Italy’s Aosta Valley dishes up great snow, fantastic scenery and a delicious mix of Italian, French and Swiss food. Here’s a quick guide to the area.
Italy’s all about the slower pace of life. Quiet slopes, minimal lift queues and a whole host of scenic mountain lunch stops are very much the lure here. Peppered along the Alps and into the Dolomites, the traditional farming villages and working towns have a relaxed atmosphere – think authentic Alpine hotels and family-run spots to grab a bite to eat or catch up over a glass of local wine. And the few purpose-built resorts at the foot of the slopes add convenience and the…Continue Reading “TOP 6 ITALIAN SKI RESORTS”
Sitting among the dramatic, UNESCO-protected Dolomite mountains is Drei Zinnen (also known as Three Peaks Dolomites). It’s made up of a handful of small, family-friendly villages like San Candido and Sesto, with high-quality hotels and easy access to the slopes. On the Italian side of the Italian-Austrian border, Drei Zinnen blends together the language, food and traditions from both countries. Mountain stats Ski area: Drei Zinnen, 110kmResort height: 1,310-1,175mSnow range: 1,310-2,200mKm of easy slopes: 45kmKm of intermediate slopes: 53kmKm of difficult slopes: 12km Best for…Continue Reading “A QUICK GUIDE TO DREI ZINNEN”
Passo Tonale is high-altitude and snowsure – a good pick for early and late season, when lower resorts might not get good snow. Beginners and intermediates can let loose exploring the range of blues and reds. Warm up on the slopes near town, then head up to the glacier or over to Ponte di Legno for some trickier tree-lined runs. The town itself is set along one main street, lined with shops, restaurants and a handful of lively après spots for a post-ski drink and…Continue Reading “A QUICK GUIDE TO PASSO TONALE”
As France and Italy get ready to face each other in the Six Nations rugby, we put them head to head to see which is the better ski destination. It’s French Alps versus Dolomites, purpose-built versus traditional, fondue versus pizza – but which one wins out for you? Mountain stats No. of resorts:France – 28Italy – 19Biggest ski area:France – Portes du Soleil, 650kmItaly – Dolomiti Superski, 1,220kmHighest resort:France – Val Thorens, 2,300mItaly – Cervinia, 2,050mHighest skiing:France – Chamonix, 3,842mItaly – Cervinia, 3,883m Skiing Think…Continue Reading “SKIING IN FRANCE VS ITALY”