Italy Ski Destinations: Where to Go and Why

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As the Alps, Dolomites and Apennines allure millions of visitors to Italy’s major skiing locations, Select Italy presents the top three winter destinations in the Bel Paese.

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The Bel Paese actually brings out some of its most unique qualities during the winter. The geography of the country lends itself perfectly for some great winter escapes, with ski resorts of unparalleled beauty tucked into the Alps.

Warmer climate in Italy has brought shorter winters throughout the country, but this fact has not slowed down snow enthusiasts. There has been almost a 12% increase in the number of travellers to skiing destinations in “the boot” in the winter of 2015/2016 (http://www.federalberghi.it). This goes to show that skiing resorts have brought their A-game to bring in visitors, exceeding every expectation of the tourist data analyses. In preparation to the next season, Select Italy (https://selectitaly.com), a boutique travel company specialized in travel to Italy, shares the top three locations for a vacation in the snowy Italian peaks:

1) Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina d’Ampezzo ranks at the top of most charts, has hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics and is located in the midst of the Dolomites. One of the most relevant features of this destination is its unique après-ski environment: the town center boasts high-end designer shopping and a bustling nightlife which is uncommon in most mountainous destinations, and it is also easy to reach major cities like Venice by driving or with a private transfer, only a 2-hour drive away.

2) Courmayeur
At an impressive 15,781 ft above sea level, Courmayeur is considered one of the most spectacular locations in Europe for a winter vacation. Especially for mountain enthusiasts, Courmayeur is located in the shadow of Mont Blanc and gives easy access to its panoramic Skyway. And for those who want to spend a day off the ski slopes, Turin is just a couple of hours south and with the Torino and Piemonte Pass clients have access to all the important museums and cultural events the city has to offer.

3) Madonna di Campiglio
Madonna di Campiglio makes Select Italy’s list of winter destinations because of the wide range of pistes it offers to intermediate and expert level skiers. 24 lifts take visitors to 7 additional resorts in the area (such as Monte Bondone and Pinzolo), if the 100 mi of downhill skiing or 25 mi of Nordic walking weren’t enough to satisfy one’s ski craving. Located in Trentino-Alto Adige, a whimsical winterland nestled in the Dolomites dotted with neat wooden lodges and luxury spa resorts.

Michaelanne Chapel, Senior Sales Consultant, says that “although the majority of clients we work with are interested in travelling to Italy during the summer, the Bel Paese actually brings out some of its most unique qualities during the winter. The geography of the country lends itself perfectly for some great winter escapes, with ski resorts of unparalleled beauty tucked into the Alps. You don’t have to be an experienced skier to appreciate a vacation in Italy’s peaks and valleys, and it is by far one of the best ways to spend your holidays.”

The Select Italy website has a complete portfolio of services in Italy, and for more information about the company’s travel services visit selectitaly.com or send an email to info@selectitaly.com

About Select Italy
Select Italy® is The Ultimate Source for Travel to Italy® and offers a wide array of superior Italian travel products and services, including customized itineraries, state-of-the-art tours and packages, wedding/honeymoon trips, unique culinary classes, a complete pre-departure ticketing service for museums and musical events, private guided services, yacht charters, transportation, hotel reservations, villa bookings and more. Through a vast network of suppliers and cultural contacts, anything and everything needed for optimum travel to Italy is possible with Select Italy. Based in Chicago with an office in New York and Shanghai and support staff in Italy, the company has expanded its offerings and travel services to the Balkans with the launch of Select Croatia®.

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