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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 Many of our featured Italian resorts are set to close this weekend but we do have a number that are open for weekend skiing, most notably the Milky Way. It is currently closed to preserve the remaining snow at Sauze D'Oulx (40/80cm), Sestriere (40/80cm), Cesana and Claviere (40/80cm). Of the remaining resorts that are still open there is good skiing available in resorts such as Cervinia (30/270cm) and Val Senales (35/320cm). The high altitudes are ensuring a good base depth and that the pistes remain as intact as possible. Naturally the slopes are firmer in the morning but do get quite slushy in the high afternoon when the temperature rises. Off piste conditions are varied and mainly slush by the afternoon. Both resorts had all but one lift open so the availability of slopes is still very reasonable despite the significant increase in temperature.Rain is also expected to high levels here over the weekend, but the upper slopes of resorts such as Cervinia could catch around 30cm of new snow.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 102 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 5 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best piste conditions (5)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1400m — 1950m)

Abetone webcam
1
cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1675 m
1950m 2350m 2600m 2800m 2750m

(1076m — 1951m)

4
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1514 m
1800m 2400m 2850m 2800m 2750m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alagna webcam
12
9
light snow
rain showers
clear
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 2091 m
1800m 2400m 2850m 2800m 2650m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report 15 days ago

100
40
10 cm
23 days ago
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1972 m
1650m 2250m 2200m 2350m 2550m

(1000m — 2100m)

clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1550 m
1650m 2300m 2300m 2450m 2500m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1564 m
1700m 2350m 2400m 2550m 2550m

(1640m — 2212m)

1
2
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1926 m
1900m 2450m 2700m 2750m 2650m

(1800m — 2300m)

Alpe di Siusi webcam
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 2050 m
1700m 2300m 2400m 2600m 2550m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report 23 days ago

165
30 cm
24 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1584 m
1700m 2350m 2550m 2750m 2550m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
2
rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1418 m
1900m 2400m 2750m 2800m 2700m

(1120m — 1630m)

clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1375 m
1650m 2100m 2050m 2300m 2500m

(1074m — 1200m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1137 m
1900m 2400m 2750m 2800m 2700m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report yesterday

125
Spring 15 days ago
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1735 m
1850m 2400m 2500m 2600m 2550m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arabba webcam
1
3
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 2045 m
1650m 2200m 2150m 2300m 2550m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1500 m
1600m 2300m 2550m 2650m 2550m

(979m — 1585m)

clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1282 m
1600m 2200m 2150m 2400m 2450m

(1295m — 2300m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1798 m
1800m 2350m 2400m 2600m 2550m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report 27 days ago

Badia (Alta Badia) webcam
40
5
Fair
×
No snow
28 days ago
2
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 2051 m
1650m 2200m 2150m 2350m 2550m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bardonecchia webcam
150
20
×
Closed
Limited
10 cm
24 days ago
2
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2031 m
2050m 2350m 2800m 2900m 2800m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bormio webcam
4
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 2118 m
1850m 2350m 2400m 2650m 2700m

(1000m — 1700m)

1
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1350 m
1700m 2350m 2650m 2700m 2550m

(1200m — 1700m)

1
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1450 m
1650m 2300m 2650m 2700m 2550m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
270
30
Spring snow
Spring snow
10 cm
14 days ago
10
22
22
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2502 m
1950m 2450m 2750m 2800m 2700m

(1569m — 1824m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1696 m
3000m 2550m 2700m 3200m 3350m

(950m — 2275m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1612 m
1650m 2200m 2150m 2350m 2500m

(950m — 2275m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1612 m
1650m 2200m 2150m 2350m 2500m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
3
snow showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2019 m
1850m 2400m 2800m 2800m 2650m
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