With its snowy slopes, blue skies and chic hotels, Madonna di Campiglio is la dolce vita in a nutshell.
Madonna di Campiglio is an affluent Dolomiti town with a well-heeled, predominantly Italian clientele. The varied, snow-sure ski area (connected to nearby Pinzolo and Folgarida-Marilleva) offers 150km of immaculately groomed pistes that reach an altitude of 2,500m. The slopes are best suited to leisurely intermediates with some of the best cruising terrain in the Alps, both above and below the tree-line. There are, however, plenty of options for the more adventurous, including some steep blacks and plenty of off-piste, served by a state-of-the-art, award-winning lift system.
The resort is set in a pleasantly wooded valley and surrounded by typically magnificent Dolomiti scenery. The compact, traffic-free centre houses many smart boutiques and the early evening atmosphere is vibrant.
Resort Altitude: 1,520m
Resort Skiing: 2,505m
Total Ski Area: 150km
Blue Runs: 60km
Red Runs: 68km
Black Runs: 22km
Known as the Pearl of the Dolomites, Madonna di Campiglio offers an extensive ski area with access to Cinque Laghi, Spinale, Pradalago and Pinzolo areas. With 150km of varied terrain, at an elevation of up to 2,505m and a highly-rated interconnected lift system available, it is no wonder the resort is hugely popular. There is a vast snowmaking system meaning skiing is always accessible.
The vast ski area of Madonna di Campiglio means there is something for everyone. Beginners and intermediates can enjoy long blues and good progression runs are available. For advanced intermediates and experts, there are numerous blacks as well as off-piste areas and racing runs. The long sweeping black slope, Spinale Direttissima, is perfect for those wanting a challenge. Cross-country routes and night-skiing are also available in this resort.
Snowboarding in Madonna di Campiglio offers wide groomed trails and good opportunities for off-piste. Snowboarders can also enjoy the four terrain parks on offer across the resort. The URSUS snowpark located in the Grosté area offers different sections for all levels of boarders. The resort is especially good for beginners with gentle runs and easy access to more difficult runs.
There are a large range of ski schools in Madonna di Campiglio and surrounding ski areas, catering for both skiers and snowboarders. Programs vary depending on the school but all offer private or group lessons.
Rendy Ski School offers lessons for children between ages 3 and 5 in the Rendy Snow Park, where there are a range of obstacles, making learning how to ski fun and enjoyable. In addition, Tana di Rendy hosts a mini club for children between 3 and 8 years, in which they offer alternative activities to skiing including cooking lessons.
The resort has a variety of restaurants to suit everyone. Le Roi Pizzeria serves good food at good value, making it perfect for families. Fine dining options include Chalet Fiat on Monte Spinale with delicious food and beautiful expansive views. The Stube Hermitage Restaurant in the Hermitage Hotel is also worth a visit, with a Michelin-starred head chef.
Madonna di Campiglio offers several lively bars for an après scene. Piano 54 hosts a DJ through the evening and is also known on resort for its 'show dinner' every Wednesday, offering food and various performances. After the après is over, Piano 54 turns into Des Alpes Mood Club that stays open until late.
Non-skiers have plenty to do in resort - a three-mile toboggan run from Monte Spinale accessed by the Spinale Gondola, various walking trails and ice skating to name a few. Nearby resort Folgaria has many paths for snow hiking and guided tours are offered by Gruppo Guide Alpine. In the Madonna di Campiglio town, there is a public wellness centre open with indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna to use.