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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 Thursday 16th February was yet another glorious sunny day for the Italian ski fields. Sunshine has dominated the weather pattern all week and today was no different. On snow conditions remained excellent despite warmer temperatures and a strong baking sun. Resorts around The Sella Ronda continue to offer simply outstanding piste skiing, although the off piste is non-existent. In the Bormio region the snow is holding very well, although soft spring snow is abundant on the lower slopes. Around The Matterhorn, Cervinia (50/180cm) is offering up the best skiing in Italy at the moment, with some excellent recent snow falls and its superior altitude you can still find some powder conditions off piste. Moving south towards Mont Blanc, conditions are best described as good with the lower slopes beginning to show some grassy patches. Finally In the far south The Milky Way ski areas continue their strong season, snow conditions are excellent here thanks to recent snowfalls. A brief patch of instability is expected all around Italy tomorrow with clouds and even snow forecast. It certainly won't be a powder day but enough to refresh the pistes, particularly around Val Senales (10/90cm) near the Austrian boarder were 12cm is forecast. Beyond Friday's brief cloudiness the weekend is forecast to be fine and sunny.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 18resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 28 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best piste conditions (28)

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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1400m — 1950m)

Abetone webcam
clear
clear
cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
1650m 2250m 2500m 2700m 2800m

(1076m — 1951m)

partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1514 m
2050m 2400m 2550m 2350m 2250m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report 3 days ago

Alagna webcam
190
10

Excellent

Varied
10 cm
10 days ago
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2091 m
1950m 2400m 2400m 2200m 2050m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report yesterday

45
15
10 cm
9 days ago
1
4
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1972 m
1350m 1900m 2200m 2000m 1750m

(1000m — 2100m)

Alleghe webcam
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1550 m
1450m 1900m 2250m 2000m 1850m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report 3 days ago

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
75
60

Excellent
Limited
30 cm
10 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1564 m
1500m 2100m 2300m 2050m 1900m

(1640m — 2212m)

3
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1926 m
1850m 2200m 2150m 2050m 1850m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report today

Alpe di Siusi webcam
40
7
Packed 10 days ago
1
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2050 m
1500m 2100m 2250m 2000m 1850m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report 7 days ago

65
10
10 cm
10 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1584 m
1700m 2300m 2400m 2250m 2150m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
2100m 2350m 2350m 2200m 2000m

(1120m — 1630m)

clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1375 m
1550m 1850m 2150m 1900m 1700m

(1074m — 1200m)

clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1137 m
2150m 2350m 2350m 2250m 2000m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report today

130
30
Powder
Powder
10 days ago
1
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1735 m
1600m 2000m 2250m 2150m 1950m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report 3 days ago

Arabba webcam
55
28

Excellent
Tracked
30 cm
14 days ago
3
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2045 m
1350m 1850m 2200m 2000m 1750m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
1
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1500 m
1550m 2150m 2300m 2100m 2000m

(979m — 1585m)

clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1282 m
1500m 1800m 2150m 1900m 1800m

(1295m — 2300m)

Avelengo/Merano 2000 webcam
1
clear
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1798 m
1600m 2100m 2300m 2100m 2000m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report 3 days ago

40
20

Excellent

Varied
5 cm
9 days ago
2
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2051 m
1500m 1900m 2200m 2000m 1800m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bardonecchia webcam
180
60

Excellent

Varied
3 cm
10 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2031 m
1900m 2000m 2450m 2300m 2000m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bormio webcam
60
40

Excellent
Best up high
29 cm
14 days ago
1
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2118 m
1500m 1900m 2250m 2050m 1750m

(1000m — 1700m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1350 m
1600m 2250m 2450m 2250m 2050m

(1200m — 1700m)

clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1450 m
1600m 2200m 2400m 2250m 2150m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
180
50

Good
Limited
3 cm
6 days ago
1
1
3
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2502 m
1950m 2200m 2200m 2200m 1900m

(1569m — 1824m)

partly cloudy
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1696 m
2000m 2650m 3200m 3000m 3100m

(950m — 2275m)

clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1600m 1950m 2150m 1950m 1750m

(950m — 2275m)

clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1600m 1950m 2150m 1950m 1750m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
1
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2019 m
2150m 2400m 2500m 2250m 2100m