In the photo: Julia Kuznetsova
- This fall, heavy rainfall fell on Italy. Due to prolonged rains and floods in the regions of Lazio, Tuscany, Liguria and Piedmont,
"yellow "(medium) meteorological hazard level. But for skiers and snowboarders, downpours on the plain always mean one thing: it snows in the mountains. So, the season will not take long.
Thanks to heavy snowfalls, some slopes and lifts in the Dolomites began to work in mid-November.
Officially, the ski season in Italy was opened on November 30. So where are the best tracks?
12 different ski areas, 450 lifts and about 1,200 km of tracks in the Dolomites The Alps are united in a huge region
Dolomiti Su53erski .
Ski areas include Val Di Fassa and Carezza (219 km of pistes), Alta Badia (130 km of pistes), Val Gardena and Alpe di Susie (164 km of pistes), Arabba and Marmolada (62 km of pistes), Cortina d'Ampezzo (60 km of pistes), Kronplatz (95 km of pistes), Alpe Lucia-San Pellegrino (70 km of pistes), Val di Fiemme and Obereggen (86 km of pistes), San Martino di Castrozza / Passo Rolle (40 km of pistes), Gitschberg Yochtal (60 km of pistes), Civetta (55 km of pistes).
A single ski pass gives you the opportunity to try your hand at the tracks of different difficulty levels. If you need only one specific region, you can also buy a ski pass for a specific zone.
Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From dwellings of different levels - from economical apartments to expensive hotels - mountain views are incredibly beautiful.
Single ski pass for the day: 50 euros in low season, 62 euros in high season.
Single ski pass for the week: 266 euros in low season, 332 euros in high season.
Sella Ronda - these are two closed circular routes ( one - clockwise, the other - against) , "green" and "red", with a length of about 40 km.
Four large ski areas of the Dolomiti Su134erski are connected by a network of cable cars and trails with a total length of 500 km. These are the zones Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, Val Gardena and Arabba. All of them are located around one of the main massifs of the Dolomite - Sella.
If you want to drive the entire route, leave the slope early in the morning. Sella Ronda allows you to spend the whole day moving from one zone to another, breaking the pass after the pass, while enjoying the magnificent scenery of the Alps.
Val di Fassa, photo: shutterstock. com
Using the tracks and lifts of Sella Ronda, you can get to the neighboring region, ride there and return in the evening. Confident riders should pay attention to the Marmolada mountain trails in the Arabba zone and the Val Gardena sports tracks. Mid-level skiers will appreciate Val di Fassa and Alta Badia, and beginners through Val Gardena will be able to get to Alpe di Susie.
The ski runs are suitable for beginners.
There are no green slopes here, but the blue ones remind them very much. “Reds,” in turn, are more like blue in terms of difficulty. Some tracks are in the sun all day. Even in December, you can sunbathe while skiing and relaxing in restaurants on the slopes. For young skiers and snowboarders there are children's fenced tracks with sculptures, tunnels and other entertaining elements.
You can save on housing by settling in the villages of Castelrotto and Kompatch. For example, in January two nights in a 90-meter two-bedroom apartment in Castelrotto will cost 11,000 rubles. A four-star hotel with a swimming pool, spa and breakfast for the same dates will cost a little more than 25,000 rubles.
On the same side of the slopes you can romantically celebrate Valentine's Day by choosing accommodation near St. Valentine's Church.
If you want to spend your vacation in a luxurious setting, choose hotels in the villages of Ortisei or Santa Cristina. The latter is located between the Alpe di Susie and Val Gardena and is famous for après ski parties.
Val Gardena is home to one of the most difficult “black” European tracks Saslong A with a slope of 57%. Every December it hosts the stages of the Alpine Skiing World Cup, men's downhill and giant slalom. This season the competition will be held on December 20 and 21, the track will be closed for free access.
Thanks to Saslong A, Val Gardena is included in
These are ski areas with the most difficult sports tracks in the Alps.
Val Gardena, photo: shutterstock. com
In Alpe di Susie and Val Gardena you can ride in the common ski pass, as well as a single Dolomiti Su231erski.
Total ski pass for the day: 46-57 euros.
Total ski pass for the week: 246-277 euros.
