This lesser-known region in Italy’s Dolomites is exceptionally beautiful with a rural Italian charm. Easily accessible from Verona and Venice airports, ski on the virtually deserted pistes and taste delicious Italian plates. Tuck into home-made polenta with mountain mushrooms and local cheeses at the family-run mountain huts vying for your attention. Don’t miss the apple strudel for dessert. For the best skiing in Trentino, choose between family-friendly Paganella, glitzy Madonna di Campiglio or historical Alpe Cimbra, three favourite Trentino ski resorts.
At the foot of the Brenta Dolomites, Paganella’s confidence-boosting runs offer some of the best skiing in Trentino for learners, intermediates and families. The ski area is made up of five villages, the largest Andalo, where there is a kids club of three playgrounds. The baby parks have an inflatable train and games, while the kids gaggiapark hosts workshops in the igloo-shaped library. There are designated nursery slopes for children and there’s a choice of seven ski schools – some of which also have their own lifts.
The runs are mostly long, cruisy blue and red runs weaving through the treeline. While there are some steeper runs coming down from the 2125m high Paganella peak that have incredible views. In the evening, ride to a mountain hut for dinner by snowcat, make the most of skiing with the lit-up Cacciatori blue run on Tuesday’s and Fridays from 7.30pm-10.30pm. In addition, you could try yoga on skis, fat biking or go around town in a horse-drawn sleigh.
Madonna di Campiglio’s moniker is the Pearl of the Dolomites, and the resort is as glamorous on the slopes as it is in town. Set in a wooded valley between the Dolomites, wander the town’s traffic-free centre. Lined with boutiques, fantastic restaurants and bars, it’s no surprise Madonna attracts fashionable Italians. There’s a reliable snow record with eight out of ten sunny days, so leisurely lunches are well-spent basking on the sun terrace.
Linked with Pinzolo, Folgarida and Marilleva, the ski area covers over 150km of well-maintained slopes. Madonna offers some of the best skiing in Trentino for intermediates; the majority of runs are blues and reds between the trees. Reaching a maximum height of 2,500m, there are more advanced black runs and off-piste above the treeline. Those looking to cover more distance should buy the Superskirama pass that unlocks 380km of pistes across eight resorts.
You will find a variety of highly acclaimed gourmet restaurants both on and off the mountain. One of the chicest mountain huts in Italy, Chalet Fiat on Monte Spinale has delicious Italian plates. On Thursday and Saturday evenings the ski lift to the restaurant runs, therefore allowing you to have a magical mountain meal. In town, pop into Piano 54 by the Grostè gondola for a drink at après. Followed by an indulgent meal at Il Gallo Cedrone at Hotel Bertelli, which has a Michelin star and a fantastic wine list.
Made up of Alpe Cimbra, Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna, skiing here is astoundingly beautiful with 100km of slopes. Each year, Alpe Cimbra hosts American Word Cup champions Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin and Tommy Ford. Skiing around these villages is magical after snowfall when all the pine trees are dusted with snow.
Meanwhile, as you head higher take in panoramic views over the treetops. Above all, advanced skiers looking for a challenge should head to the steeper slopes of Agonistica and Avéz del Prinzep. Alpe Cimbra is suitable for families with baby parks, hotels with childcare and winter activities like tobogganing and ice skating.
For more information on where to find the best skiing in Trentino or to book a trip to one of the Trentino ski resorts, please speak to one of our ski experts on 0207 471 7700.