Italy offers a variety of skiing venues, from the Dolomites and Alps of northern Italy to Sicily’s Mt. Etna. Italian ski areas are family friendly and provide a more laid-back atmosphere than other Alpine ski destinations. Economically, Italian ski destinations are still budget friendly.
In northwest Italy the Piemonte Region is where the 2006 Winter Olympics were hosted. If you’ve ever dreamed of skiing the Olympic runs, Piemonte Region is the place to go. The Piemonte Region boasts 1,300 kilometers of well groomed runs and 53 ski resorts. In this region a large variety of Winter sports are offered including para-skiing, dog sled rides, helicopter skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice climbing and much more. The Piemonte Region offers a quiet and relaxed area for all levels of skiers.
The Dolomiti Superski area provides a total of 668 sun-kissed runs for snowboarders and skiers. Dolomiti offers premium ski runs for every level, 72 black runs, 274 red runs, 306 blue runs and 16 green runs. Dolomiti is a mecca for snowboarders and has a top rated Snow Park. There is snow making capabilities on 90% of the slopes in the Dolomiti Superski area, assuring a Winter wonderland of activities from November to April. Only two hours drive from Dolomiti Superski are three airports, making it a great destination for short holidays or ski weekends.
If you’re looking to ski the heart of Italy the Abruzzon Region is the perfect target. Along with offering a world-class unspoiled skiing venue it has breathtaking scenery, Roman ruins, monasteries, medieval castles, charming villages and snowfall that rivals the Alpine ski areas. This region provides 29 lifts and two cable cars to access the 65 runs. Being in the poorer section of Italy makes Abruzzon an excellent bargain for tourists. Since a large portion of the Abruzzon Region is designated regional or national parkland, the best way to tour the area is by car.