Guide to Ski Resorts in Italy
What we Love About Ski Resorts in Italy
I was late to the party to experience the joys of skiing in Italy, but now that I have, I’m an avid fan. The scenery is jaw-dropping, the restaurants are superb, the skiing is amongst the best in the world and the Italian luxury ski chalets are to die for.
When is the Best Time to Visit Ski Resorts in Italy
In most ski resorts in Italy, the ski season starts in early/mid-December and runs through to around mid-April. The ski resort of Cervinia in Italy is one of the higher altitude ski resorts in the Alps and hence the ski season is slightly longer and actually runs from October to May.
The Best Ski Resorts in Italy
For those in the know, the Italian ski resort of Cervinia is a skier’s dream. Cervinia forms part of the same ski area as Zermatt in Switzerland, but sits on the Italian side of the famous Matterhorn. This means that skiers in Cervinia share the same high-altitude pistes as its more well-known Swiss neighbour. The top lift climbs to a phenomenal 3883m in altitude, so skiers will be pretty much guaranteed decent snow.
Cervinia is also home to one of the best luxury Italian ski chalets – Chalet La Fenice. This huge ski chalet stands sentinel on the mountainside above the main resort of Cervinia and has been fitted with every facility, including an indoor swimming pool, making this gorgeous chalet one our flagship luxury ski chalets.
As an alternative to the usual Alpine ski resorts, I can highly recommend the Dolomites for your next luxury ski holiday. With its impossibly beautiful landscapes, the Dolomites are an essential ‘bucket-list’ destination for every keen skier.
The Dolomites are located in the eastern section of the Italian Alps and the limestone peaks have been carved into distinctive jagged ridges and pinnacles. The area has its own unique geography which makes it an Instagrammer’s paradise.
There are many fantastic ski resorts with the Dolomites, many of which are linked together to form the huge Sella Ronda ski route. Our collection includes some outstanding luxury ski chalets in Italy, dotted around the Dolomites.
The ski resorts of Selva Val Gardena, Ortisei and San Cassiano are all linked together on the Sella Ronda pass. Cortina d’Ampezzo, another iconic Italian ski resort sits slightly further east and has that magical combination of exceptional skiing and a beautiful village centre.
Italian Luxury Ski Chalets
Italy doesn’t possess anywhere near the numbers of luxury ski chalets for rent as the likes of France, Switzerland or Austria. Italian luxury ski chalets that are both available for rent and of a high enough standard to be included in the Firefly Collection are few and far between.
We’ve searched high and low to find the best and our collection includes both luxury catered ski chalets in Italy, as well as some beautiful self-catered ski chalets too.
Some of our luxury ski chalets in Italy even have outdoor swimming pools making them perfect destinations for luxury summer holidays to the mountains.