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Welcome to the Ski Italy page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main ski resorts in the Dolomites and Italian Alps. Over recent years some of the most favourable piste conditions throughout the season have been reported at Cervinia, Cortina, Val Senales, La Thuile and Livigno although in any given week or season the best slope conditions may be found at any of the other high Italian resorts or at lower elevation ski stations among the trees in poor weather.

For off-piste powder, resorts such as Selva Gardena, Livigno, Chiesa, Madesimo, Arabba have proven among the most consistent either for fairly regular snowfalls, northerly aspect or for not getting tracked out quickly but check out the reports below for the latest news.

Although there is excellent terrain for skiing and snowboarding in Italy, the scope for freeriding is a little limited because going into forbidden areas can land you with a €50 fine plus it is illegal to go off-piste without an avalanche beacon and rescue equipment. This policy means that secret snow spots are very well guarded but check out friendly snowboard shops for some useful advice.

While the snowfalls experienced by most Italian ski resorts are generally no match for those resorts on the northern side of the Alps they feature strongly in the record snowfall events for most seasons. Snowfalls of up to about 1m (3ft+) often occur during single storm events late in the Italian season and resorts including Cervinia, Madonna di Campiglio, La Thuile and the Monterosa ski stations (Gressoney, Alagna) commonly figure in those records. Italy is more temperate than its northern neighbours and the tree line often reaches over 2000m, which is great skiing or boarding in flat light.

Italy has one of the most diverse selections of ski areas of any country in the world with Italian ski resorts ranging from Courmayeur in the country’s North West by the slopes of Western Europe’s highest mountain, to ski areas on the slopes of Mount Etna on the southern island of Sicily in the Mediteranean.

You can ski Italy in almost every part of the country too, with resorts offering cross-border skiing in to Slovenia in the North East, as well as ski areas inland from Rome in the south of the central mainland and in the Apennine mountains further north.

There is a great variety in the types of resorts you’ll find when you’re skiing in Italy too.  One of the most famous areas, the Via Lattea, or Milky Way, in the North West of the country, was host to most of the on-snow events for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. It includes cross border skiing to Montgenevre in France, is home to Sestrière (Via Lattea), which was one of the world’s first purpose built ski villages, created by the family than ran the Fiat car company in the 1930s, long before the first French purpose-built ski areas were constructed, and only a few decades after the first Italian ski resort started at Claviere (Via Lattea), another part of the Milky Way only a few kilometres away.

In the north eastern side of the country the Dolomiti Superski region contains more than 50 individual ski villages spread between a dozen valleys which together offer more than 1,200km of piste.  These resorts are however more like traditional Austrian villages on the whole, as much of the pass, which takes 25% of the entire Italian ski market on its own, is in an area called the South Tyrol which was once part of Austria.

The Dolomiti Superski area is one of the largest passes in the world and remains the biggest to offer a fully inter-changable lift pass from day one (larger coverage areas that have developed recently in Austria have more usage restrictions). It also contains the world’s second largest lift/piste inter-connected ski region after the 3 Valleys – the Sella Ronda. This is a famous 23km circuit around the huge Sella mountain massif from which valleys radiate off, such as the famous Val Gardena, as well as Badia – famous for its gourmet food, and Fassa. Altogether more than 500km of piste is linked, putting it ahead of the Milky Way.

Italian skiing is also famous for its value – typically 10 or 20% below the average price for resorts in each size category, and even more so for dining out and drinking on and off the mountain. The price saving is most marked on the shared ski area of Cervinia in Italy and Zermatt in Switzerland which can be skied for substantiually less if you buy your pass on the Italian rather than the Swiss side. You’ll also pay up to 75% less for a nice handmade espresso on the Italian side than for a self service machine produced beverage in Switzerland.

Mountain scenery is another Italian forte – from the rugged Alpine mountains of the Aosta Valley in the West to the spectacular pink precipices of the Dolomites, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
And there’s also that famous Italian sense of style epitomised by the country’s more exclusive resorts including Madonna di Campiglio and Cortina d’Ampezzo, but visible almost everywhere.
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Italy: latest snow conditions round-up


ITALY The snowfall that hit first Austria and Eastern Switzerland and more recently France and Western Switzerland, all to the north, has largely missed Italy, other than a few areas on its northern and western borders.

