Skiing in Italy offers a different experience to the mega resorts of France, Switzerland and Austria. Instead of the raucous dancing-on-tables style of après-ski, Italian resorts often offer sophisticated aperitivi bars where you can stop and sample some of the delicious antipasti with your hot wine, beer or coffee.
Skiing can be an entirely more leisurely affair here too, with short ski days, long lunches and afternoons in the spa followed by an evening of gastronomic delight. We probably don’t need to tell you that food is a large part of the culture in Italy, and throughout the day you will have the opportunity to try dishes homemade from fresh local ingredients such as pasta, cured meats and cheeses.
Ski resorts in Italy are found along the northern border with France, Switzerland and Austria. From Sestriere in the north-west, up to the Aosta Valley and resorts such as Courmayeur, La Thuile and Cervinia, all the way round to the Dolomites over in the east, there is a wide range of resorts to choose from. Many of these are still relatively undiscovered by British skiers, making them a real Italian experience and, in comparison to other resorts in Europe, still cheap.