We can all agree that Italy is known for its warm weather, beautiful beaches and delicious gelato but this isn’t all. Italy is home to some of the best ski resorts and other tourist spots that are attractive to visit for this part of the year, making the country only the perfect holiday destination for summer but also the winter time.
Here are seven of the best ski resorts you must visit if you happen to be in Italy for Christmas or winter holidays, as SchengenVisaInfo.com recommends.
1. Madonna di Campiglio
The skiing area in this spot is 150 kilometres and has 63 lifts, with a specifically designated area for those seeking adrenaline being recommended to visit Ursus Snowpark, which has more than eight hectares of freestyle terrain and three-kilometre-long toboggan from Monte Spinale. The cable cars here are open from December until April and during the summer season, too, usually between June and September.
The unique view of Monte Cervino and Monte Rosa peaks makes this town one of the most evocative ski resorts in the area. It also has excellent lifts with more than 100 kilometres of slopes and off-piste between the two ski resorts of Checrouit and Val Veny. In addition, the cable car of Courmayeur goes 3,466 metres up Mont Blanc.
The ski resort is located at 1,375 metres above sea level, and Abruzzo is popular for its black slopes, very attractive among skiing enthusiasts.
This destination has a variety of slopes, with seven kilometres being blue slopes, indicating the maximum gradient is 25 per cent; nine kilometres of red slopes which has an average gradient range between 25 and 40 per cent, while black slopes have a gradient of more than 40 per cent and Abruzzo has nearly seven kilometres of these slopes.
The ski pass available at Ovindoli enables visitors to use 11 ski lifts with slopes for both adults and children.
4. Breuil Cervinia
This destination is higher up – at 2,050 metres above sea level and serves as one of the reference points for those who want to ski in Valle d’Aosta.
Cervinia has even larger slopes or pistes, with 104 kilometres being red slopes, 39 kilometres being blue pistes and 11 kilometres being black pistes.
In Cervinia, two cable cars, 19 lifts and 12 chairlifts are available, which are operated between December and May.
This Ski Area is one of the largest and most popular in Lombardy and has very suitable slopes for lovers of these disciplines such as alpine skiing, snowboarding, freestyle, and cross-country skiing.
There are 31 lifts in the 1,816 metres above sea level Livigno, which also offers school camps for beginners and black slopes for experts in skiing, such as the Giorgio Rocca.
This destination in Tuscany is one of the most attractive skiing places during the winter months. Its slopes are divided between 13 kilometres of blue slopes, 30 kilometres of red slopes and no black slopes, making this place more suitable for beginners. These slopes are served by 21 lifts, including chairlifts, conveyor belts and ski lifts, open from early morning during the winter season.
Two of the main places to ski in Sestriere are Val Chisone and Val Susa, with an altitude of 2,035 metres and more than 400 kilometres of slopes across the Via Lattea skiing area.
Slopes in Sestriere are stretched in 80 kilometres of black pistes, 120 kilometres of blue pistes, and another 200 kilometres of red pistes, and 70 lifts serve these slopes with daily ski passes.
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