10 of Italy’s most charming ski resorts
by Andrea Gambaro
The Italian Alps are formed by a diverse range of mountain landscapes which leaves one spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the best ski areas, but thrilling runs are not the only attraction to look out for. Known for their fabulous scenery, cultural offerings, shopping opportunities and regional gastronomy, these charming ski resorts provide plenty of things to do off the slopes, as well as on them.
Although not considered a proper ski resort, Lagazuoi is a 2,835-meter mountain with a refuge on top. One of the two pistes available here, the Armentarola, is alone worth a trip to the Dolomites: a 7,300-meter track winding past spectacular rocky walls and frozen waterfalls, made of steep and gentle slopes which are suitable for experts and intermediates alike. At the end of the run, a horse-drawn carriage takes skiers to the Armentarola ski lift, with links back to the Lagazuoi cable car or to the Alta Badia ski area. To better enjoy this thrilling skiing experience, the Lagazuoi refuge provides accommodation and offers authentic local hospitality surrounded by stunning views over the Dolomites.
The cable car that reaches Mount Lagazuoi operates only during high season. It starts in Passo Falzarego, 17km west of Cortina D’Ampezzo.