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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 The past weekend saw light dustings recorded across a number of resorts across Italy, with only a few flakes not justifying a measurement coming over the Via Lattea, while La Thuile (75/300cm) saw 10cm, though no similar measurements for the rest of the Aosta valley. Elsewhere, resorts such as Passo Tonale (60/250cm) in the north saw around 5 cm falls, while the majority of the Sella Ronda measured between 5-10cm on Sunday.

Cloud cover had eased off on Monday 19th, with only light clouds giving way to a predominantly sunny day and moderately cold weather, hovering between -5C and -10C for the most part. Good skiing is available across the country due to new snow from the latter part of the week and the weekend as resorts are in full spin for peak season. A new weather system developing may bring snow for both the Dolomite resorts as well as those in the Piedmont on Tuesday; though for the moment no significant snowfall is expected until at least Thursday

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 202resorts. Powder is reported at 3 resorts and 25 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Italy

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best powder (3)Best piste conditions (25)

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)

48
53
49
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
700m 750m 850m 950m 1350m

(1076m — 1951m)

4
54
29
snow showers
clear
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 1514 m
900m 850m 900m 900m 1100m

(1212m — 2970m)

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Alagna webcam
150
100

Good
Crud
3 cm
5 days ago
9
93
36
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2091 m
750m 750m 900m 1000m 1250m

(1502m — 2441m)

25
35
21
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1972 m
600m 600m 750m 900m 1300m

(1000m — 2100m)

16
18
20
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1550 m
650m 650m 800m 950m 1350m

(860m — 2267m)

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Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
120
80
Packed
Crud
10 cm
18 days ago
15
22
14
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1564 m
750m 600m 850m 950m 1400m

(1640m — 2212m)

7
14
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1926 m
700m 600m 800m 1000m 1400m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report today

83
Packed 2 days ago
7
9
7
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
650m 600m 850m 950m 1400m

(1042m — 2125m)

4
8
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1584 m
800m 750m 900m 1000m 1450m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
4
39
18
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1418 m
850m 800m 950m 1000m 1250m

(1120m — 1630m)

6
4
8
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1375 m
450m 500m 700m 950m 1350m

(1074m — 1200m)

2
20
11
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1137 m
900m 850m 950m 1000m 1250m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report yesterday

230
65

Fresh

Fresh
3 days ago
2
6
10
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1735 m
800m 750m 900m 1100m 1550m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report today

158
132

Excellent

Varied
8 cm
2 days ago
22
29
19
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2045 m
550m 600m 750m 900m 1300m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
18
23
9
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1500 m
800m 850m 850m 1000m 1000m

(979m — 1585m)

8
10
9
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1282 m
550m 650m 750m 850m 1150m

(1295m — 2300m)

2
3
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1798 m
700m 550m 850m 950m 1450m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report today

180
60

Excellent

Varied
5 cm
2 days ago
13
17
12
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2051 m
500m 600m 750m 900m 1350m

(1312m — 2750m)

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Bardonecchia webcam
200
70
Packed
Varied
5 cm
3 days ago
1
21
23
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2031 m
800m 750m 900m 950m 1050m

(855m — 1260m)

Bolognola-Ski webcam
39
25
30
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1058 m
750m 900m 1150m 1450m 1550m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report today

Bormio webcam
50
40
Packed
Crud
40 cm
17 days ago
3
6
14
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2118 m
450m 600m 700m 950m 1450m

(1000m — 1700m)

3
12
13
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1350 m
800m 850m 950m 1050m 1400m

(1200m — 1700m)

9
28
17
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1450 m
800m 900m 850m 1000m 1200m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report today

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
380
75

Excellent

Varied
2 cm
5 days ago
14
102
38
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2502 m
650m 650m 900m 1000m 1300m

(1569m — 1824m)

39
4
6
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1696 m
1200m 1000m 1100m 1250m 1500m

(950m — 2275m)

3
2
4
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
500m 550m 700m 950m 1350m

(950m — 2275m)

3
2
4
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
500m 550m 700m 950m 1350m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
5
50
11
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2019 m
950m 900m 950m 1000m 1200m