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Italy, where to ski?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
We are thinking about going to Italy this winter to visit the exchange student we hosted this year. She lives near Venice. We'd like to take a few days and ski. I know nothing about skiing in Italy. I am hoping you all can get me started on places to consider. It would be nice if it was somewhat close to Venice or an easy train ride away. Thanks for any help.
post #2 of 15
for a general direction think about the Dolomites, it's closer than the Italian/Swiss Alps on the West.
post #3 of 15
The Dolomites are absolutly beautiful but the skiing is so-so. What are you looking for?
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Not sure Newfydog. We'd like good skiing of course. Great food and drink and something not to costly. You know the perfect place

We are lucky enough to get in 40-50 days here in Colorado so the skiing is not the most important part of this trip. More the expierence of Italy.
post #5 of 15
Piancavallo - closest resort to venice, nice intermediate area
http://www.piancavallo.com/index.asp?l=2
Folgaria - insider's tip - reasonable prices
http://www.folgariaski.com/
Cortina - my Italien favourite - romantic
http://www.cortina.dolomiti.com/
Dolomites - allready mentioned - the dolomiti superski offers 16 skitours, probably the best way to discover different aspects of skiing in Italy - almost a must
http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/
post #6 of 15
Definitely not a day trip from Venice, but Bormio is very inexpensive and unique. The town is not a traditional "ski town," but an interesting medieval village. Just avoid the ski school!
post #7 of 15
I know a couple of great instructors in Livigno.... bit far from Venice but.... nice place and it is duty free still....
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. You have given me a good start on places to consider.
post #9 of 15
The idea of combining a ski trip to the Dolomites with a tourist visit to Venice is a well known and popular option, they are geographically convenient for this and only a few hours apart. Here's a thread with fun reading on Italian skiing: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ht=val+gardena

Cortina d'Ampezzo (site of a Winter Olympics many years ago) and Val Gardena are two of the best known ski areas in Italy's Dolomite Mtns, possibly the most scenically beautiful skiable mtns in the world. Many towns offer lift links to a large ski circus called the Sella Ronda, a tour of which can be completed in one busy day.
There is a well informed poster here named Nobody who is Italian and skis the area often. He may not be reading posts at this time of year. Maybe you could send him a PM with some questions. Read some of his posts in thread referenced above.
post #10 of 15
Kima if you need any special infos about a certain place or region just let me know as I go to Italy a lot as well for skiing as for eating
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Kima
It would be nice if it was somewhat close to Venice or an easy train ride away.
If you go by train, beside it is one of the nicest resorts in the alps Cortina really would be a good choice. A train ride from Venice to Calalzo di Cadore takes about two and a half hours, from there you can take the local bus or a taxi - distance about 35 km. afaik there is also a direct airport bus shuttle from Venezia Mestre to Cortina during winterseason.
http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/Cort...p?L=3&MES=2924
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by skifex
Kima if you need any special infos about a certain place or region just let me know as I go to Italy a lot as well for skiing as for eating
Thanks for all your help. I will let you know what we decide.
post #13 of 15
The South Tyrolean region which includes the Dolomites is very scenic but can lack of snow at times. If so, consider an option which is somewhat off most people's radar: Bovec/Kanin in Slovenia. Snow is often better, drive from Venice is no longer than to the big Tyrolean resorts.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by PowHog
The South Tyrolean region which includes the Dolomites is very scenic but can lack of snow at times.
That is very true. But, for that reason, the region has probably the most extensive snowmaking system in the Alps. So for on-piste skiing you should be OK.
post #15 of 15

Hotel Menardi

I posted on one of the other threads that someone linked to, so I won't repeat myself. If you go to Cortina, and I would at least for a night or two, stay at Hotel Menardi. Excellent place, reasonable prices considering it includes meals, and great food.
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