Close your eyes for a second, and try to remember with me your best ski Vacation. Is it a childhood memory, with your parents, when you learned skiing for the first time, got you first winter sports related bruise, and had a snowball fight with some kids you met at the ski resort? Maybe it's a memory of a couple vacation, when you went with your significant other to ski, enjoy the snow, and cuddle up next to a fire while sipping a good hot chocolate? Or maybe you have no memories, because you've never been on a vacation like that, and it's okay, a lot of people haven't either.
One thing we can all agree on is that the most important part of a vacation is the ambiance. It doesn't matter if you're in a five stars hotel if you're not enjoying yourself and the company of those around you. So, if you're thinking about going on a ski vacation and you're dreading what you might find, look no more! This article is for you.
Here are the the top 3 Italian Ski Resorts, and why you should definitely put them in your winter vacation plans.
Cortina D'Ampezzo for the romantics here
Cortina is famous for being a big romantic getaway, and the town that hosted the 1956 Olympics. We're talking about one of the fanciest destinations in Italy here. An old and antique Italian mountain town, surrounded by beautiful cathedrals.
More than that, since Cortina is also a fashion hub in Italy, most people go there for shopping. Which means, most of the time, the skiing slopes are empty, leaving it free for skiers to enjoy their time there, without fearing to bump into one another.
Cortina is perfect for couples who want to enjoy their winter vacation in a beautiful old city, where the scenery is jaw dropping. This city has true Italian vibes to it, pure and unchanged.
Cortina has 115 km of marked slopes, which are mostly suited for intermediate or expert skiers. Still, just because you're a beginner (just like me, I'm bad at everything that needs a decent sense of balance), it doesn't mean that you won't be able to enjoy Cortina's slopes. Just be sure to stay safe.
Passo Tonale if you're not that good
Is this your first time skiing and you don't really feel like breaking a limb or two? Well then, my friend, Passo Tonale is for you. With real good snow and a large number of runs, Passo Tonale is a budget friendly destination that will benefit your soul and your wallet. This is a resort dedicated for skiing, with picturesque scenery and cute chalet style buildings.
The village lies at 1880m, with snow from October to mid-June, and a terrific view on the Italian part of the Alps Mountains. The slopes are secure enough to be easy to navigate for beginners and intermediates. And if you have kids, that's even better, since there are two ski and snowboard schools there for children, as well as grown-ups.
Alagna for a journey from hell (and you'll love it)
This isn't your normal town, but an authentic Italian village with old farmhouses and even a stone church. This is definitely not a place for beginners, so, if you're just learning, stay away. Even expert skiers find the slopes in Alagna pretty difficult to handle, and that what makes it exciting for someone who would love nothing more than to take a challenge (in the form of a scary huge mountain. No, this isn't a Game Of Thronces reference).
If you're an adrenalin addict and feeling ready to handle one of the most difficult snowfield in Italy, Alagna is definitely the place for you, with its 3275m high slope, you'll have the time (and probably fear) of your life.
We're at the end, folks. Arrivederci!
As you can see, ski resorts in Italy are pretty good, and there is always a chance for a good skiing session there. So, this winter, don't spend your vacation at home. Take a plane and go enjoy what beautiful Italian mountain towns have to offer. Believe me, you won't regret a second of it.
Until next time, friend!
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