The Dolomites have been very cold but very dry. That's not a huge problem for them so long as you're happy on the groomed runs as they're masters at snowmaking and can fully open resorts with machine-made snow, and at many, on lower runs at least, that's what there is. Things look like they're finally changing in the week ahead (see forecast) after a mostly dry month for most of the country. Currently, the mid-sized ski area of San Domenico di Varzo (20/340cm) in the Piemonte region in the west continues to post the deepest snow numbers in the country with larger Madesimo (45/250cm) in Lombardy reporting the second deepest. Unlike the ski areas buried under fresh snow in Austria further north, they've been, and remain fully open with all groomed slopes open and all lifts operating.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Italy. Fresh snow is forecast at 208 resorts. Powder is reported at 4 resorts and 5 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Italy

A–B

C–E F–L M–O P–Q R–R S–U V–Z Best powder (4)Best piste conditions (5)

Ski resorts in Italy from A to B

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1400m — 1950m)

snow report today

Abetone webcam
40
10
Artificial 9 cm
today
48
9
15
light snow
heavy snow
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
700m 650m 750m 700m 1200m

(1076m — 1951m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
11
16
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1514 m
900m 450m 850m 1050m 1600m

(1212m — 2970m)

snow report today

90
5
Packed powder or groomed snow 3 cm
4 days ago
20
1
28
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2091 m
900m 450m 850m 1000m 1550m

(1502m — 2441m)

snow report 2 days ago

17 cm
2 days ago
16
6
19
cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1972 m
550m 500m 450m 400m 900m

(1000m — 2100m)

snow report today

40
10
Artificial 15 cm
2 days ago
7
5
18
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1550 m
650m 550m 500m 450m 950m

(860m — 2267m)

snow report today

Alpe Cermis-Cavalese webcam
60
45
Artificial 7 cm
2 days ago
9
1
9
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1564 m
650m 550m 650m 550m 1050m

(1640m — 2212m)

snow report 3 days ago

6 cm
3 days ago
3
4
28
clear
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1926 m
800m 350m 550m 850m 1550m

(1800m — 2300m)

snow report today

31
4
Packed powder or groomed snow 6 cm
2 days ago
5
2
5
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2050 m
600m 550m 500m 450m 1050m

(1042m — 2125m)

snow report today

45
5
Artificial 1 cm
3 days ago
5
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1584 m
800m 600m 800m 750m 1350m

(1126m — 1710m)

snow report today

Antagnod webcam
1 cm
today
12
1
19
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
900m 450m 800m 1050m 1700m

(1120m — 1630m)

snow report 3 days ago

7 cm
3 days ago
4
5
10
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1375 m
550m 500m 350m 350m 1050m

(1074m — 1200m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
7
1
15
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1137 m
950m 450m 800m 1050m 1700m

(1200m — 2270m)

snow report today

Aprica webcam
40
20
Artificial 1 cm
4 days ago
1
4
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1735 m
850m 650m 750m 750m 1400m

(1612m — 2478m)

snow report today

Arabba webcam
112
28
Artificial 18 cm
2 days ago
15
7
20
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2045 m
550m 500m 450m 400m 900m

(1000m — 2000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Asiago webcam
7 cm
2 days ago
3
1
8
cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1500 m
850m 600m 850m 850m 1100m

(979m — 1585m)

snow report 3 days ago

15 cm
3 days ago
3
3
23
cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1282 m
650m 500m 600m 500m 950m

(1295m — 2300m)

snow report 3 days ago

2 cm
3 days ago
1
2
3
clear
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1798 m
650m 500m 550m 550m 1350m

(1324m — 2778m)

snow report 2 days ago

14 cm
2 days ago
9
5
12
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2051 m
550m 500m 450m 400m 950m

(1312m — 2750m)

snow report today

Bardonecchia webcam
60
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 3 cm
4 days ago
13
2
47
clear
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2031 m
800m 350m 500m 700m 1500m

(1259m — 1664m)

snow report today

Bolognola-Ski webcam
34 cm
today
59
6
16
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1462 m
1000m 850m 950m 500m 900m

(1225m — 3012m)

snow report today

Bormio webcam
120
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 3 cm
3 days ago
2
2
12
clear
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2118 m
600m 450m 350m 400m 1300m

(1000m — 1700m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
1
5
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1350 m
850m 700m 900m 900m 1300m

(1200m — 1700m)

snow report 2 days ago

6 cm
2 days ago
2
10
cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1450 m
850m 650m 850m 900m 1150m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report today

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
3 cm
today
24
7
44
clear
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2502 m
800m 350m 550m 800m 1600m

(1569m — 1824m)

snow report today

40 cm
today
48
6
20
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1696 m
1100m 1050m 1200m 950m 1400m

(950m — 2275m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
3
2
6
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1612 m
600m 500m 450m 400m 1000m

(950m — 2275m)

snow report 3 days ago

3 cm
3 days ago
1
2
4
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1612 m
550m 500m 400m 400m 1050m

(1803m — 2235m)

snow report 2 days ago

Brusson webcam
5 cm
2 days ago
11
15
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2019 m
1000m 500m 950m 1150m 1700m