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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 Fresh snow was recorded at every one of our featured resorts in the country for the first time this season. As much as 45cm was picked up in places on Sunday, but everywhere saw more than 10cm. The sun was shining in places on Monday morning, but further snow is set to arrive overnight and into Tuesday. The snowiest spots were Cervinia (65/240cm) which picked up 45cm, Madonna (40/120cm) where 40cm fell and Passo Tonale (50/100cm) which also saw 40cm of new snow on the upper slopes. Conditions as a result were drastically improved following the poor start to the season. Livigno (33/75cm) and Arabba (26/48cm) also fared very well, seeing 30cm and 28cm respectively. With all lifts running at both resorts there was a large variety of pistes on offer, with even some off-piste available in places. Even in the Milky Way, where conditions have been significantly below par this season, 20cm of fresh snow was recorded. This enabled 56 lifts across the area to open up, although only 81km of pistes from a possible 320km were open on Monday. The best conditions were to be found in the French sector by Montgenevre, but if you're staying on the Italian side, the high altitude Sestriere (30/40cm) was the place to be. The great news is that further spells of heavy snowfall are forecast for the coming week. It is due to set in during Monday night and not stop until Wednesday, by which time 50-100cm is possible, with the heaviest falls for the Aosta Valley and resorts such as Courmayeur, La Thuile and Cervinia.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 208resorts. Powder is reported at 15 resorts and 31 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 (15)Best piste conditions (31)

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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1400m — 1950m)

24
51
46
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
1450m 1250m 1000m 1650m 2000m

(1076m — 1951m)

7
44
5
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1514 m
750m 850m 700m 1150m 1450m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report yesterday

Alagna webcam
70
25
Packed powder
Fresh
20 cm
2 days ago
10
70
11
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2091 m
700m 700m 700m 1050m 1400m

(1502m — 2441m)

15
74
27
partially cloudy
clear
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1972 m
1000m 450m 400m 750m 1050m

(1000m — 2100m)

9
40
14
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1550 m
850m 600m 550m 850m 1200m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report yesterday

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
55
20

Good

Varied
5 cm
2 days ago
5
49
13
partially cloudy
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1564 m
1050m 550m 500m 750m 1100m

(1640m — 2212m)

10
39
8
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1926 m
400m 550m 500m 950m 1200m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report today

Alpe di Siusi webcam
46
3
Packed today
8
46
17
partially cloudy
clear
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2050 m
1050m 550m 400m 750m 1100m

(1042m — 2125m)

2
25
3
partially cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1584 m
1150m 750m 700m 1000m 1500m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
9
33
8
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1418 m
550m 650m 700m 1150m 1500m

(1120m — 1630m)

10
12
13
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1375 m
700m 600m 450m 800m 1200m

(1074m — 1200m)

6
16
5
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1137 m
500m 650m 750m 1200m 1500m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report yesterday

120
50
Powder
Powder
3 days ago
4
22
4
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1735 m
550m 550m 500m 950m 1450m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report yesterday

Arabba webcam
48
26
Packed powder
Best up high
28 cm
2 days ago
16
70
26
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2045 m
950m 500m 400m 800m 1100m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
2
46
5
cloudy
clear
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1500 m
1150m 800m 800m 850m 1200m

(979m — 1585m)

8
39
13
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1282 m
600m 500m 500m 750m 1150m

(1295m — 2300m)

4
18
6
snow showers
snow showers
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1798 m
950m 650m 550m 850m 1300m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report today

Badia (Alta Badia) webcam
55
30
Packed yesterday
12
49
21
partially cloudy
clear
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2051 m
900m 600m 450m 800m 1150m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report yesterday

60
30

Good

Varied
10 cm
2 days ago
17
54
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2031 m
400m 800m 650m 1800m 1600m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report yesterday

Bormio webcam
70
30
Packed powder
Fresh
20 cm
2 days ago
9
39
12
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2118 m
500m 450m 500m 1000m 1450m

(1000m — 1700m)

3
24
5
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1350 m
700m 650m 550m 850m 1400m

(1200m — 1700m)

2
40
3
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1450 m
1200m 900m 850m 950m 1400m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
240
50

Excellent

Fresh
20 cm
yesterday
33
117
35
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2502 m
350m 500m 600m 1250m 1500m

(1569m — 1824m)

3
3
14
light snow
light rain
light snow
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1696 m
1950m 2400m 1950m 2650m 2650m

(950m — 2275m)

8
15
11
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1612 m
850m 650m 450m 750m 1200m

(950m — 2275m)

8
15
11
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1612 m
850m 650m 450m 750m 1200m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
3
31
3
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2019 m
650m 700m 750m 1100m 1450m