Where to Ski in Italy and other Italian news

10th October 2019, by Chris Gill

Publication day is 25 October

Publication day is 25 October

After the usual gestation period of nine months, our new guidebook Where to Ski in Italy is now being printed. All being well you will be able to order it from about 17 October, and copies will start going out a week later. We’ll be emailing everyone on our list to let you know, of course.

The book follows the successful pattern used in our books on Austria (published in 2017) and France (2018). It covers quite a few resorts that had fallen by the wayside in the latter years of Where to Ski and Snowboard through pressure of limited space, and adds some in the Dolomites that deserve to be better known on the UK market.

By publishing in October, we’re able to make these books bang up to date for the season coming. Among the developments in Italian resorts this year are:

Alta Badia / Corvara A six-seat chair-lift is replacing the drag lift on the the Stella Alpina slope in the Edelweiss sector above Colfosco, and a gondola is replacing the slow double chair to La Crusc, above Badia.

Bardonecchia We hear that a new quad chair is being installed on the upper slopes above Melezet in 2019, replacing both the Sellette double chair and the Seba drag. A sled-on-rails coaster opened in 2019 at Campo Smith, about 1km long.

Bormio Although it doesn’t get its name in the headlines, Bormio will be holding the men’s Alpine races of the 2026 Winter Olympics

Cortina d’Ampezzo In preparation for the 2021 Alpine World Ski Championships, the resort’s first gondola is being built, replacing the 50-year-old cable car from the town to Col Drusciè.The planned gondola between Pocol and Cinque Torri is being put out to tender. Along with Milan, Cortina is one of the title hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics, and will host many events including the women’s Alpine races. We hear that the comatose Baita Piè Tofana restaurant at Rumerlo has been revived – and it looks very promising. An aquatic centre is being constructed on the north fringes of the town, to be ready for the world championships. The visuals look fab, with a six-lane 25m pool, extensive solarium and outdoor infinity pool.

Courmayeur To our knowledge, the tiny top cable car to Cresta d’Arp (it holds just 15 people) has always served only off-piste runs, but a short black piste has now appeared, adding 135m vertical to the run down to Col Chécrouit.

Kronplatz / San Vigilio The last slow chair-lift on Kronplatz, the Rara quad, is being replaced by yet another powerful gondola. We believe this quite small ski area now has 22 gondolas, in addition to 4 fast chair-lifts.

Madonna di Campiglio Two ancient double chair-lifts are being replaced by six-seaters – on Monte Spolverino, above Folgarida, and on Monte Spinale.

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