The Best 5 Apre-Ski Resort Areas in Italy

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By Alessia Morello

 

From late November to early December, all Italian skiing areas begin to count down for the beginning of the ski season. If the snow arrives in advance, like this year, the ski resorts first open to the happiness of snowboarders and skiers who for 7 months are in a trepid wait.

Skiing is a tradition in Italy, if you live in the Alps and the Dolomites when you’re a kid it’s the norm to get up on Sunday at 6:00am, prepare skis and boots and leave for one of the many ski destinations with the family.

When I was just a teenager, snowboarding started in my beloved northeast and me and my father, brave sportsmen, were the first to throw ourselves into this new discipline. I still remember the first falls. Now I am at least 17 years that I snowboard and in addition to go out-track there is one other thing that I love when I go to the mountains. The famous aprè-ski!

After a day of skiing it is usual to go for a drink to warm up and relax in the bars that are at the bottom of the track or in one of the many alpine huts. Over the years these bars have also started making music and creating a broader offering, to make the drink at the aper-ski the coolest event of the day.

 

THE BEST ITALIAN DESTINATIONS – WHERE TO SKI AND HAVE FUN:

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LIVIGNO (Lombardia)

With its 115 kilometres of downhill slopes, 30 km of cross-country skiing trails and many freeride tracks, thanks to a perfect climate and favorable position, Livigno is one of the TOP locations for skiing and snowboarding.

Livigno is also famous for festivals and events throughout the season, but especially for the Snowland music festival, a 6-day long music festival featuring sun, snow and famous DJs.

 

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO (Veneto)

Cortina is one of the most glamorous ski resort areas in Italy since the 1960s. Every respected VIP goes to Cortina at least once a year. But besides the glamor curtain, the “Dolomite pearl” also boasts 86 tracks for 106 km of slopes, as well as one of the best nightlife scenes. If you want to be IN go to the Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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SELVA DI VAL GARDENA (Trentino Alto Adige)

Selva di Val Gardena is one of the largest ski resorts in Italy. Why? Simply because there are 4 connected ski areas that together are known as “Sellaronda” for a length of 1200 miles of ski slopes. Unbelievable. You can do the rounds of the districts in both directions without ever taking off your skis or snowboard. In this myriad of possibilities I do not think it is difficult to find events, music, alpine huts in the middle of nowhere where you can do the best apre-ski of your life. Have not you left yet?

 

PRAMOLLO (FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA)

The Pramollo is a beautiful ski resort located on the Italian-Austrian border and in this mix of cultures you can find snowboard lovers who do the typical Italian aperitif with “Spritz aperol”, eat Italian pizza by drinking an Austrian Villacher beer and closing dinner with a Snapps or Grappa (is the same thing). In addition to sharing recipes and tracks, in Nassfeld there are some of the most fun bars and parties of the season, the metal festival in the snow “Full Metal Mountain”, the carnival event or the most unusual wine festival ever. Unmissable.

 

LA THUILE (VALLE D’AOSTA)

Do you want to ski and party in the presence of the majestic “Monte Bianco”? The most important mountain in Italy? Then you must go to La Thule in the ski area with the French border. La Thuile at 1441 m has trails that start from 2600 meters with bar and rooms with views of the most envied in the world. A lot of world skiing competitions are held on these mountains and events and amusements follow throughout the season.

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Have you ever thought about a winter holiday in the Italian Alps?

So what do you expect?

Buy a ticket!

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Alessia Morello lives in the north-east of Italy. After working for several years around the world she decide to stop and come back in her homeland and do the things she loves like trekking into the Dolomites with her dog Giorgino and creating posts and videos for her blog. She grew up doing outdoor adventures with the family and now the nature is part of her life. Other interests? Rock climbing, mountain bike trails, cooking vegetarian recipes and having fun!

Follow her travels at www.theitaliansmoothie.com and on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

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39 thoughts on “The Best 5 Apre-Ski Resort Areas in Italy

  • December 29, 2017 at 12:35 am
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    Wow! Those locations look like a dream. I think I’ve found a few good vacation ideas.

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  • December 27, 2017 at 5:53 pm
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    When talking about visiting Italy, skiing never comes up and now I surprised after reading on all the ski slopes that Italy hosts. Cortina looks beautiful and I would love to ski there. I have yet to try snowboarding though, something about it just looks so intimidating haha.

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    • December 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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      Hi Christina, I’m so happy that you love my pics and places here in Italy. Is a beautiful country so you don’t need to ski to appreciate it.

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  • December 25, 2017 at 12:17 am
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    That is so beautiful. Seeing these pictures makes me want to do that.

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    • December 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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      HI Luci! Winter sports are so funny. I love them and to stay with friends. Try one day!

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  • December 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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    All of these places look so magical! The perfect winter wonderland. I’ve never been to Europe but the Italian Alps look like a great place to start!

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    • December 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm
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      Alps are the place where the sky is born so you can imagine how amazing cold our mountains are in winter. You have to see it!

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  • December 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm
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    I have never skied before, but it looks like so much fun. Just great detail and pictures!

