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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 Conditions were sunny and very cold in Italy on Monday 16th January. Conditions on snow were mostly excellent today thanks to some snowfalls over the weekend. The snowfalls were light for resorts in the Dolomites and heavy in resorts around the Mont Blanc Massif. Courmayeur (30/90cm) experienced sensational snowfall at the weekend, with one dump totalling 50cm. Today conditions in the resort were still excellent and pockets of powder could still be found off-piste. Elsewhere, Cervinia (45/125cm) was slow to open all of its lifts today, as avalanche control work was required after the weekend snowfalls and high winds. Broadly speaking, conditions remain excellent on piste but limited off-piste. Resorts in the Sella Ronda are still skiing almost entirely on an artificial snow base. The best skiing can currently be found in the Mont Blanc Massif and Matterhorn areas. In the forecast, sunshine will make a strong return this week, dominating the forecast. No new snow is expected this week.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 84resorts. Powder is reported at 4 resorts and 24 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Italy

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best powder (4)Best piste conditions (24)

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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1400m — 1950m)

8
18
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1675 m
150m 250m 250m 350m 850m

(1076m — 1951m)

1
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1514 m
300m 650m 700m 700m 700m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report today

180
15

Excellent
Crud
20 cm
3 days ago
6
10
partly cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2091 m
300m 650m 700m 750m 750m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report yesterday

30
5 cm
3 days ago
1
34
8
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1972 m
0m 400m 450m 700m 750m

(1000m — 2100m)

14
2
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1550 m
200m 500m 500m 750m 900m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report today

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
40
20
Artificial
Limited
10 cm
2 days ago
1
18
2
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1564 m
150m 400m 650m 800m 800m

(1640m — 2212m)

1
16
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1926 m
150m 550m 700m 750m 750m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report today

Alpe di Siusi webcam
8
1
Artificial 3 days ago
11
4
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
100m 450m 500m 800m 800m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report 4 days ago

10
5 cm
5 days ago
2
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1584 m
200m 450m 750m 850m 900m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
3
2
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1418 m
350m 700m 850m 900m 850m

(1120m — 1630m)

2
2
7
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1375 m
0m 400m 500m 750m 800m

(1074m — 1200m)

1
partly cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1137 m
350m 700m 900m 950m 850m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report today

45
25
Powder
Powder
3 days ago
4
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1735 m
300m 550m 800m 900m 950m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report today

Arabba webcam
30
15

Excellent

Varied
30 cm
2 days ago
1
29
7
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2045 m
0m 400m 450m 700m 800m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
14
3
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1500 m
350m 550m 750m 600m 850m

(979m — 1585m)

10
1
cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1282 m
150m 450m 450m 650m 850m

(1295m — 2300m)

3
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1798 m
150m 450m 750m 850m 800m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report today

10

Excellent
Crud
15 cm
2 days ago
17
5
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2051 m
0m 450m 500m 750m 800m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report today

160
40

Excellent

Varied
10 cm
2 days ago
13
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2031 m
250m 400m 700m 800m 750m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report today

Bormio webcam
45
30

Excellent

Varied
35 cm
3 days ago
7
7
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2118 m
100m 450m 950m 900m 850m

(1000m — 1700m)

6
1
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1350 m
350m 450m 700m 750m 900m

(1200m — 1700m)

12
2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1450 m
300m 550m 750m 650m 900m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report today

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
125
45

Excellent
Windblown
3 cm
yesterday
1
11
39
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2502 m
250m 600m 800m 900m 800m

(1569m — 1824m)

84
50
1
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1696 m
800m 1050m 1050m 1350m 1550m

(950m — 2275m)

1
1
4
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1612 m
0m 450m 500m 750m 800m

(950m — 2275m)

1
1
4
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1612 m
0m 450m 500m 750m 800m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
5
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2019 m
350m 750m 850m 850m 800m