Italy

Cortina City
Ski enthusiasts across the globe flock to the awe inspiring slopes of Italy's best ski resorts. The elegant rolling names of the resorts themselves add an ethereal ease and quintessential Italian charm to the monumental mountainside that backdrops the slopes.

The largest and, arguably, most popular ski resort in Italy is the Madonna di Campiglio in the Brenta Dolomites of Trentino, Italy. In terms of lodging while staying o­n the mountain, there are several different hotels to choose from. Visitors who prefer to be close to the lifts or those who enjoy being in the center of Madonna's night life will have a wealth of options at their fingertips. Even off peak season draws tourists to the area to stand in the beauty of the Nardis waterfall.

Nestled in the larger parent resort of Monterosa Ski is the newly developed Gressoney-La-Trinité resort. The resorts visitors have two impressive valleys available to them; the Sesia Valley of Alagna and Ayas Valley of Champoluc. While there are slopes rated for all skill levels the highest concentration is in the moderate or intermediate level. If travelers are concerned about snow fall in the valleys of Gressoney should not worry, as nearly all of the slopes are equipped with top of the line snow machines.

Panorama Cortina
One of the more publicized ski resorts located in Italy is the Cortina d'Ampezzo. Younger skiers who enjoy to blow off steam after the sun sets o­n a successful day of snow sports are attracted to the manicured slopes and high energy night life. Visitors take pleasure in the Rifugi huts that offer o­n-slope accommodations to active skiers. While the resort is high end and considered very fashion forward, the overall atmosphere is casual and light hearted.