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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 REPORT As mentioned in our introduction, some of Italy's ski resorts have closed down for (hopefully only) a month due to a coronavirus surge in the country. The picture though is unclear with (so far) not all closing as might have been expected from a national directive, but it seems the rules are open to regional interpretations. Cervinia (0/220cm / 0/88”) had re-opened from Saturday 24th with three chairlifts running on the Italian side at Plan Maison, Fornet and Bontadini as well as Plateau Rosa and the Ventina slope to Cime Bianche.

These connected with Zermatt's skiing to open up 51km (32 miles) of cross-border skiing, the biggest area open in the world so far. But it was short-lived with a government decree on Sunday closing ski areas, among many other measures, for a month. It had been an excellent opening weekend otherwise with blue skies and fresh snow, although social media posts showed some unhappy people with a lack of social distancing in lift ticket queues and in cable car cabins. The resort hit back though saying queues were well managed and the negative publicity was unwarranted after a huge effort was made by all involved to maintain the new rules. It is currently unclear whether Cervinia will stay closed through to the end of November or seek ways to re-open sooner. Passo Stelvio (20/190cm / 8/72") was less concerned about closing as, perhaps against the odds back in March and April, it had managed a near-complete five-month summer season and had been due to end its season this coming weekend anyway. But so far, unlike Cervinia and Stelvio, Val Senales (0/80cm / 0/32”) and Sulden (10/40cm / 4/16") both appear to be operating still despite the mini lockdown seeming to require they close. Against all these virus-related issues it has been cold and snowing to start the week on many Italian slopes as well as further north, accumulations of up to 30cm (a foot) were reported on Monday with Passo Stelvio posting a video of blizzard conditions on the day it was forced to close early.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 2 resorts. Powder is reported at 2 resorts and 2 are reporting good piste conditions.

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C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best powder (2)Best piste conditions (2)

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1400m — 1950m)

snow report 2 days ago

Abetone webcam
opens in 44 days 2 cm
2 days ago
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
2850m 3400m 3800m 3750m 3850m

(1076m — 1951m)

snow report 2 days ago

6 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1514 m
2400m 3400m 3750m 3600m 3600m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 27 days 70 cm
2 days ago
7
7
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2091 m
2400m 3150m 3700m 3550m 3500m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report 2 days ago

52 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1972 m
2350m 2350m 3500m 3450m 3600m

(1000m — 2100m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 30 days 2 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1550 m
2400m 2400m 3450m 3450m 3600m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 30 days 29 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1564 m
2400m 2450m 3600m 3450m 3600m

(1640m — 2212m)

snow report 2 days ago

76 cm
2 days ago
10
14
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1926 m
2250m 2900m 3600m 3450m 3500m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 36 days 48 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2050 m
2400m 2350m 3500m 3450m 3550m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report today

10
30 cm
2 days ago
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1584 m
2400m 2600m 3650m 3500m 3550m

(1126m — 1710m)

snow report 2 days ago

Antagnod webcam
8 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
2400m 3150m 3700m 3500m 3550m

(1120m — 1630m)

snow report 2 days ago

30 cm
2 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1375 m
2400m 2100m 3350m 3350m 3550m

(1074m — 1200m)

partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1137 m
2400m 3150m 3750m 3500m 3550m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 37 days 28 cm
2 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1735 m
2400m 2650m 3650m 3550m 3500m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 37 days 58 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2045 m
2350m 2350m 3500m 3450m 3600m

(1000m — 2000m)

snow report 13 days ago

Asiago webcam
1 cm
13 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1500 m
2500m 2800m 3700m 3500m 3700m

(979m — 1585m)

snow report 2 days ago

7 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1282 m
2400m 2100m 3350m 3400m 3600m

(1295m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

44 cm
2 days ago
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1798 m
2350m 2400m 3550m 3450m 3550m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report 2 days ago

56 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2051 m
2350m 2200m 3450m 3400m 3600m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bardonecchia webcam
opens in 30 days 44 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2031 m
2450m 3450m 3800m 3500m 3500m

(1259m — 1664m)

snow report 16 days ago

2 cm
16 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1462 m
2850m 3200m 3450m 3550m 3700m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report yesterday

Bormio webcam
110
Powder
Powder
76 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2118 m
2350m 2250m 3650m 3500m 3550m

(1000m — 1700m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1350 m
2450m 2800m 3650m 3550m 3600m

(1200m — 1700m)

snow report 13 days ago

4 cm
13 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1450 m
2500m 2900m 3700m 3550m 3650m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report today

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
1 cm
today
4
7
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2502 m
2450m 3050m 3650m 3450m 3500m

(1569m — 1824m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1696 m
3100m 3850m 3900m 3850m 3850m

(950m — 2275m)

snow report 2 days ago

42 cm
2 days ago
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1612 m
2350m 2050m 3400m 3400m 3550m

(950m — 2275m)

snow report 2 days ago

46 cm
2 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1612 m
2350m 2000m 3400m 3350m 3550m

(1803m — 2235m)

snow report 2 days ago

Brusson webcam
34 cm
2 days ago
1
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2019 m
2350m 3200m 3750m 3550m 3550m