Top places to ski in Italy
When it comes to skiing and winter sports, Italians have a much more laid-back approach to proceedings than their neighbours in Switzerland and Austria.
In Italy, rather than queuing to catch the first lift to the summit, skiers are more likely to get up late and finish early for an apres ski beer. On a sunny day, you're likely to find more sun seekers than snow seekers, and it's not uncommon to see people stripped down to the briefs and bikinis, sitting on a slope-side sun deck soaking up the rays.
For skiers who prefer a laid-back vibe in their ski resort, Italy offers some of the finest winter sports destinations on the planet.
Italy is normally overshadowed as a ski destination by the better known ski resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria, but the Italians have a superb selection of their own resorts and are perhaps happy to keep their skiing secrets to themselves.
Top places to ski in Italy also include Turin, which has proven itself worthy of competing as a ski destination in the international arena. For many clued-up Brits, Italy's laid back attitude to life, love of fine food and wine, good value for money and beautiful mountains are an ongoing draw.
Italy has over 100 resorts scattered throughout the northern part of the country, in the Italian Alps, and the jagged Dolomites. With plenty of flights to Milan the city is one of the gateways to Italian ski resorts, with a number of superb options less than three hours' drive from the airport.
Bardonecchia, the French border town is also a top place to ski in Italy and offers a truly authentic Italian experience with tree lined streets and rustic chalets. Cervinia, has a long ski season running from December to May, and is also linked to Zermatt in Switzerland, meaning you can pop over the border for lunch, should you feel the need for a chunk of Swiss chocolate!
One of the more recent favourites with British skiers is the duty free ski town of Livingo. Known for its lively nightlife, (not surprisingly fuelled by the availability of duty free alcohol), wide open and expansive pistes and one of the best terrain parks in Italy, the resort tends to attract a young crowd looking for a great value destination with superb skiing and snowboarding.
As Britain's skiers become increasingly well-travelled, Italy, along with other countries slightly less well known for their skiing, are likely to become even more popular for those looking to experience the laid back lifestyle, incredible scenery and warm Italian reception.
If you are planning to take a ski holiday in Italy, why not book an adventure tour, ski tour or excursion before you leave home to make the most of your stay? In addition to the skiing there are a vast range of attractions, events and things to do within easy reach of the main ski resorts in Italy.