Italy is not only a destination for fabulous food and high fashion, but a snow hunters dream. These are the top 5 reasons why you should put Italy on your ski bucket list!
1- Spectacular scenery
The Dolomites are arguably the worlds most beautiful mountain range . They are tinted in shades of rose, yellow and grey; rising up in steep spires and soaring pinnacles. Several impressive peaks impose themselves at over 3,300 metres, spread over 1,200 kilometres. It’s no wonder they are listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
2- Endless skiing
Dolomite Superski Region pass include 12 ski regions, 450 lifts and 1,200 kilometers of ski slopes. Not all the Dolomite ski slopes and areas are inter-connected by lift, but they are all within an hour’s drive.
Moreover the Italians are relaxed about their skiing. The majority only ski from about 10 or 11 a.m. until lunch, then take a run or two after their 2-hour lavish lunch at a mountain chalet. Every morning and afternoon you can enjoy half empty slopes.
3- Après ski
While Austrian après ski is all about beer drinking and dancing in ski boots, Italians are much more sophisticated. Departing the slopes mid-afternoon is the trend, with skiers then changing into something more elegant for browsing boutiques, sipping espresso and eating extravagant multi-course dinners.
4- Great value for money
Italy is less expensive than other European ski resorts. The price of a Dolomite lift ticket starts at only $48AUD a day for over 450 lifts spread over what many consider to be the best terrain in the world. Italian resorts and chalets are consistently voted among the cheapest in Europe with Livigno, Sestriere and Cervinia ranked in the top 10.
5- The Food
The Dolomites are famous for delectable delights and traditional home cooked food. With plenty of amazing restaurants you are sure not to be disappointed. You can savour an amazing Italian lunch of homemade pasta and local produce, on-mountain, from $10AUD- including a side basket of crusty fresh bread with olive oil. Wine and beer is typically $4AUD a glass.
Italy and the impressive Dolomites await!