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  • December 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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    They all sound amazing. I really like coming to Italy to ski as everything looks so pretty like in a Winter Wonderland. A few years ago I was in the Dolomites before Xmas and it was stunning!

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    • December 27, 2017 at 1:27 pm
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      Hi Nadine. I’m so happy that you came to visit my land. I love to ski and go trekking in the Dolomites so I’m so happy when somebody else visit us and appreciates it. Where did you stay?

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  • December 24, 2017 at 10:06 am
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    I heard already that Italy has some really good ski areas and I am glad that I found your article, which confirms that. These are truly some beautiful impressions. I know so far only some regoins in Switzerland and Austria, but (mainly) the Swiss ones are truly expensive.
    My personal favourite of this list here is clearly the Pramollo, since I always wanted to visit the Full Metal mountain festival! Hopefully next season I will be there.

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  • December 23, 2017 at 10:20 pm
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    This is so handy! Thank you including more accurate technical info too, it makes it easier to compare and pick somewhere. and WOW your photos are such high quality, really captures the place. Got me feeling all Christmasy too! 😉

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    • December 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm
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      Thanks and thanks! Yeah I love this picture too, I’m so lucky to live in a wonderful place like this.

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  • December 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm
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    Wow. I don’t know if I have ever thought of going to Italy for skiing but why not! I am not a skiing fan, but the scenery looks beautiful.

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  • December 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm
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    I used to ski often, but I haven’t been since having the kids. I’d love to try skiing in Italy.

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  • December 23, 2017 at 2:06 pm
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    I have never been skiing but would love to try sometime. All these places in Italy look absolutely amazing!

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  • December 23, 2017 at 12:47 pm
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    Hey, thanks for an amazing list and it’s so cool that you enjoy snowboarding and have been doing it for so long – something I don’t see learning in my life. While I am not a skier, I love the vibe and feel of the towns and am sure they would make for a wonderful family or romantic getaway as well. The photos are really beautiful and bring out the quaintness and beauty of the region.

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    • December 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm
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      Hi and thanks! Yeah the cool thing of this ski areas is that you can relax and go to the spa, eat very well and do other things with girlfriend or family. But with a better view!

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  • December 23, 2017 at 9:00 am
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    I don’t ski but I do wish I did! I have always envied skiers as they ski down the slope looking very cool and gracious! It is a shame not to take an advantage of the Swiss mountains also during the winter time! But if ever manage to learn how to ski I bet the northern part of Italy would also be a very beautiful place to ski! How lucky aren’t you skiers!

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    • December 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm
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      Italy have nothing to envy to switzerland. We have both excellent ski areas and amazing tracks. But in Italy the food is better 😀

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  • December 23, 2017 at 6:44 am
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    I would love to travel to Italy!!! These all look like amazing ski areas to experience!

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  • December 23, 2017 at 5:53 am
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    My husband has been wanting to go skiing for such a long time. I would love to visit Italy. It sounds like we both would enjoy Selva di Val Gardena.

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  • December 23, 2017 at 5:44 am
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    OMG all of these look so amazing. I don’t ski but I will go to Italy for honestly any reason so I’d love to go to a handful of these even just for the photo opps! Such a magical place. The “dolomite pearl” sounds especially awesome. I thought I wanted to go during summer but now I think even winter might be worth the visit! Thanks for sharing.

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  • December 23, 2017 at 2:29 am
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    Beautiful post! Putting these on my bucket list for sure- they sound heavenly!

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  • December 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm
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    I have only been skiing one time during my college years. I would love to travel to Italy and try it there.

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  • December 22, 2017 at 11:36 pm
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    This is such a nostalgic post for me, as I’m going back to Trentino this year for Capodanno! It’s a beautiful part of Italy, and I totally agree that for most Italians, it’s just normal to head here during the season. I’ve also passed by Cortina but never skied there as it’s pretty expensive. I’d like to see Lombardia skiing one year, as it looks so pretty too!

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    • December 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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      Have a great time in Trentino this year. Is one of the most amazing spot for ski in italy and the food and villages are amazing. have fun!

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  • December 22, 2017 at 11:26 pm
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    You wrote about two of my favourite things skiing and apres ski which definitely go hand in hand. I am heading to Trentino in Feb and I am so looking forward to it. It looks like such a beautiful area to go for many reasons. Cortina definitely sounds like a glamorous ski resort and I am definitely adding it to my ski bucketlist.

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  • December 22, 2017 at 10:07 pm
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    Your photos are so pretty! We haven’t been skiing before as we’re not huge fans of the cold or snow, but I at least still want to try it once! Your post has given us great ideas for our first trip!

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  • December 22, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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    Wow! I would love to visit any of these!! I haven’t been skiing in years!

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  • December 22, 2017 at 9:08 pm
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    The best thing about skiing and snowboarding for me is the après-ski! I can think of nothing better than getting warmed up by a fire with a huge meal and a glass of wine after a tough day on the slopes. It’s the perfect end to a perfect day.

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  • December 22, 2017 at 8:48 pm
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    I used to go on lots of family ski trips in the Midwest when I was young. A skiing experience somewhere like Cortina D’ampezzo would be incredible.

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