Italian ski paradise in the Dolomites

Skiing in Trentino

Italy is not only about sightseeing, enjoying the sunshine at secluded beaches and eating all the pasta. The Trentino region in Italy’s North attracts winter sports fans from all around the world with the perfect slopes, sunny weather and delicious food.

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We cannot imagine a winter without a break on the slopes in the Dolomites. Our absolute favourite ski area consists of three connected resorts, Madonna di Campiglio, Folgarida-Marilleva and Pinzolo, offering 150 kilometres of slopes.

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Good to know: Ask for the ‘Skiarea Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta’ ski pass if you want to explore the whole 150 km of slopes. The ticket is only 3 € more compared to the single region tickets.

Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio has been Trentino’s winter sports capital for over a hundred years. The picturesque town is a starting point to 60 kilometres of powder fun ranging from wide blue slopes of Grostè to demanding FIS descents of Canalone Miramonti and 3Tre.

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Tip: Several lifts start directly from the town. A new departure point, for both, Pinzolo and Campiglio slopes is the recently finished Pinzolo-Campiglio express middle station in Madonna di Campiglio. You can conveniently park your car in Parcheggio colarin and access the gondolas from the garage using an elevator. 

The Town

Madonna di Campiglio is a charming mountain town offering everything you need to enjoy a stylish skiing holiday. Nice hotels, chic bars and excellent restaurants are within walking distance so that your car can stay in the hotel garage.

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In Italy, you won’t find loud après ski parties. The evenings are mostly devoted to extended dinners. Trentino’s winter sports capital has many restaurants to choose from. Try the traditional food of the alpine region in Home Stube or a great pizza in Le Roi.  Be sure to visit Bar Suisse on the main square for an aperitivo.

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Where to stay: We were delighted with our stay at the ski hotel Cime d’Oro. They offer a transfer to the lifts in the morning and back to the hotel in the evening. For your sour après ski muscles, there is a spa area with hot tub and sauna. 

Val di Sole

Val di Sole is an alpine valley with small villages sprinkled over it.

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There isn’t a centre with restaurants and bars concentrated in one place. Therefore, a car is essential for moving around. On the other hand, staying in Val di Sole is 20% to 30% cheaper compared to Madonna di Campiglio.

We already tried a couple of B&Bs and hotels. In the recent years, we stayed at the Hotel Gran Vacanze in Dimaro, B&B Il Giglio in Commezzadura and B&B Cristina in Croviana. All of those are family-run properties with comfortable rooms and delicious regional speciality breakfast.

Also in regards to culinary experience, Val di Sole does not lack anything. Locanda San Martino in Cavizzana, located in the only village on the southern side of the valley, offers a delicious 6-7 course tasting menu with ingredients from the own farm.

Tip: Be sure to book your table. At Locanda San Marino they only cook for announced guests.

For delicious deer dishes head to Ristorante Maso Burba located about 1,5 km from Daolasa gondola lift. In La Spleuza in Monclassico, you’ll get probably the best pizza in Val di Sole. Trattoria Anselmi is a little place in Croviana, where an Italian mama cooks and serves authentic local dishes.

The Slopes

There are several ways to reach the slopes starting from Val di Sole. You can use the Daolasa-Val-Mastellina lift from Commezadura, the Contrè-Malga Copai lift from Marilleva and the Belvedere or Folgarida lift from Folgarida.

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Tip: Many hotels in Val di Sole as well as Madonna di Campiglio offer ski shuttles to the nearest lifts included in the price. They take you to the slopes and in the morning and wait for you in the afternoon. Ask at your hotel, whether they offer lift transfers.

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With 18 km of blue pistes, the Folgarida-Marileva resort is suitable for families and beginners. Experienced skiers won’t come short as well. In 2015 the ‘Little Grizzly’ with a maximum gradient of 70% was opened.

If you need a break, there are many rifugi in the whole ski resorts.

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Italian coffee culture doesn’t stop in the mountains. Enjoy a delicious cappuccino on a sun chair in the morning.

If you want to escape the crowds at a self-service buffet during lunchtime, try the ristoranti in one of the huts. Lunch in the Alfa Romeo lounge at the new Fiat Chalet was a real gourmet experience directly on the slopes.

In the evening, après ski with a glass of Spumante on one of the sunny terraces is the best way to end a ski day.

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Don’t wait any longer and plan your next ski break in Trentino. Besides the perfect slopes, you’ll enjoy delicious Italian food and one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world!

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