Some of Italy’s best skiing regions
The Piemonte region encompasses: Cervinia, Courmayeur and La Thuile in Valle d’Aosta, while west of Turin there are Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, and Bardonecchia.
The Dolomites, a mountain range in the north offer: Italy’s most scenic landscapes and the fashionable ski resorts of Madonna di Campiglio and upmarket Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Other popular snow activity areas are Campo Imperatore in Abruzzo, Abetone in Tuscany, the Aspromonte massif in the south, and Mount Etna in Sicily.
A couple of ‘secret’ Italian ski resorts
Hidden away but with links to surpeb skiing in the Dolomites, Folgarida is perfect for families. It’s a modern resort with a big ice-skating rink where you can try your hand at ‘broomball’ (smashing balls into nets using brooms as bats). A cinema shows English language films.
Connected by gondola to the Alta Badia ski area with more than 1, 100km of pistes, San Cassiano is a peaceful spot in the Dolomites. It’s at 1, 537m, and sometimes suffers from unreliable snow, though there are plenty of snow-machines. Runs are best for intermediates. The village has a handful of fine restaurants.