Winter is settling in for a good few months, and many of us will be jetting off to stay in a chalet in one of the many ski resorts across Europe and beyond. So, we thought it’d be a good time to take a look at some of Italy’s stunning mountains – they’re the images that dreams are made of and the sight of them will either make you tranquil and calm, or full of adrenaline ready for adventure!
Year-long white stuff on the Monte Bianco
Shared with Italy and France, Monte Bianco (or Mont Blanc as it’s more recognisably known) is the highest mountain in Europe, with a tunnel running through it – Il Traforo del Monte Bianco – that connects the Italians to their French neighbours, while the transfer time from Milan is only a couple of hours. Resorts such as Courmayeur are a popular retreat for snow sport fans, while the summer months are filled with greenery at lower altitudes, and fauna begging to be explored by an avid hiker.
Ski the Circuit in the Gruppo del Sella
Several resorts can be found dotted around the Gruppo del Sella, which is part of the Dolomites in north Italy, and the well-known Sella Ronda ski lift carousel connects it all. While mountain biking and hiking are popular pastimes in the area during the summer months, it’s the wintertime when the area really booms with activity. The lifts and pistes that skiers and boarders have their pickings of are some of the best in Italy and, with the laidback nature and family-friendly atmosphere, fun and relaxation will always come up trumps.
Sweet Skiing Opportunities on the Marmolada
The Marmolada is the highest mountain in the Dolomites, and is easily accessible via flights to Venice, at just 100km away. As the winter season opens for business, the main ski runs can be used by skiers and snowboarders alike, while its glacier is the only one in the Dolomites range. Fancy a bit of culture as part of your trip? The Museo della Grande Duerra in Malga Ciapela tells visitors all about when the mountain was used as part of the front line for Austrian and Italian forces during WW1. See? There’s a history lesson as well as a hike or a ski on this mountain – perfect if you need a day off to rest your legs from doing too much snow ploughing!
Pass the Poles in Passo Tonale
During the week, and when it isn’t the Italian holidays, Passo Tonale is relatively slow-paced and relaxing, which can be a seldom thing during the peak of the winter season in other alpine resorts. This great-value village, at the foot of the slopes, offers lifts to marked runs perfect for beginners and intermediates, as well as lift access to the twinkling white slopes of Ponte di Legno, which has some incredible runs for a more advanced rider.
Summertime on Monte Legnone
Located within the Bergamo region of the Alps, Monte Legnone overlooks Lake Como and can be found on the eastern side of the lake. Lake Como is incredibly popular during the warmer months because of the peace and tranquillity that the lakeside villages exude, but head into the mountains for a hike, trek or horse ride and you’ll feel as though you’re on a completely different planet.
Traditional Charm in Corvara
Found in the heart of the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region, Corvara is considered to be the main centre of Alta-Badia, which is popular with tourists looking for a well-rounded mountain break. Its alpine roots are firmly placed, with plenty of traditional charm to fall in love with.
With easy access to 433km of pistes, including the Sella Ronda circuit, and a sunset that seems to turn the mountains pink, Corvara seemingly has something for everyone. Be sure to stop skiing a moment just to lose yourself in the gorgeous scenery with its pink hues – cameras at the ready!
Around two and a half hours from Venice and Milan, the mountains located in the north of Italy are some of the best mountains in the country. It’s alpine serenity at its best, and we help make sure you can be there, in the thick of the white stuff, within hours!