Five Top Ski Destinations in Italy

 To start the season in style Courmayeur, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Sestriere, Cervinia and Livigno are the perfect destinations.

Courmayeur, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Sestriere, Cervinia and Livigno are among the most sought-after ski destinations in Italy, the ones with the most spectacular tracks and that simultaneously offer all the best for fun after sport, from haute cuisine to the local fashion going for shopping.

Cortina is the most fashionable destination of the Dolomites, the favorite also from the jet set, and promises seasons white laden with emotions. First of all for skiers demanding, with 150 kilometers of slopes and a single ski pass: the Dolomiti Superski. But even for those who prefer other sports are spoiled for choice: from snowkiting to curling up to sledding by moonlight.

Maybe by practicing during tour themed choosing among those scheduled for this season to go to the discovery of nature between the peaks Heritage Unesco, the history of the Great War, and even wellness with pit stop on the tops of primacy as the one on the refuge Lagazuoi in the sauna highest in the Dolomites or the Refuge Squirrels to soak in the hot panoramic barrel. After the snow? Gourmand restaurants, local boutiques and up to date for fashionistas inveterate Corso Italy.

Courmayeur is a destination with two souls this charming village on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. On the one hand the sport, with 100 kilometers of slopes for amateurs or experts to explore with skis, snowboarding or tobogganing before an indispensable après ski here you strictly in proportion taking advantage of the cable car open until midnight. The other soul is romantic, slow, and at the same time very exclusive, because Courmayeur is one of the most famous destinations in the Alps.

And then every year there is an excuse to visit it more, it's a sporting event, cultural, gastronomic or since this is an area renowned for haute cuisine and fine wines.

Sestriere is the highest town in Italy - 2035 meters above sea level - riding Chisone and Val di Susa, in the district of the Milky Way that is among the largest in the world with over 400 kilometers of slopes. No wonder, therefore, if Sestriere is simultaneously the location to have hosted the largest number of races and if it is a real mecca for lovers of skiing. But this small town an hour from Turin born in the early 30's through the efforts of Gianni Agnelli who bought it and laid the groundwork for the development of tourism, is simultaneously one of the most fashionable Italian peaks, about dell 'excellent cuisine to be enjoyed in shelters and restaurants, its local à la page, the designer boutiques that populate the center.

Cervinia: 2050 meters, at the foot of the imposing Matterhorn, in the heart of Val d'Aosta. It is above all the spectacular scenery make Cervinia only, and then the variety and quantity of its slopes that allow anyone to practice any kind of winter sport for six months a year and in the summer on the glaciers. The area is amazing: passes from 1,500 mt. Valtournenche up to 3,889 mt. Klein Matterhorn through silent woods that you can see at night and at dawn because in Cervinia you can ski all day really. For more with a single ski pass - Breuil-Cervinia ski pass - which gives you access to the whole area of the Valley of the Matterhorn and Zermatt. After skiing? A visit to the Blue Lake is a must, before turning to the nightlife, including restaurants and trendy bars.

Livigno is one of the most chic ski resorts in Lombardy and among the most diverse with 12 black runs, 37 red and 29 blue, and lots of fun areas for small children. That's why Livigno is really the perfect destination for all and a favorite of families. Here you can ski virtually anytime, anywhere, with the facilities opened by the end of November and runs perfect for every discipline, even the most fashionable of the moment: from snowboarding with 100 kilometers of hilly and numerous snowpark, snowtubing passing for freeride. And the fun continues even after, first with shopping since - with over 250 shops - Livigno is basically a shopping mall in the open, and there are many local restaurants and perfect for staying up late with friends.