fair
×
No snow
34 days ago
1
22
12
rain showers
moderate rain
moderate rain
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 2051 m
2550m 2550m 2550m 2000m 1850m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report yesterday

Bardonecchia webcam
1
8
2
light rain
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2031 m
2650m 2550m 2500m 2200m 2350m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report yesterday

Bormio webcam
3
26
10
light rain
light rain
rain showers
snow showers
light rain
Mid station 2118 m
2550m 2500m 2550m 1950m 2100m

(1000m — 1700m)

light rain
light rain
light rain
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1350 m
2500m 2500m 2550m 2400m 2150m

(1200m — 1700m)

1
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1450 m
2550m 2550m 2600m 2450m 2100m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
250
40

Good
Spring snow
10 cm
20 days ago
Another glorious day // 24 Apr
74
45
30
moderate snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2502 m
2650m 2550m 2550m 1900m 2100m

(1569m — 1824m)

partially cloudy
cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1696 m
3400m 3350m 2850m 2850m 2900m

(950m — 2275m)

4
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1612 m
2600m 2550m 2550m 1950m 1850m

(950m — 2275m)

4
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1612 m
2600m 2550m 2550m 1950m 1850m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
6
3
moderate rain
moderate rain
heavy rain
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2019 m
2550m 2450m 2450m 2300m 2150m