From the Alps and Dolomites of northern Italy to Mount Etna on Sicily, Italy offers many opportunities for skiing and winter sports vacations. Most ski resorts also make good summer hiking and climbing vacations, too.
The Italian Dolomites
The Italian Dolomites, bordering Austria, offer spectacular mountain scenery and a number of Italian skiing villages. Because of the height of some of the mountains, it’s possible to ski nearly year round in some places. The Dolomites are good for beginning to advanced skiers and offer other winter sports as well. Ortisei is a great place for cross-country skiing. Cortina d’Ampezzo and Val Gardena are two of the most well-known ski areas.
The Dolomites are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is in the Italian Dolomites in the Veneto Region of northern Italy, 451 km from Milan-Malpensa Airport. Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of Europe’s most exclusive resorts. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the picturesque village makes a beautiful place to ski and to visit, but it is very expensive. The village has a museum and art gallery, movie theater, indoor tennis, restaurants, and hotels. There are 47 ski lifts and skiing is best for beginners and intermediates. The resort is at a height of 1224 meters and the top ski elevation is 3248 meters. Other winter sports include tobogganing, bobsled, ice skating, and ice hockey.