In Val di Fassa, beginners and intermediate riders will like it. Wide tracks and slopes are ideal for training. It is most convenient to settle in the towns of Canazei or Campitello with chalet houses surrounded by mountains and excellent après ski. The cost of accommodation in a three-star hotel in January starts from 11,000 rubles for two nights.
Ski pass for the day: 49-54 euros.
Weekly ski pass: 261-290 euros.
Campitello, photo : shutterstock. com
If you are going to Val di Fassa, it’s more profitable to buy a single ski pass Dolomiti Su295erski. Canazei and Campitello are on the Sella Ronda route.
By bus or car from there you can quickly get to the ski area in the area of Lake Carezza, which is one of the ten most beautiful lakes in Italy.
The most fashionable resort in Italy is called the “Queen of the Dolomites”. Cortina d'Ampezzo is included in the prestigious Best of the Al305es rating. People come here to enjoy the scenery and ride 140 km of perfectly flat slopes. After skiing, it is customary to get out to shopping at expensive shops, relax in the spa, stroll through art galleries (for example, Galleria Muciaccia, Galleria Le Muse, Galleria d'Arte Hausammann) and dine in gourmet restaurants, six of which
in Michelin Guide 2020.
Cortina d'Ampezzo, photo: shutterstock. com
In 2026, the Winter Olympics will be held in Cortina d'Ampezzo and Milan . In addition, the resort has already begun preparations for the 2021 Alpine Skiing World Cup.
Ski pass for the day: 46-58 euros.
Weekly ski pass: 247-309 euros.
The Dolomiti di Brenta mountain complex includes ski areas Val di Sole and Campiglio. The total length of the tracks of different difficulty levels is 150 km . Two black tracks - Canalone Miramonti and S364inale Direttissima - have a slope of up to 70% and are considered one of the most difficult in the world. Pleasant “blue” and “red” tracks will appeal to riders with average skills.
You can stay in one of four cities: Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzollo, Folgarida or Marilleva.
Madonna di Campiglio will appeal to those who want to be in the center of not only skiing, but also nightlife. Trails near the town of Pinzollo are not yet very popular with tourists - they have only recently become part of the resort. What you need for those who do not like to stand in line for the lifts.
Madonna di Campiglio, photo: shutterstock. com
The towns of Folgarida and Marilleva are ideal for families with children.
Gently groomed trails, mostly “blue” and “red”, are laid among the forest. The cozy hotels have a spa for parents and children's entertainment.
Lift pass for the day: 53-58 euros.
Weekly ski pass: 279-324 euros.
The price of ski passes also includes the resort of Peyo, located 40 minutes by car from the main ski area.
Few people know about this resort, so there are almost no people there, and the tracks are perfectly smooth, long and picturesque.
On the website of the region often launch profitable promotions and offers with inexpensive accommodation and a ski pass.
In the high mountain resort of Cervinia in the northwestern part of the Italian Alps, the season lasts from November to May. In summer, you can ride on a glacier. Cervinia is located on the southern slopes Matterhorn and is connected by a network of ski lifts and ski passes with the famous Swiss Zermatt, located on the northern slopes.
Mount Matterhorn, photo: shutterstock. com
Life hack for saving on accommodation: book a hotel not in Cervinia itself, but in neighboring villages. You will get excellent accommodation with affordable spas and restaurants, and you can reach the slopes with free navetta buses. They go from many hotels (check in advance).
Ski pass for the day: in the Italian zone - 43-48 euros, with access to the Swiss side - 63-69 euros.
Weekly ski pass: in the Italian zone - 255-276 euros, with access to the Swiss side - 337-368 euros.
110 km of ski slopes await you in Bormio (most of which are “red”) with a vertical drop of almost 1800 meters and 12 km of cross-country skiing trails.
Bormio is world famous for its thermal springs (here they are called terms). The best are considered Bagni Vekky - a spa complex with different types of saunas, baths, outdoor and indoor pools filled with healing water, a jacuzzi. Depending on the day of the week, a visit to Bagni Vecchia costs 48-54 euros.
Some hotels collaborate with therme and spa treatments are included in the price. Check this out before booking your hotel.
Ski pass for the day: 28-43 euros.
Weekly ski pass: 155-240 euros.
Bormio, photo : shutterstock.