Do you want to know the highest ski resorts in Italy to guarantee fantastic snow conditions for your next trip? We have curated a list of the highest-altitude ski regions in the country, in our holiday collection, to make your decision easier.
The higher the altitude, the more reliable the conditions. This is perfect for those wanting fit in a quick ski weekend, or powder-hunters who live to ski off-piste. Or, perhaps you are skiing at the end of the season and you want to find a resort with a good base of snow.
Read further to find out the highest ski resorts in Italy.
Kicking off the list is Champoluc which reaches a ski altitude of a mammoth 3,500m. Still largely undiscovered by British tourists, it is a hidden gem for those who know. The ski area totals over 42km of piste, and is relatively empty apart from the first week of January. This is when the locals of Turin explore the beautiful ski resort.
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Coming in joint first is Gressoney at 3,500m. This, again, is another relatively unknown ski resort to Brits. Located between two charming Italian villages, Gressoney offers typical Italian charm and authenticity. The ski region is rich in cultural tradition, fantastic food and exceptional skiing. Gressoney is surrounded by the towering Dolomites and also has fabulous views of the Mont Blanc.
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Cervinia is one of the more well-known ski resorts to British tourists. The ski resort is just a short two-hour drive from Turin airport. Making it a fantastic ski region to visit for short trips. The ski elevation reaches an impressive 3,480m and is relatively snow sure from Nov-May. With day trips over to Zermatt easy to navigate, it is a brilliant ski resort to experience.
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Passo Tonale comes in fourth in our highest ski resorts in Italy list. This ski resort is a firm favourite with families. This is because there are plenty of cruisy greens and blues, allowing beginners to build up confidence. There are an equal amount of red slopes, ready for skiers to progress to the next level. The Italian hospitality keeps visitors returning each year, with something for everyone’s budget.
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Cortina is a smaller but extremely beautiful destination. The ski resort is often compared to as Italy’s answer to St. Moritz. It is favoured by stylish visitors from Milan and Rome, many of whom have second homes in the ski resort. This is a ski resort for those who are looking for exceptional food, as there are a number of Michelin restaurants in Cortina. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of cocktail and wine bars too!
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Uniquely, La Thuile is a former mining town, with direct access to La Rosière in France. La Thuile ski elevation reaches 2,880m and has uninterrupted views of nearby Mont Blanc. At peak times, the ski region is relatively quiet, meaning short lift queues and empty slopes. The ski resort is perfect for intermediates with the majority of slopes being red runs.
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Sestriére ski resort is conveniently situated in the heart of the Milky Way ski region. The ski resort has access to over 400km of piste. With plenty of slopes to choose from, there is something for every ability of skier. The resort was purpose-built in 1930 and has a contemporary feel. Sestriére is just 1 hour and 45 minutes from Turin making it an easy choice for families who don’t enjoy a long transfer.
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In a similar ski region to Sestriére, Claviere is also located in the heart of the Milky Way ski area. Claviere is the perfect choice for those families wanting a peaceful and charming ski resort. With access to a huge 400km of slopes, visitors have the choice to stay local or venture further afield. The ski resort of Montgenèvre in France is also a short taxi drive away which offers a fun après scene.
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Livigno is a superb choice when deciding which Italian ski resort to visit. With a state-of-the-art lift system carrying skiers from A to B in no time, it is a ski area not to be overlooked. Much of the ski resort has ski-in and ski-out accommodation allowing for the utmost convenience on a ski holiday. Livigno is home to Aquagranda, an indoor waterpark, with a gym and beauty centre. With non-skiing activities including snowmobiling, dog-sledding and ice-skating it is a ski resort for families.
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Just making it in our top 10 highest ski resorts in Italy is Colfosco. Not only does the ski resort’s altitude reach a healthy 1,645m but its ski elevation reaches a solid 2,778m. Part of the Alta Badia ski area and with access to the Sella Ronda circuit, this is an area perfect for intermediate and advanced skiers. The top skiers can make it within 3 hours, with leisurely skiers making a day of it by stopping off for an Italian lunch.
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