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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 recent snowfall in the west has certainly been welcomed as spring conditions were taking their toll on the slopes. It's still fairly warm, with an average temperature of around 5C. The east is currently feeling the effects of the clouds that were present in the west earlier. This has brought rainfall to some lower resorts but up at a higher altitude there are snowflakes falling. The Aosta valley, with Cervinia (45/270cm) and Pila (35/140cm) reported around 10-15cm of fresh snow on Thursday 26th March in the early hours, followed by sunny skies. With the east currently sat under thick clouds, rain and snow has fallen but Cortina (10/90cm) has profited from the arrival of the snow as the resort team have reported up to a total of 35cm over the past 24 hours. From this you can expect excellent pistes higher up, with pockets of fresh powder. It continued to be cloudy and reasonably cold so the fresh snow remained intact. The avalanche risk has been increased to a dangerous level and around half of the lifts were closed, meaning 19 lifts were closed leaving 21 in operation. Once the mountain is completely safe, there should be fantastic conditions waiting to be hit.The forecast so far is predicting the clouds, particularly in the east will start to fade thus joining the west in sunshine just in time for the weekend.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 101 resorts. Powder is reported at 6 resorts and 26 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Italy

  1. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snow is falling in Passo Tonale.
  2. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snowing in Courmayeur.
  3. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    It is snowing steadily in Presena Glacier.

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best powder (6) Best piste conditions (26)

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
9
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1675 m
2600m 2950m 3400m 3000m 2650m

(1076m — 1951m)

1
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1514 m
2500m 2700m 2800m 2350m 2050m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alagna webcam
200
50
×
Closed
Tracked
15 cm
4 days ago
11
2
12
light snow
light snow
rain showers
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2091 m
2300m 2250m 2650m 2100m 1700m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report yesterday

115
40
10 cm
2 days ago
15
2
26
light snow
light snow
light rain
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1972 m
1800m 1950m 2000m 1650m 1150m

(1000m — 2100m)

4
22
light rain
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1550 m
1900m 1950m 2250m 1750m 1350m

(1640m — 2212m)

26
6
12
light snow
heavy rain
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1926 m
2100m 2100m 2400m 1800m 1500m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alpe di Siusi webcam
80
Packed 3 days ago
8
1
9
light snow
light snow
light rain
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2050 m
2100m 2200m 2500m 1900m 1500m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report 2 days ago

165
30 cm
3 days ago
6
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1584 m
2300m 2400m 2600m 2250m 1850m

(1126m — 1710m)

Antagnod webcam
1
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
Mid station 1418 m
2200m 2050m 2450m 1950m 1650m

(1120m — 1630m)

4
12
light rain
moderate rain
light rain
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1375 m
1900m 2000m 2200m 1550m 1200m

(1074m — 1200m)

rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1137 m
2200m 2050m 2450m 1950m 1600m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report yesterday

180
30
Packed 27 days ago
4
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1735 m
2150m 2350m 2500m 1950m 1600m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arabba webcam
130
55

Excellent

Powder
35 cm
3 days ago
17
2
31
light snow
light snow
light rain
clear
light snow
Mid station 2045 m
1800m 1900m 2000m 1600m 1150m

(1000m — 2000m)

Asiago webcam
8
light rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1500 m
2200m 2350m 2650m 2200m 1700m

(979m — 1585m)

13
light rain
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1282 m
1750m 1950m 2200m 1700m 1450m

(1295m — 2300m)

Avelengo/Merano 2000 webcam
5
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1798 m
2150m 2200m 2500m 1950m 1600m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report 6 days ago

Badia (Alta Badia) webcam
40
5
Fair
×
No snow
7 days ago
14
2
23
light snow
light snow
light rain
clear
light snow
Mid station 2051 m
1900m 2000m 2250m 1650m 1250m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bardonecchia webcam
160
40

Excellent

Varied
10 cm
3 days ago
9
2
2
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2031 m
2200m 2200m 2400m 1750m 1450m

(1370m — 2340m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bellamonte Alpe Lusia webcam
120
15
5 cm
13 days ago
4
21
light snow
light snow
light rain
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1855 m
2000m 2050m 2100m 1800m 1400m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bormio webcam
150
50
Packed
Varied
5 cm
27 days ago
14
1
13
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2118 m
2000m 2200m 2350m 1650m 1200m

(1000m — 1700m)

2
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1350 m
2250m 2450m 2650m 2200m 1800m

(1200m — 1700m)

3
cloudy
rain showers
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1450 m
2300m 2500m 2750m 2400m 1950m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
275
40

Good
Windblown
15 cm
4 days ago
92
13
16
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2502 m
2100m 1900m 2350m 1800m 1350m

(1569m — 1824m)

light rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1696 m
3050m 3750m 4050m 3900m 3550m

(950m — 2275m)

3
8
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1612 m
2000m 2050m 2250m 1700m 1300m

(950m — 2275m)

3
8
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1612 m
2000m 2050m 2250m 1700m 1300m

(1803m — 2235m)

Brusson webcam
1
1
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2019 m
2300m 2200m 2600m 2100m 1750m
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