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CerviniaCortina d’ AmpezzoCourmayeur
La ThuileLivignoSauze d'Oulx

Italian Ski Resorts


Cervinia is located in the Aosta Valley of the Italian Alps near the border with Switzerland. Cervinia is one of the most popular resorts in Italy and it’s considered one of the highest resorts in Europe as well with the resort being over 3,400 meters above sea level. It’s also a part of a cross-border connection with Zermatt, which also passengers to ride a six-seat chairlift across the border. This is one of the very few resorts in Italy that allows you to go skiing or snowboarding in the summer months, because of the access of Zermatt’s glacier. Cervinia has some of the world’s most state-of-the-art chair lifts, which make it very quick and accessible for everybody.

Cervinia’s has some fantastic runs, which makes it a fantastic destination for any level of skier or snowboarder. It has a red run, which runs over 13.5km and makes it one of the world’s longest runs. Also, if you are into heli-skiing then this is a mecca for you, as it has some of the best heli-skiing in Europe.

The nightlife in Cervinia can get extremely busy especially during holidays and on weekends, as there are loads of pubs, bars and clubs to choice from and people from all over the area come to check it out. For more information on Cervinia go to



Cortina d’ Ampezzo

Cortina d’ Ampezzo is arguably the best resort in all of Italy and it’s located in the Dolomite Mountains, which is in the Veneto region.  This resort is stylish, trendy, and located in the magnificent mountain range which gives it some amazing rock formations.  If you want to see Macerates and Ferraris this is the place to be as all the Italians come here if they want to be seen. 

Cortina d’ Ampezzo has an elevation of over 2,900 meters above sea level, 52 lifts and over 110 runs, which make it perfect for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. If you want to try out bobsledding then go to the Olympic bobsled run at ‘Adrenalin Park’. This is definitely for all those adrenalin junkies. There are free shuttle buses to take you to the different ski areas during the day, so transport isn’t a problem. For more information on Cortina d’ Ampezzo go to






Courmayeur is located in the Italian Alps in the Aosta Valley on Mt Blanc, which is one of the highest mountains in Western Europe. Courmayeur isn’t the busiest resort in Italy, but people come for its fantastic town, which has beautiful cobbled stone streets and all the glitz and glamour of the high end shopping.

There is a 130-person cable car, which takes you up to the main ski lift of Plan Checrouit from the town centre. The one big attraction at Courmayeur is the boarder cross run, which is over 500m and attracts snowboarders from all over Italy.

The nightlife in Courmayeur is considered to be quite good with loads of bars, pubs and plenty of clubs. The two best areas are on Via Roma and up the valley at La Palud. When you are in Courmayeur ask the locals, which are the best places to go at that time. For  more information on Courmayeur go to or





La Thuile


La Thuile is located in the Aosta Valley along the border with France. La Thuile shares its ski area the French resort of La Rosière. There has been millions of Euro’s pumped into the resort in recent years and today with its modern ski lifts and a top elevation of over 2,500 m it attracts tens thousands of people annually.

The resort has over 70 runs, which cater to all levels of beginner to advance skiers and snowboarders. One of the main attractions to La Thuile is its heli-skiing, with summits of Rutor and Miravidi Glacier’s being some of the best heli-skiing in Italy.

The nightlife in La Thuile is considered to be quite good with the majority of the pubs, bars and clubs located in major hotels and they stay open till the early hours. For more information on La Thuile go to






Livigno is located near the Swiss border in the Dolomite Mountains. Because of its isolation it became a tax haven and today they have kept it that way. Back in the day it used to be a quiet resort, but today its one of the most popular resorts in Italy, because of its high elevation you are almost always guaranteed to have a great base year after year. Livigno has over 70 runs and it caters to all level of skiers and snowboarders.

The nightlife in Livigno is one of the best in Europe, as there are over 130 pubs, bars and clubs to choice from. Because it’s a tax-free area the alcohol is a bit cheaper here and the people flock looking for the cheap alcohol and wild clubs. For more information on Livigno go to



Sauze d'Oulx


Sauze d'Oulx is located near the French border in the Susa Valley in the Italian Alps. The resort became international known as the party resort in the 1970s and early 80s for its wild clubs and parties. Most recently Sauze d'Oulx was known internationally for hosting some of the events during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.

The resort attracts skiers and snowboarders from all over the world, as its main attraction is the Via Lattea (Milky Way) lift pass which links it to its neighbors of Sansicario, Sestriere and Cesana. Also, if you are an excellent skier or snowboarder you will have the chance to cross the border into France at Montgenèvre. This is one of the longest runs in all of Europe. The elevation of Sauze d'Oulx is over 2,700 m and Via Lattea (Milky Way) is over 2,800 meters, which make it an excellent hill for any level of skier or snowboarder. One of the most popular runs for the advanced skier or snowboarder is the Gran Pista, which has played host to several world downhill events in the past.

The nightlife in Sauze d'Oulx is quite good, as there are several pubs, bars and clubs to choice from and the majority stays open till the early hours of the morning. For more information on Sauze d'Oulx go to 







Sestriere is located in Susa Valley and is made up of four villages (Champlas du Col, Champlas Janvier, Sestriere Borgata and Sestriere Colle), which is a part of the Piedmont region, which links all four together. Sestriere is one of the highest elevated resorts in Europe at over 2,800 meters and it was also one of the world’s original purpose-built resorts and also one of the first to use artificial snow machines on their hills.

This resort has played host to events during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics and other world ski events in the past. The more advanced skiers will like the Kandahar Slalom Giovanni Alberto Agnelli run, which the main run used for international events. Like Sauze d'Oulx, Sestriere shares the giant Via Lattea (Milky Way) pass and here if you are a good skier or snowboarder you can cross into to France and go to Montgenèvre resort.

The nightlife in Sestriere is good and there are plenty of pubs, bars and clubs to choice from. Some of the clubs have hosted international DJs in the past and are usually quite busy. For more information on Sestriere go to






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