Italian ski options? Need advice
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 10:05 AM Last Post By: sophotec
Nov 13, 2012 8:47 PM
Italian ski options? Need adviceI will be in Italy (outside Rome) for work in mid-to late January and I was looking at taking a trip north at the end of my stay, eventually skiing for 3 or 4 days before coming back. I am an expert skier and am looking for a resort with a variety of terrain, plenty of steeps, and a town with good restaurants, nightlife, etc.
My thoughts are either to go toward the Dolomites (maybe Cortina) or toward NW Italy (Courmayeur perhaps). I'll be driving and hope to make a few stops on the way up or back. Perhaps Genoa and/or Pisa if I go to the NW and Bologna and/or Venice if I go toward the Dolomites.
Please let me know if you have any recommendations.
Thanks in advance!
This is also posted under Snow Business (not sure how or if you can do two at once)
Nov 13, 2012 10:10 PM
1There are plenty of options especially if you are travelling with your own car.
To the north west, apart from Courmayeur, you might go to Cervinia-Valtournanche (linked to Zermatt in Switzerland) or La Thuile (linked to La Rosière in France).
For the Dolomites the best area is possibly Sella Ronda, staying either in Val di Fassa or Val Badia, or the equally beautiful Plan de Corones/Kronplatz.
These are the biggest and best known resorts, but there are plenty of other options: my own favourites are Sesto/Sexten at the border with Austria (Dolomites area), or the smaller places like Racines/Ratschings and Solda/Soelden am Ortler to the east, and the far less known skiing area of Ponte di Legno/Tonale, which provides linked slopes from 1200 m to 2900, from villages to glacier.
The best steep slopes (in Italy they are called 'piste nere' and marked with a black circle) are possibly in Plan de Corones. The best freeride skiing seems to be in the tiny, remote village of Alagna Valsesia.
Nov 14, 2012 5:00 AM
2Thanks for the info. I'll check those places out. One more thing, if going for a day trip, do you have any recommendations in the Abruzzo region?
Nov 14, 2012 10:32 AM
3Alagna Valsesia isn't that remote. 720 kms, all motorway, except the last 70 kms through Valsesia.
Nov 15, 2012 10:05 AM
4The Kronplatz area is just a few Km from Cortina may be your choice: http://www.kronplatz.com/en/
(2 star Hotel)
From US$27.52 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$203.12 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$459.70 per night