It’s often overlooked by Brits, but northern Italy is both a stylish and a family-friendly place to ski. Charming traditional villages and incredible local food are the extra perks of family ski holidays in Italy, with the resorts themselves generally best suited to beginners and intermediates, although stronger skiers are also well catered for.
In the heart of the Italian Alps, the Aosta Valley ski area is a great choice for those considering skiing in Italy, both for its location and ease of access from a variety of airports, and for its awe-inspiring scenery, its excellent ski and snowboarding terrain and its reliable snowfall.
Located north of Turin and bordered by Switzerland and France, with stunning 4,000m peaks on both sides, the Valle d’Aosta is a foodie’s paradise – don’t miss the cream hazelnut dessert Crema di Cogne or the fabulous local red and white wines. After a day on the slopes, you’ll have earnt it!
Spend your evenings strolling through the cobbled streets of the resort or take the lift up to the mountains for a special evening out.
Ski resorts in Italy don’t come any better than Courmayeur. With short transfer times (it’s just 1 hour 20 minutes from Geneva), it rewards visitors with heart-racing views. Car-free and cobbled, it’s dotted with chic shops as well as family attractions including a bowling alley and climbing wall.
Courmayeur’s superb snow record is backed up by an excellent snow-making system. Huts sprinkled around the resort’s easy and intermediate runs offer up sun-decks for soaking up those views, while famed runs for experienced skiers looking for off-piste action include the Vallée Blanche into Chamonix and the Toula Glacier. Or try heli-skiing – it’s great value here when compared with many other resorts.
For more information visit Courmayeur.